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  • Item #: 014613
    ISBN: 9781591281658
    Retail: $29.00
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  • Item #: 034325
    ISBN: 9780825151231
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    For those spare minutes in your school day, try incorporating these short logic activities. While some may require just a minute or two of thinking, others may keep your students busy for closer to five or ten minutes. Either way, their minds will be stretched instead of sitting idle. Each logic problem is written on its own page of the half-size book, so you can easily make copies of the warm-ups for multiple students or simply write the problems on a whiteboard where everyone can see it. Answers are included in the back of the book. 207 pgs. – Melissa

  • Item #: 063932
    ISBN: 9781937032555
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       Learn logic in a day!  That is, a day in the life of Fred.  Here is a complete coverage of logic in a mere 176 pages.  No ancillaries required.  That’s right.  No separate teacher book, no test pack, no workbook needed.  It’s all right here – the whole “Kittens” caboodle.  Fred, now six (and still a professor at Kittens U), is preparing to give a logic lecture.  Ironically, and somewhat conveniently, Duck (first introduced in Life of Fred: Apples) pays Fred a visit and provides ample fodder for some of the first topics covered in the book.  Duck, who always speaks in sentences that are false, helps to illustrate both logic sentence structure and the concept of every sentence being True or False.  As always, Dr. Schmidt manages to both entertain and train.  Along with the levity and random bits of eclectic knowledge provided in chapter 1, Dr. Schmidt gets right down to introducing us to both pure and applied logic and the language of logic (the use of symbols, modeling, and structures) – all in the first few pages of the book.   From there, the course progresses through the topics of truth tables, connectives, the language of logic, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, logic fallacies (covered all in ONE conversation), and predicate logic.  These first six chapters provide a complete high school logic course.  Once logic as a second language is mastered, working through the remaining ten chapters is the equivalent of completing a college-level logic course.   This part of the course is more heavily theoretical.  It uses the structures and models learned in the first part of the course, progressing to proofs, introducing more complex structures and lemmas, and giving much thought to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.   No prerequisites are required to begin this course, though I think it would help if your student had completed Algebra and Geometry before tackling it.  While the math skills themselves are not needed, the ability to reason well and think logically (and somewhat mathematically) is.  There are no exercises to complete, though there are 99 “puzzles” to solve.  In addition to a very alert and thoughtful mind, familiarity with and understanding of symbolic language, proofs, combinations, set theory, and other topics typically covered in higher-level math would aid solutions.  As far as teaching time, there is none.  The course is totally self-instructional.  Instruction is directed to the student/reader and all answers are included in the back of the book.  Dr. Schmidt goes to great lengths as the book’s narrator to make sure the student does not take the easy road and check the answers before first exercising his/her brain.  He also already anticipates questions and objections the student might have, with many “reader” interjections, shown in distinctive font, at these points.   One quibble I have with the book (and a caution to parents) is Dr. Schmidt’s unnecessary incorporation of drugs (cocaine) and drinking used in one of the early examples in the book.   I can guess the reason for this, but I wish he had considered another option….  This course will appeal most to those who enjoy math, enjoy Fred, and enjoy a good story along with their study.

  • Item #: 038555
    ISBN: 9780974531526
    Retail: $15.00
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    For such a useful study, logic can be a bit intimidating. This pair of workshops by two homeschool graduates goes a long way toward making the topic more understandable. A single DVD covers both Part I – Learning to Think Logically and Part II – Using Your Thinking Toolbox. The DVD also includes PDF files for the workshop handouts. Originally given to a roomful of students, Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn together present both workshops (each about 50 minutes). With a wry touch of humor and some audience interaction they examine several different types of fallacies in Part I and ways to strengthen and train yourself to think logically in Part II. Watching a workshop video is never the same as being there in person; perhaps the biggest loss is the absence of the illustrative cartoons that were obviously a part of the original workshop. Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, and Far Side do not allow their cartoons to be used in video presentations and I found myself regretting that fact. Still, if you're wanting an introduction to the whole subject of logic, this is a good way to start.

