Review-Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service

18 Jun

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.

Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities is a book written by Rebecca Locklear. It contains interactive student workshops with activities relating to the U.S. Life-Saving Service.

This 117 page text includes history, science, writing, cooking, art and more-all in one book geared towards grades 4-12.

I chose to read the history portions to my kids grades 2, 5, and 8. We looked through the pictures, played games, did crafts, and I was just as interested in the history as they were.

It was hard for the kids to pick a favorite activity, but I think it was a tie between the ball and shield game, and the wig-wag flag activity.

My favorite was definitely the wig-wag activity. I found a website that allowed me to type in a phrase and turn it into Morse code. I cut out two flags from paper, and used them for dashes and dots. I had fun coming up phrases, and the kids liked figuring out what the dashes and dots stood for. They then used the same site to decode their dashes and dots. It was like playing a secret code game, and was super fun. I also really liked that it gave them an idea of how people had to communicate back before radios, telephones, etc.

There are so many games, activities, photos, stories, etc. that I felt like we barely scratched the surface, but I think that is what makes Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service such a fun choice-your family can really choose which activities they are most interested in-or even just do it all!

I especially enjoyed Rebecca Locklear’s writing style. This book is engaging, well-written, and full of interesting historical facts and quotes. It really is a comprehensive look at the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and what it was like for those that were a part of it.

Rebecca Locklear has several engaging and interactive books and materials, and I highly encourage you to check out her website and sign up for her email newsletter!

Well, that’s it from me! Want to learn more about Rebecca Locklear or Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service? Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews.

One Response to “Review-Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service”

  1. Rebecca Locklear June 18, 2020 at 5:55 PM #

    I like how you said you were “just as interested in history as they were.” I was the same way when homeschooling my kids. … I’m so glad you like the ball and shield cooperative game AND the wigwag flag activities. And thank you for appreciating the details and quotes. And you are right, my teaching, my classes…everything – has to be FUN. 🙂

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