Critical And Creative 4
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The relationship between critical and creative thought can be misunderstood. But in fact, profound thinking requires both imagination and intellectual ideas. To produce excellence in thinking we need to engage our children in a curriculum that overlaps the logical and the imaginative sides of thinking.
Critical & Creative Thinking Activities' forty-six theme-based units will give your child lots of practice thinking in a variety of ways. From brainteasers and logic puzzles to mazes, Venn diagrams, and secret codes, Critical & Creative Thinking Activities has a wealth of mind-boggling activities that your child will enjoy.
Logical Thinking, Problem Solving...
Exercises include thinking fluency, originality, generalizing, patterning, and problem solving. Every lesson is based on grade-appropriate themes and is correlated to state standards. Published by a secular company, Critical & Creative Thinking Activities may include a unit or two that might not be appropriate for all families. Imagination and reason function best in tandem, and Critical & Creative Thinking Activities delivers just that.
Forty-six lessons complement language arts, science, and social studies curricula.
Author: Rachel Lynette
Made In: USA
Reproducible: For Single Classroom Use Only
I'm not sure if the material is too hard, or if I'm just too easy. I know this is critical thinking skills, but some of the assignments were complicated. My hope was to find something the kids could do on their own as a supplement to our required subjects in order to offer a very robust homeschool schedule. However, my child needed more help than I anticipated which made me grow weary of it. We began to do one or two pages a week rather than 1 a day. I do love that the skills they are learning are very practical and apply to the students life now rather than abstract lessons. The book is designed for a classroom setting and is not as homeschool friendly as I wish it was.
At first, my son and I were not very excited about this book. The way it was laid out seemed a bit strange and disjointed. I don't think that part changed, but we did get used to the style and ended up mostly enjoying it. The book does do a very good job bringing a wide variety of elements and skills into play, but it still wasn't the best book we have ever worked with.
My daughter loves this book, and spends an inordinate time discussing the activities while she is supposed to be doing lessons. Critical and Creative 4 is really fun, but it is more than that. It is chock full of head-scratching challenges, reviews of necessary basic skills, and introductions to new ideas. The only weirdness, which is the case with everything Evan-Moor, is that several sections assume your child is in school, and the activities just don't work in a home setting. But bravo! on choosing this book. It's worth the money and the time your child will spend using it.
We started these books a couple years ago and LOVE them! Our daughter enjoys the challenge each puzzle brings. The subjects are great. I would recommend this book at a grade lower for advanced kids.