  • Item #: 062255
    ISBN: 9781454909408
    Retail: $8.95
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    Similar to Grid Perplexors but with a crime-solving setting, this book holds 60 cases for you to solve. Humorous and fun scenarios are presented and you sort through the facts to solve the crime. Each puzzle has different variations on the grid – number of squares, pattern, etc. The crime stories take place in Enigamaville where Lieutenant Larry Logic works to solve them. Each story or crime is followed by five logic puzzles that need to be solved in order to solve a sixth puzzle. The solutions to the final puzzles in each case are then used to solve one final puzzle in the book. There are ten cases to be solved, and if you aren’t sure of your finds, the answers are in the back of the book. Spiral bound, 96 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 015598
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    Balance Beans are brightly colored, cute little “bean guys” that will help your youngster learn how to visually balance numbers on the seesaw. Place the red bean guys on the seesaw in the pattern shown on the challenge card. Then use the yellow, blue, and orange bean guys to balance the seesaw. Don’t move the red beans, just place the other beans strategically around them. There are 40 challenge cards in the set that range from easy to super hard – a great introduction to balancing equations. It’s an elementary algebra concept – made fun!▲CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 000419
    ISBN: 9781593630928
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    This book practices seven different thinking skills (sequencing, relationships, analogies, deductive reasoning, patterns, making inferences, and analysis) presented in a format designed for the pre-reader. You may well be able to use this book even for preschool children. Visual clues introduce and reinforce higher-level thinking.

  • Item #: 036803
    ISBN: 9781615640324
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    Deductive reasoning is a pretty good skill to keep sharp. That's why this book offers 200 grid-based logic puzzles, with clues to help you figure out which teacher has which pet, which king ruled during which era, and who wore what dress shoes to the party. The clues are just enough to solve the puzzle, and there's only one right solution. Work your way out from the known, deduce the rest, and try to beat the average time listed on the page! ~ Mark

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  • Item #: 067841
    ISBN: 9781454918110
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     You wait at the dock as a cabin cruiser approaches. Joining six other people (three men and three women) you embark on journey four miles from the mainland to Montague Island. Your mission is to solve a variety of murder mystery activities which leads you to learn more about the guests, the house, the island and even a secret about the mansion itself. A unique, thought provoking twist on the typical logic book. Solutions included. Spiral bound. 96 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 062254
    ISBN: 9781454912026
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      Logic is often an underrated skill, and isn’t just for lawyers. Problem solving is an important skill for everyone, and this book’s puzzles will help hone that skill. There are 12 different logic tests and within each test are four logic games. Read the short paragraph in each game and sort the facts in order to answer the questions logically. The tricky thing about these quandaries is that there can be more than one correct answer. Following the puzzle, there will be 5 or 6 questions with a list of possibilities – this will help you sort out the correct option to logically solve your puzzle. Answers are found in the back of the book. Intended for fun, but learning to think logically can improve your test-taking skills. 127 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 003887
    ISBN: 9781615388110
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  • Item #: 037262
    Retail: $19.99
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    Defend Troy against the Greeks once more in this straight-forward but tricky game of visual and spatial perception. 60 challenges, in 5 difficulty levels from Starter to Wizard, are provided in the game booklet. Each color page shows the position of up to 3 attackers and 3 defenders. The player is to position the 4 uniquely-shaped sections of city wall on the game board so that the attackers are outside the wall and the defenders are on the inside. Stumped? Solutions are provided in the game booklet. Will Achilles break through, or will Hector prevail?

  • Item #: 043665
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    The tray holds nine pieces of chocolate. Each customer wants a different arrangement of chocolates, but the instructions on where to place each piece are incomplete. The challenge card tells you where to place the first few, but after that you have to figure out where the rest of the pieces go by using the standard placement rules for shapes and colors. There are 40 challenge cards in four difficulty levels, from beginner to expert. It is a single player game, but solutions are included if you're stumped... or if the lifelike chocolate pieces are distracting you!

