Mind Benders Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life

Mind Benders Review by Sarah of My Big Family Life

Platforms: Workbook
Release Date: 2005
Genre(s): Thinking Skills
Publisher(s): Critical Thinking Press
Rating: 4
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Mind Benders Review by Sarah of My Big Family Life

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Timberdoodle Review – Critical Thinking Press – Mind Benders A3, Mind Benders Beginning Book 2 and Mind Benders Beginning Book 1

My older 3 boys and myself were recently given the opportunity and pleasure to review 3 workbooks from Critical Thinking Press by Timberdoodle. The titles we reviewed are Mind Benders A3, Mind Benders Beginning Book 2 and Mind Benders Beginning Book 1.
Before I go on, I just want to stress that these products and others that you can find at Timberdoodle are not only for Homeschooled Children but are also great Supplements or Summer Work for Conventionally Schooled Children. There are not only Books, but there are Educational Games, Puzzles and many other fun Hands On Activities, Projects and Items.

Mind Benders Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life books

Alexander, who is 8 has been using the Mind Benders A3 for grades 3 – 6.
Mind Benders A3 Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life
Alex has found Mind Benders A3 to be fun. It really makes him think and utilize his deductive thinking skills. Alex finds satisfaction in riddles and the like.
Mind Benders Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life, Alex
The workbook contains only 14 problems to solve but it does have Examples and Answers in the back, which is helpful if you want to double check that it’s being done correctly.
The workbook is very simple and only black and white. This can be a good thing for easily distracted children. It may make the book less appealing to some children, but for it’s age range I think that’s less of an issue. I would like to see more problems in it and some diversity in the type of deductive thinking problems. All of the problems are the same style. Overall we like it and would use it again.
Cameron, who is 6 has been using the Mind Benders Beginning Book 2 for Grades 1 – 2.
Mind Benders Beginning 2 Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life
Cameron has enjoyed using Mind Benders Beginning Book 2. He likes a challenge and finds satisfaction in being able to answer problems without using the chart!
Mind Benders Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life, Cameron
The workbook has 42 problems to solve. The back has Answers which are helpful to look at if you’re unsure if it’s being done correctly or not. The last couple of pages in the book also have a few sample activities from other Critical Thinking Workbooks.
The workbook is very simple and only black and white. This can be an upside for some children and a downside for others in this age group. My son is more interested in the brain work and less interested in the graphics, so this is not an issue for him. I would definitely like to see a little diversity in the types of Deductive Thinking problems. Although each problem is different, the style is the same and can feel a little repetitive. We would use this again.
Wyatt, who is 4 has been using the Mind Benders Beginning Book 1 for Grades PreK – K.
Mind Benders Beginning 1 Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life
Wyatt likes Mind Benders Beginning Book 1, but he has not found it as interesting as his brothers. The problems do make him think, but are not as engaging to him.
Mind Benders Timberdoodle review by My Big Family Life
The workbook contains 43 activities. The back of the book has the answers which is helpful if you’re unsure if the activities are being done properly or not.
The workbook is very simple and black and white only. This can be an upside for some children and a downside for others. My son at this age would definitely have been a little more interested at first glance if there were some colors and graphics. After beginning the activities he was more interested. He was clearly satisfied when he successfully completed them, which was nice to see. As with the other 2 books, I would like to see some diversity in the types of Deductive Thinking problems. A little diversity in the style of Deductive Thinking problems would make it feel much less repetitive. However, I do feel it was effective in it’s intended purpose and would use again.
We already use the Complete Curriculum Kits and the large selection of fun curriculum to add to it that Timberdoodle has available is something we really love and appreciate. Timberdoodle has a great selection of Homeschool Curriculum, Supplemental work for Conventionally Schooled Children and Educational Games that you can see online or in their Free Catalog.
As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of Mind Benders A3, Mind Benders Beginning Book 2 and Mind Benders Beginning Book 1 in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.
Posted on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at My Big Family Life

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