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.

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Grade 00 Critical Thinking

Children are naturally inquisitive from infancy, yet creative and problem-solving skills need to be nurtured as children grow. Like reading and math skills, critical thinking skills require practice.

The variety of fun and creative activities in this series are organized around these PreK themes:

  • Insects: Butterflies and Grasshoppers; Honeybees and Ladybugs
  • Weather: Different Types of Weather; We Dress for the Weather
  • Transportation: Cars, Trucks, and Buses; Planes, Trains, and Boats
  • Community: Homes in My Community; Places to Visit

PreK activities include tracing, counting, dot-to-dot, and drawings that involve critical thinking skills such as:

  • Recall and Retell
  • Analyze
  • Solve
  • Determine
  • Create, and more!

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

This course uses 1 resource  (1 Workbook only, no Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.

 

Look inside – Book 1


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Grade 0 Critical Thinking

This subject will help your child develop skills in reading readiness, science, math, and social studies using five basic thinking skills: similarities and differences, sequences, classifications, analogies, and logic.

The variety of fun and creative activities will also help your child with the following:

  • Think outside the box and use higher-order thinking skills through open-ended questions and challenges;
  • Tap into his or her creativity with art projects and hands-on activities;    
  • Become a better learner by practicing critical thinking skills in cross-curricular activities (based on science, math, social studies, and language arts content).

Activities include tracing, counting, dot-to-dot, and drawings that involve critical thinking skills such as: Analyse, Solve, Identify, Differentiate, Create, and more!

This course uses 3 resources  (1 Book + 1 Workbook + Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.

 

Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Look inside – Book 2

 

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Grade 1 Critical Thinking

This course provides a variety of fun and creative activities which will challenge your child to use higher-order thinking skills based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Children are naturally inquisitive from infancy, yet creative and problem-solving skills need to be nurtured as children grow. Like reading and math skills, critical thinking skills require practice. Use this course to foster your child’s critical thinking skills and see confidence soar!

The course includes mind-building riddles to introduce your young child to critical thinking and organized analysis. To solve the riddles, your child will practice: Identifying Similarities and Differences; Forming/Following Sequences and Patterns; Classifying Objects and Groups; Identifying/Interpreting Analogies; Logic. Each riddle requires identification of two or more clues to deduce the answer. Your child either points to a picture or verbalises the answer. Activities may be enhanced by teaching additional information about the animals, objects, shapes, letters, and numbers used in the riddles.

This course uses 3 resources  (1 Book + 1 Workbook + Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.

 

Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book1
Look inside – Book 2

 

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Grade 1 Critical Thinking

Grade 2 Critical Thinking

This course provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal reasoning activities to improve your child’s vocabulary, reading, writing, math, logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as his visual and auditory processing. This exceptional course provides a solid foundation for academic excellence.

This course uses 3 resources  (1 Book + 1 Workbook + Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.

Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Look inside– Book 2

 

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Grade 3 Critical Thinking

This course develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 2-3. 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.

This course uses 3 resources (2 workbooks + 1 Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.

 

Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book1
Look inside – Book 2

 

To view pricing and/or order Grade 3 Critical Thinking, click here

Grade 4-6 Critical Thinking

Description & Features

This course develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Grades 4-6.  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 4:
This course uses 3 resources ( 2 workbooks + 1 Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Look inside – Book 2

Grade 5:
This course uses 3 resources ( 2 workbooks + 1 Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Look inside – Book 2

Grade 6:
This course uses 3 resources ( 2 workbooks + 1 Engine Room). Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Look inside – Book 2

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Grade 7-8 Critical Thinking

Description & Features

This course teaches the most important critical thinking concepts every student should know. It 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 can be used to supplement lessons in all subjects.

The 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 course 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

Grade 7:
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 2

Grade 8:
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 1
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Book 2

 

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Grade 9 Critical Thinking

Description & Features

This course 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

This course uses 2 resources (1 workbook + 1 Teacher’s Manual). There is no engine room (set of lesson plans) as the teacher’s manual is self-explanatory. Extra WORKBOOKS can be ordered separately if you have SIBLINGS or ADDITIONAL students.

Grade 9:
Download Sample Pages in pdf – Student Book
Download Sample Pages in pdf
 – Teacher’s Manual

 

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

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