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 My grandmother-in-law (that's a mouthful...) is a retired ...I guess secratary... from a private school. The school was updating some of their classroom things like wall maps and curriculum and she quick grabbed the maps and sent them our way. Its nice to have them, and I'm excited to have maps that don't require a magnify glass to see the details lol, but I have no where to put them :( We have one blank wall, and they're still retractable...but there are 4 maps total and they're HUGE.... any suggestions how I can hang them up?

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by on Dec. 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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No_Difference
by Silver Member on Dec. 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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 There is one map that is very outdated - still has Soviet Union on it. BUT, because they're so large, it's easy to trace over the borders of the continents, and the borders that are accurate, and draw in the current boundary lines. I actually don't mind it's outdated to an extant because that's one less historic map I'll have to draw. I'm planning on tracing over all of them anyway, and adding in the borders of what they were when we were studying for history. Right now I need 1600s of Russia and Prussia... When we were going over the German states, it was confusing for Jamie because looking at a map of today had her totally lost... So these maps are basically a starting point, and we'll be adding layers to them.

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: I get the historical value, but it is just something to think about if teaching current geography

Quoting bluerooffarm:


Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

Honestly, as great as free maps are, are they outdated? The world has changed so much in the last 15 years, you may be doing your kids a disservice by using them.

I have a 25 year old globe that we use a whole lot.  It can be really great to show why Africa is in such an uproar by showing them just how much it has changed over the last 25 years.  Plus a lot of those maps are historical.  That was my assumption anyway.

 

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by Silver Member on Dec. 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

 The maps are 5foot by approx 5 foot and they're "markable" but I doubt I'll be using markers on them just because they're old and used and in "loved" condition lol. They are still on the retractable things, which I didn't notice until today so thankfully they won't be out all the time. I don't think I want to see four large maps every day while in the kitchen lol.

Quoting celticdragon77:

I don't know how big they are, but I had some fairly large maps that I had laminated in a stiff plastic. This makes them easy to store without worry about damaging them. Plus, I can use a marker or stick notes on the maps.

When my kids were younger; I had bought these wooden characters that represented people from all over the world (Montessori inspired)- and I bought little animals. The kids could play and/or match them up to the correct areas of the world.  

You could also cut up one of the maps, laminate each continent, and have a smaller handier version that kids might like to use. Maybe make place mats out of each continent.

I don't have the extra space that we would want to use as just a "school room". Plus, my kids didn't want to do school like that. Therefore, we didn't wish to keep any school related stuff up on any walls in the house. So, I have been using a large chalkboard that rolls to whichever room. I also have an art easel. Both of these work well for me to use for rigging charts and maps for display (as we need them). 

However, if I wanted to hang up stuff and only had limited wall space; I would likely utilize one wall to rig up some sort of hanging device so that I could change out charts and maps as needed.

I thought I saw something awhile back... a long strip that went along the wall. It was basically a track with clips in it, and the clips could slide to whatever distance that you needed them. 

I would bet that there are some clever ideas on Pinterest.  

 

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No_Difference
by Silver Member on Dec. 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

 We probably won't hang them til after the holidays since family is coming our way this year, but I will post pics when they're up :)

Quoting paganbaby:

I'm no help either but I'd love to see pics.

Quoting hwblyf:

That sounds awesome, but I'm no help at all.  Post pics when you've got it figured out!


 

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celticdragon77
by on Dec. 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Oh, you mean they are those old fashioned maps that the teachers pulled down or let roll back up??? Hang that up, that is a most excellent find!!!

Quoting No_Difference:

 The maps are 5foot by approx 5 foot and they're "markable" but I doubt I'll be using markers on them just because they're old and used and in "loved" condition lol. They are still on the retractable things, which I didn't notice until today so thankfully they won't be out all the time. I don't think I want to see four large maps every day while in the kitchen lol.

Quoting celticdragon77:

I don't know how big they are, but I had some fairly large maps that I had laminated in a stiff plastic. This makes them easy to store without worry about damaging them. Plus, I can use a marker or stick notes on the maps.

When my kids were younger; I had bought these wooden characters that represented people from all over the world (Montessori inspired)- and I bought little animals. The kids could play and/or match them up to the correct areas of the world.  

You could also cut up one of the maps, laminate each continent, and have a smaller handier version that kids might like to use. Maybe make place mats out of each continent.

I don't have the extra space that we would want to use as just a "school room". Plus, my kids didn't want to do school like that. Therefore, we didn't wish to keep any school related stuff up on any walls in the house. So, I have been using a large chalkboard that rolls to whichever room. I also have an art easel. Both of these work well for me to use for rigging charts and maps for display (as we need them). 

However, if I wanted to hang up stuff and only had limited wall space; I would likely utilize one wall to rig up some sort of hanging device so that I could change out charts and maps as needed.

I thought I saw something awhile back... a long strip that went along the wall. It was basically a track with clips in it, and the clips could slide to whatever distance that you needed them. 

I would bet that there are some clever ideas on Pinterest.  

 


No_Difference
by Silver Member on Dec. 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

 Those would be the ones ;) One of them is so old that it takes AGES to roll back up lol...you know they've been loved!

Quoting celticdragon77:

Oh, you mean they are those old fashioned maps that the teachers pulled down or let roll back up??? Hang that up, that is a most excellent find!!!

Quoting No_Difference:

 The maps are 5foot by approx 5 foot and they're "markable" but I doubt I'll be using markers on them just because they're old and used and in "loved" condition lol. They are still on the retractable things, which I didn't notice until today so thankfully they won't be out all the time. I don't think I want to see four large maps every day while in the kitchen lol.

Quoting celticdragon77:

I don't know how big they are, but I had some fairly large maps that I had laminated in a stiff plastic. This makes them easy to store without worry about damaging them. Plus, I can use a marker or stick notes on the maps.

When my kids were younger; I had bought these wooden characters that represented people from all over the world (Montessori inspired)- and I bought little animals. The kids could play and/or match them up to the correct areas of the world.  

You could also cut up one of the maps, laminate each continent, and have a smaller handier version that kids might like to use. Maybe make place mats out of each continent.

I don't have the extra space that we would want to use as just a "school room". Plus, my kids didn't want to do school like that. Therefore, we didn't wish to keep any school related stuff up on any walls in the house. So, I have been using a large chalkboard that rolls to whichever room. I also have an art easel. Both of these work well for me to use for rigging charts and maps for display (as we need them). 

However, if I wanted to hang up stuff and only had limited wall space; I would likely utilize one wall to rig up some sort of hanging device so that I could change out charts and maps as needed.

I thought I saw something awhile back... a long strip that went along the wall. It was basically a track with clips in it, and the clips could slide to whatever distance that you needed them. 

I would bet that there are some clever ideas on Pinterest.  

 


 

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letstalk747
by on Dec. 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

lucky you , my kid loves maps

JATomlinson
by on Dec. 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

One under the other.  This way you can pull down the one on top right down over the other three.

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