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
At fist glance this book felt sterile but my child is enjoying working in it.
This one was very overwhelming. It has good information, but the kids were totally uninterested, and it felt like busywork. We stopped using it pretty much after the first couple of months of school. It just felt like pulling teeth for them to get it done, and I was not quite sure why we were even using it. It just didn't work for us, but I can see why it is included. It definitely gets them thinking outside the box.
The children are really enjoying this book. They run to it when they get the chance. We are in the first week, and I have already found I have had to explain some things to them that weren't covered by the book. As example; it asks for them to identify right angles, and only barely explains what a right angle is. Which confused them. I explained obtuse, acute, right angles, and the associated triangles, and the difference between a square and a parallelogram. Then they got it.
This workbook covers a lot. My daughter hasn't started it yet but I do feel that it is going to be a little too easy for her. It also looks like it might get a little boring but she loves workbooks so it won' be a struggle to complete it. There are a few new concepts in there to her. This will be a nice teaching tool to add to her day!
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.