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We design critical thinking into ALL of our homeschool curriculum and supplemental educational products. This not only helps students transfer critical thinking skills to other areas of their lives, it improves the effectiveness of the lessons. Critical thinking requires deeper analysis of the lesson. Deeper analysis produces deeper understanding, resulting in greater engagement and retention of the lesson.
Testimonials from Homeschooling Parents:
"Making the decision to homeschool my son was scary business. Although I had a post graduate degree I'd never taken the first class in education theory. A teacher recommended the Mind Benders® product and I quickly learned about all the other wonderful products offered by The Critical Thinking Company™. I discovered that I had developed my own educational theories and one most dear to my heart was to encourage my son to think as opposed to memorize temporarily. We have used many of the products for math, reading and language arts, and enjoyed them all, but Mind Benders® remains my son's favorite. "Please, Mom, Can't I do one more?" He asks every time we complete a problem. That truly brings a smile to this homeschool mom's face!! Thank you, thank you to all the writers and illustrators who make these great learning tools that are so much fun." - Elizabeth, TX
"When my children were 10 and 13, I purchased your Word Roots A1 software on a whim at a homeschool conference. I intended to use it to strengthen their vocabulary skills throughout the next year. I brought it home and they finished the program in two weeks. I promptly ordered A2 and B1. They finished both of those before the summer was over. My then 10 year old son is now 14, and he announced to me recently that he needed to review the programs. That decision is entirely of his own accord. His younger brother who is now ten requested only two things he really wants. Science Detective® and Math Detective®. We already have Editor in Chief®. My children highly recommend your products based on their own satisfaction." - Barbara, AZ
"We use The Critical Thinking Co.™ products as part of our homeschool curriculum. The Mathematical Reasoning™ book has been a wonderful tool. The instructions are easy enough for my kindergartner to read to himself. My son loves math now!" - Elisha, SD
"I recently ordered a few of your books as part of my 1st graders homeschooling curriculum and I am SO IMPRESSED that I just had to let you know. My son loves doing the work and it is really making a difference in his thought process. I could go on and on, I am just so happy to have found your company and look forward to a long relationship with you." - Krista, MD
"My 6th-grade homeschooled daughter completed Building Thinking Skills® Level 1 and 2 by the end of her 5th-grade year, so I decided to go ahead and try the Level 3 books her 6th-grade year, despite the suggested age of 7-12th grades. She has been very successful with the challenge, and thanks to consistent practice that these books provide, breezed through her ITBS and Cogat tests this month. We use the Level 3 Verbal book daily, one page a day, and the Level 3 Figural book only 3 days a week, one page a day. This schedule isn't overwhelming, and has taken us half-way through each of the books this year, and will allow her to finish them her 7th-grade year. She still looks forward to her 'Thinkers' time every day, and her test scores continue to show measurable improvement on a yearly basis. I have highly recommended this series to other parents, and will continue to do so once I return to teach in the public school classroom!" - Amy, TX
When the Critical Thinking Company had its Bright Minds sales division (home sales parties) I was a consultant with them. They have outstanding materials. I've used them in the past, use them now, and will in the future. An all round favorite for critical thinking deductive reasoning skills are the Mind Benders. I highly recommend them. If you buy only one thing from them it has to be the Mind Benders! Also, the Red Herrings are critical thinking fun, we take these along on road trips to do in the car. And like ^^^ jenny, the Building Thinking Skills is a winner for sure and Word Roots are great vocabulary builders. I've had mixed reviews of the Editor in Chief, some kids really dig them but my son didn't care for them. Along the language arts line I would recommend the Language Mechanic, Punctuation Puzzler, and the Reading Detective. For math, Mathematical Reasoning is a must! They have very few science materials but what they do have are great for hands-on learning. As for social studies/history they are a little lacking. During my son's 5th grade year I was able to put together his entire year's curriculum (except social studies) with these materials. He took the TerraNova test that spring and way out scored his brick and mortar peers! CTC books and software can be on the pricey side. The Homeschool Buyer's Co-op offers some sort of a discount or points reward (not sure, best to check) if ordered through them on-line though.