While my son was able to solve most of the mysteries without difficulty, we did find a few of the cases harder to solve than others mostly due to a miscommunication in vocabulary.
While we understood a suspect’s words to have one meaning, upon looking at the answer sheet we discovered his words had a different connotation.
so I jumped at the opportunity to review Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 for our daughter.
As the youngest of four children, logical thinking is a must for our daughter.
On their “About Us” on their website they state their mission statement is: “The Critical Thinking Co.™ is committed to developing students’ critical thinking skills for better grades, higher test scores, and success in life.
We do not teach through drill and memorization or teach to the tests—we empower the mind!
Our family was given a physical copy of Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 to review with our son.Afterwards we would check the answer sheet included in the back of the book and discover if he was correct.Our initial lessons took approximately fifteen to twenty minutes, provided my son stayed on task.After a few cases, we chose to work through occasional cases verbally.My son would read the mystery and build a solid case for each suspect’s innocence or guilt, then he would ask for my attention and proceed to lay out his case.To assist him, each mystery included a suspect sheet upon which he could record a person’s name and reasons why he believed them to be innocent or guilty, along with sentence numbers to support his reasoning.My goal was to incorporate one to two lessons per day into our routine, completing a minimum of four cases per week over the course of several weeks.Little Man is eleven now; the perfect age to ensure those critical thinking skills are being formed and solidified.The thin paperback had an appealing cover which attracted his attention and increased his interest in the book.The cases themselves were quite funny, with suspects stealing potted plants from storefront windows and kittens snagging the neighbor’s barbecue. We’re overjoyed when we come across resources which help us achieve our goals in reading well, writing well, and thinking well.Critical Thinking Detective has been an exercise in all three, and we’re blessed in having had the experience.