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Monday, July 23, 2012

MapTrek ~ a TOS review

PhotobucketWe are going to be studying 3 different time periods next school year in our History studies. Call me crazy, but I have a secret weapon on my side for map work and geography. Want to know what it is?

Photobucket MapTrek

As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we were given the MapTrek 6 E-book set to review. The six individual Map Trek products available cover the Ancient World, Medieval World, New World, Modern World, and US edition. SCORE, I have my bases covered!!!


So, just what is MapTrek? The Johnson family started their business, Knowledge Quest, Inc. in 2001 out of their own need as a homeschool family to create products that they could not find elsewhere. MapTrek is one of their products they sell that our family was given the privilege of reviewing in E-book format. The complete collection contains 4 World History E-books plus 2 US map E-books:

  • Volume 1 Ancient World ~ 89 pages with 34 answer maps, 32 blank maps, 4 grid maps, and 2 blank grids. Find the complete list of maps here.
  • Volume 2 Medieval World ~ 82 pages with 32 answer maps, 28 blank maps, 4 grid maps, and 2 blank grids. Find the complete list of maps here.
  • Volume 3 New World ~112 pages with 43 answer maps and 43 blank maps. Find the complete list of maps here.
  • Volume 4 Modern World ~ 127 pages with 49 answer maps and 49 blank maps. Find the complete list of maps here.
  • US Edition 1 ~ 134 pages with 53 answer maps, 53 blank maps, and US landforms map.
  • US Edition 2 ~104 pages with 51 answer maps and 51 blank maps – also includes a map of entire US.

*A complete list of maps for US Editions 1 and 2 are available as a  free Map Trek US sampler download right here.


Each of the six MapTrek products consists of an atlas plus historical outline maps which allow you to teach geography alongside history. Not only do you receive full-color teacher answer maps, black outline maps, maps in chronological sequence, accurate maps that show what the world was like then and now, and various other maps depending upon individual product selection but lesson plans, glossary of terms, and instructions on how to use the maps you receive!

Let’s talk about the lessons plans for a minute. These gems are broken down into three levels similar to the Classical Trivium:

Level 1- Grades 1-4

Level 2- Grades 5-8

Level 3- Grades 9-12

With each level the details and information becomes increasingly more challenging, and this allows you to use the maps for several years. Guiding your children a little deeper and teaching new skills and information as your child grows older. Knowledge Quest also has Curriculum Integration Guides that will make your life just a bit easier. They have done all the hard work for you and provide the Integration Guides to use with some of the popular history curriculums available. The list includes Story of the World, Sonlight, Veritas Press, and more. Just print off the guide and you will have your correct maps to add to your history/geography study. Love that!

You are probably thinking that something this great and in-depth like this set is costs and arm and a leg, right? NO! This set is economically priced at $47.00 for the E-book, $49.95 for the CD-ROM set, or $55.00 for the hardcover and CD-ROM (S+H is not included). But don’t take my word alone for this head on over to Knowledge Quest and request the Map Trek Sampler for free, and be sure to click the banner below and see what my fellow Crewmates thought about this product and the other product being reviewed TimeMaps! We will be using our MapTrek set for many years to come and a very pleased with this product!




Company ~ Knowledge Quest Inc.

Product ~ MapTrek

Price ~ $47.00 for the E-book, $49.95 for the CD-ROM set, or $55.00 for the hardcover and CD-ROM (S+H is not included)

Ages ~ 1st –12th grades

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~DISCLAIMER: I received an E-book  copy of MapTrek, in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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