Building Thinking Skills Book 1 by Adventures in Unsell Land

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2006
Genre(s): Thinking Skills
Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co.
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Building Thinking Skills Book 1 by Adventures in Unsell Land

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Building Thinking Skills Book 1~ Timberdoodle Review

We were given the opportunity in December to chose from a list of books to review from Timberdoodle.  I was delighted to see Building Thinking Skills on the list of choices as it is a book that I had been wondering about for a while now.

Authors: Sandra Parks, Howard Black
Pages: 364
Activities: 1,072
Black & White: Yes
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2006
ISBN: 978-1-60144-149-2
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Consumable: Yes
Reproducible: Yes, for one home or classroom.

ABOUT BUILDING THINKING SKILLS:

Critical Thinking is such an important skill. While using Building Thinking Skills children develop four basic analytical skills (similarities/differences, sequences, classification, and analogies) through both figural and verbal problems. In addition, there are problems dealing with deductive reasoning, map skills, Venn diagrams, mental manipulation of two-dimensional objects, and much more. Studies have shown that students using these books have raised their national test scores significantly in both content and cognitive tests! What’s more, these books are never boring! Building Thinking Skills provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as visual and auditory processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and success on any assessment test.

The activities are sequenced developmentally. 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 as they:

*Observe, recognize, and describe characteristics.

*Distinguish similarities and differences.

*Identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies.

Building Thinking Skills is geared towards ages 7-8/2nd-3rd Grade levels. The Cost is 29.99$. Building Thinking Skills is published by The Critical Thinking Company and Timberdoodle offers many of their products. To view more books from Critical Thinking Company, click HERE. Timberdoodle also offers many games that help build Critical Thinking Skills. To learn more, click HERE.  We LOVE Timberdoodles games!

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT BUILDING THINKING SKILLS:

I used this book over the past month with my 10 year old daughter, Annie. While the book says it is geared towards 7-8 year olds I felt the need to start her here as this was her first workbook that dealt with thinking skills. This book was an excellent fit for her.

While some of the matching exercises were easy for her the exercises that required being descriptive challenged her. She and I both appreciated that the book takes on a slow and basic approach to solving the problems. This helped her to not be overwhelmed with those exercises that did challenge her. Being challenged to write out descriptions is one of the key factors that really got her to think on her own as she worked through the various exercises. The book offers such a variety of lessons from page to page that she was never left feeling like she was just repeating the same problems over and over again. The variety of skills that are presented in this book are astounding! I was left feeling very impressed and to top it off I have noticed that her solving skills have indeed improved in just over a months time from the use of this book. For that reason alone, I highly recommend Building Thinking Skills. It is very much worth the cost, in my opinion. Giving our children the ability of how to think, not just knowing the facts, is such a vital part of education!

A HUGE Thank-you to Timberdoodle for the opportunity to review Building Thinking Skills. 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.



Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 08 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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