We are officially Map of the Month, but known as Maps for the Classroom on the web. A family-owned business, we've been offering desktop-sized outline maps and supplemental geography resources to schools nationwide for almost 30 years.
Who We Are
We started as just brother and sister—and over the years, we have been joined by other family members. Together we all work to make this business support geography education in the United States. We are proud to have influenced a generation of students –and more—with our maps!
Jason Newton is the founder of our company. Jason is a cartographer who graduated from Rhode Island College. After teaching cartography workshops in elementary schools, he saw that students could learn better about geography—and history—with large, hands-on maps.
Together with his sister Deborah, who is a writer and designer, Jason came up with a large size format and at first published about a dozen different titles, including all the continents and USA, Places and Geographic Features map. As time went on, Jay and Deb worked together to increase the line of maps to include, states, countries and regions.
Leslie Newton, Jason’s wife, handles all our bookkeeping, and processes all the orders. She is always trying to make your order go out faster!
We do everything from our office in Providence, RI, including:
- designing and write all the map material
- order processing and fulfillment
- marketing and sales
Changing Needs in the Classroom
We sensed a need and worked hard to find out what teachers wanted for different topics. When we added history maps, they were a big success! Our history maps are now some of our best-selling maps.
Some of our history maps include:
Digital Geography Resources
Over the years, we have introduced digital resources to enhance the maps and make it easier for teachers to use them. We now have:
These digital files present the maps in "layers" of completion. The downloadable step-by-step mapping file is included FREE with every map purchase.
CartoCraze Expanded Map Workshops
Our wide-reaching CartoCraze Expanded Map Workshops take a close look at topics and places that dovetail with our hands on maps divided by: Oceans, Deserts, Rivers and Mountains. A great lesson plan resource for busy teachers! You receive unlimited access to over 40 workshops containing over 500 activities!
30 Years, Same Goals
Jason’s philosophy was (and still is): why just study a map when you can make one—label it and draw in physical features! Small hands work well on large maps. After all these years, our goals remain unchanged:
Help Teachers Teach
We want to help teachers teach. Our maps support a variety of topics and are designed to support your curriculum.
Make Geography Fun for Students
We believe our maps support not only geography learning, but enhance reading and provide fun for students as they learn.
A Hands-On Approach
In this digital age, we are also more aware that our hands-on maps give students a chance to USE THEIR HANDS in a fun and rewarding way.
We love hearing from teachers! Is there a map you would like to see us provide in the future? Please get in touch with us.