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According to publisher’s materials, “Critical thinking is the identification and evaluation of evidence to guide decision making. A critical thinker uses broad in-depth analysis of evidence to make decisions and communicate his/her beliefs clearly and accurately.” The resources are designed to help students develop analytical thinking processes. The various curricula including Grade Level Solutions in Math, Language Arts, Science and Reasoning sell for less than $40 each.

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  1. Critical Thinking Review by Pamela
    Pros: Greatly increases thinking skills, They liked most of what I bought
    Cons: Price,

    Grades Used: Pre-K, K and 1st. 7th, 8th, 9th

    I would recommend for Preschool and first grade, especially.

    We used Organizational Thinking in Elementary school. In junior high grades, we bought and used Riddle Spiders.

    We bought a Science critical thinking book, but did not use. It was too involved a study for us with other curriculum we were using.

  2. Critical Thinking Review by Lynn
    Pros: Great design
    Cons: ?

    Grades Used: 3-5

    I have used several of their CDROM’s as extra fun practice for my kids. I have not used them as a complete curriculum, only because we love what we are doing now 🙂 It has been a great add on to our current studies and my kids often ask for more.

  3. Critical Thinking Review by Sally
    Pros: fun, mind working
    Cons: pricey

    Grades Used: 1-8

    It is hard for my children to stop working in these books and move on to other subjects. One page isn’t enough. They really enjoy these.

  4. Critical Thinking Review by JulieCC
    Pros: good value; excellent content
    Cons: can be hard w/ one student

    Grades Used: Critical Thinking books 1 & 2 for 7-12

    My son has worked through most of the Critical Thinking, Book 1 and is ready to start Book 2. He uses these books in conjunction with an online class. Looking them over, it would be difficult to use with one student. The class discussion he does is highly valuable and with one student and one teacher, would be lost.

    He is learning a great deal about propoganda, reasoning techniques, and how to think through ideas logically. He really enjoys the challenge of identifying different theories in what he reads and hears both in the book, and in real life, mostly with TV commericals and info-mercials. By the time he completes the second book, he will have a very good handle on the subject which will carry him through high school and beyond.

  5. Critical Thinking Review by Susan Washabaugh
    Pros: Builds thinking skills
    Cons: Pricey

    Grades Used: All

    One of my biggest goals is to teach my children to think. These books are great for that. You can get the best value if you put them in clear protective pockets to reuse over and over. We recently installed the Word Builder CD rom. It is great for vocabulary skills.

  6. Critical Thinking Review by Rosanne Rankine
    Pros: Very easy way to teach critical thinking; can copy books for multiple children once you have purchased it
    Cons: Can get expensive to do all levels and the fun levels

    Grades Used: Preschool and up

    My preschooler loves it! My 3rd grader has been using the program since preschool and thinks it’s great. He does the core books for school and other books for fun (they are on his Christmas list). This is my 7th graders first year homeschooling and she hates the program. She says she just doesn’t get it and it is a struggle for her. I don’t know if it because it is her first year with critical thinking or the program.

  7. Critical Thinking Review by Sally
    Pros: Fun brain exercises
    Cons: Cost

    Grades Used: 1- 6

    These are addicting. My children can’t do just one page; they love to keep working in these books. The younger children look at them like fun activity books, while the older ones look at them like mysteries to solve.

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