Thinking Skills (Logic) – Beginning Thinking Skills Review by The Work Of Childhood

Release Date: 2008
Genre(s): Thinking Skills
Publisher(s): Critical Thinking Press
Rating: 5
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Thinking Skills (Logic) – Beginning Thinking Skills Review by The Work Of Childhood

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I was SO excited when I got the email about the opportunity to review one of the many products from Critical Thinking Skills. I love their products!!

We were sent a copy of Building Thinking Skills Beginning, which is actually geared towards ages 3/4, but I was hoping it would still be useful for Cheeky to explore. I will admit that most of this book was far too easy for Cheeky at this point. I was very hesitant to opt for the Level 1 book (which is slotted for 2nd/3rd grade level) b/c when I looked through it’s sample pages, it seemed like he might be ready for SOME of it, but many of them looked too difficult at this point. I do wish there was an ‘in-between’ for these books that is more ‘on level’ for him though b/c we REALLY love this one!!

This book did, however, offer up a GREAT review for him in many areas. We were able to breeze through MANY pages at once and he wanted to keep on going (gotta love that!)

Building Thinking Skills BeginningProduct Description:
Reading, writing, and math readiness.
Develops analysis skills for academic learning!
The activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Children learn to analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words.

View sample pages from Building Thinking Skills Beginning

At the beginning of the book, it gives you a table of contents (of sorts) which tells you which skills are being used in each lesson. Each skill/concept is listed with all of the lessons that work on that skill (so if you just want to work on ‘Auditory Processing or Memory, you can easily check the table to find out which pages will work specifically on that skill). I love that feature!!

The skills covered in this book are: Visual Tracking, Visual Constancy, Visual Motor Skills, Spatial Relationships, Auditory Processing, Auditory Memory, Fine Motor Skill Development, Inferential Reasoning/Prediction, Deduction, Identifying Similarities & Differences, Classifying, Identifying Sequences, Completing Analogies, and Creative Problem Solving.

And the concepts they are exposed to are: Colors, Logical Connectives, Lines, Corners, Geometric Shapes, Behind & In-Between, Above & Below, Measurement, Half & Whole, Left & Right, Open & Closed Figures.

By far, Cheeky’s favorite pages were the “Can You Find Me?” pages. They offered just enough of a challenge to make him really have to listen and think for a moment. I posted a sample page below. I was excited to see that Timberdoodle actually offers these problem pages in books all by themselves (preschool & Kindergarten levels)!

We REALLY got the most out of the Measurement (half/whole) section and the Analogy section! Cheeky understands the concept of half/whole/quarter but REALLY benefited from the extra practice of actually identifying the true half.

(ex. in the image below, you can see that one glass is completely full, one is a little over 3/4 full, one is half full and one is a little over 1/4 full and he was to identify the half)

Another HUGE benefit from us working through this book was that Cheeky was really able to work on his Auditory Processing skills! This is something that I honestly take for granted most of the time. Cheeky is a very VISUAL learner, so it takes a bit of focus for him to have to solve a problem that I am reading aloud to him.

He did really well and I am so glad he got to practice and yet still have fun and enjoy going through them! I think since the problems were fairly easy to solve, it helped to keep his frustration level down…he would simply say “wait, can you say that again?”. We would benefit SO much from a book with nothing but those kinds of problems, so I find myself on a hunt for more fun games like them!!

Overall, we really liked this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to find a logic or thinking skills book right now. Like I mentioned above, I definitely think THIS specific book would be more ‘on level’ with where Cheeky was a year ago, so I think the age recommendation (age 3-4) from Timberdoodle is spot on!

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Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team, the Building Thinking Skills Beginning book was given to me free of charge. I do not have to return the product and I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Gabriele of Work Of Childhood

Posted by Joy | 14 Feb 2011 | All Reviews, Building Thinking Skills Series

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