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The Co-op welcomes success stories that will help other homeschooling parents decide whether to add Mapping The World By Heart to their home school curriculum. If you have used Mapping The World By Heart and would like to contribute a testimonial, please click here.
I remember this product from 8th grade when the product first came out over 20 years ago! Our class were test subjects, either for our district or the company, not sure which. I still have the map I drew for the final project! I love the layout of this as you can pick and choose what you want to do. There's no set way you have to do it, which is how we like to do things, our way:) For us, it will take us over a year to do as we are going more in depth and starting off by working on the individual US states first. There's a lot of good info and resources with this program. We were wondering how to teach some areas of geography and this gave us perfect ideas.”
Fran G., Co-op Member
I can't really comment on the overall outcome as we have only just begun using this course and we only do it a couple of times a week. However, my son is always keen to do it so that is exciting for me and he has a fresh interest in discovering where places are on the globe or in the atlas.”
Maria Tuckey, Co-op Member
We love this way of learning geography. It doesn't feel like heavy or hard school work at all and my children (ages 15-9) look forward to our geography time. My younger children cannot wait for their turn someday!”
Dionne S, Co-op Member
I am truly delighted which this program. It written in a way that gives you both structure and freedom to help you either use their schedule, or go deeper if you like, with lots of tips and hints to help you get your creative thinking going.”
Crystal Burnett, Co-op Member
This is a GREAT program-so much fun because it includes a lot of hands-on activities, which my 10 year old loves. The challenge of eventually being able to map the world from memory is very exciting to her. The program has some nice flexibility to it, so it can be realistically altered for individual use without compromising the learning experience.
It is a fun and engaging way to teach geography. I know this can be a dry experience for some kids, so this is a fun way to learn it. Very fun when paired with the Stack the Countries app, which we use on my ipad.”
maria C, Co-op Member
We ordered "Mapping the World by Heart" earlier this fall and have just dipped our feet into it so far. But I am excited about using it and have been impressed with the material. I'm using it with my older daughters (ages 10-17), and my younger boys (6 and 8) can't resist joining in most of the time. I look forward to seeing how we progress over the year, and I am particularly eager to have a better map of the world in my own heart.”
Tracy D, Co-op Member
I purchased Mapping the World by Heart because I wanted my daughter to be able to connect World History to the country she is studying. The curriculum lesson plan are very easy to follow. It covers all areas of Geography. She finds the activities interesting and fun. The maps are wonderful. I laminated a set for learning memory work. I Keep the original for copies for testing. I would suggest dividers for quicker location of each item listed in table of contents, less frustrating for student (younger student). I purchased this because I wanted my child to be able to draw the entire world by the time she graduate High School. We love Geography.”
L Russell, Co-op Member
Although we are not very far into the lessons, I love the scope and sequence of this curriculum. The children are not intimated by the lesson requirements and I find preparation time is minimal. We enjoy this subject.”
Shannon, Co-op Member
I love this program - it is very flexible to use as is or to add to it. I am using it for a high school group and adding physical geography to the beginning 6 lesson, and cultural and historical geography to the remaining lessons. Wonderful!”
Terrianne L., Co-op Member
I have just started using this program with my 12-year-old homeschooling son. We both have enjoyed the "appetizers" and are excited to start on the "entrees". The appetizers were short lessons that really taught a great deal about mapping. We are about to start Mapping the U.S. I am excited about this since this program teaches more than I ever learned in school. I am so happy that this program is available.

