CRITICAL THINKING – AN ESSENTIAL SKILL!

Love2Learn is honoured to have been appointed as the exclusive distributors in South Africa,

for The Critical Thinking Company, based in North Bend, Oregon, in the US.

 

Their material is used in 70k schools across 120 countries, incorporating some 35 million students!

The most important employment skills—and the skills that many

employers say are the hardest to find today—are basic thinking skills.

~ With acknowledgement to Martin Cothran, “What is Classical Education” Memoria Press.

What Is Critical Thinking?

In general, Critical Thinking is the use of reason in our decisions about what to do and what to believe. It involves disciplined thinking that is rational and follows the rules of logic. This means it is not scattered or wild thinking. It is thinking that requires the use of specific cognitive skill.

What many people don’t realise is that

Critical Thinking doesn’t have to be elusive;

and nor is it reserved for the

exclusive domain of a limited few.

Critical Thinking can be taught!

Critical Thinking like many other skills, needs to be developed and practiced, in order to be good at it.  None of us are born great critical thinkers. We need to learn the critical thinking skills and practice them in order to be good at them. We need to remember that our ability as critical thinkers grows in proportion to our use of our critical thinking skills—the more we use them, the better we are at critical thinking.

An Example of a Grade 0 Critical Thinking Exercise

This aspect of education is in fact no longer “enrichment”, rather, it has become ESSENTIAL!

It has become ever-increasingly obvious that this skill is sorely lacking in education of today.

Love2Learn has for many years offered a superb range of resources to encourage and promote among children, the ability to think critically! These bridge Grade 00 – Grade 9.

Today’s education is almost a direct inversion

of the old classical emphasis on how to think and what to do;

the political and vocational emphases of today’s education

teach students, not how to think and what to do,

but what to think and how to do.

Its political goal is to use schools to change culture,

and its practical goal is to change students to fit the culture.

~With acknowledgement to Martin Cothran, “What is Classical Education”, Memoria Press.

To view pricing and/or to order any of these grade levels of Critical Thinking, click here

Grade 0-1

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Description & Features

This fun, colorful 112-page book of mind-building riddles introduces young minds to critical thinking and organized analysis. To solve the riddles, students practice:
    • Identifying Similarities and Differences
    • Forming/Following Sequences and Patterns
    • Classifying Objects and Groups
    • Identifying/Interpreting Analogies
    • Logic

The riddles also teach the following concepts found in most state and national standards:
Math—counting, shape and number recognition, recognizing and completing patterns, spatial position, more/less/equal, ordinal numbers (first, third, etc.), part/whole measurement
Reading Readiness—letter recognition, rhyming words, letter-sound association, letter sequence, sight words, directionality
Science—animal attributes, weather/seasons, senses, body parts, plants/plant growth, force/motion
Social Studies—family, community helpers, health and safety, identifying locations

Each riddle requires identification of two or more clues to deduce the answer. Students either point to a picture or verbalize the answer. Activities may be enhanced by teaching additional information about the animals, objects, shapes, letters, and numbers used in the riddles. This book includes answers and a chart of the skills developed in each activity.

Grade 2-3

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Description & Features

This engaging 376-page book develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 2-3. The Building Thinking Skills® series is the bestselling thinking skills program in the world! The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
– Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
– Distinguishing similarities and differences
– Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies

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

LEVEL 1
  Figural-Spatial Skills

  • Describing shapes
  • Figures: compare / describe /copy / enlarge / divide
  • Diagrams: overlapping classes / Venn / branching / cycle
  • Mental pattern folding / symmetry
  • Directionality / Position in space
  • Mental rotation / reflection / tumbling / stacking / folding of 2-D objects
  • Congruence / area / volume
  • Analogies: size / color / orientation / detail
  • Visual motor integration and memory
  • Use of graphic organizers

  Verbal Skills

  • Spelling / Vocabulary / Writing:  describing things and words
  • Following and writing 1-, 2-, and 3-step directions
  • Antonyms / synonyms
  • Analogies: kind of / part of / used to / association / action
  • Deductive / Inductive reasoning
  • Parts of a whole
  • Map reading
  • Writing directions
  • Logic: if-then / yes-no / true-false
  • Orientation: person / place / time
  • Auditory memory
  • Language acquisition

Teaching Support
Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is now included

 

Grade 4-6

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Description & Features

This engaging 416-page book develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 4-6. The Building Thinking Skills® series is the bestselling thinking skills program in the world!  The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
– Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
– Distinguishing similarities and differences
– Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies

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

LEVEL 2
Figural-Spatial Skills

  • Describing shapes
  • Figures: compare / describe / copy / enlarge / divide
  • Diagrams: overlapping classes / Venn / branching / cycle
  • Mental pattern folding / symmetry
  • Directionality / Position in space
  • Mental rotation / reflection / tumbling / stacking / folding of 2-D objects
  • Congruence / area / volume
  • Analogies: size / color / orientation / detail
  • Visual motor integration and memory
  • Use of graphic organizers

  Verbal Skills

  • Spelling / Vocabulary / Writing:  describing things and words
  • Following and writing 1-, 2-, and 3-step directions
  • Antonyms / synonyms
  • Analogies: kind of / part of / used to / association / action
  • Deductive / Inductive reasoning
  • Parts of a whole
  • Map reading
  • Writing directions
  • Logic: if-then / yes-no / true-false
  • Orientation: person / place / time
  • Auditory memory
  • Language acquisition

Teaching Support
Activities are modeled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is now included

 

Grade 7-8

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Description & Features

This engaging, colourful 152-page book teaches the most important critical thinking concepts every student should know. Many workbooks claim to teach or develop critical thinking skills, but most of these products never define critical thinking or try to teach the meaning to students. This book defines and teaches critical thinking in a way all students can understand through simple explanations, diagrams, and short, engaging activities. In addition to being a course in critical thinking, the activities in this book can be used to supplement lessons in all subjects.

