Building Thinking Skills Book 2
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Building Thinking Skills
These thinking skills books are among our favorites because of their tremendous scope. They develop four basic analytical skills (similarities/differences, sequences, classification, and analogies) through both figural and verbal problems.
In addition, there are problems dealing with deductive reasoning, map skills, Venn diagrams, mental manipulation of two-dimensional objects, and much more.
Studies have shown that students using these books have raised their national test scores significantly in both content and cognitive tests! What's more, these books are never boring!
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 covers describing shapes, figural similarities and differences, figural sequences, figural classifications, figural analogies, describing things, verbal similarities and differences, verbal sequences, verbal classifications, and verbal analogies.
Answers are located in the back of this book.
Authors: Sandra Parks, Howard Black
Black & White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Reproducible: Yes, for one home or classroom.
Awards and Endorsements:
The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal for Excellence
Parent Tested, Parent Approved Winner's Seal
Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted
iParenting Media Award
Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval
Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Dr. Toy 10 Best Software
Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award
Learning® Magazine Teacher's Choice Award
iParenting Media Excellent Products
Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award
Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
The Well-Trained Mind Recommended Resource for Logic and Critical Thinking
2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - 3rd Place, Logic Category
Practical Homeschooling Magazine 2nd Place Reader Award
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 1st Place 2012 Excellence in Education Award
review by Heather O'Steen
”It has a broad range of ability levels so I would say anywhere from about third grade to seventh grade is a good range. The pages are very simple and straightforward – if your kids love to do things like crossword puzzles then this book will be a hit! The answers are all included in the back which is a huge help because sometimes even I can’t figure it out. They really do make you think critically! ”Read the Review
While I do find this book useful, there are certainly more fun and egaging ways to teach the same info.
This is actually my eldest daughter's favorite workbook. She loves the patterns and geometry and enjoys the challenge of this hugely thick book. It can be broken into a multiyear book; just do a page or so a day. Great for visual perception and spatial pattern reasoning.
As a student I completed this book but I prefer mind and board games.
I bought these books before Timberdoodle was online ~20 years ago. I used them with each of my children and they did NOT find them boring! We sometimes had to work them together, but they found the challenge fun.
Great exercises for the brain.