Monday, June 21, 2010

Balance Benders ~Mama Buzz Review~

I was  blessed with being able to review for a company that I already LOVE and know well. The Critical Thinking Co. has so many fantastic learning resources! If you have never heard of them....well your in for a treat. The Gaertegang was sent a  complimentary copy of Balance Benders ~Beginning (grades 2-6). The Balance Bender series is all about Logic and Algebraic Reasoning. The series uses fun puzzles to help the children develop skills to solve deductive thinking and pre-algebra problems. I really like this series because in my own public school education I don't think I ever learned these things.....which might explain why I was TERRIBLE at algebra. I want to give my children the gift of reasoning, problem solving, and have them learn all these things in a fun way. My children seem to "eat up" these books whenever we have received them.  In all honesty their not flashy, fancy, or even colorful. My kids don't seem to even notice that. They are more interested in what the puzzle is and how to find the answer. As the mom and teacher, I LOVE that these books really make them think hard and stretch them the think about things and problems they have never encoutered before.

Critical Thinking has so much more to offer besides this great new series! They have tons of "try before you buy" downloads, and printables!!! I really LOVE that they offer this on their website, because sometime I am not sure what level I need for each child. With this feature, I can print off material and have them test it out to see what level they need.

As you can tell,  I am a HUGE FAN! I plan to use several Critical Thinking workbooks in our curriculum this coming school year. Speaking of FAN you can sign up to follow Critical Thinking on Facebook & Twitter.

If you want to see in print what Critical Thinking has to offer go here to request a FREE catalog!

Thank you to Critical Thinking for providing us with  a copy of Balance Benders to review. Opinions expressed on this blog are honest and straightfoward. 


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