🧠 Critical Thinking
I speak often about the responsibility I feel that I bear to raise good thinkers (and communicators), and the intentionality that I invest into our homeschool to do so.
We study philosophy & psychology, take a meaty approach to Theology, examine all cultures and religions and worldviews, discuss and debate every issue from every perspective, and read very widely.
Nothing is “off the table” at our table, and the primary thing on display in our lessons and discussions is that I truly believe in my children’s personhood.
They can not, and should not, be political or theological or philosophical carbon copies of me, and if they are I will have failed.
Thinking is an integral and foundational part of my homeschooling philosophy.
Aside from everything I mentioned above, there are two primary places in our homeschooling week that I address “Thinking” directly:
🧠1️⃣ Critical Thinking Loop
Once a week, as a group, we rotate through various forms of critical thinking exercises and Logic Games.
This keeps “Thinking” both multifaceted and communal.
A few things we’re currently rotating through:
📖 A Variety of Logic Games
📖 Pencil and Paper Games (Paper Pie/Usborne)
📖 Memory Games (Paper Pie/ Usborne)
📖 One Minute Mysteries and Brain Teasers Series by Sandy Silverthorne
📖 Baker Street Whodunits by Tom Bullimore
📖 Evan Moor Critical and Creative Thinking (not pictured)
🧠2️⃣ Logic Lessons
Once each week, both boys also have individual Logic Lessons with me, following a grade by grade progression.
My youngest is currently using:
📖 Grids for Kids series from themathprofs.com
He will then move on to Another Logic Workbook for Gritty Kids, will finish the Grids for Kids Series, and then will start Analogies.
My oldest is currently using
📖 Traditional Logic 1 from Memoria Press
He has followed my planned progression (with tweaks) through Games, Puzzles, Analogies, the Fallacy Detective, etc and will continue to.