  • Item #: 055051
    ISBN: 9781402779312
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    These small, 96-page puzzle books are compact enough to fit into a purse, large pocket or backpack for on-the-go puzzling anywhere. All books feature one puzzle per page with answers in the back. Boggle® Puzzles consist of a 4x4 grid of letters, with a list of how many 5-, 6-, 7-, or 8-letter words are hidden within. Words may be any direction! 60 puzzles. Boggle® Logic puzzles are like Boggle® backwards! You're given a list of words and a partial letter grid. Your job is to use the words to figure out which letter belongs to which blank cube on the grid. 72 puzzles in all.

  • Item #: 003886
    ISBN: 9781615388769
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  • Item #: 065418
    ISBN: 9781930749443
    Retail: $39.00
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       More than half of the Bible is written in Hebrew. For Bible study purposes alone, this fact warrants learning the language. This text, originally intended for an adult audience at Bible colleges and seminaries, emphasizes pronouncing and reading Hebrew. Hebrew is complex and this text does not formally introduce grammatical concepts, nor does it follow a direct, traditional language learning method. The primary goal is to read and learn written text rather than communicating in Hebrew.

      The first 6 chapters introduce each consonant letter of the alphabet. Since vowels are not delineated in the Hebrew alphabet, the additional 6 chapters teach the vowels as classes. Then, starting as Jewish children do, students will learn to read the Shema in Hebrew and then work through the 10 Commandments, Sabbath and other blessings, daily worship prayers and blessings and then end with the Hebrew names for God.

      The author, Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, recommends following this pattern when studying the lessons: pray, review daily (30 minutes per day); use graph paper to practice the letter forms and make flash cards.

      Each of the 12 lessons in Part I should take one week per lesson for your motivated high school student. Lessons in Part II may be studied and reviewed for months to come. The readings in Lessons 12 through 16 provide the Hebrew writing with a transliteration and then an English translation below. Background information and cultural explanation elaborate on each text.

    Lesson 17 explains the Tanakh (the full Hebrew Bible) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), followed by Scripture samples in Hebrew with the corresponding Scripture in English KJV. While no transliteration or direct translation is included at this point, the student should be able to pronounce these. A good Strong’s Concordance would solve the word for word translation. Lesson 18 discusses the Hebrew names of God with transliteration and definitions, with an in-depth discussion on 18 specific names.

      The wealth of language, Biblical and cultural information here is astounding. Even if you do not wish to read full documents in Hebrew, this text would be an excellent source for Bible study—or in preparation for a trip to Israel. Additional resources include an in-depth Hebrew Glossary, an Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar; and a bibliography. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 011105
    ISBN: 9781402705410
    Retail: $6.95
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    They weren't kidding when they named this book! These logic puzzles are definitely Mensa-worthy brainteasers. Many of the puzzles deal with determining order, as in a seating arrangement, the order of ingredients added to a potion, or the sequence of events in a nightmare, for example. Other puzzles require using clues to correctly matching up columns, such as linking first names with last names and an occupation. Although these sound just like clue-grid puzzles, these are much more difficult because you aren't provided with a rubric to help organize and eliminate possibilities. 67 puzzles. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 009869
    ISBN: 9780618118687
    Retail: $66.13
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    This Nextext curriculum offers a basic, concise, authoritative and accessible introduction to the sociological process. Students examine the history of sociology and its three major theories: functionalism, interactionism and conflict theory. In addition, students will learn about groups and individuals, social inequality, and change in society—in that order.

    The 16 chapters in the Student Course book include (in addition to the chapter reading) several features which enhance learning: a Sociologist’s Perspective demonstrating concepts; differences Across Cultures; facts and statistics; key research and a focus on US culture. Chapter summaries and vocabulary lists further aid retention.

