Sunday, January 16, 2011

Critical Thinking Co. ~ Reviews

I've linked to Timberdoodle on my blog several times in the past. I have been a very happy customer of theirs for many years and they often have the very best deal on any given item. When I saw that Timberdoodle was looking for bloggers to review their products, I jumped at the chance!! This review will all be on these fabulous Critical Thinking Co. products. I've always want to try them! How exciting to be able to use them!!

Editor and Chief B1 and B2 (for grades 6-8) have proven to be very beneficial for Pillar and Miracle both. This year we have been using Easy Grammar Plus and this fit very nicely with it. Each lesson gives the student a small article to read with grammatical errors in it which the child then needs to find and fix. The articles themselves are engaging and so much more interesting than random sentences that need corrections. I like how they incorporate all the different aspects of grammar as well as helping them to become excellent proof readers! To be honest the girls both thought it was a little tricky to begin with. Now, however, they know "how" to look for errors and are finding them without so much difficulty.

For Rosebud (age 9 1/2, can't forget that 1/2 these days! lol) I chose Word Roots A1. This book teaches Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes. Again, this was a perfect compliment to her Easy Grammar: Grades 4 and 5. Although initially she thought it looked really really hard....she has now come to enjoy it!
Each lesson introduces a Latin prefix, suffix and root word. The child then finds each part of the word and "decodes" the word with the Latin she has learned. I really like this way of decoding rather than memorization, although we've done that too in the past.

Overall, I'm thrilled with all three Critical Thinking Co. products from Timberdoodle!! I will definitely continue to use them in the years to come!!
Disclosure: These products were given to me for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions here belong to me and my family, we were not paid!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just peeking in on you to see how you were doing. Hope all is well. (hug)