Although this book teaches common argument forms, its primary focus is identifying and evaluating evidence–the very basis of critical thinking. Most propaganda, advertising schemes, legal trickery, and bad science are not the result of complex arguments; they are the result of half-truths and simple arguments. Students who successfully complete this book will have a fundamental set of critical thinking skills they can use their entire lives.

CONTENTS
     •  What Is Critical Thinking?
     •  Conclusions and Decisions
     •  Beliefs and Claims
     •  Finding (Identifying) Evidence
     •  Evaluating Evidence
     •  Inferring and Inferences
     •  Facts and Opinions
     •  Facts and Probable Truths
     •  False and Probably False
     •  Facts, Probably True, and Probably False
     •  Venn Diagrams
     •  Logical Connectives
     •  Advertising
     •  Agreements and Contracts
     •  Common Errors in Reasoning
     •  Arguments
     •  Valid and Invalid Arguments
     •  Fallacies
     •  Analogy Argument

Download Sample Pages in pdf – Figural

Description & Features

This engaging 288-page book develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 7-12+. The Building Thinking Skills® series is the bestselling thinking skills program in the world! The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented in the semi-concrete figural-spatial form and in the abstract verbal form in this book’s companion Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Verbal. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
– Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
– Distinguishing similarities and differences
– Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies

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

LEVEL 3 FIGURAL

  • Describing shapes
  • Figures: compare / describe / copy / enlarge / divide
  • Diagrams: overlapping classes / Venn / branching / cycle
  • Mental pattern folding / symmetry
  • Directionality / Position in space
  • Mental rotation / reflection / tumbling / stacking / folding of 2-D objects
  • Congruence / area / volume
  • Analogies: size / color / orientation / detail
  • Visual motor integration and memory
  • Use of graphic organizers
  • Symmetry / Tessellation of solids

Teaching Support
Activities are modelled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is now included.

 

Download Sample Pages in pdf – Verbal

Description & Features

This engaging 384-page book develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 7-12.  The Building Thinking Skills® series is the bestselling thinking skills program in the world! The engaging, highly-effective activities are developmentally sequenced. Each skill (for example, classifying) is presented in the abstract verbal form and in the abstract figural (spatial) form in this book’s companion Building Thinking Skills® Level 3 Figural. Students also learn important academic vocabulary, concepts, and skills as they analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and words by:
     – Observing, recognizing, and describing characteristics
     – Distinguishing similarities and differences
     – Identifying and completing sequences, classifications, and analogies

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

LEVEL 3 VERBAL

  • Spelling / Vocabulary / Writing:  describing things and words
  • Following and writing 1-, 2-, and 3-step directions
  • Antonyms / synonyms
  • Analogies: kind of / part of / used to / association / action
  • Deductive / Inductive reasoning
  • Parts of a whole
  • Map reading
  • Writing directions
  • Logic: if-then / yes-no / true-false
  • Orientation: person / place / time
  • Auditory memory
  • Language acquisition
  • Denotation and connotation / degree of meaning

Teaching Support
Activities are modelled to reinforce skills and concepts. An answer guide is now included.

Description & Features

This colourful 384-page book engages students in the study of critical thinking. It lays a strong foundation in the important cognitive skills necessary for critical thinking, such as comprehension, analysis, evaluation, construction, creativity, and communication. Through fun and concrete activities—including Thought Experiments, Student Polls, Practice Sessions, Games and Puzzles, Predictions, and Important Takeaways—students explore topics essential to critical thinking, gaining tools that will help them apply critical thinking directly to their own lives. Additional individual and group activities are included to reinforce student learning as they explore topics such as:
•  The Basics of Critical Thinking
•  Obstacles to Critical Thinking
•  Evaluating Evidence
•  Creative Problem-Solving
•  Ambiguity, Vagueness, and Doublespeak
•  Arguments
•  Informal Fallacies
•  Advertising
•  Eyewitness Testimony, Direct & Circumstantial Evidence

Grade 00-6 Skills Sharpeners

In addition, Love2Learn incorporates a range of Critical Thinking resources that are Skill Sharpeners with Grade appropriate activities include puzzles, word problems, drawings, and matching that involve critical thinking skills such as:

  • Analyse
  • Solve
  • Reason
  • Conclude
  • Decode
  • Compute
  • Produce
  • Create, and more!

Plus, each page lists the critical thinking skill(s) so that you know what your child is practicing.

LOOK INSIDE:

Look Inside Grade Pre-K
Look Inside Grade K
Look Inside Grade 1
Look Inside Grade 2
Look Inside Grade 3
Look Inside Grade 4
Look Inside Grade 5
Look Inside Grade 6

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