Maps in Notebooks {50 Things Series}

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Blog Series 50 Things to Put Into a Notebook

50 Things to Put in a Notebook is one of the most popular how to posts here at The Notebooking Fairy. So to bring that post to life, I am writing a blog series, showing you specific examples of each of those fifty different things.

Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook:  #2 Maps

Adding maps to your notebooks is a great way to build geographic literacy in your children. No matter the subject area, if a place is mentioned, that is a cue for a map. We have used map pages in art notebooks, history notebooks, language arts notebooks, and science notebooks.

Maps can take center stage on a notebooking page or can embellish a page with text. There are examples of both cases in the photos below.

Maps from Reproducible Books

It’s very convenient to have a collection of outline maps on hand in your homeschool library. Two good sources are these reproducible books:

gauguin notebooking maps

reproducible maps for Gauguin study

Maps from reproducible books are attractive and large. And you can use the books over and over again.

Maps from Software or CDs

I have recently learned about WonderMaps — a software that lets you customize and print out historical and outline maps. It is a wonderful tool for homeschool and is far more versatile than a book of outline maps.

wonder map rome

Notebooking page with maps from WonderMaps (Bright Ideas Press)

Maps Printed from the Internet

Another option is to use maps you print from the Internet. My favorite sites with free maps are these two:

Sometimes you need a very specific map that is hard to find. In that case, printing from the Internet or copying a page from a book is your only option. Below is an example. In reading the Aeneid, I wanted my daughter to trace the travels of Aeneas. So I found a map that she could outline with colored pens.

map of travels of aeneas

maps printed from the Internet

Below is an outline map printed from the Internet. This was part of a novel study.

BF history of horse notebook map of Europe

Map of Europe, printed from the Internet

Sketch Your Own Maps

For simple maps, sketching your own is a great way to learn geography. Reference an atlas or other book as a guide and have your child do her best to draw the geography she sees. If the map is complicated, allow her to trace it.

geography notebooking

sketched map

 

Do you often use maps on your notebooking pages? Do you have any tips or favorites? Share in a comment below or on The Notebooking Fairy’s Facebook page.

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Rebecca Reply

We began using more maps with our notebooking this year…not just keeping them on the wall, but drawing and saving them. It’s been great fun for the children and I see how they are connecting their knowledge of a state or country more…as they draw and create them on paper!

Maggie Hogan Reply

Maps + notebooks + chocolate = perfect. Oh wait, you didn’t mention chocolate! No worries, your mapping ideas are so terrific I’ll throw in the chocolate 🙂 Fabulous post!

Dawn Kilgore Reply

We use maps from knowledge quest as well as wondermaps, and scholastic. Im addicted to maps, my kids just roll their eyes. I am inspired by your blogs. 🙂

Susan Reply

I like to get my kids to draw the maps. Anyone can do it with a bit of practice, and it makes them really pay attention to where things are.

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