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Thursday, June 18, 2020

HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW: OUR REVIEW OF Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities

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.

     I have never really heard much about the U.S. Life-Saving Service, so I was thrilled to be able to review Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities from Rebecca Locklear.  My children love hands-on activities. They always help keep them focused on the subject we are learning.  

     We received this e-book a little over a month ago and we have been enjoying it.  It has 120 pages, but you don't have to print out the whole book to use it.  I like that!  There are 17 workshops and 120 activities. The book includes:

    1.  Workshops:
  • Unit 1 - Life at the Station House
  • Unit 2 - Working Together
  • Unit 3 - The Culture of Character
  • Unit 4 - Relevance Today
    2.  Art Projects         

    3. Research Areas Relating to the U. S. Life-Saving Service

    4. Appendix 1

    5. Appendix 2
    6. Glossary

    7. Sources and Acknowledgements 

     The book was written by Rebecca Locklear.  She is not only a writer but a teacher as well.  She homeschooled her children and helped other parents homeschool theirs for over 20 years.  Her take on education is to teach children with hands-on activities and interaction. Her books are engaging for the students and keep them focused on the subject at hand.  This can be especially great for subjects that some students find boring or tedious.  Your student will be learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills while having fun.

     The book we are reviewing has been a great experience. We have been going through it as a family.  The facts are presented in a way that keeps your attention and helps you remember them.  My younger 2 kids have never really liked history because they find it repetitive and boring (their own words). That is why I am always looking for fun new ways to teach this subject.  Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities is a great resource for teaching history in a fun new way.  

     This book includes cooking, drama, poetry, drawing, and reading, that all teach about this time period. You will learn all about life for these amazing men who were willing to give their lives to save others.  Your children will be doing so many wonderful activities, they won't realize they are learning! Let's take a look at some of the activities we did.....

Here Hope is going to find details in the pictures that will give clues to the time period and she wrote one question for each photo. Her brother then tried to answer the question she asked.  It was a lot of fun for them

During our discussion about how even kitchen supplies were used for many different things, we came up with how a cast iron skillet could be used for a simple drum or as a way to send signals to others.

Hope is working on dot painting an animal symbol to represent the character of the surfmen. She has chosen a whale to represent solitude.

The finished product :)

We did a few sing-alongs that were quite entertaining.

     We have had a lot of fun so far and will continue to work through this book over the summer months.  I would encourage you to check out Rebecca Locklear on her website and to subscribe to her emails.  You won't' be disappointed! 

     The Homeschool Review Crew has more reviews of this book and The Mayflower at Cape Cod - Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today over on the website. Just click the link below:


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