If you’re anything like me, you are frantically trying to pull together all the different strands of curricula you want to use this coming school year! I thought I was in really good shape until our printer broke last week. 🙁 I have several booklets and things I need to print to get started so that has held us up a little bit from getting started this week like we wanted to.
And then I realized that the eclipse is this coming Monday and that my parents live right in the path of totality in Kansas City, so I decided on a whim that we’ll kick off this school year with a ten hour road trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s to see the eclipse! We’ll of course do lots of learning about eclipses during our first week of school and I think it will make a very memorable beginning for this year.
You may be wondering what in the world all that has to do with the book I’m supposed to be reviewing today, God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective by J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace. Good question.
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You may remember from this post that finding science curriculum that my girls enjoy has been one of my biggest homeschooling struggles. The only thing they’ve ever really loved for science is the Sassafras Science Adventures which teach science through the medium of a fun fictional story. They are fabulous and I highly recommend them. Our only problem has been that they are not putting them out fast enough for us so we keep finishing our semester of study with the next one not being released yet. They also don’t touch on origins which is fine with me, but I knew that at some point, we would want to cover that more formally together.
So when I was asked by Litfuse Publicity Group if I’d like to take a look at a complimentary advance reader’s copy of God’s Crime Scene for Kids, and I saw in the book blurb that it involves fictional kids solving a mystery and learning to apply detective skills to the question of the origin of the world, I thought it just might be a great fit for us!
And I’m happy to say that I was right! This is a fantastic and fun book that helps kids, ages seven and older, learn how to think things through and come to their own logical conclusions. While perhaps a little light on science, it nonetheless provides for some great jumping off points to do more research if a reader is unconvinced by the evidence presented in the book.
I have a feeling that viewing something as spectacular as the eclipse next week will provide a great starting point for us to start investigating how it all came to be, and this book will be a perfect resource for that!
About the Book
Author: J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace
Series: Case Makers Academy, Book 2
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Publisher: David C. Cook
Print Length: 144 pages
Summary from the publisher: In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detectives’ Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.
In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.
I really enjoyed this book, and I’m really excited to share it with my girls this year! The only thing I didn’t love about it was that I didn’t really understand why the detective in the story was teaching his “cadets” to investigate the evidence of God’s existence. It’s possible that was explained better in the first book, but in this one, the case of the mysterious shoebox is presented and then all of a sudden, the detective is relating it to how the world came to be. All the logic he presents is good, but I kept wondering why he was doing it. Perhaps a little more explanation there would be helpful, but it’s also possible that kids won’t notice this.
There is so much to love about this book! It is peppered throughout with fun black-and-white, pen-and-ink illustrations that I think will do a lot to keep reluctant readers reading!
There are also great extension activities included in the sidebars including sections entitled “Dig Deep,” “A ‘Tool’ for Your Detective Bag,” and “CSI Assignments.”
Some of these send the reader to the author’s website, Case Makers Academy, where there are loads of extension activities organized by chapter! I am excited to check those out more myself!
If you are looking for a fun read that will teach your kids how to think for themselves and make their faith their own, I think you will like this book!
About the Author
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. Wallace has a master’s degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.
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