What a busy summer! I have tried to keep up with so much. There is hardly anytime to write lately. We are not a big summer family. We love the Fall and Winter weather. That is the time you will see us having the most fun. I guess that is a little odd.
I have had a busy schedule, let me tell you! I am home quite a bit, but there is homeschool, cleaning, baby, laundry, baby, networking, blogging, baby, groups and did I say baby? :O
Anyway, I think you get my point.
Today I am writing up another review. This one is homeschool related. These ones are so great. I love finding new resources that challenge my children’s minds. What Mom wouldn’t? As you know already, we are unschoolers and love the freedom to choose many things when it comes to learning.
So shall I begin? I was sent these amazing workbooks by Critical Thinking Co. I am so excited to have this opportunity to share them with you. It is hard to keep my kids interested with school work. Let’s start with my Pre-K/Kindergartner.
Mind Benders (deductive thinking skills): Level 1
Mind Benders for PreK-K (Level 1) “helps students develop comprehension, deductive reasoning, visual tracking, and fine motor skills. These logic activities can build confidence and improve self-esteem.” This book includes activities for logic, math and reading.
Do you want to know what my little guy thinks? This is what he had to say, “It is Fun and makes me feel smart!” To get an idea of how much he liked it, I asked him if it is 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars. He understands this because he and his sisters understand the app store ratings lol. He rates it 5 stars!
What do I think? First, I am just so happy that my little guy is happy and learning. He is warming up those brain muscles and getting his critical thinking skills primed and ready. At age 5, it is so important to have learning start as a positive thing.
Take a look inside:
Each Activity has a chart as shown, with two clues. Those two clues help the child think about how to solve the answers: Who’s is what? All you need to do is fill each square with “Y” for yes and “N” for no.
So you see, not only great for critical thinking but it is fun too! He asks every day to work in his new workbook. Happy kid equals happy Mom. 5 STARS
Language Smarts: Level C (Grade 2)
Language Smarts for Grade 2 is a complete Curriculum or Supplemental resource. This is great right? It is hard to find a workbook that can stand alone. The instructions are simple, even for a beginner reader. My daughter is 7 and isn’t quite a fluent reader yet. She only asks for help occasionally.
To give you an idea of what is inside here is a list of the contents.
- Capitalization & Critical Thinking
- Word Usage
This is a good sized book with over 300 pages. The colorful and simple pages make it more interesting for my daughter and she really enjoys working in it daily. I feel confident that she is honing her current skills as well as learning more in the process. 5 STARS
Take a look inside
It is a big deal around here to keep things fun and engaging. With a new baby, it has been harder for me to do that. Having these workbooks help me fill in the gaps.
Long Vowels Practice
Building Writing Skills; Level 1
Now for the “harder” workbooks, as my girls would call them. My girls are use to writing freely; whatever and whenever they want. I do believe, however, that writing skills are very important. Baby steps.
These books will help children build their writing skills in many areas. They also help set a good foundation for beginners. Below is what you will find in this workbook.
- Types of Writing
- The 5 Step Writing Process
- Suggested Books
- Personal Narrative
- Story Narrative
- Opinion Writing
- Informative/Explanatory Writing
- Additional Award-Winning Products
I give this book 5 Stars as well. Everything is easy to understand for my daughter and for me to help her. This book is for grades 3-5. Here is a peek…..
Sentence Diagramming: Beginning
For grades 3 up to 12. This workbook includes 12 lessons. To help your child learn to build proper sentence structure. The first 5 lessons are…
- Simple Subject and Main Verb
- Direct Object
- Adverbs and Modifying Verbs
- Predicate Adjectives
We are still working on Lesson one as I write up this review. So far it has been very easy for my 9 year old daughter. She loves it when it is easy of course, but I think that has a lot to do with the way the lessons are made as well. When I was younger, this would have been nice to have and make better sense of sentence structure. For now I will rate this book 5 Stars. I plan to give you all an update once we finish.
“I find the benefits of sentence diagramming to be multi-faceted. Student’s learn critical thinking skills in a way never presented to them before. They learn information organization skills, and how to make a visual representation of language. They begin to truly understand the finer points of English grammar. Their writing becomes more complex and mature. For many students, boring old grammar lessons become fun.” -Angela Carter
Take a peek inside…
Critical Thinking Detective: Book 1 (Grades 4-12)
“This book offers a collection of fun, easy-to-use detective mysteries for grades 4-12+. That is a wide grade range, but anyone who can carefully read these mysteries and is willing to study the evidence can solve them. They are not solved through tricky logic or advanced math concepts.”
This book is 26 pages, 12 mysteries, with answers in the back. In the first page the author explains How to Solve These Mysteries. It also has pictures and a place to break down your information you gather from the clues.
I really dig this book. I plan on trying to solve a mystery or two myself. My daughter however, doesn’t seem to be into it just yet. She is 12 and at her age it is hard to find anything “good enough” for her. She has finished one mystery so far and it seems to be easy for her. She did say that it was a little hard. I think that the mystery itself wasn’t the challenge as much as having to explain herself. We are working on that. We will go back to this in the future and see how it goes.
I believe this is a great workbook that keeps you thinking in many different directions. You will need scratch paper and a pencil and possibly some quiet space to think. I don’t think it is fair to rate this one yet. Want to take a peek inside?
You should be able to click on the pictures to zoom in. Pretty simple right? What do you think of this one so far?
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