Okay, raise your hand if you’ve ever used Google to help YOU help your kids with their school work? No? Am I the only one? Okay, I’ll let you keep your secret. I will confess on your behalf: I HAVE done this and sometimes it’s awesome and sometimes it’s super frustrating because you know what? Google, for all it’s amazing ability to tell us everything we want to know, when we want to know it, isn’t really *that* reliable of a resource. Particularly when it comes to studying ancient history and geography. *gasp* I know, shocking, isn’t it?
What’s maybe more shocking is that I really don’t have a good grasp of geography; past, present, or future. I’m highly dependent upon outside resources. I’ve used Google (in an unsatisfactory manner) in the past, but never again! Knowledge Quest to the rescue!
We were recently given the entire MapTrek 6 e-Book set to review. What is MapTrek? So glad you asked. Check this out:
Map Trek is an atlas plus set of historical outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. This is a resource that any homeschool parent can use with brilliant success, even if you don’t remember a thing from your history or geography classes in public school.
Sounds pretty perfect for me. And it is. I was so thrilled with this resource when we went through it recently. Ancient maps? Check! Medieval World? Check! New World? Yes! Modern World too? You betcha! And two US maps packs. This stuff is GOLD.
Here’s some more detailed info about what to expect from these six e-books:
With Map Trek Historical Atlas and Outline Maps, you, as the teacher, can…
- Have over 350 World History Maps at your fingertips.
- Print them all or just the ones you need today.
- Print multiple copies for your family’s use. (Schools, classrooms and co-ops can take advantage of our volume discounts or site license agreement.)
- Never worry about lesson plans for your historical outline maps. We’ve included them for you!
- Have different aged students working at their own ability. No more trying to stretch the lesson up or down.
With Map Trek Historical Atlas and Outline Maps, your students can…
- See the landscape (i.e. the political boundaries, major cities, etc.) from the historical time period – instead of what the region is like today.
- Label places of historical significance on their outline maps.
- Color in empires, trace travel routes, draw scales and directional symbols, etc.
- Maps don’t have to be boring… Students should feel free to experiment with colored markers, pencils, paint and even glitter (this is optional, of course!)
- Finished maps can be posted to the bulletin board or refrigerator or placed in a history notebook.
And trust me, these are more than just maps. I was particularly impressed with the included lesson plans that are split into varying age group levels. Here’s just one example:
Pretty fantastic! Here’s a shot of just one of the hundreds of maps included in these books:
I love that they come in both black and white and color, unlabeled and labeled. It’s easy to search the index to find exactly what we’re looking for and in short – this is an amazing resource that is going to continue to come in handy for the rest of our educational experience.
You can purchase any of the individual books by themselves. The MapTrek World Editions are $14.95 each and the US Editions are $19.95. The complete set of all six is yours for just $47.
Purchased individually, each of the Map Trek World Editions are $14.95 and $19.95 for the US Edition in E-Book format. A complete set of all 6 E-Books which includes all the World and US editions can be purchased for $47.00. Other options are also available on the Knowledge Quest Map Trek web page. For $55 you can get all the sets in a beautiful hard cover book and CD-ROM.
These are such a fantastic resource and I highly recommend them if you are even thinking about making a maps purchase for your educational situation anytime soon.
See what others had to say about both this and the other Knowledge Quest maps products right here.
Disclaimer: The product was provided for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts are my own. I keep a proper disclosure statement available here.