Great, now I’m hungry.
I have been eyeballing Knowledge Quest TimeMaps and Map Trek for some time now, putting them on my list of Things to Buy for Next Year. When I received the TimeMaps for review, I admit, I did a happy dance.
TimeMaps are organized by regions and time periods. Just a brief perusal revealed that we could easily coordinate with our history textbooks, (Streams of Civilization Vol. 1 & 2), the timeline chart we have on our schoolroom wall, and the other historical books and resources we have collected over the years.
The eras and regions covered are:
- Ancient China
- The Rise of Rome
- The Fall of Rome
- The Rise of Islam
- The Black Death
- European Exploration
- Atlantic Slave Trade
Included in each set are Teacher’s Notes that give parents activity ideas, commentaries on the maps, and coordinated printable timeline pages and maps.
The maps have an interactive component, in that you can advance the time period and the map reflects aspects and events of that region for the era selected. They work like a dynamic slideshow with the commentaries from the Teacher’s Notes.
I am especially happy about the assignments that correlate with each set of maps, as well the the printable maps and timelines that work great as exercises and quizzes.
The TimeMap of the Black Death gives an overview of the historical setting, as well as where, why, and how it spread. It shows how the active international trade routes spread the disease from Asia all the way to Scotland. The student is encouraged to find out more about how this pandemic affected different societies and the world.
Homeschoolers are always looking for products that can deliver quality information in an engaging way. Knowledge Quest TimeMaps provide that as well as tremendous flexibility for use with just about any history curriculum or teaching method.
Each set of TimeMaps (for Windows or Mac) are $9.95 for the download and $44.95 for the entire collection. The collection is also available on CD-ROM for $49.95.