Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal
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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!
Considered to be a full credit if both Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural and Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal are completed. This book alone is considered to be only 1/2 credit (1/2 year or 1 semester).
Authors: Sandra Parks, Howard Black
Black & White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Reproducible: Yes, for one home or classroom
Typical High School Credits Earned: 1 credit critical thinking
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2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - 3rd Place, Logic Category
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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 1st Place 2012 Excellence in Education Award
review by My Life on a Taffy Pull
"She’s been working through it now for a couple weeks and her honest opinion is that it’s 'a little boring.' When I was asking her why I realized that book is divided into sections with the same sorts of activities, so it wasn’t that it was boring per se, it was that she was doing the same type of thinking skill each day. To make things more interesting I suggested she move around a little in the book to keep things fresh and exciting. That did the trick!"Read the Full Review
review by the Flanders Family
"The books use both figural and verbal problems to develop four important analytical skills: recognizing similarities/differences, completing sequences, developing classification skills, and understanding analogies. The further you go in the series, the more detailed and complex the exercises become."Read the Full Review
I love how my children are able to see how this can work in their daily lives!! They are able to solidify the concepts that they are already aware of and practice concepts that are new to them.
I used all the Thinking Skills books with my children. I bought them ~20 years ago when Timberdoodle was not online yet. We got so much value out of the first two, I did not hesitate to buy the third. And my children all loved to do them. Sometimes they needed help, but that is the point, to stretch their thinking skills!
They say, "It's easy, and it's nice to have easy in school."
I am a huge fan of The Critical Thinking Co. We would do well to take Timberdoodle's advice and teach our children to think analytically. Filling their heads full of knowledge is pointless if they don't know how to think. Obviously, Proverbs is the first step in this process. Exercising their minds with brain weights is also important. Hence, I highly recommend this book. It forces your children to ponder relationships to words in a way no other curriculum does. I can remember an assignment in college English that asked us to compare and contrast in an essay a painting to a piece of music. We all thought the professor had lost her mind. We told her she had asked the impossible. Not one person in the class had any idea what compare and contrast even meant. I kid you not!! I had graduated from thirteen years at a good private school, but these thinking skills had been woefully neglected. This book is quite long. Many of the exercises do not take long to complete. Depending on your child's course load, you may want to consider using two years to complete this book.
When this book arrived my seventh grader took it and started working on it independently. Heather's observations: "It has clear instructions." She described this as not too easy but not too hard. Some of the words were unfamiliar to her and she used the dictionary when clues provided were not enough to determine the meaning. She later asked: "Can this be substituted for my language work?"
We do not typically take standardized tests, but with college days getting closer national placement exams will be a requirement. This resource should help prepare her for that.
Read the rest of this review at http://glimpseofourlife.blogspot.com/2011/01/timberdoodle-review-of-building_06.html