    For each chapter, the Teacher Resource Manual provides objectives, vocabulary, background, further resources, discussion questions (which encourage review and critical thinking) and activities. In addition, you’ll find reproducible Study Guides, Vocabulary Quizzes and Tests with multiple choice and essay questions (and all answers). The TM mentions supplemental material available on the Nextext web site. However, at the writing of this review, this site was no longer available. The course can be taught well without these supplements, but both course book and teacher manual are needed. Would be considered 1 credit at the middle school level and 1 credit at the high school level (although only introductory if your student is pursuing further education in the social sciences). Student-7.5” x 9.25”, 352 pp, hc. Teacher-8.375” x 10.75”, 102pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 028080
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    The Kids Deck is the only deck with just three levels. Intended to be used with younger children, many of the puzzles require visual discrimination with pictures, patterns, and sequencing. There are only three symbol clues in this deck and they are not found often find the element or object that doesn't belong in the pattern, find the missing element, and which answer is correct.

  • Item #: 023253
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    The Yellow Deck has number, pattern, and matchstick puzzles, and some cards have the symbol clues for the same type of puzzles that are found in the blue deck. Similar puzzles to the blue deck, but none of the puzzles are identical.

  • Item #: 064796
    ISBN: 9780801039119
    Retail: $25.00
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       I didn’t study philosophy until college, but it seems that students are exposed to some heavier topics earlier than I was when a young adult. One thing I didn’t get in my first college philosophy class was a Christian perspective. My philosophy education changed when I went to a Christian college and was presented both the secular and Christian perspectives of philosophy.

      This 280+ page book does a very good job of presenting philosophy throughout history, the people who shaped philosophy as we know it today, and a Christian critique of each topic. Written for high school and beyond, this would be a nice introduction for your student before going to college. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 048880
    ISBN: 9781579126995
    Retail: $19.99
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    This hardcover book with audio CD is a beautifully designed and illustrated introduction to the story-filled world of ballet. The first chapter introduces you to some basic terminology, ballet positions, and history, and invites you to listen to a couple of CD music tracks. Then, each chapter that follows tells the story of a particular ballet, complete with gorgeous, watercolor-like illustrations. Throughout these chapters you'll be able to listen to some of the music and/or learn a little bit more about terminology and technique. Occasionally a chapter will also feature a famous dancer, like Rudolph Nureyev. A glossary is included in the back, and there's also a resource section for learning more about becoming a ballerina, great ballets, famous dancers, and fiction stories about dancing. The final page provides you with a CD track list for your reference. 96 pgs ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 026370
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  • Item #: 041880
    ISBN: 9780972089036
    Retail: $12.00
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    This may be my new favorite worldview book. Author J.F. Baldwin compares worldviews to the characters of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Frankenstein's monster represents all other worldviews which believe man is innately good. Jekyll and Hyde represent the Christian worldview which believes man is born in sin. Christians, members of the "Hyde" crowd, must know what they believe and what sets Christianity apart from other worldviews. The author gives a brief overview of different worldviews in understandable language, so that even the beginner can understand this complex topic. Interesting real-life stories are used to drive home the different lessons. He discusses blind faith, good works and selfishness in relation to all the worldviews. Does your worldview require you to be selfish and look out for number one, or does it call you to show mercy and live a selfless, sacrificial life? This book will cause you to ask questions about things you see and hear in the world around you; moreover it will help you understand why you believe certain things. Are you most like Frankenstein or Hyde? 271 pgs, pb – Donna

