Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Book Review: Teach Your Kids to Think

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Review: Teach Your Kids to Think

I recently had the opportunity to read and then provide a review on a book designed to help parents to guide their children in their day to day learning. I found this book a very beneficial tool in one's role as a parent. I love that the author began this book by discussing intelligence and not only in terms of IQ score. Intelligence is so much more and the author did a good job of making readers aware of the four basic forms of Intelligence - Analytical, Creative, Social and Emotional and Practical.

Teach Your Kids to Think!: Simple Tools You Can Use Every DayThe book is then split into these main areas in which practical activities are provided to do with your children. I really liked how the activities were easy to implement and in some cases were very "fun" things you could do with your children. This helps for it to seem like you are just "playing" a fun game with your child, while learning at the same time. Also, there are different suggestions of how to adapt the activities if the original idea is not working or too advanced for your child.

There are examples of questions to ask and words to use in the activities but also overall information on the benefit of the activities and what can hope to achieve. I also appreciated how there are tips on gradually introducing the activities building up to the overall goal.

These activities will work for a variety of ages given the excellent info provided on adapting the lessons based on abilities of children and varying topics covered. The book provides plenty of valuable information in an easy to understand format.

I am looking forward to continuing to utilize this book. I tested out some of the activities on my 9 year old son and he didn't really notice that we were doing anything other than playing some fun games. I will wait until my daughter is a little older to try some of these with her as with her language delays the majority are not practical at this time.  There are some that would be good for younger age such as one activity where you have child touch different objects with their eyes closed and name the item. This would be a fun one for a younger (or older) child.

Thanks to Maria Chelsey Fisk for the opportunity to review this book.

Please note that I was not compensated for this review however was provided with a complimentary copy of the book for the review. All opinions are 100% my own!

1 comment :

  1. Thank you, Tara, for your wonderful review of my book! I hope you continue to find many ways to use the ideas with your son and soon your daughter. Best to you and your blossoming thinkers!