Critical Thinking Co.: Workbooks That Make you Think

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
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Word Usage
  • Writing

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
  • Adjectives
  • 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?

Are you interested in trying some critical thinking books for your child? Well, it is your lucky day because The Critical Thinking Co. is offering you the chance to try them for FREE. You can download some of their E-books right now. Just click the link below and fill out the form.

  • Word Benders™ – effective vocabulary building with a “puzzling” twist. Visual Mind Benders® – creative problem-solving fun! Brain Stretchers – encourages creative thinking! 

Plus, receive our Preschool Sampler eBook
and Gifted Activity Sampler eBook 

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The Critical Thinking Co. Free E-books

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I received these products free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I alone have the rights to these words and expressions. I was not paid for my opinion.


Fun-Schooling For Beginners

Hi there,

Just a small re die today. This little book is the most adorable thing! My little boy…let’s call him Junior. He is 5 and wants to have cool books like his sisters. This Fun-Schooling book is perfect for him. Dinosaurs, small poems and coloring. 

The poems are short but long enough to teach kids memory skills. While reading it together, he learned a few new words. Junior is still learning to read and so far this seems to help boost his confidence. 

It also includes just a little information about each dinosaur, as well as a drawing for him to color. Gel pens or color pencils work really well for this. 

Does your little boy or girl like dinosaurs and coloring? Check out some photos I have added just for you.

Does this look cute or what? What do you think of this little book? It’s truly great for beginners! You can purchase it on Amazon right here.

I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are completely my own. Thank you!

Math Mysteries 

Math Mysteries 

So what’s this Math Mysteries book all about? Surely it’s not just another workbook. Of course not! We are talking about Fun-Schooling books after-all. This one has places with spaces, artwork to color and room for your child to write his or her own math problems.

It covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.Number stories help with thinking and productive reasoning skills. If you have a visual, hands-on and auditory learner at home, I believe they would find this workbook so helpful.

Visual because there is much to look at in this book. Hands-on because there is room to create and auditory because when reading the story problems aloud the information can be processed. 

Take a look inside…

Amazon Customer Photos

To purchase this book you can order it on Amazon right here! Oh and by the way, if you follow the creators page Thinking Tree Books & Dyslexia Games, you can watch for their awesome giveaways!
Tell me what you think by commenting below. 💜💜💜

“I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. In no way does this effect my opinion. Thank you!”

Homeschool Complete: Review & Giveaway

Good day!

I was offered a free copy of Homeschool Complete’s Unity Study! I chose the Seasons because my children love talking and learning about different types of weather. It also fits well with our current Fall season.

This Unit Study includes:

  • Teaching procedure
  • Skills list
  • Materials list
  • Calendar
  • Hundred’s Chart-Number Line
  • Literature List (Score!)
  • Lessons 1-4

“The unit is based on a five-day school week, with four days of planned activities and one open day for activities of your choice.”

I absolutely love the fact that this Seasons Unity Study covers MathematicsLanguage Arts, Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts, Physical Development, & Fitness, and Character Development & Bible.

Those are a lot of subjects to cover in a unit study and it is ALL prepared for you. All you need to do is buy a few materials and go to the library! Everything is broken down into each lesson. So easy to get started. Great for busy Moms and even teachers.  You can also choose not to do certain activities. It is entirely up to you.


So much learning will be happening. Reading, writing, hands-on activities, exploring outside for materials like leaves. As an un-school family, I appreciate that this complete study has so much variety and the organization of each lesson is very much helpful to me.

I will share a little bit of what’s inside:

Lesson 1

For Language Arts/Science/Bible:

You will introduce the sight words winter, spring, summer and fall. Then you will talk about how the seasons happen: because the Earth is tilted, different parts are closer to the sun than others and so forth. Next, you will do an activity demonstrating the discussion.

The next subjects will follow. Below are pictures of what is in lesson 1. We had a lot of fun doing this unit study! I actually was able to use it with more than one of my kids. Their favorite part was finding leaves and learning why the seasons change.

Does this sound like something that would benefit your homeschool plans? Why not give it a try? Homeschool Complete is offering 20% off right now until December 24th! Just use the code: WHWJ20 when you make a purchase.


So now for the exciting part. I have a giveaway just for you!

Homeschool Complete is giving away this terrific prize: Printed copy of the Unit Study (student & teacher pages) plus all the manipulatives and games included in the lessons for the Homeschool Complete Seasons Unit Study. WOW!

  • Seasons Unit Study
  • Sight Word Flashcards
  • Sight Word Bingo
  • Alphabet Memory Game
  • Student Journal
  • 100 Chart
  • Calendar
  • Number Flash Cards
  • Color Flash Cards

To enter the giveaway: Entrants must be 18+, and a US resident.  Winner will be notified by email 48 hours after the giveaway.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply and claim the prize.  If they fail to reply, a new winner will be chosen.  No social media is responsible in any way for this giveaway.  Homeschool Complete is responsible for the prize fulfillment.

