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TOS Review: WannaBe A Firefighter

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Firefighter by The Old Schoolhouse is a career study and part of the E-Book WannaBe Series available at The Old Schoolhouse Store.  A WannaBe  E-Book sells for $ 8.95 or a pack of 10 can be purchased for $89.50.   It was written for children ages 4 – 10 years, but the nature of the topic and the coloring pages included make it easy to include children even younger, if desired.  

There are six suggested themes such as A Firefighter is Brave and Firefighters Work as a Team, following each theme is a list of related activities or games.  One suggested activity is the timeless Bucket Brigade, and is an effective hands-on lesson teaching the importance of teamwork.  This activity also encourages a discussion of the changes in firefighting throughout history.    

The reproducible pages of copy work in both print and cursive, vocabulary pages with space to fill in the definition, fill in the word stories, a word search and crossword puzzle are fun ways to encourage reading and writing.  My son was able to practice his reading and spelling as he completed these activities.  

This study also includes a first-person telling by a firefighter of what life is like in this career.  I knew my son was engaged when, after reading one section, he pondered aloud, “They don’t go home to their family each night!”  More than just the usual bells and whistles, my son was exposed to what real life looks like for a firefighter, the qualifications to become a firefighter, and the process from rookie academy to becoming a sworn member of the department.      

A pleasant surprise for us was the science section which covered robots.  We used this study to cover math – graphing and addition, science – how the parts of a robotic arm are like a human arm, history – early days of firefighting, as well as vocabulary, geography and climate.  

Without hours of planning, my son and I were able to take a closer look at the career of a firefighter.  At $8.95, this study is less than the price of a typical career study book plus it includes a variety of activities to reinforce learning.  What a great tool.  I recommend the When I grow up, I want to be A Firefighter.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes. 


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