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It’s that time of the year when some of us are already thinking ahead at what materials we need as we visit homeschool conventions and begin planning for the next academic year. Good news! Bright Ideas Press would like to offer you free shipping on orders $30 and up.
We’ve been using WonderMaps and NorthStar Geography for several years now and I’ve gathered together some of the ways we’ve used these fun geography tools.
Geography with WonderMaps
WonderMaps is an easy to use online geography tool developed by Bright Ideas Press. I enjoy that it’s easy to find the maps and at no cost they are kept up to date. Below are some of the activities we have pursued using our WonderMaps software. They are always adding new features which current users get to have as well.
- Geography Quests– Informal explorations of all things geography. WonderMaps are a wonderful companion for the journey.
- Geography Quest: World Travel Edition– Not only does this one provide you with a fun virtual travel experience, but this is a close look at the features of WonderMaps as well.
- Making Edible Maps– Using WonderMaps and NorthStar Geography to make edible maps
- Learning Geography Using Atlases– What makes a good atlas, a list of all kinds including the online sort like WonderMaps, and a G+ Hangout with Tyler Hogan and I using atlases in your homeschool.
Using NorthStar Geography with Earth Science
We’ve been using NorthStar Geography with our earth science curriculum this year for a thorough look at planet earth. Our high schoolers enjoy learning both physical geography and earth science.
- Teaching Geography with Earth Science– This post introduces how we’ve been using NorthStar Geography with our Earth Science.
- Exploring Oceanography in Your Homeschool– Using NorthStar Geography to discuss the hydrosphere including the world’s oceans.
- Trail Planning Using Topographic Quadrangle Maps– Have your kids ever made their own topo maps? This is a great way to learn to interpret and make your own maps.
- Using Current Events in Your Homeschool– Current events are a great way to study political geography. This post gives ideas for discussing current events for all ages. It ends with a G+ hangout on the topic.
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