Review: Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities from Rebecca Locklear

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.

My son wants to be in the Coast Guard when he grows up.  He loves to read about them, watch shows about them, and has already learned what requirements are needed.  I honestly think this is what he will do in life, and I couldn’t be more proud.  This love, this passion, that he has for the Coast Guard is the reason why I desperately wanted to be chosen to review Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities from Rebecca Locklear.


Rebecca Locklear is a former home educator of 18 years.  She also taught large homeschool groups of 80+ children for 21 years.  In her quest for providing quality educational materials for children, she has created many skits, books, and materials. She also has a blog on her website that serves to help parents with varying aspect of education and resources.


Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service is a 120-page electronic resource that contains 17 workshops and 120 teaching ideas.  The lessons are broken into 5 parts.  The first is an introductory workshop that is used to teach about basic information about Life Saving Services. The second part is a unit entitled “Life at the Station House”.  This unit is about the foods they would have eaten, and the areas and conditions they would have lived in.  The third part is a unit called “Working Together at the Station”.  This unit teaches the user about communication from flags, varying type of ships and what beach and tower duty entailed.  The fourth part is a unit called “The Culture of Character”.  This unit deals with the manners of gentlemen, giving toasts, and the character of a life saver.  The final part is a unit entitled “Relevance Today”.  This unit teaches the user about important life saving skills such as if someone is submerged in cold water.  The remained of the book is a collection of projects that the user may complete such as art projects, music pieces, or a research project.

Throughout the varying units there are a wide variety of activities that the user may complete.  These activities can include cooking, drama pieces (skits), games, and group work.  There are also many critical thinking questions found within the lessons.


We started at the beginning and worked through the lessons in order.  This allowed us to work through about half of the lessons during the review period.  The book is written for grades 4-12.  My children will be in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades in the upcoming school year.  All three of my children took part in the lessons.


My children loved Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service from Rebecca Locklear with my Coast Guard loving son enjoying it the most.  They loved the stories and skits that were included.  It helped them learn the information in a less traditional way that didn’t feel like learning. 

I loved that the lessons were easy to follow and there wasn’t a lot of prep that I needed to do.  Occasionally there were pages that needed copied, or some materials to gather, such as molasses, but I didn’t spend hours organizing materials.  I also loved that my children were exposed to a wide variety of materials.

There were a couple of activities that were geared toward larger group, where you may have needed several children in a group.  We modified these activities to work for us, but it was nice to have these included because this lends itself to being used in a co-op or classroom setting.


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