Mind Benders Level 2
When I was about ten years old, my parents, with their six daughters ages two to eleven, spent the summer driving a Dodge van from Panama to Oregon, then over to Michigan. Cars in those days did not have media centers, and if ours had a working radio or air conditioner, it was a well-guarded secret. But what we did have were several large tote bags of puzzle books. It was on this trip that I was first introduced to this absorbing type of puzzle. Mind Benders are deductive thinking puzzles that develop vital logic, reading comprehension, and mental organization skills necessary for solving real-life problems.
Levels spiral in difficulty within grade ranges. Mind Benders Level 1 and Mind Benders Level 2 are intended for children as young as four years old. With your assistance, your child will think about each story and its clues; identify logical associations between people, places, and things; and then deduce how it all fits together. A child that can master these skills at four or five years of age will almost certainly find that the twin academic challenges of reading comprehension and mathematical story problems will be non-issues in the years to come. Includes step-by-step instructions and detailed answers.
Develops reading comprehension, logic, and problem solving.
Prepares your child for testing.
Great for developing real-life, problem solving skills.
Author: Michael Baker
Black and White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Reproducible: Yes, for use within your own home or classroom. Not for any commercial entity or organization.
Awards and Endorsements:
Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted
Practical Homeschooling Logic Award
Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Practical Homeschooling Software Award
Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
The Well-Trained Mind Recommended Resource for Logic and Critical Thinking
We all love this book. I wish we had bought the next to levels. He was a little intimated at first but once understood the concept begs to do more sheets. My sons is a great learner but wasn’t thrill about math problems. This book helped him get over anxiety and frustration of problem solving math problems.
My 7-year-old son really enjoys doing these logic puzzles. We did Level 1 last year, so he was able to do the first set in this book pretty easily, but about a third of the way through he started hitting some more difficult ones that require him to think more. He gets frustrated when he can't immediately figure something out, so we have had to slow down and will probably have to continue this book into second grade. I think it's an excellent book for teaching children how to reason logically.
Great gear books are fun to do out loud. My daughter can’t do it on her own, but it’s fun to read aloud and talk our way through it.
This book was fun for my first grader. She found most of the puzzles to be pretty easy but there were a few that she really had to think about. I like that it got her thinking in different ways. She had never done any puzzles like these before. Although the age says 1-2 grades, I do feel that it would be too easy for past first grade. My Pre-K child was able to figure some of these out when I read them to her. I am considering getting some harder ones for my daughter for second grade.
My second grader does this book in addition to other logic puzzles. He struggled at first, but now enjoys doing these often. I am already planning on getting the next two levels next year.