Building Thinking Skills Beginning

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  • Amazon Customer says:
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A book that has a little bit of everything, February 6, 2010
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    This review is from: Building Thinking Skills Beginning (Paperback)
    My three year old son loves to work through his “special” book. We take this out about once a day to once every other day or sometimes not for a week. We only do a couple of pages at a time to keep his interest.

    This book contains a little bit of everything that a child between the ages of 3 and 4 can learn. It is divided into sections such as colors, sequencing, geometric shapes, straight/curvy lines, similar and different, can you find me? and the list could go on. It starts out with the easier topic such as colors and progresses to shapes and straigh/curvy lines. My son especially loves to use the pencil to do mazes that happen every so often.

    I also have a two year old boy that I use the book with as well. Mostly just the intro with the colors. He is too young too really grasp more than the colors and the shapes anyways, but wants to feel included. I do recommend for 3-4 year olds. Depending on what they have been exposed to, this is a great starter to make sure your child is on the right track.

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  • M. Pizzullo "Sonuvspam" says:
    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SO happy with this book, July 28, 2011
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    M. Pizzullo “Sonuvspam” (Trenton NJ) –
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    This review is from: Building Thinking Skills Beginning (Paperback)
    my 3yr/4mo took to this book the moment her mother showed it to her…she did 15 pages and wanted to do more but we took it away to avoid burnout. She absolutely LOVED it and the content is hands down more advanced than most any other preschool workbook out there (I bought ALOT of them) while still being accessible to to a 3-4 year old. I was originally concerned that the cover would be boring and taint her impression of the book when we first showed it to her (so many have covers with kid appeal and I really wanted her to like this one) but once she saw the pages inside she was hooked. She enjoys workbooks in general, but the only other books that got this strong of a reaction are Mathematical Reasoning (very similar content, and by same company , Critical Thinking Co.) and Get Ready for the Code (phonics, also highly recommended) These books (critical thinking co), moreso than other PreK workbooks, are pricey and you have to do them with the child (can’t just hand it off to them to work alone) but they are WELL worth your time and money. the 27 bucks priced here is about on par with the company website, but the company website offers grade level product bundles that amount to a 10% discount on each item – thats what I got, the PreK bundle, and every book in the kit is outstanding.

    It’s definitely worth mentioning that MENSA will admit children as young as 3 years old if you can show a confirmed score of 98th percentile on the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) and books from this series, as well as the Mathematical Reasoning series, appear in at least 4 different CogAT test prep kits I looked at, in addition the CogAT test prep bundle offered on the publisher’s site, though the recommended grade level was 1 grade higher for this series, and at grade level for Mathematical Reasoning, for the purposes of a 98th percentile target score…which I think speaks very highly of the quality of the material. The publisher also offers a moneyback guarantee if you get it from their site.

    My daughter has many workbooks, and full freedom to choose which ones and when she does them – and she goes for these and the Kumon art books (drawing, tracing, etc); she’s not so impressed with Kumon acedemic books – no more so than any other (big preschool, hooked on phonics or any of the many thinner enhancement/extra practice type workbooks that go about 4-6 bucks ea) though Kumon is high quality stuff. These books are thick, around 250-300 pages ea, and the thin ones do have value in the fact that such young kids get to experience sense of accomplishment by completing the thinner ones, and most haven’t yet developed the desire to set longer term goals. However, these series are comprehensive, 4 and 5 year courses, and given the unique content and the fact that they are associated with so many GT programs and prep kits, while still managing to be fun, they are worth biting the bullet even if you have low/no workbook philosophy. I call them “puzzle books” myself, and my kid ASKS to do them. The grade level bundle also contain a few thin enhancement type books, so you can warm up with them if big workbooks put your kid off.

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  • A. Gift For You "ZBmom" says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Huge Hit With My 3 Year Old, March 3, 2012
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    A. Gift For You “ZBmom” (New York, NY United States) –
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    I do a few pages of this book with my 3 year old every day and she loves it. It starts easy (too easy, I think) with shapes and colors but then progresses on to mazes, patterns and even basic percentages (halves and quarters). My daughter loves this book and is learning a lot from it.

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