I don’t normally delve too deeply into what we are doing on a daily basis in our homeschool…partly because a lot of what the boys use for curriculum is online, and partly because when other homeschool moms start rattling off the details of their studies, I find myself quickly hitting the “back” button, and praying they don’t check their Feedburner status to discover that I actually only spent 1.7 seconds at their blog that day.
But I’m going to make an exception today and tell you about this cool kit that H-T and I found at Barnes and Noble a couple months ago, and how it has enriched my days. ( Ok, so actually I bought it for H-T, but that’s beside the point.)
The kit is called “The Great Forensic Challenge” and it includes a book of suspects with their pictures, fingerprints, and DNA codes and any other info known about them. Then there is a newspaper filled with twenty crimes, which you read, one by one, and try to figure out what kind of evidence would be left at the scene…fabric samples, DNA, fingerprints, footprints, tire tracks, etc.
Also, there are all these cool little boxes that include fingerprint slides, DNA code bars, tweezers, magnifiers, and lots of other cool stuff to either help you solve the crimes in the newspaper, or practice your own crime collection skills. And to top it all off, each box has its own little book breaking down all the science involved in cracking cases like these.
So H-T and I have been using this kit for science a couple times a week now. What I haven’t told him is that I am having so much fun solving the crimes that I have been sneaking into his room when he is busy elsewhere and looking ahead in the newspaper and getting out all of the cool forensic tools and playing detective. In fact, I’ve already got the next four crimes solved!
I’m actually pretty ticked off that this hidden talent of mine never came up in those high school career evaluations the guidance counselor assured me would help me find my true path. My tests inevitably always came out with something akin to “accounting” or “social worker.” Those don’t give you nearly the same thrill that holding bloodied fingernails under a magnifying glass do.
Anyway. I’ll always wonder now if I missed my true calling.
So that’s what’s going on in homeschool these days. And yes, I will be checking Feedburner to see just how long YOU lasted today.