Jennifer says, “I took three years of Latin in high school and loved it. I also took Greek for a couple of semesters in college and thoroughly enjoyed that as well. But when it came time to pick a language to study with my own homeschooled children, I opted for… Spanish. Here in Texas, opportunities to converse in Spanish abound. Classical languages? Not so much. Even so, I haven’t wanted to abandon my Latin and Greek roots completely. Thankfully, vocabulary-building curricula such as The Critical Thinking Company’s Word Roots are ready to stand in the gap.” Read the rest of […]
Monica says, “If your child enjoys sleuth work, he may enjoy Word Roots. On the other hand, if you have a straightforward learner, who prefers more explanation, this may not work.” Read the rest of her review at Chocolate Covered Boy Joy.
Jennifer says, “…we have been s-l-o-w-l-y working our way through the award-winning James Madison Critical Thinking Course this semester. This course has the same great quality we’ve come to expect from books published by the Critical Thinking Press, but it’s scope is more ambitious than many of their other titles we’ve used in the past.” Read the rest of her review at The Flanders Family Website.
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.