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Mind Benders® - A1

by Anita Harnadek

Item: 9780894550171

Age Group: Grades 3-6
Activities: 15

Format: softcover
Pages: 32
License: reproducible

Also available : books A2, A3 & A4 (Grades 3-6)

Prepares your child for testing! Develops reading comprehension, logic, and problem solving.

Description & Features

Mind Benders®, our best-selling deductive thinking puzzles, develop the logic, reading comprehension, and mental organisation skills vital to achieving high grades and top test scores in all subjects. They’re also great for developing real-life, problem solving skills.

Your child will carefully analyse each Mind Benders® story and its clues, identifying logical associations between people, places, and things. The key is to start with the most obvious associations, then deduce less obvious associations until everything finally fits together.

Teaching Support

Includes step-by-step instructions and detailed answers. Levels spiral in difficulty within grade range (A1, A2, A3, A4).

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Mind Benders® has helped our students perform better on multiple choice tests. The puzzles improve reading comprehension and sequencing as well as general critical thinking. Our scores keep going up!”
- Kathy, Memphis, TN

“This kind of practice in thinking helps our students achieve academically.”
- Montessori Teacher, Ft. Myers, FL

“Great introduction to logic … ample preparation for the more rigorous courses of logic study we’ve undertaken this year.”
- Educator, Chicago, IL

“Some of our students who’ve returned home from college tell us that, of all the things they picked up in the gifted programme, the one thing that helped them most was the Mind Benders®.”
- Director of Instruction, Greenville, KY

“We love your Mind Benders® … I find the deductive reasoning invaluable. It has helped my [students] very much. They love to figure them out. I have observed them using the deductive thinking in other areas of study and just in daily problems or situations.”
- Wendy, via the Internet

“I’ve been using your products for years. They’re treasures … Children have always enjoyed the Mind Benders® books.…These materials are the best I’ve seen anywhere.”
- Gail, Westland, MI

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- Nancy, via the Internet

“The best logic puzzles we’ve found are in the Mind Benders® books.” Recommended!
- Jessie Wise & Susan Wise Bauer, The Well Trained Mind

“These books are great for stimulating a child's thinking skills needed for other schoolwork, standardised tests, and problems in daily life … and kids think they’re fun!”
- Peggy Zorn, Harvest Home Educators Newsletter

“These activities appeal to children because they are like ‘detective work.’”
- Cathy Duffy, Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual

“I have used Mind Benders® for 17 years with my gifted children — I LOVE them!”
- Norma, Overland, MO

“You wouldn’t think something so fun could have such a profound effect on your thought process! Mind Benders® sharpen organisational and informational processing skills as well as strengthen reading skills.”
- Merrilee Defoe, Reviewer

“When we did our first Mind Bender®, we were all stumped at first, but as we worked through them, we realised we were getting better and better. I can’t tell you how it made us feel to realise we could think this way. Mind Benders has really trained all of our brains.”
- Tricia, Ocean View, NJ

Mind Benders® is truly phenomenal. It combines critical thinking skills with a great amount of logic. I highly recommend it.”
- Mike, via the Internet

“My students have been nagging me to order more, harder, levels of Mind Benders®. They’ve gotten pumped up and very proud because they’ve worked hard at learning to do them. What they’ve learned to do is really impressive.”
- Richard, New York, NY

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