This past week, was another kind of break for us. Emily was on Spring Break and came to visit us. We ate, went shopping, ate some more, did more shopping, took a hike to the river, and loafed. Somewhere in all of that wonderfulness, the prince and I reviewed another study for The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew.

Title: When I Grow Up. I Want To Be A Firefighter 
Author/Publisher: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 
Target Audience: ages 4-10, but can be enjoyed by adults too 
Format: Download from The Old Schoolhouse Store (phone 1-888-718-HOME) 
Price: $8.95, with a money-back guarantee

This curriculum is part of the WannaBe Series from The Old Schoolhouse. In this 80-page download, the information is presented as a lecture and guest speaker platform. We really enjoyed learning such things as the history of firefighting, the bucket brigade, and why Dalmatian dogs are associated with firefighting. The hands-on activities were engaging and helped us to understand the concepts.

Subjects covered included:
  • Career exploration
  • History
  • Math
  • Science
  • Vocabulary
  • Art

Additional concepts included:
  • Creative Thinking
  • Physical Fitness
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Work

As part of the downloaded materials, there was a reading list, family fun activities, and links to other resources. We were able to find some of the suggested books at our library. Four of the five books we chose were read together, and one was able to be read alone … although it was cute enough that I stayed for it too.

The Queen’s Overall Assessment:
The unit is directed towards ages 4-10. Since the prince is 6 and the princess is 4, I base my assessment on those ages. I thought that this unit was really text-heavy for the younger ages. I really felt that the lectures and lessons would fit better with the upper ages. (I used the text as background information and presented it while doing the other activities.)

I would have liked to see more information on fire safety. There were two short games and a couple of library books. There were links to more fire safety information. When we visit the fire station for open house, we will get more information to build on what we learned. It also reminded us to review our fire safety plan.

This unit study is worth the price of $8.95.

Disclaimer: This was a review of my experience with the product described. I tried to give a complete and honest assessment without divulging too much information of a copyrighted product. In order to review the product, I received a free download version with no additional compensation. This in no way influenced my review of the product. The opinions expressed are my own and were not affected or reviewed by anyone prior to publishing.

date Sunday, April 11, 2010

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