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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Available from Timberdoodle: Critical Thinking Workbooks!

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Several weeks ago I received three products at no charge from Timberdoodle so that my kids could use them and I could let you know what we thought!  :) 

The three products were:

Age:  7
Grade: 2

This full-color, adorably illustrated, consumable workbook contains 320 pages of math problems which help second graders develop mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.  The book uses a "spiral" approach, which means that concepts are reviewed throughout the book so that the child does not forget what he has previously learned as he moves forward.  By the end of the book the child will have covered all of second grade math, and will have been introduced to third grade concepts.  This book can be used as a complete curriculum or as a supplement. 

Ages: 9-11
Grades: 4-6

This 408 page black-line reproducible workbook covers describing shapes, figural similarities and differences, figural sequences, figural classifications, figural analogies, describing things, verbal similarities and differences, verbal sequences, verbal classifications, and verbal analogies.  (Think puzzles!)

Ages:  12+
Grades:  7+

This 280 page black-line reproducible workbook teaches critical thinking skills in a logical sequence. Each skill is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Your child will learn to observe, recognize and describe relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words so they they might learn to better identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies.  (Again, think puzzles!)

~~~Our Take ~~~

My kids were so excited when these books came in the mail.  Princess, Bear, and Baber forgot about everything else they were supposed to be doing and started working in them.  For some reason, there's just something fun about these workbooks. Even though they are good for them, they think they are just having fun!  For this reason, I did not "assign" any particular pages to the books.  I let them do them when they wanted to.  Well, I do expect Baber to do at least one page a day, but I let him choose which page since he pretty much already knows most of the concepts in the book.  For him it is his "fun" book since it is much more colorful than his regular math book.  Bear loves any workbook, so of course she loves it, and even Princess who is getting to "that age" where she is getting a bit more, um, independent, enjoys her book.  She recently took a "Thinking Detectives" class, so she has really enjoyed learning to solve these type of "thinking" puzzles.  :)  Now, I can't say they are still spending every waking moment working in these books, but they are a great supplement to break up the sometimes boring everyday work we do around here. 

 Highly recommended!

I am going to give these workbooks from Critical Thinking four smileys!!! *

To check out more products from Critical Thinking, click here.

Legal Disclosure:

As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

*The Smiley System:

I can't really recommend this product.

I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.

This is a good product, but isn't right for everyone.

Most homeschool moms will find this useful.

This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

Disclaimer!!! I reviewed this product because I am a reviewer for Timberdoodle. I was given the product by Timberdoodle to use and evaluate in my home so that I might share my insights with others. Other than receiving the product, which I kinda have to to be able to assess the product, I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I am in no way obligated to give a positive review. I do try to point out negatives when I see them, though I am admittedly a pretty easy going gal! What you read are my honest assessments of the products I receive.

As with all products, you must do the research before buying. Please visit the the other crew members' blogs, the vendor websites, and any other review sites you might find before buying. I can't guarantee that a product will work for you. You must decide what will fit with your teaching style, and your child(ren)'s learning style(s). I do not judge anything other than the educational value of the products I review. I am not qualified to make judgements as to the safely of any product, and I make no guarantee that the products I review are safe for you, your family, or anyone else. I am simply giving my opinion; only you know what is best for you and your family.

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