The other day, I showed Dash how to do a logic puzzle from Bright Minds. It is called Mind Benders Beginning Book 1 and teaches deductive thinking skills. Now, I LOVED logic puzzles when I was in 4th grade, but I don't remember doing them at as young of an age as Dash (who is almost 7).
I couldn't believe it when he opened up the book today and did 3 puzzles all ON HIS OWN! This is the same kid who needs "encouragement and prodding" just to do a simple math sheet or one line of writing! He is a bright boy, but does not like to face any kind of challenge alone. If an answer to any problem does not come to him immediately (be it grammar, math or even drawing a picture), he starts crying and pouting and I have to coach him throught it. Grrrr....talk about aggravating!
Man, it IS a good day today in our house! Even if the baby is in his bed pitching a fit right now...he's tired and has a terrible temper and the boy just needs a nap. But who cares?! Dash did it ALL BY HIMSELF and said it was FUN! And he got all the puzzles right too!
If you haven't had a chance yet, definitely check out Bright Minds where you can find lots of great products that help to build critical thinking skills. And their nifty site lets you shop by grade level, which makes it even easier! Great for Pre-K through Adult.
By the way, this was not a requested review from the publisher...I got this book on my own and just really love it!