REVIEW: When I grow up, I want to be…A Firefighter

WannaBe a Firefighter

My son and I just finished our first study in the WannaBe Series from The Old Schoolhouse, When I grow up, I want to be…A Firefighter. Wow!

Patrick has wanted to be a firefighter since he was a toddler – everything firefighting intrigues him. This was the first time we’ve ever done an in-depth study on what it would be like to be an actual firefighter. This study is jam-packed with information, mostly written from the perspective of a real firefighter, so lots and lots of first-hand information is included.

We took our time with the study; we completed it over two weeks, a bit each day. There are several parts to the study, each covering a different subject. For instance, the science part was an in-depth look at robots, what they are and how they are used. There were lots of pictures and information and even activities to design and create our own robotic arm, which is a great project for a science fair!

The other sections covered math, history, vocabulary, copywork and creative writing. My son decided on his own to take one of the creative writing assignments a bit further and turn it into a performance, complete with parts for his brother and sisters.

We read all about being a firefighter. We learned what it takes to become a firefighter, the duties they each perform at the firehouse, the various ranks and jobs, and how much you can expect to be paid in different parts of the country at different ranks of firefighter. We also met Wilshire, the firehouse dog, and learned how dogs came to be mascots for firehouses. We learned how much better it is to be a firefighter now than in times past, and what fighting fires was like before we had firemen.

Along with all the information included in the text, there is an extensive list of activities, ranging from games to theme parties, from suggested memory verses to relay races, from bucket brigades to fire engine cakes – all fun, and some even yummy. :) We thoroughly enjoyed being a firefighter for the last couple of weeks, and it even inspired us to finish putting our family fire plan together.

I would recommend this study to all moms with aspiring firefighters. The amount of information was incredible, and it was all presented at an elementary level, perfect for giving kids a real idea of what it would be like to have a certain career. My kids and I look forward to completing more of the WannaBe series, starting with the When I grow up, I want to be…A Chef book, for my 6 year old aspiring pastry chef. The studies are intended and completely appropriate for ages 4 through 10. They are offered individually for $8.95 each, or in a bundle pack of 10 for $89.50. What do you WannaBe today?

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04 2010

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  1. Cathy Wills #

    It’s cool how they work traditional subjects into a book about a job. We may need Patrick around with Brandon’s interest in fire. If 911 is busy, now we know who to call.