With this program, you have suggestions for teaching and the tools to do it. I find, so far, that I like to incorporate other methods as well. For the contour mapping, instead of piles of sand, we used modeling clay to build islands and then completed the exercises. This was a lot of fun and really got my son's attention. This is going to be a great year in geography!”
Janna P, Co-op Member
Haven't used it with my children as of yet, but my husband and I are both impressed with what we have read so far.”
C. Scott, Co-op Member
We really like Mapping the World By Heart. Our Curriculum requires that the student be able to draw and label the World by the time they graduate. This will make that task so much easier. This is built into our memory work each week. My daughter (9) loves the different shapes or figures that are in the maps. She shares these with the other children. We will use this all the way through High School. I share this each time it comes up in conversation. It is a wonderful addition to our World History.”
LR, Co-op Member
Mapping the World By Heart is a fantastic product! My son had to leave traditional school due to a medical problem. It was not until I started homeschooling that I realized he had virtually no knowledge of geography. I believe that you can't find your way in the world if you don't know where you are in the world. This program not only teaches the vital geography skills that I learned during my Catholic school upbringing, but it also adds new dimension to the old school memorization. The activities are challenging, fun and make an impact! My son loves it! My daughter, who continues at her public school, is also learning geography through this amazing system. After seeing how much fun my son was having, she insisted that she be able to learn with him. I could not be stronger in my opinion of this product. This is one of the best educational products to which I have ever been exposed. This should be a definite buy for any parent, homeschooler or not!”
Melinda Geczy, Co-op Member
In a global market, it's more important than ever to understand where countries are because our customers live in all these remote corners of the Earth. I had never thought of using lattitude and longitude degrees to pin the "corners" of countries and continents and then use certain creative mnemonics to remember shapes of borders, etc. My children especially like how they have to stare at the map for a while to see the mnemonic (like the US elf) but then all of a sudden they see it and they make the big "ohhhh" noise together...”
Ann Garcia, Co-op Member
My children both really enjoy the Mapping the World By Heart Curriculum. We have found it is easy to dip in and out of and to use in a very individual way. My older son (aged 11) has followed every instruction and is now making maps to scale on his own. My younger son (aged 8) loves tracing the maps and then colouring in the countries.

Both children know all the countries in the world and where they are, and in order of size. We are working at the moment on studying the individual countries.

My children have been using this curriculum every day for the past month, and I think we'll continue to use it for the foreseeable future.

My children love it and it has been worth every cent.”
Rebecca Hunter, Co-op Member
We have only just begun to explore Mapping The World By Heart. It is broken down into easy to understand and very flexible lessons. I am looking forward to making this a family adventure!”
Sabrina, Co-op Member
Love it! I am forever amazed by the progress my son is making using Mapping the World by Heart. He has a much better understanding of the location of remote countries, and even some smaller details like rivers, mountains, etc. My son enjoys the tasks and seems to learn and grow with each lesson.”
Mrs. E. Saunders, Co-op Member
We have not officially started this yet...but I am very excited about the ease, simplicity and fun that this program offers. My girls have been doing a computer based program that is just plain boring for them. This looks to be something we can do together, have fun while doing it and actually learn...(and want to learn)...not just memorize facts...(which in my case never stuck! ;o) Will let you know more in a few months...so far though, we are pumped and ready to start in Jan.”
Tjmc, Co-op Member
I purchased Mapping the World by Heart for my 11, 9, and 7 year old children. I love the concept of them being able to draw the world by heart. This year we have decided to focus on the section that leads you through drawing the US by heart. We have really enjoyed it and are so excited to reach our goal. I love this product but I think that's it important to note that it does not teach you how to draw the world. It does give you pointers and guides that help you figure out how to teach it to your family along with other information about each continent. Even with that in mind I would recommend this product.”
A. Edgar, Co-op Member
I love many of the ideas in this book, they have some interesting projects. The maps and the explanation of them are great. We haven't used much of it yet, but are incorporating bits and pieces of it as we go along. I love that there is no copyright on the maps so that I can make multiple copies and not worry about using the same map for multiple things.”
Kelli Gowan, Co-op Member
I have only gotten through the first 3-4 lessons, but am very happy so far. This appears to be very thorough! I am also using it with 5 different ages and it is working well. Often in homeschool, we don't have time to delve into our geography with everything else on our plate. With this program, we have geography lessons every Saturday and the kids are loving it!”
J. F., Co-op Member
I love Mapping the World By Heart! I am also teaching the Mapping the US by Heart section to teach 11 kids in our homeschool group. I would recommend this to anyone that wants their child (or themselves) to learn geography. We have lots of fun with it, while learning quickly and easily.”
Christina Cronauer, Co-op Member
I've enjoyed how useful the manual is. Suggestions make it easy to tailor for the different settings in which I teach. For middle school co-op, I used the intro hands on lessons, like the grapefruit lesson that shows why there are distortions in 2D maps that represent our 3D world of longitude and latitude. Materials helped me bring home ideas to new geography students AND challenge those classroom experts. I plan to use the entire manual extensively with my own high school children.”
Robbye, Co-op Member
These are great maps showing clear, concise boundaries along equatorial lines. My kids really enjoyed mapping Africa and felt a great sense of accomplishment when they completed the project! We are going to tackle Europe next - and then on to America!”
Georgia mom, Co-op Member
What a great resource! We are not doing the whole program right now, but we're using the maps (to copy), as well as several of the curriculum ideas. Well worth the purchase!!”
B Dicks, Co-op Member
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