Building Thinking Skills Book 1
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!
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
Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy Award
Practical Homeschooling Magazine 2nd Place Reader Award
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 1st Place 2012 Excellence in Education Award
review by the Flanders Family
”The workbooks are designed to be consumable, but I’ve always preferred to sit with a child on either side of me and work through the exercises together — at least for the beginning books. They think through each problem and take turns pointing to the correct answer.”Read the Review
Both myself and my kids really enjoyed all the Kumon thinking/reasoning books as well as the first book (pre-K/K level) that these guys put out.... but this one is so bland. Plus parts of it have some geometry stuff that is Definitely beyond 2nd grade. They want you to write full sentences/paragraphs describing complex shapes.... it's years ahead from what spelling u see and her writing program is having her do.
My daughter does the exercises. We do not do the recommended number of pages per week. I intend for her to utilize the book for two years instead of one. Some exercises are interesting to her, but some are really frustrating. It's definitely not our favorite. If she has a choice of a bye week for a subject, guess which one she chooses....
As a homeschool mom I purchased these books for my children to use, starting 20 plus years ago. As a homeschool grandma I bought these books for my grandson to use. Initially, I was not a fan of workbooks and utilized very few of them in our schooling years. These workbooks were the exception. My kids wanted to do their daily assignments, they enjoyed the challenges. My grandson also enjoyed his daily pages. Now that my kids are grown I can see how doing activities like this has given them the ability to see the 'big picture' in various aspects of life. These books helped my kids and my grandson to have complete thought processes while problem solving. I would buy these again if I was still homeschooling and I would highly recommend to others.
My daughter usually loves doing her critical thinking workbooks but this one was a huge miss for her. She did not enjoy doing it. I think the concepts are great, but she just couldn’t get into it. It was a daily struggle to get it done.
I know I'm in the minority, but these aren't our favorites. I see their value in doing exactly what they claim - building thinking skills. But, the books are kind of boring in our opinion. To get through an entire book in a year, you have to do a ton of worksheets per week. We do it, but it honestly isn't one of our favorites.