Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
My daughter wanted to review Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activitiesbecause she is fascinated with maritime rescues. For this review we received a downloadable file containing the book for this curriculum. Designed to be used by the entire family, a few workshops are geared towards grades 4 and 5. So all of the workshops can be used by students in grades 6 to 12.
Divided into sections, the book covers such units as “Life at the Station House”, “Working Together”, “The Culture of Character”, and “Relevance Today”. Art Projects, music projects, and research areas are also available. The Research areas include archaeology, badges, boats, clothing, communication, rescue devices, and more. Initially, my plan was for our daughter to do this with at least one of her brothers. However, my plans did not necessarily go the way I wanted them to go.
Rebecca Locklear takes her considerable multi-level teaching experience and writes materials for teachers. Students discover and create, assimilate integrated subject matter, and build on what they do well. This format allows students to build on their strengths and interests while discovering and creating. Be sure to visit Rebecca Locklear’s website and sign up for updates. You can do this by going to her site, click on the blog tab, and fill out the form on the right side of your screen to join her mailing list.
One of the reasons we were interested in this book was because two of my husband’s uncles served in the United States Coast Guard, my husband and his brother served in the U.S Army Reserves and the U.S. Army National Guard respectively, plus one of our daughter’s uncles served in the U.S. Marine Corps. So anything having to do with serving the people of our country interests our family.
As I opened this book, I have to say I feel this book would be best used by a larger size family or perhaps with various families coming together to complete the activities together. With only one teenaged daughter, I found it difficult to expect my daughter to complete many of the activities such as as the skits.
However, we loved some of the activities such as making our own smelling salts. Our daughter also was intrigued by the idea of researching the clothing of the time period. Because so many of the activities required groups of people and our daughter was the only one working on this review, we found it difficult to find things that she could actually do alone.
We enjoyed the reading for each unit however. It allowed our daughter to learn more about the U.S. Life-Saving Service than what she knew before reading this. Because she was in Young Marines for several years and had brothers in the Boy Scouts, many of the life-saving techniques and the supplies to have on hand if needed she already knew.
All in all, I have to say our family believes this book is best used in a larger group setting. Having just my daughter and I to read various parts was not necessarily the most exciting way to go through the scripts. Now perhaps if her oldest brother had been present to read with her with his flair for the dramatic, she would have enjoyed it more.
I have to say though I believe this book does have a lot to offer even a single student. It is well-written and the information is informative.
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So check out Rebecca Locklear‘s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities if your family is interested in maritime rescues. Other members of the Home School Review are reviewing this book as well as The Mayflower at Cape Cod – Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today. So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews for Rebecca Locklear’s books.
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