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The Critical Thinking Company: Inference Jones – Review

PhotobucketWe LOVE the study of logic and The Critical Thinking Company in our homeschool!  I was thrilled to get the chance to review another one of their books, Inference Jones: Beginning.

Inference Jones: Beginning is designed for Grades 3 & 4, to “improve critical reading and higher order thinking by developing the student’s ability to draw inferences from written text.”  This 42 page book includes 18 short stories with questions and an answer key.

My 8 year old daughter, working at a Grade 3 level, did not like this book.  She found it too “babyish”.  Let me clarify that she has already worked through many of Critical Thinking’s wonderful Mind Benders series of books, and is reading novels.  As for me, although this book takes things a little farther than typical reading comprehension, I am still not overly fond of reading comprehension exercises like this which involve fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice answers, with stories designed for such.  I prefer more in-depth discussion of great literature.  This may, however, be a good resource for children struggling with reading comprehension.

Inference Jones: Beginning is available in paperback format for $11.99 US plus shipping (I received a pdf version for review purposes only).  You can view some pages for yourself here.

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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.