Monday, March 15, 2010

Review: Homeschool in the Woods maps

Truth: I love Homeschool in the Woods. In my dreams, I can draw like that. I can create elaborate line figures with grace and form, and craft beautiful font types to tie it all together. I can make gorgeous, elegant things. And they are useful, and well-loved.

But, as I said, this is only true in my dreams. Which is one reason why I'm so happy that the fine people at Homeschool in the Woods have my creative back. The reality is that I can draw about four things well, and not a single one of them has any application to homeschooling. Trust me on this. I've tried.

I've reviewed some of their products before. Being given the chance to review yet another was like homeschool gravy for me; I couldn't wait to find out which of their stunning products I was going to get my hands on. Timeline figures? More Activity Paks? Time Travelers History Paks?

Be still my heart: OLDE WORLD MAPS.

Little-known MG fact: I adore maps. Not quite as much as I love books, but give this girl a nice map, and I'm all aflutter. So you can only imagine that when the soulful art of Homeschool in the Woods was combined with a $28.95 downloadable combo-pak featuring 180 hand-drawn maps of the world and the United States ... I was hooked.

The maps are available with or without labels, certain borders, or other identifiers, depending on what you're studying. There are also more recent political maps included, as well as geographically-based maps of ancient civilizations.

And, of course, it's all gorgeous. Stunning, black and white line drawings that feel as if they've been torn from the pages of a well-respected geography book from the 1800s. All living inside your computer, if you opt for the download option. (CDs are also available at $29.95.)

I loved this collection, and found uses for it well beyond what one might ordinarily think. Sure, while studying Ancient Greece, it's nice to have some maps on tap. But during the Winter Olympics? How about for charting where the food on your table came from? You know, I even gave Logan several that I had accidentally printed and found them later, stapled into a book he was writing and labeled with fantastical names.

Maps. They open the world up wide for homeschoolers. And with these beautiful maps in your collection, you're going to find even more ways to enjoy them.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes. Refer to my general disclaimer for more information on my policies regarding reviews.

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