KTSS consists of Thinking Skills for Tests, Mind Benders, and Can You Find Me?. Together, these books offer optimal preparation for standardized tests because they cover the following skills that form the core of both verbal and nonverbal reasoning and logic:
and Following Directions
Tests for younger children are usually administered via spoken information. Thinking Skills for Tests and Can You Find Me? build listening skills and show children how to listen while they take a test.
Classifying Objects and Concepts
KTSS encourages children to carefully evaluate choices and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant details. This gives them experience with careful thinking and persistence.
Building Vocabulary through the Process of Elimination
Thinking Skills for Tests gives children the experience of going through the process of elimination to help them eliminate answer choices that they know are incorrect.
Relating and Integrating Concepts
Complicated logical thinking, and following a complicated set of directions, involves relating concepts. KTSS helps children advance from simple to complicated concept formation.
Verbal Reasoning and Choosing the Best Answer among other Correct
Children can be confused when confronted with the task of choosing the "best" answer among other answers that are plausible. Thinking Skills for Tests and Mind Benders help children build confidence in their ability to identify the best answer.
Reasoning with Analogies
Thinking Skills for Tests encourages discussion of the relationships found in analogies in order to solidify clear thinking about analogies and build confidence.
KTSS familiarizes children with he reasoning that underlies all basic arithmetic functions, and helps them apply their implicit understanding of math to a sample test-like format.
Thinking Skills for Tests encourages children to verbalize sequences so that they can predict what comes next, and also helps them apply their knowledge to the sequential thinking found in Can You Find Me? and Mind Benders.
Thinking Skills for Tests helps children understand the order and symmetry in patterns and hone visual recognition skills.
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