Friday, January 14, 2011

Timberdoodle: Building Thinking Skills Review

We have been working through the book Building Thinking Skills Level 2 from The Critical Thinking Co. for the past month.  My daughter and I have really enjoyed this book and will continue to use it, so I would like to share with you some of my thoughts. 

This particular workbook is geared for grades 4-6 (ages 9-11) and works on critical thinking skills for reading, writing, math, and science...and has a whopping 408 pages!!  Many of the activities are short and sweet, so several could be completed in just one day, or if you'd like, you could spread the book out over a couple years, which is what I think we will do. 

Some of the activities include:

* Logical Thinking
* Similarities and Differences
* Sequences
* Classifications
* Analogies
* Antonyms and Synonyms
* Vocabulary Development
* Descriptive Writing
* Geometry Concepts
* Map Reading...and More

At the time of this review, my daughter had completed all of Chapter One, Describing Shapes.  This was the perfect chapter for us to start on because we are currently working on geometry in math.  It reinforced for her terms like quadrilateral, parallelogram, trapezoid, pentagon, and hexagon. 

She has also completed several pages in Chapter Two, Figural Similarities and Differences.  I don't think these lessons have been particularly hard for her, but they really get her to use her critical thinking skills to figure out the answer.

My Thoughts:  I have always enjoyed books from The Critical Thinking Co., and in Building Thinking Skills Level 2, as with most of their books we have tried, I like that they lessons are short, yet challenging.  I also like that since this particular book covers so many things, I can flip through to find what will compliment our school work.  My plan is to match it to what we are working on each week and integrate it into our weekly assignments.

Thoughts of a 7-Year Old:  I like it!  It's really fun!  I think the best part is that it is very easy and fun for me.  I  Love it!!!!!!!!    

Find Out MoreBuilding Thinking Skills Level 2 sells for $29.99 on the Timberdoodle website.  If you would like, you can view some sample pages HERE before you buy.  To see the whole selection of Critical Thinking products, go HERE.  And for other homeschooling interests, you can request a Timberdoodle catalog HERE.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free by Timberdoodle for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.



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