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Building Thinking Skills
These thinking skills books are among our favorites because of their tremendous scope. They develop four basic analytical skills (similarities/differences, sequences, classification, and analogies) through both figural and verbal problems.

In addition, there are problems dealing with deductive reasoning, map skills, Venn diagrams, mental manipulation of two-dimensional objects, and much more.

Studies have shown that students using these books have raised their national test scores significantly in both content and cognitive tests! What's more, these books are never boring!

Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2016 Ninth-Grade Curriculum Kit!
Features

Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal's activities are sequenced developmentally. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Children learn to analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words as they:
Observe, recognize, and describe characteristics.
Distinguish similarities and differences.
Identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies.

These processes help children develop superior thinking and communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects.

Considered to be a full credit if both Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural and Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal are completed. This book alone is considered to be only 1/2 credit (1/2 year or 1 semester).

Publisher's Information
Authors: Sandra Parks, Howard Black
Pages:
378
Activities: 350
Black & White:
Yes
Binding: Paperback
Copyright:
2007
ISBN:
978-1-60144-159-1
Publisher:
The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In:
USA
Consumable:
Yes
Reproducible:
Yes, for one home or classroom
Faith-Based: No

Awards and Endorsements:
The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal for Excellence
Parent Tested, Parent Approved Winner's Seal
Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted
iParenting Media Award
Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval
Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
Dr. Toy 10 Best Software
Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award
Learning® Magazine Teacher's Choice Award
iParenting Media Excellent Products
Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award
Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
The Well-Trained Mind Recommended Resource for Logic and Critical Thinking
2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - 3rd Place, Logic Category
Practical Homeschooling Magazine 2nd Place Reader Award
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 1st Place 2012 Excellence in Education Award

Reviews from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team:

BUILDING THINKING SKILLS LEVEL 3 REVIEW
"...She’s been working through it now for a couple weeks and her honest opinion is that it’s “a little boring.” When I was asking her why I realized that book is divided into sections with the same sorts of activities, so it wasn’t that it was boring per se, it was that she was doing the same type of thinking skill each day. To make things more interesting I suggested she move around a little in the book to keep things fresh and exciting. That did the trick! And thankfully, for those of us who have never been given the opportunity to learn how to think critically, the answers are included in the back of the book!..."
Review by Mrs. Taffy of My Life on a Taffy Pull


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Weights for the Brain January 16, 2013
Reviewer: Timberdoodle fan in Washington  
I am a huge fan of The Critical Thinking Co. We would do well to take Timberdoodle's advice and teach our children to think analytically. Filling their heads full of knowledge is pointless if they don't know how to think. Obviously, Proverbs is the first step in this process. Exercising their minds with brain weights is also important. Hence, I highly recommend this book. It forces your children to ponder relationships to words in a way no other curriculum does. I can remember an assignment in college English that asked us to compare and contrast in an essay a painting to a piece of music. We all thought the professor had lost her mind. We told her she had asked the impossible. Not one person in the class had any idea what compare and contrast even meant. I kid you not!! I had graduated from thirteen years at a good private school, but these thinking skills had been woefully neglected. This book is quite long. Many of the exercises do not take long to complete. Depending on your child's course load, you may want to consider using two years to complete this book.

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Review by A Glimpse of our Life December 21, 2011
Reviewer: Jennifer from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
When this book arrived my seventh grader took it and started working on it independently. Heather’s observations: "It has clear instructions." She described this as not too easy but not too hard. Some of the words were unfamiliar to her and she used the dictionary when clues provided were not enough to determine the meaning. She later asked: "Can this be substituted for my language work?"

We do not typically take standardized tests, but with college days getting closer national placement exams will be a requirement. This resource should help prepare her for that.

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Review by 5 Boys and a Princess December 20, 2011
Reviewer: Erica from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
Arin is working in Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal. When I asked him about his favorite part he told me that it was, "Working with shapes." I've enjoyed our discussions on synonyms and how they are alike and how they may be different. We have discussed fine-tuning word usage to make a sentence mean exactly what you want it to say. Arin sometimes struggles with schoolwork and I'm glad to find something that he can enjoy and be successful at, while still being challenged.

[This book has him] working outside [his] area of strength but [he is] being successful, learning some new skills, and enjoying the challenge; [he] can do [his] seatwork in any order and [he] almost always does [his] "word" books first.

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Review by Delightful Learning December 15, 2011
Reviewer: Michelle from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
These books are touted as "The #1 selling thinking skills program in the world!" Indeed, they are chock-full of reasoning activities designed to improve vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, figural-spatial skills and visual and auditory processing, and are definitely worth digging into!

The activities are sequenced developmentally. Your child is gently led to analyze relationships between objects, between words, and then between objects and words.

This book is also meant to be used verbally, not just with pencil and paper. The nice thing about that is that the activities are easy to discuss! I enjoyed sitting down with him as he worked and talked with him about how he solved the problems. It is fun to watch him think them through.

It is not often that I add a review item to our curricula, but I'm happy to add Building Thinking Skills to our regularly scheduled programming!

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A Tough One October 10, 2011
Reviewer: Virginia Morgan from Greenville, IL United States  
I had intended for Building thinking Skills 3 Verbal to be a one-year book, but it looks like it will take longer. I think that along with preparing my student for testing, this book is refining his word usage. It is a hard book, but I we are already pleased with the results.

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