As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received the TimeMaps Collection, which includes Ancient China, The Rise of Rome, The Fall of Rome, The Rise of Islam, The Black Death, European Exploration, & Atlantic Slave Trade. Knowledge Quest is developing additional TimeMaps, too.
The following video will give you a little glimpse into what TimeMaps are all about.
The price for each individual TimeMaps is $9.95 and the collection is $44.95.
What we thought? I am super impressed with the amount of information and interaction these files contain. Not only will your child learn about history, he/she can see where it took place, watch the steps of change over time, and interact with each separate map. There is an "i" on each for information and a "q" for questions about the lesson. Each map comes to life as the time progression is set in motion (a click of the button). Information is presented about each map in the informational box as well as extra little interesting facts in pop-up like tabs. You can see in the above video how it actually works and looks. I liked that there are worksheets available to use if chosen, and each map comes with pdf files specifically to explain how to use the maps and suggestions for teaching and activities. There are external links given for each map that offer even more info. I love it. The only thing that I would change is to have sound added to the maps. Voiceovers can enhance the learning experience or even a pleasant musical piece from the era. . . . but that's just my opinion. I like music : ^ )
My kids really liked that it's not presented in a plain, dry format. It's pleasing to view and it offers as much, or as little, interaction that is desired. They liked the information that was presented for each map, too, it wasn't "boring".
I recommend TimeMaps as a supplement to any history and geography curriculum. The price is great, at just $9.95 each. There are not many supplements available at such a reasonable price.
There are many other products that Knowledge Quest offers. You can check them out for yourself at their website and you can read more reviews about TimeMaps and MapTrek from other members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.