  • Item #: 018698
    ISBN: 9780945466284
    Retail: $0.00
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    The Austrian school of economics is characterized by a strictly deductive approach (as opposed to the historical aspects of other schools of economic thought) and is grounded firmly in the idea that a sound economy depends on allowing people to act freely. Serving as an introduction to Austrian economics by presenting the logical reasoning behind the discipline, this book begins with the "action axiom" (men will act) and from it deduces powerful theorems – law of demand, how prices coordinate demand and supply, etc. The underlying fundamental lesson is that it is possible to think in a systematic way about economics. Written in understandable language with humorous touches, there are discussion/thought questions throughout (no answer key, though). 195 pgs, pb. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 026275
    ISBN: 9780794527464
    Retail: $17.99
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    This attractive book provides a thorough introduction to art and its history. The book is arranged chronologically, divided into five different time periods covering ancient and medieval art, the renaissance, baroque and rococo periods, the revolution, and modern world art. Each page in these chapters is covered with interesting text, lots of pictures of paintings, and brief captions. While I enjoy art books anyway, this one is especially attention holding and very reader friendly. Techniques and other signs of the times are pointed out in the paintings so readers can see how the painting process changed and developed over time, including the way people were painted as well as the fashions and other preferences of each period. Aside from these main sections, there are two other section, one at the beginning and on at the end, which provide an introduction and a look behind the scenes, giving students even more information about the subject. Also, internet links where readers can find more information about paintings or artists are scattered throughout the pages. Please note that some of the paintings portray nudity. 144 pgs, sturdy pb. - Melissa

  • Item #: 027666
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    Always on the hunt for a good logic game? This one qualifies! Logic Dots offers 36 challenges to be solved by using the clues and placing the color cubes correctly. The almost one-inch color cubes are like dice with a colored circle on each side. The playing board is sturdy and well-made with a 3 by 3 grid of squares in which to place the cubes. Above and below the grid are clear plastic panels that slide into place for convenient storage. Challenges are printed on the cards and progress in difficulty. I worked from the beginning to the end of these challenges, and my powers of deduction feel stronger for it!

  • Item #: 069553
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    In the fairytale land of Logic Land, there is a castle with 7 rooms. The 7 magnetic characters will go in a room, but where? Use deductive reasoning to follow the clues and solve each puzzle. The clues are all in pictures, telling the player things like “this character is next to, above, or diagonal from this character,” or “this character is in or next to this specific room,” etc. The game is housed in a tin case with the colorful palace on the inside back of the tin. A self-standing puzzle book houses 40 puzzles in varying difficulty levels. Solve them all to be the ruler of Logic Land! Easy to play at home or on the go; single player. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 037493
    ISBN: 9781579122829
    Retail: $19.99
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    This book by Michael Driscoll introduces young students to poetry and famous poets in a way they will find interesting and fun. The first part of the book describes the various types of poetry like nursery rhymes, villanelle, limerick, narrative verse, ballad, sonnet, free verse, and more. Each type of poem is described quickly and clearly, and then the book contains famous examples of that type of poem. Kids can either read the poems themselves, or play the accompanying CD when prompted. The audio CD includes all the poems in the book read alternately by a man and a woman with pleasant voices. Colorful boxes tell readers when to play a track on the CD, as well as sharing extra information about the poems or their authors. "Words for the Wise" boxes are included on each page, defining words in the poems that children may not be familiar with. "If You're a Poet, You Should Know It" boxes are also included throughout the book, with vocabulary words related to poetry defined (like stanza, alliteration, etc.). After all the types of poetry are introduced, explained, and exampled, the second half of the book is dedicated to famous poets. A quick biography of each poet is included and then excerpts from that person's poetry are shared. These excerpts (sometimes full poems) are also included on the CD. Text boxes on the pages give a summary of the poems and explain confusing parts. Fun, colorful, little drawings accompany these poems (as well as those earlier in the book) and add to the charm of the book. Homer, Shakespeare, Blake, Dickinson, Kipling, Sandburg, Heaney, Angelou, and many more are included in this section of the book. Overall, 64 famous poems are included in the book (and on the CD). With the easy-to-understand explanations and numerous examples, young students will be grasping and enjoying poetry in no time. Book includes a listing of all 64 tracks on the CD and measures 10.25" x 10.25". 96 pages, hc. ~ Rachel