Monday, March 22, 2010

Review of... When I grow up, I want to be a Firefighter... From the WannaBe series

When I grow up, I want to be…
A Firefighter!

My children and I have just finished a new unit study from The Old Schoolhouse called,  When I Grow up, I want to be ... A Firefighter!
We had tons of fun doing this study.
This book is intended for ages 4-10.
I used it with my two children ages 5 and 12, and while I think that even a 4-5 year old can learn from this, and enjoy it, it seems a little more suited for around ages 6-12.
It held the attention of my 12 year old, and she especially liked the section about the history of firefighters, and how far they have come today. To tell you the truth, I really enjoyed this section as well. I didn’t know most of what they taught us either! It was also really interesting to learn how firefighter dogs came to be implemented. 
You and your children will learn all about the history of firefighting, the equipment that firefighters use, building codes, and what it takes to be a firefighter.
This unit study also teaches about robots, and they will even get to build a robotic arm!
We finished this study in 7 days.
Each day I started by giving my children one of the coloring sheets that are included with this study, and they would color while I read the lesson aloud.
At the end of each lesson, I would go over the vocabulary words with my 12-year-old, and then both of them would do some of the included copy work.
This book includes copy work for both print and cursive, which I found greatly helpful, since I have 2 children who are at different stages in their writing.
When you have completed the main part of the study, you will get to choose from a plethora of activities to reinforce the lessons, and your children will have a blast doing these activities.
Some of the activities include making a diorama of a firehouse, making an obstacle course, reenacting a bucket brigade, and baking a fire engine cake!
We are planning a get together with a few other home school families in a couple of weeks, where we are going to have a firefighter themed lunch. We are going to incorporate all of the food and drink ideas given in the book, and some of the activities also.
My children will have a great time pretending to be firefighters with their friends! 
My children loved making the diorama; they worked on it together.
I appreciated the fact that they included the firefighter math in this study.
All in all we really enjoyed learning about the firefighters, where they have come from, and what they do for us today.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, whether or not they are interested in firefighting.
My daughter enjoyed this study a lot more than I thought she would; I was pleasantly surprised.
The only con that my children or I could think of is that there were not enough coloring sheets included.

Although you do not need anything extra to finish this study, there is a list of books available that would go along nicely with this study. 
You can find this e-book and the rest of the series at
You can purchase this book alone for $8.95 or you can purchase the entire set for $89.50.
The set includes:
Police Officer
Pilot and
My children and I would definitely like to do another book in this series. I think we may choose the Farmer one next!
 Here are some pictures of their diorama, copy work, and the robotic arm!

Update: We had our Firefighter Party, and it was a blast! We had so much fun, with 15 children attending. I wanted to add a picture of the cake we made for the party. I hope everyone will choose to incorporate this into their study as well.


NaTuRaLbEaUtY81 said...

Great Review Rodna!! soon I'd want to purchase the one on the police officer, a few weeks ago Dave & Kevyn went to SAM's and there was some kind of event for kids there & a police officer talked to Kevyn some & gave him a badge. So when Dave & Kevyn came home Kevyn informed us that he wanted to be a police officer =). So I think it would be really fun to do a series on the Police Officer one. Again Great Review Rodna!!

Lisa said...

Looks like your kids really liked this book. This book was my very first review I didn't even think of adding pics of my kids in it.

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