Sunday, July 22, 2012


This is a book of maps. Yes, that's right, a book of maps. If you're not intrigued yet...let me try to explain. Starting with a maps that show where the descendents of Noah lived after the flood, and concluding with a map of the Conflict in Iraq in 2003, the Map Trek collection covers all the places people have lived during history. (Well, excepting those few who have lived part of their lives on the International Space Station!)

Some people love World History, others endure it.
Wherever on the spectrum your family is, this collection will help you to a greater understanding of World History. How much land did Alexander the Great control? Where did the Blackfoot Indians live? How much land did Daniel Boone explore? Where exactly did Lewis & Clark go? If your children have ever asked you one of these questions while studying history, you would appreciate owning this great resource from Terri Johnson at Knowledge Quest.

Each of the 4 major sections of the printed book (Ancient World, Medieval World, New World, and Modern World) includes  age appropriate Lesson Plans to help you plan your geographical trek through history. The book concludes with maps of each of the U.S. states and facts relating to their statehood.

One particularly interesting map (to us) is on page 192 that shows the order and dates the southern states were re-admitted to the Union after the Civil War. Since we've been studying the war for a while, these dates show just how long the beginning of the reconstruction process took, and have given us more to think about. Four years at war, eleven to try to rebuild, and areas and people that still struggle today with what happened 150 years ago.

This resource is also available as a digital download (each of the 6 e-books individually-the 4 mentioned above, plus U.S. maps, plus blackline maps- or as a bundle for $47), so you can pick and choose which maps to print, and which ones you just want blacklines of for your students to practice their geography skills on.

I prefer the printed, bound version ($55 with a CD-Rom of the blacklines in the back), because I find it easier to pull off the shelf and flip through to find the map we're needing than to pause whomever is using the computer so we can find what we need on the hard drive. Whichever version you chose, I think you too will find that this resource blends rather seamlessly with many History curriculums available today.

Aren't there times you just wish you could give someone $5 to find the answer for you? Well, invest those $5 times into the answers found in this resource.

Private school, public school, or Homeschool family, this collection is an investment in understanding. Isn't that the real reason for studying History anyway?

So the next time you child asks "Mom, where's Mesopotamia? I can't find it on the globe!" You'll be glad you spent the time to order your copy.

Final thought? Now I finally know where 'Kush' was! Enjoy your travels!

As a member of the TOS Crew, the printed, bound copy of this resource was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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