Emergency services personnel work tirelessly to keep us safe, often working nights, weekends, and holidays when most of us are home relaxing. This week’s Homeschool Classroom brings these heroes to our attention so that we can learn more about what they do and appreciate their service to our communities.

1.1 Article “Hope for the Tired Heart”
1.2 Emergency!
1.3 Police, Firefighters, and Paramedics to the Rescue
1.4 Police and Forensic Science
1.5 Emergency Services Careers

 

1.1 Article “Hope for the Tired Heart”

Dr. James MacDonald of Walk in the Word ministries reminds us to keep our focus on Jesus in order to successfully navigate this crazy, chaotic world that can very often rob us of hope.

https://jamesmacdonald.com/teaching/devotionals/2017-01-30/

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1.2 Emergency!

Does your family have a plan of escape if a fire should break out in your home? Be sure every member of the family knows how to get out safely and what to do once they are out.

www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/safety-in-the-home/escape-planning/basic-fire-escape-planning

It’s not enough to just teach your child to dial 911 in an emergency. Many people no longer have landlines in their homes, so it is important for even the youngest children to know how to dial 911 from a mobile phone.

www.verizonwireless.com/support/teach-kids-how-to-dial-911/

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1.3 Police, Firefighters, and Paramedics to the Rescue

Yolanthe at Homeschool Creations has created a delightful preschool unit study about policemen and women, complete with lots of printables for fine-motor skills, number skills, shape recognition, and much more. This link takes you to her blog where she shares the details of how she designed and used the study with her son, and is a must read before you head over to the page with links for the free printables. In addition to preschool resources, she also has links for kindergarten pages, a police lap book, and vocabulary cards.

www.homeschoolcreations.net/police-office-prek-and-kindergarten

Yolanthe also has a printable pack focused on firefighters. As with the police unit, it helps to start with reading related picture books.

http://homeschoolcreations.com/FiremenPrintables.html

To explore the topics of ambulances, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, check out this list of picture books.

www.ems1.com/books/articles/193714048-8-EMS-themed-childrens-books

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1.4 Police and Forensic Science

Police officers need our encouragement now more than ever. Although the suggestions at this website are meant for adults, they can be even more meaningful if done by a child.

http://www.wikihow.com/Honor-Your-Local-Police-Department

Do you have a middle schooler (or perhaps your bright elementary age student) itching to gain the knowledge necessary to solve crimes? Here’s a unit study designed to satisfy that itch.

http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classforsci.html#imprevidence

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1.5 Emergency Services Careers

Did you know that emergency medical technician and paramedic are not the same job? Although this is a commercial website, it contains valuable information explaining the differences.

http://mediconeresponse.com/difference.html

If your high schooler is interested in either of these professions, learn more at this website.

https://explorehealthcareers.org/career/allied-health-professions/emergency-medical-technician-paramedic

For an introduction to forensic science, perhaps this high school unit study could be valuable.

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/chemistry_kids/csi_unit_study_forensics_for_kids

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Celebrate the police and their work - hometown heroes

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