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Normally I’m anti-workbook, but…


I just ordered another round of Critical Thinking Company books through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

This one is really fun.

This one is really fun.

These books are hard to recreate through hands-on activities. I’ve tried, but it’s a lot of work. Here’s an example of the skills covered:

One of these things can't fly.

One of these things can’t fly.

So yes, I’ve opted to go for the workbooks. A couple of pages a week while waiting for a sibling to do [fill in the blank]: guitar, ballet, swimming lessons, Cub Scouts, etc., can’t hurt. I keep the books in the car and use them to fill dead time with something meaningful.

This time for Jenna(4.5) I ordered the following:

Mind Benders Verbal Item # 01302BBP $9.99 1 $9.99
Mind Benders Book 2 Item # 01330BBP $9.99 1 $9.99
Math Analogies Beginning Item # 08501BBP $11.99 1 $11.99

Those should last Jenna the rest of the year. Hopefully they’ll also provide some practice for when she takes the CogAT in winter, a test our district uses to screen for the Highly Capable program.

But if workbooks aren’t your thing, you can always be creative! Here’s another one, just for fun:

Three of these things are symbols of weather.  One isn't.

Three of these things are symbols of weather. One isn’t.

Logic Cards for Older Kids

My son Bruce(7) asked me to make some logic cards for him.  (Previously I had made a preschool set.)  Here’s what I came up with that’s more of a challenge.

Which one is different on each card?

I made all of these cards using are stamp art set.  It was way easier than drawing things by hand, but you could do that too.

Logic Cards for Preschoolers

Here’s a fun, fun game our whole family played at dinner tonight.

Putting one card at a time in the middle of the dinner table, I gave the prompt: “Which one is different?”  Jenna(3) gave the answers.  Bruce(7) was the person who got to say “You are correct!”

(If you click on the pictures they will get bigger.)

The cards got progressively harder, but only a few of them were too hard for Jenna.  She loved this activity.

None of the cards were too hard for Bruce.  He was kind of disappointed that I didn’t have a set designed for him, so that’s my goal for tomorrow.

The cards were super easy to make using these stamp thing-a-ma-jiggers that Jenna got for Christmas.  She did art while I made a bunch of learning tools for the future.

One final note.  Anyone familiar with the CogAT can probably see the way my mind is working…

Unofficial K-2 CogAT Practice

I created practice sheets like these for my son and a couple of his friends when they took the CogAT 6 last fall. I made these worksheets after reading everything I could about IQ assessments in general, after having seen the uber expensive booklet Mercer Publishing puts out, and using my background as a teacher. I do not want to any way comprise the CogAT screening process, but let’s face it. If there is already a $45 test prep book out there, than it is already not a level playing field for children.

Here are two examples of ways you can prepare a K-2 child for the nonverbal section of tests like the CogAT. Please feel free to print these out and use them at home. I suggest making a whole bunch more practice sheets on your own. If you do so, please send me a jpeg so I can include your examples in this post. Thanks!