Critical Thinking, Math, Vocabulary & Writing Skills Reviews

This article is in collaboration with The Critical Thinking Co.

How many of us worry about our children’s critical thinking ability? That ability to guide our decisions, is so important in life. For the past several weeks, members of the Homeschool Review Crew have had the opportunity to review different titles from The Critical Thinking Co.

This company, founded by John Baker in 1958 remains family owned with over 200 titles in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Our crew members were offered a variety of books in either digital or print version intended For students in grades 3 to 12+.

Pattern Explorer Beginning (Grades 3-4) is an 88-page book containing five different pattern problems for kids to explore, investigate, discover, and create. Exploring patterns will help your child make the transition from concrete to abstract thinking. The activities are self-contained but also build upon each other and becoming more sophisticated.

Elementary Math Games (Grades 3-5) is a book of just what the title says, math games. It builds number sense, operational fluency, and problem-solving strategies. Each of these concepts and skills is listed with the game to make it easy to select the appropriate game to go with the curriculum they are teaching.

Critical Thinking Detective – Vocabulary Book 2 (Grades 5-12+) is a 40-page book filled with mysteries that help students learn and identify the meaning of new vocabulary as they uncover clues while perusing witness statements and question suspects. As they solve the crimes they develop observation skills, reading comprehension, deductive and inductive thinking skills.

Dare to Compare: Math Level 2(Grades 6-7) is a 96-page book of math problems for students to calculate and use to make decisions. Comparing unit prices, calorie content, fractions, density, and more help kids develop skills on mathematical content and critical thinking.

Middle School Math Games (Grades 6-8) is a collection of 15 middle school math games organized by math skill and concept that are sure to grab the interest of any student. By playing games kids will be motivated and create a positive attitude toward learning (and will even increase learning) as they interact and develop problem-solving strategies.

Building Writing Skills – Essential Tips & Techniques (Grades 6-12+) (this is only available in digital) teaches students to strengthen their writing skills through a five-step process. Learning how to use vivid verbs, specific nouns, and strong adjectives in their work, kids will make their writing come alive and more appealing to readers.

Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 (Grades 8-12+) is a 208- page book filled with lessons meant to increase vocabulary, stimulate imagination, and boost standards-based language arts skills. These lessons contain definitions, pronunciation keys, parts of speech, and alternate choices for each word using synonyms, idioms, and phrases.

Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 2 (Grades 8-12+) is the second in a series of vocabulary books and continues to teach students PSAT and/or SAT vocabulary words that will bring their writing to life. They will learn the dynamic, real-life words they will encounter while reading and writing.

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A big thank you to Kimberley Linkletter for this introductory article.

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