I am finally getting a chance to review one of the free products I received as part of my “tryout” for the Homeschool Crew. I didn’t know this, but The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has an online store with many different products available.
When I grow up, I want to be…A Firefighter is one unit study in a series that looks at various careers (others include vet, chef, doctor, police, farmer, pilot, artist, military, and missionary) that your may interest your dc. I was able to easily download my copy of this e-book and I was initially impressed by the 82 pages! However, after perusing this product for a few minutes, I realized that quite a few pages are taken up by word searches, crossword puzzles, copywork, and other activites.
According to the authors this study is targeted to children ages 4-10., but I think that they were being rather generous on the low end of this scale. Most of the information is aimed at older children (there was quite a large section on robotic arms) and it appears that the authors decided to throw in a few coloring pages for the younger children.
I found the beginning of this unit study to be fascinating. There is lots of information included on the history of firefighting, life as a firefighter, and what it takes to become a firefighter. I did have to summarize the most interesting points for my dd though since it is aimed at an older student. The second half of this unit study I did not have much use for: a firefighter quiz, robots and robotic arms, math, vocab, word search, crossword, copywork, and handwriting practice. There were a few unit activities suggestions that were cute that I probably would not have thought about.
For my use, this product is a bit overpriced ($8.95). A few books on firefighting and a couple of coloring pages would have accomplished about the same for my family as this unit study. I think that if it were on sale and you have older children, then this might be a good choice for your family.
Pros: Lots of information, plenty of suggested activities
Cons: Geared towards older children, activities take up approximately half of the product, price
Verdict: if it’s on sale and you have a range of children that want to learn more about firefighting, get it!