Growing a Detective. You might think that I’d be writing about “growing an artist”. But the facts are that our children aren’t always like us. Sometimes they are born with different strengths and abilities than our own. So how do we encourage them to do something that we ourselves aren’t naturally good at?
I have found the answer to this in giving my child the opportunity to try the things he’s interested in. I don’t know if he will actually become a detective, but if it’s his desire I want to encourage him and help him to succeed at it.
Growing a Detective – Provide Resources-
One thing I always do is try to provide resources for my children’s interests. One fantastic book on this topic is DK Eyewitness Book is Crime and Detection. It gives a fascinating overview of crime through history and the methods used to detect it. The book begins with a historical view of crime and law enforcement and then moves on to the many techniques used to solve crimes. As always with the Eyewitness books, the pictures and captions made it very easy for him to read and enjoy. And the facts and Q&A parts of the book were just fun to read together.
In addition, it offers a timeline. We were even able to add and review a few things for our ancient history timeline last week, such as the early laws for ancient societies- Hamurabbi’s Code (1750 BC) and the Ten Commandments (1200 BC). The glossary of terms in the back was definitely not a list I would normally include in our homeschool. So, it was an excellent addition and really expanded my normal range as a teacher. This is something that is really wonderful resources can always do!
And here’s a terrific resource on over 400 different Careers. It’s excellent and concise and gives you a quick breakdown on industry, hours, training, salary and related fields. This is a book you’ll want to have in your library from the middle school years on up!
Here are a few more great books on detection for kids:
- Forensic Science (DK Eyewitness Books)
- Spy (DK Eyewitness Books)
- By Alex Frith- Forensic Science
- Crime Scene Investigations: Real-Life Science Labs For Grades 6-12
Support the Interest with Experiences and Opportunities-
Another thing we can do is offer experiences. It a great way for a child to see if any line of work is something they really do want to do. Many sheriff and law enforcement offices will give tours to school children. Last year we toured our local police station and it was neat to see how they worked behind the scenes. The kids got to see parts of the jail, dispatch, and also tour some of the cars and vehicles the officers use.
There are also ride along programs for kids that you may not know about. Check with your local police department to see if they run a Police Explorers program for youth ages 14-20. Many offer actual experiences for police training in:
- Community Policing
- Crime Prevention
- Crimes Scene Analysis & Investigation
- Domestic Violence / Victim Services
- K-9 Program
- Traffic Enforcement and Tactical Operations
- Firearms Safety
- Radio Procedure
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