Jennifer says, “When we first started our homeschooling journey over a quarter-century ago, one of the staples of our school day was doing critical thinking exercises. I eventually built a huge library of books by Critical Thinking Press, but the title we started out with way back when was the very first book in their Building Thinking Skills series… The books use both figural and verbal problems to develop four important analytical skills: recognizing similarities/differences, completing sequences, developing classification skills, and understanding analogies. The further you go in the series, the more detailed and complex the exercises become. I can’t […]
Monica says, “More efficient than studying random lists of vocabulary words, Word Roots, instead focuses on prefixes, suffixes and roots. Understanding the meaning of a specific prefix or suffix helps unlock far more words and their meanings.” Read the rest of her review at Chocolate-Covered Boy Joy.
Heather says, “We are living math people. In the early years, when numeracy and concepts are forming, we choose not to choose from the many wonderful math curricula on the market, instead focusing on a less formal, more experience-based progression of mathematical skills. Mathematical thinking starts far earlier than you might expect; at almost 4, Simon may not know what to do when confronted with the written problem “6 divided by 2,” but you can bet that if I have six grapes and he’s sharing with his little brother, he sure as shooting is going to let me know that […]
Jennifer says, “These Mathematical Reasoning books by Critical Thinking Press… weren’t around when our oldest ones were little, so those kids missed out, but we began using them when they first became available over ten years ago, and now we’re pulling them off the shelf again to use with our younger kids and grandkids.” Read the rest of her review at The Flanders Family Website.
Meg says, “Preschool is a time of snuggles, exploration, making messes…it’s also a critical time for building thinking skills. Help your children develop those skills with the Building Thinking Skills Beginning Preschool Workbook from Critical Thinking Press.” Read the rest of her review at Homeschool Gameschool.
Heather says, “In general, I’m not a huge fan of workbooks within our homeschool as I do lean towards more of a Charlotte Mason teaching style. However, my youngest learner absolutely THRIVES on workbooks and being able to check items off her daily to do list so these two books [Building Thinking Skills Level 2 and Word Roots] are perfect supplemental materials for her homeschool days.” Read the rest of her review at Timeless and Treasured.