To ENTER click the image below. It will take you to the giveaway page. Be sure to complete each task to be successfully entered into the giveaway. Best of luck to you all! 🙂
This giveaway ends on 12/17/17!

Fun Schooling Books: Spelling Time

Fun-Schooling books are the best!

They are not boring and they do not feel like work at all. I highly recommend them and urge you to purchase at least one type of fun-schooling book!

I have tried a great many of them. They are perfect for our type of homeschool. They are basically made for unschooling but I believe any type of homeschool family would enjoy them and find them very useful.

Spelling Time 

This one really surprised me. My kids are not too much thrilled with the word “Spelling”. In public school it means boring monotonous work. It also means repetition and that can also feel very dull after awhile. I’m talking about the 5 times each I was made to do in grade school. Spelling Time, however, is far from boring.

Your child will be coloring and creating, all while learning new words. My little girl is 7 and she uses this book. She has learned to read mostly on her own. When your kids are shown to read often, eventually spelling will follow. Spelling Time really makes learning new words fun and creative. Bella (my daughter) learned to spell more words by reading a poem, coloring and drawing.

I am so happy because she is happy. She is my doodle bug! I highly recommend this book for children that love reading, coloring and creating. Check out some quick photos I snagged, below.

You can purchase Spelling Time on Amazon here!

Thinking Tree Books: Mom Files

It is Saturday night and I am finally relaxing on the sofa. Football is on the television and many things on my mind. The one highest on my list or cloud of thoughts is homeschool. It literally stays on my mind 24/7. I have to keep my children’s future at the forefront of my mind. I know that it may appear to others that it is not. I try to let learning happen naturally and many people mistake it for not doing enough. That is very far from the truth.

I have recently been sent a very inspiring set of school books for my kids to try, specifically for this post. However, each one is so unique, I decided to break up my review into a few posts. I believe you will understand what I mean soon. The first book I would like to talk about is made just for Mother’s. Honestly, any Mother who could use inspiration on their journey. You do not have to be a homeschool Mom to use this amazing book.

Mom Files

I am highly impressed by this journal. It is exactly what it is. So inspirational, relatable and helpful. What surprises me, even more, is that the founders (Sarah & Josh) of The Thinking Tree, daughter created this book. What a talented and smart young lady. On the back of this journal, she left us a special message. The image is hard to read, so I typed it up for you below.

“Dear Moms & Daughters: As I was reading through my mom’s journals, poems, and blog posts (with her permission of course), I was inspired. I thought a lot about how I wanted to remember so many of the things that my mom had written down. Someday, I hope to be a mom, and I think that all of my mom’s writings will be really helpful! So I put together a collection of her thoughts, ideas, helpful hints, and recipes into a book that could be passed down from mothers to daughters. My mom’s writings inspired my illustrations, drawn from my heart’s reflection of life in our family.” –Anna Brown (Age 17)

Do you see why I am so impressed? If not, I have added some photos of what is inside. That way you can get a better understanding of how wonderful and inspirational this journal truly is. I really enjoyed reading it so far. Not only do I get to read the sweet stories, scriptures, and ideas, but I get to interact by answering questions. It really helps you open your mind and really think about life. Take a look at the photos below.

What do you think? I can only hope that one day my daughters feel the same way about me and realize how much I love them. I Think this journal is proof of her Anna’s love and appreciation for her Mother. It also proves that homeschooling is truly amazing.

Want this journal? You can order it from Amazon here. Follow The Thinking Tree Books on Facebook. They always have giveaways and lots of fun. I love many of their books! Tell me what you think by commenting right now 🙂

Oh, don’t forget to come back for my next Thinking Tree Books review: Spelling, Math and more!

Pre-school Sorting and Categorizing Activity


To get your child to truly master the concepts of length, order, and sequence, hands-on activities such as this that effectively capture his attention are the way to go. By physically rearranging and ordering pieces of yarn himself, he will begin to comprehend what the idea of order in terms of shortest to longest really means and he will have a final product to show for it!

What You Need:

  • Yarn cut to about 12 inches
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue

What You Do:

1. Give your child a piece of yarn, scissors, glue, and paper.

2. Encourage him to cut the yarn into smaller pieces of varying sizes and arrange them from shortest to longest on his paper.

3. When he is satisfied with its order, check it over. If any corrections need to be made, sit with your child and explain what needs to be changed about his order

4. Lastly, ask your child to glue the pieces of yarn onto the paper.

Keep this activity as a refresher for your child when he needs to see a physical example of length and order.



Doesn’t this look so fun yet simple? I love EDUCATION.COM. They have so many free activities for many ages and subjects. Be sure to check out their website! If you try this activity, let me know how you liked it!