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Critical Thinking Company

Publisher: The Critical Thinking Company
Review last updated: 2012
Critical Thinking Company is one of my 101 Top Picks!
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Building Thinking Skills series

See the complete review in 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.

Building Thinking Skills series

- broad coverage of thinking skills for grades K-7

Mind Benders series

- books for K-12 that work on logic "grids." See my review here.

Daily Mind Builders™ series


Daily Mind Builders

Three Daily Mind Builders books are available, each with a different subject area emphasis: language arts, social studies, and science. Books are geared for older students in grades 5 through 12 according to the publisher, although I'd probably recommend them for grades 7 through 12. The format is the same for each book. While subject matter for stories and exercises in the science and social studies books is drawn from those areas, the subject matter of the language arts book is very broad. All three books really fit best as critical thinking resources rather than tools for improving skills in any of the three subject areas.

There are 101 lessons in each book, and each lesson should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. You can use these in whatever order you please, whenever you want. Each lesson is presented on one page and is reproducible, and each student needs his or her own page on which to write.

Each lesson has two exercises. The first exercise has a very short story, usually based on an actual historical event. Students need to read it very carefully to be able to answer the question at the end of the story. Stories are actually somewhat like riddles, offering up clues as to the answer. While careful reading and use of clues within the story helps, some of these "riddles" are going to be impossible for your students to figure out on their own. There is simply not enough information, or students might come up with plausible but incorrect answers. However, they can guess at possible answers, and that exercise is useful in itself, especially if two or more people do it together as a discussion.

Each book includes a reproducible "Daily Mind Builders Thinking Map," a visual organizer that might help students sort out information that might help them arrive at a conclusion. However, using it is optional.

The second exercise has five different variations, but all of these are generally activities students can do independently. They might be logic puzzles such as figuring out the order of five people based on information from a short story. Others involve word associations, vocabulary, identifying English translations of foreign words, and working with rhyming words. All of these exercises require critical thinking in one form or another. Students should be able to arrive at correct answers for these exercises.

A complete answer key with explanations is at the back of each book. All three books are available in either print or digital editions, and sample pages can be viewed on the publisher's website.

Editor in Chief series

Editing activities help students improve spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation. See my review here.

Mathematical Reasoning series

One of my Top Picks! See my review here.

James Madison Critical Thinking Course


James Madison Critical Thinking Course

Students in high school and beyond—even adults—might want to tackle the James Madison Critical Thinking Course. This huge, 534-page worktext is more challenging than The Fallacy Detective but it seems more “approachable” than most other formal logic course. This is probably because most lessons are presented as cases being investigated by Detective Stephanie Wise of the Los Angeles Police Department. Other situations or subject matter are used, but almost everything is taught within a practical context. Instruction on each new topic is relatively brief and includes examples.

The book begins with an introduction to critical thinking and continues with topics such as distinguishing between fact and opinion and hazards such as ambiguity or vagueness. Chapter four (of eight chapters in all) introduces symbols used to show the structure of an argument as it makes the distinction between inductive and deductive arguments. From there it takes a plunge into propositional logic and categorical syllogisms, devoting about 250 pages to these two chapters. It wraps up with a briefer investigation of inductive arguments and informal fallacies....

All three of these series/resources are reviewed in 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.

Organizing Thinking, A Case of Red Herrings, and the Editor in Chief series from CTP are also reviewed on this site. See the Critical Thinking Company's site for many other excellent resources.

 

Pricing

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    Love Thine Enemy (Love Inspired #354)

    Patricia Davids

    Building Thinking Skills, Level 1, Grades 2-3

    Building Thinking Skills, Level 1, Grades 2-3

    Mind Benders - Verbal: Deductive Thinking Skills, Grades K-2

    Mind Benders - Verbal: Deductive Thinking Skills, Grades K-2

    Anita Harnadek

    James Madison Critical Thinking Course

    James Madison Critical Thinking Course

    PH.D and Daniel Flage, PH.D William O'Meara

    Building Thinking Skills® Level 1

    Building Thinking Skills® Level 1

    Sandra Parks

    Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural Teacher’s Book-On-CD Grade 7-12+

    Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural Teacher’s Book-On-CD Grade 7-12+

    Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal

    Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal

    Sandra Parks

    BUILDING THINKING SKILLS SOFTWARE

    BUILDING THINKING SKILLS SOFTWARE

    Building Thinking Skills Beginning

    Building Thinking Skills Beginning

    Michael Baker & Stephanie Stevens

    Building Thinking Skills Primary Teacher CD

    Building Thinking Skills Primary Teacher CD

    Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural

    Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural

    Sandra Parks & Howard Black

    Daily Mind Builders Science Gr 5-12

    Daily Mind Builders Science Gr 5-12

    Jennifer Gottstein

    Daily Mind Builders: Social Studies, Grades 5-12

    Daily Mind Builders: Social Studies, Grades 5-12

    Jennifer Gottstein

    Daily Mind Builders: Language Arts

    Daily Mind Builders: Language Arts

    Jennifer Gottstein

    Instant Key

    • Need for parent/teacher instruction: low to moderate
      Prep time needed: low
      Teacher's manual: sometimes needed, especially as an answer key
      Religious perspective: Secular

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