{Review} The Critical Thinking Company

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The following is a sponsored post from The Critical Thinking Company. I received a copy of Surfing the Net for our family’s use and review. Opinions are my own.

The Critical Thinking Company has been in around since 1958 with a stellar array of products to help students of all abilities increase their critical thinking skills as they learn standards based reading, writing, mathematics, science and history.

The Critical Thinking Company has won numerous awards for the quality of their curriculum over the years and offer a comprehensive selection of curriculum across varying subjects and ages.

The lessons in this curriculum are not taught through boring drill, memorization or teaching to the tests, only to be forgotten after the test. The Critical Thinking Company helps students to learn to empower their minds.

What is critical thinking? The Critical Thinking website describes it as identifying and evaluating evidence to guide decision making.  A critical thinker uses in-depth analysis of evidence to make decisions and communicate his beliefs clearly and accuratelyIn our day and age of instant everything, many educators and parents feel that their students and children are losing the skill of critical thinking.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

We were given a downloadable copy of Surfing the Net: Science for our family’s use and review. Although it is meant for grades 3-6, it worked well for my daughter who is older and has a learning disability. Because of her developmental issues, I had been reluctant to let her do much online. Additionally, because we were spending so much time on therapy and remedial issues, it became too easy for science to get put on the back burner.

Knowing how to research the largest information source in the world – the Internet is of vital importance to students in our day and age. Surfing the Net: Science will teach students how to use the Internet to research science topics. They can then use the principles they learned toward other research projects.

Surfing the Net: Science proved to be a good fit for our family. We watched the introductory video so that she could learn some researching basics and about different web browsers. Then it was time to move onto the lessons.

This ebook contains 256 pages of inquiry based worksheets for free Internet videos, articles and games. The areas of science studies in this book included Animals, Atmosphere, EcoSystems and Habitats, Energy, Geology, Plants and Space. There is an answer key in the back.

The ebook provided direct links to various science sites. We printed out the worksheet portions that required writing. It gave us the opportunity to discuss key words and how to use them in research. Some pages give the student a direct link to watch first and then answer a variety of questions based on the video that they’ve watched. Students will fill in a variety of graphic organizers, tables and worksheets as they move through the lessons.

Even though direct links have been provided, there is no substitute for parental supervision when a student is on the Internet. Investigate Internet filtering software as it is very easy to come across unwanted content without even searching for it.

I highly recommend products from The Critical Thinking Company for any parent who is looking to supplement their child’s education. Visit their website at The Critical Thinking Co.

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I try to eat Paleo as much as I can and as anyone who eats this way knows, the planning and preparation can get overwhelming. Everything I’ve ever tried from eMeals has been delicious and family pleasing.


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