My Favorite Logic Resources

Logic in the Homeschool

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Why Logic?

In the teacher’s lounge at co-op this week, we talked about the importance of adding logic into your homeschool from PK-High School.  You’ve heard me say it many times before, but here’s WHY I think logic is so important…

Our children need to know how to think.  With the ability to think, almost any topic at any time can be learned and/or thought about critically.  Christian children who will go out into this devil-trodden world absolutely MUST be able to think critically.  Their very {eternal} life depends on it.

Formal vs. Informal Logic

Most people would argue that a child’s mind isn’t ready for “formal logic” until at least middle school, and I agree.  That doesn’t mean you can’t teach any logic.  Introducing what I call “informal logic” early begins to train the mind to think critically, solve problems, make connections, and understand that deep thinking & perseverance are important attributes.

What’s the difference between the two?

Informal Logic includes analogies, if/then statements, all/no statements, patterning, classification, problem solving activities, mind-stretching games, matrix puzzles and more.

Formal Logic is more about finding fallacies/truths in arguments and defending/debunking arguments.  A healthy dose of informal logic goes a long way in preparing a mind to go deep with formal logic when the time comes.

How To {Easily} Add Logic To Your Schedule

First and foremost, if you start early and make it fun, your children will LOVE logic and beg to do it.  Why?  Puzzlers, board games, card games, hands-on sorting and so much more make up informal logic – what kid wouldn’t love that?  Luckily, there are tons of wonderful (and inexpensive) resources available to you – and they’re super easy to implement.

I’ve shared many of those resources with you before.  This time, to get you started fast and easy, I’ll give you my top three choices of books and games for various age levels.  Pick one and dive in.  You’ll love it!

PK-2nd

3rd-5th

Middle School

High School

Games

Oh, my goodness.  There’s simply no way to choose just three games!  Here’s a {really short} list of my faves.  Most of them work for various age levels.

Qwirkle
ThinkFun Rush Hour Jr.
Set
Zoologic
Equilibrio
Mastermind
10 Days In The USA

Some Lessons To Do Today

I’ve blogged about many of our logic lessons before.  Below are some of the most popular posts.

Questions?  Just ask.

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9 thoughts on “My Favorite Logic Resources

  1. Marissa Noe

    I am so glad I came across your blog! My daughter is about to enter Kindergarten and I am SERIOUSLY considering homeschooling. I live here in Lexington and needed a good place to find resources. This is perfect!!

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  3. Jackie P

    Hi Cindy, it’s Jackie stopping by from the Let’s Homeschool High School Blog Hop. Thank you so much linking up with us the new year!

    I am a big believer in working on logic skills in our homeschool. I think it builds a solid foundation. I know several of the books we used when my daughter was younger were quite fun so she didn’t even equate it to schooling.

    I look forward to you linking up with us again next month.

  4. Susan W

    We are using The Art of Argument in our homeschool this year and my kids LOVE it!!

    Thanks for sharing at the Finishing Strong Link-up!

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