Age: 12-14 (Middle School)
Purpose: Development of
competence in Critical Thinking
Teenagers are often overwhelmed with abstract thoughts
that seem to lead them nowhere but to confusion itself. Although students in
this age group are growing in their ability to craft abstract thoughts, they
lack the experience to transform them into practical applications. With God’s
grace, Standards of Excellence focuses on students in the age range of 11
– 18 in the quest to help train them to become strong students as well as
take intangible concepts and create skills for useful reasoning.
Standards of Excellence has developed a course in “Critical
Thinking” to help. The focus of this course is the development of
competence in critical thinking, informal Logic, verbal logic, and figural
The amalgamation of the skills developed though our
course will bolster your teen’s confidence and give him or her important
tools for a successful academic experience. Miss Viv will meld the course
textbooks’ content with fun and games that will help your teen explore and
cement important thinking, communication and comprehension skills.
Building Thinking Skills® curriculum provides highly effective verbal and nonverbal
reasoning activities to improve students' vocabulary, reading, writing, math,
logic, and figural-spatial skills, as well as their visual and auditory
processing. This exceptional skill set provides a solid foundation for
academic excellence and success on any assessment test.
The activities are sequenced developmentally. Each
skill (for example, classifying) is presented first in the semi-concrete
figural-spatial form and then in the abstract verbal form. Students learn to
analyze relationships between objects, between words, and between objects and
words as they:
Observe, recognize, and describe characteristics.
· Distinguish similarities and differences.
· Identify and complete sequences, classifications, and analogies.
These processes help students develop superior thinking and
communication skills that lead to deeper content learning in all subjects.
The “Building Thinking Skills” text helps students to grasp analysis,
discernment, and fallacious reasoning prevalent within the world today. We
will use the Level 3 "Verbal Logic" and "Figural Logic" curriculum from www.criticalthinking.com
Fallacy Detective® curriculum introduces students to the study of Informal Logic and
demonstrate how people use misinformation to manipulate you to agree with a
What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic – a place where someone has made a
mistake in his thinking. A few
examples of fallacies:
“A cloud is 90% water. A watermelon is 90% water. Therefore, since
a plane can fly through a cloud, a plane can fly through a watermelon.”
“This new book, The Fallacy Detective, must do a good job
teaching logic. It has been on the bestseller list for months.”
The Bluedorn brothers – both home schooled themselves-
wrote this book to meet the needs of Christian parents who want a do-able
text for introducing logic and critical thinking to their children.
Fun to use – not dry like a math textbook.
Easy to use – not intimidating, starts students with skills they can use
Each lesson has exercises to practice discerning fallacies!
Covers logical fallacies and propaganda techniques. The text is divided
into thirty-eight lessons - the most common fallacies and propaganda
techniques. It explains how students can spot fallacies, and gives
exercises to stretch student abilities for detecting fallacies.
Geared for ages twelve and older – it is wise to use The Fallacy
Detective before advancing onto more difficult logic programs.
students will work on logic puzzles, brain teasers, Sudoku, and other
critical thinking activities.
Critical Thinking students have the opportunity to team with Reading
Comprehension students in MALL MADNESS - the annual Scavenger Hunt at Barton
Creek Square Mall.
students have the opportunity to go on a field trip ($25 in 2016) to
15 Locks in
Pflugerville – an Escape Room (we always use the Math / Science room) created
by one of my former homeschool students, Sam Kokajko and his wife – brilliant
We have a
PS: See also
Reading Comprehension Course