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Despite the fact that this series is aimed at children who are going to be taking the eleven plus, I actually think their use can help all pupils. Instead of focussing on the ‘three Rs’ the activities in this book are designed to help children develop problem solving skills through applying logical thinking. The books’ pages are attractive and colourful, the activities appropriately explained and the activities themselves are suitably challenging, designed to help build both confidence and skills in reasoning things out. Both books are aimed at pupils who are 8-9 years old.
Most activity pages have a ‘How it works’ introduction and explanation which is followed by ‘Now Try These’ activities and ‘An Extra Challenge’. The level of difficulty develops through the book and there are also mixed challenges where children can apply their skills.
The Non-verbal Reasoning Activity Book is filled with picture and symbol based activities, ranging from completing a series, looking for patterns, identifying nets, code breaking and so much more. They are all attractively presented and there are self assessments at the end of each set of activities.
The Verbal Reasoning Activity Book is filled with problem solving and applying logical thinking activities which involve words and letters. These range from anagrams, synonyms, antonyms, missing letters, hidden words, riddles, sequences and lots more. They are similarly attractively presents and the consistency will help children easily learn how to use them and have fun solving them.
As so many people are home-schooling their children at the moment, I definitely recommend checking out both books to see if they are appropriate for your child as they are a fun and different set of activities that will help in other aspects of their learning, even if they aren’t going to be taking the eleven plus!
My thanks to Amazon and the publishers for my copy of these books which I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed.