In our world today where children are content to sit and watch every shallow program the media throws out, I am pleased to discover a book that challenges us to exercise our brains. The Thinking Toolbox: Thirty-Five Lessons That Will Build Your Reasoning Skills by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn targets ages 13 through adults. It includes three major sections: Tools for Thinking, Tools for Opposing Viewpoints and Tools for Science. I am reading it to my children each day and they enjoy the lessons which are written in laymens terms and laced with humor. Included at the end of each chapter are exercises. Sometimes the answers are obvious and sometimes we really have to analyze the possibilities. At the end of the book there is a section with projects and games and also an answer key for the chapter exercises. We live in a time when knowledge is literally at our fingertips with just the click of a mouse. Contemplating, evaluating and musing seem to be left to those who came long before us. We have forgotten the words written by Solomon in Proverbs 4:7, Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. The Thinking Toolbox is just what the title says, a toolbox for building reasoning skills. This is a book on my list of must haves for any homeschool or classroom library.
The Thinking Toolbox is not a quick read. It's something to be shared one bite-sized chapter at a time. And each "bit" provides plenty to chew on. Prepare to be stretched mentally. Prepare to find yourself thinking about and looking for the truth while sorting through the morass of information that daily assails you and your family. Prepare to be better able to live truth and to share truth with others in confidence. After all, isn't that really our purpose in life?
Logic, fun? Oh yes, when its The Bluedorn Brothers teaching it.Their fantastic, and colorful book The Thinking Toolbox is one of the most inviting, entertaining and useful books on logic Ive yet to find. Similar to The Fallacy Detective in format, The Thinking Toolbox takes you even further into the exciting world of logic. Building upon introductory logic, it can be used independent of or as a companion to their previous book, The Fallacy Detective.The book is a toolbox, with thirty-five lessons and exercises acting as teaching tools to help in thinking tasks. These invaluable lessons cover things like when is it dumb to argue, the five rules of brainstorming, analyzing opposing viewpoints, and how to list reasons why you believe something. The book is versatile, and would work well in a classroom or homeschool setting. Our family has enjoyed doing the exercises together, and I was presently surprised at how much I personally learned about logic and reasoning. Everything in The Thinking Toolbox is useful, vital knowledge, and necessary for preparing your children for life on their own. Give your children a blessing; use The Thinking Toolbox and teach them how to think. "Education means developing the mind, not stuffing the memory." ~Anonymous