I have to confess, I was tempted to call this post "Logic for Dummies" but I was afraid you would know I'm not actually an intellectual. You see, I know that I could never possibly have taught logic to my logic-loving children without some help.
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Logic, and logical thinking, involves essential skills that every student needs to get through every day life! We take in so much information in every day life that requires a brain that can think critically, and if we haven’t taught our kids how to think critically, we haven’t prepared them well.
One game, that my family loves, that is a great way to teach critical thinking is the game of chess! What a fun way to practice the logic you’ve learned in your formal curriculum!
I actually require that my students study logic/philosophy just as they would math; every semester they must take a logic or philosophy course. We began with Memoria Press' Traditional Logic I and II, then studied Fallacies & Paradoxes with an online course. Currently, my oldest is studying Aristotelian Logic online with CLAAonline.com. It is a Catholic online school, but it is also solidly classical, which would make it appropriate for anyone just by dropping the Theology classes. She will progress to Aristotelian Ethics, Physics and finally Metaphysics, while simultaneously studying St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica.
We also had a 1/2 highschool credit for Logic, titled it Logic & Reasoning, using these two books, "The Fallacy Detective" and "The Thinking Toolbox", both written by two homeschooled brothers, Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn. They offer on their website a test to take after one of the books that you can print out, as well as I had my boys find examples of the different kinds of fallacies in television, commercials, newspapers, magazines.....But these two books were written very clearly, with great questions after each section, that had my sons thinking and reasoning, but there's comedy throughout, so, my boys laughed and had fun while they were learning!!
Well done, Colleen!
I've heard good things about “The Fallacy Detective” and “The Thinking Toolbox”. Thanks for recommending them!
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