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We recently had the chance to review Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 - 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities written by Rebecca Locklear. It has been a very interesting studying this part of maritime history.
I have a passion for reading about lighthouses around the world. A few years ago, Lydia and I did a full unit study about lighthouses along the Atlantic Ocean and the women who braved the waters and saved lives. We have visited several lighthouses and even a Life-saving Station in North Carolina. So I was excited to get a chance to read more about these important jobs in our U.S. History.
Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 is the perfect addition to a history unit following your study of the Civil War (if studying in timeline order). The U.S. Life-Saving Service was a group of civil servants that were hired to work along the remote areas of the US coastline where there may not have been a lighthouse near by. These brave individuals were the ones that ships relied on when in distress. If there was a wreck, they would row out to try and save as many lives as possible.
This is a part of history that most people do not know. They are real heroes that risked their lives to save many. This organization was really the first US Coast Guard in America.
Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 was written by a descendent of one of these very brave American surfmen. Rebecca Locklear wanted to document what these individuals had to endure through their years of service. As a person who firmly believes that studying the past is essential to our future, I applaud the wonderful program that Rebecca Locklear has created for the younger generations.
Studying history really can be boring. I love it, my kids not so much. So I try to make it fun and hands-on. Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 contains 17 different workshops with over 120 activities. The activities are written for students in grades 4 through 12, which is beneficial for families who are multi-grade level teaching.
Other activities include life skill such as cooking/baking recipes, suggested reading and literature studies, and activities that can be included under some science topics also.
I will be honest, I did not even think about adding maritime studies into our history class. I have read so many local history books about various areas, and those can be a little boring for kids. The writing style and activities in Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 were written on a great level for kids to really draw them into the excitement of history.
Caty and I have been slowly working our way through Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915. She is finishing up her study of the Civil War, and I was adding these fun reading sessions into her timeline of studies. I like that the questions for thought are great and really emphasizes critical thinking skills. It's great for open discussions. Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 has been a great addition to our studies, and we love our discussions each lesson.
Rebecca Locklear has some exciting upcoming projects. You can sign up for her newsletter by visiting her website. I can't wait to see more of her upcoming projects.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review two products from Rebecca Locklear. Others reviewed Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 and still others The Mayflower at Cape Cod Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with Life Today. Click on the link below to see how they used these materials in their homes and what they thought of them.