Thursday, April 26, 2012

Crypto Mind Benders Famous Quotations TOS Crew Review 2012

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         TOS Crew members were given the opportunity to review one of four items from The Critical Thinking Company, always up for a mind bending challenge the boys and I picked Crypto Mind Benders, Famous Quotations.
      The boys love brain teasers and mind bending puzzles so this was a wise choice right up their alley. I mean what kid doesn't like to crack secret codes? Encryption is a great way to teach kids deductive reasoning skills. These puzzles help to introduce students to Algebraic thinking and basic programming operations. Alyx plans to become an engineer of some sort and Taylor plans on going into computer programming or video game development when he grows up, I thought this was a genius way to get them on the pathway of thinking outside the box to solve a problem. This kind of thinking and problem solving will come in handy in the fields they plan on pursuing. Things are not always as they appear right? Definitely not! I enjoyed listening to them try to solve the puzzles and get the answers they were looking for and also some frustration when it was not solved the way they thought it was supposed to be. This book really had them thinking on their feet and putting their minds together to solve the puzzle. Two heads are supposed to be better than one, well sometimes anyway.
  This delightful book of mind bending problems sells for $10.99 and is geared for students in grades 3-12. My boys are in 7,8 and 10th and the 7th and 8th graders did find it extremely challenging and sometimes I thought they were going to pull their hair out. I have my doubts that most 3rd and 4th graders would find this that entertaining but each and every child is different. It is definitely great for a challenge and teaching children beneficial thinking and problem solving skills that will continue on with them through their adult life.
   Here is a peek inside the Crypto Mind Benders.
Info straight from The Critical Thinking Co.

Crypto Mind Benders® develop mathematical reasoning and critical thinking skills that are vital to achieving academic and lifelong success. They are great for introducing students to encryption, algebraic thinking, and basic computer programming operations.

Crypto Mind Benders® compel students to break a secret code so they can identify a hidden joke or quotation. To break the code, students must apply logic and mathematical reasoning to 3 sets of clues. The challenge is getting all the information out of each clue! Once students break the code, they can solve the cryptogram by substituting the numbers with their corresponding code letters. The Quotations book familiarizes students with classic quotations from famous thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Voltaire, Socrates, and more! The Jokes edition familiarizes students with classic, goodhumored, jokes that both kids and adults enjoy.

Crypto Mind Benders® develop several of the deductive thinking skills taught in the award-winning Mind Benders® series without the use of word problems. This feature makes these thinking-rich activities easier to use with non-English speakers. The classic quotes and jokes also help ELL/ESL learners further understand the English language and culture. Perfect for school, home, and travel, they are popular as brain jump-start, extra credit, sponge, or reward activities. The exercises are also great for adult cognitive maintenance.

       The Critical Thinking Co. not only sells Crypto Mind Benders but many other thought provoking choices for a wide range of ages.There are popular choices like Inference Jones; BeginningMathematical Reasoning, Balance Math Teaches Algebra and so much more. Be sure to check out my fellow TOS Crewmates as many of them chose titles other than Crypto Mind Benders so this way you can get a taste of so much more of what The Critical Thinking Co. has to offer you and your children.

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