Building thinking skills level 1 is available in both book and software format. However, since we have used only the software version, this review is for it. Written by Sandra Parks and Howard Black, this software is really very good for developing critical thinking skills in children as well as verbal and non verbal reasoning, visual and auditory processing, reading, math, logic and figural-spatial skills. It also the winner of multiple awards :
2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ – 3rd Place, Logic Category 2015 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ – 2nd Place, Logic Category Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products iParenting Media Award iParenting Media Excellent Products Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching Learning® Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval Parent Tested, Parent Approved Winner’s Seal Practical Homeschooling Magazine 2nd Place Reader Award The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 1st Place 2012 Excellence in Education Award The Well-Trained Mind Recommended Resource for Logic and Critical Thinking
The software has three levels of difficulty – Easy (75%), Medium (85%) and Hard (95%). These difficulty levels indicate the percentage of correct answers the child has to give before moving to the next one. There are a total of 38 activities and over 800 questions in this software. You can play in either Practice mode or Adventure mode. The 38 activities are in the form of ten levels of difficulty. Let’s take a look at what each level features :
Level 1 – Describing Shapes has activities like describing shapes, position, characteristics of shape, etc.
Level 2 – Figural similarities and differences has activities like matching shapes that have been turned, combining cubes, comparing shapes, dividing shapes, etc.
Level 3 – Figural sequences has activities like which colour/shape comes next, tumbling (loved it!), paper folding, etc.
Level 4 – Figural classifications has activities like matching a shape/pattern, classifying by shape/pattern, overlapping classes, etc.
Level 5 – Figural analogies has activities like analogies with shapes, building analogies with blocks, etc.
Level 6 – Describing thinks has activities like describing places/vehicles/occupations,etc.
Level 7 – Verbal similarities and differences has activities like opposites, similarities, how alike/different, etc.
Level 8 – Verbal sequences has activities like following yes/no rules, finding locations on maps, supply/select a word that continues the sequence, deductive reasoning, etc.
Level 9 – Verbal classifications has activities like part of a whole, what is true of both words, how are these words alike, picture dictionary sorting, etc.
Level 10 – Picture analogies has many activities that focus on naming, selecting or supplying the correct analogy.
If you want a complete list of the activities, you can download it HERE. This software is for children in grades 2-3, but is very useful for developing these all essential skills even in older kids. The software costs $29.99
Looking at the contents, you may be worried if your child is upto it, but trust me, its very much doable as long as you are there to guide him/her! You can download a Free demo version of this software which has level 1 activities.
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