For smart children learning is fun. They're driven to seek out new challenges. What's frustrating is being required to practice and practice to prove mastery or to increase speed in an area where they've mastered the intellectual challenge. Most of the products we sell will be fun to a child interested in that area if selected at a level which challenges without frustrating but some products have a more obvious "fun" factor than others. We've organized our products here by publisher and identified when they've done a great job of adding that "fun factor".
Aristotle Circle is a New York company who provides tutoring and admission advisory services. They have developed a range of workbooks for use in test preparation.
From Aristotle Circle:
Aristotle Circle has developed and published numerous award-winning publications for pre-school to high school students. The workbooks are engaging and extremely effective at reducing stress and achieving optimal test results. Aristotle Circle's guides to standardized childhood testing are developed by child psychologists, testing and education experts.
Aristotle Circle's workbooks are created by experts and insiders with two overriding goals: to demystify the tests for you and to help your child succeed. They debunk common misconceptions about what the tests are, how they are administered, what is actually being tested, and how to best prepare. The guides break down each test into its components and include exercises and activities that focus exclusively on the concepts that are tested.
From Think Tonight:
Aristotle Circle's material is priced at the high end of tutoring materials offered in the market. You are paying for very targeted content - so targeted that ethical issues have been raised with respect to using their workbooks for some tests - and design features which add to production cost.
We have had positive feedback from parents and tutors with respect to these titles. We also find that these titles are returned more than anything we sell - primarily by parents who didn't realize how few questions they'd be getting for their money.
More information about the LUK Learning System including animated and static demos illustrating how the system works can be found from the links at LUK Learning System
The LUK learning system offers effective and enjoyable activities to develop intellectual growth in children from 2 years of age until about 8. Unlike many products developed for the US market which focus on drilling information the LUK system (developed in Germany and used throughout Europe) systematically teaches children core thinking skills like visual discrimination, memory training, concentration, association, vocabulary, visual-spatial awareness, differentiation, logical thinking, comparison, correlation and more. This is an excellent collection of activities to use to build your child's cognitive skills.
The LUK system is ideal for use for the preparation of preschoolers and older children for cognitive ability tests like the OLSAT, CogAT, NNAT, WPPSI, WISC, ERB etc. The range of activities are designed to teach children how to think and analyze. The design of the activities develops concentration and independent work habits. For some young children the ability to concentrate can be as important as what they know when they're faced with a testing situation.
Each LUK system contains one uniquely designed controller for self-checking and a series of workbooks targeted for specific skills. The learning model is consistent and easy for children to operate. The contents of the workbooks are age appropriate, challenging, and fun. The flexible system adapts to individual needs and enables all children to advance their higher level thinking skills. This system is appropriate for independent learning, guided play, and small group instruction. It is ideal for use in homes, learning centers and schools.
Skill areas taught using this system include:
Visual perception - observation, comparision, recognition, visual discrimination, shapes, colors, sizes
Concentration - focusing on task, retention, extending attention span
Critical thinking and higher order thinking skills - association, relationship, sequencing, sorting, combining, orientation, logical thinking and reasoning, spatial analysis
Language and general knowledge development - vocabulary, tools, activities, animals, seasons, environments
Math - counting, matching objects with numbers, consecutive numbers, addition, subtraction, elements of geometry, spatial relationships.
The LUK Learning System originated in Germany 40 years ago. It is now a core piece of the German curriculum. LUK is the number 1 best-selling learning system in Europe with thousands of titles in print in 15 languages.
LUK with SpecialLUK
for 2 year olds and children with special needs, bambinoLUK
for 3-5 year olds miniLUK Challenger
for 5-7 year olds and MiniLUK Advance
for ages 7 and up is new to the US but already accumulating awards, including iparenting recognition as one of the top educational toys for toddlers, and a Disney Family pick as one of the top 16 educational toys for toddlers.
LUK items can only be shipped to US addresses. We welcome orders shipping to freight forwarders and APO/FPO/DPO addresses.
B&B Publishing is a Canadian company. They began publishing Veritech in the 1960s. More recently they've added the Baba series, a storybook and game for children (ages 3+) and parents alike. Quickcheck Math is their latest series of books. It is a hands-on resource ideal for assessing, practicing and consolidating key math concepts in Gr K-3.
Veritech and Quickcheck math use the same self-checking play system as miniLUK. Baba and Bambino are comparable to Beyond123's Bambino series.
While the way in which the tiles and tray are used is the same in LUK and Veritech the markings on the tiles are different. The miniLUK controller and Veritech Case are interchangeable but the Bambino and Quick Think Math cases are different from the BambinoLUK Controller.
We have some information to help you learn to play Veritech
Since 1958 The Critical Thinking Co has published award-winning products which have helped students of all abilities achieve better academic results with highly effective lessons that sharpen the mind as they teach standards-based reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history.
Higher Grades and Top Test Scores!
These riddles, puzzles, games, and lessons develop thinking skills and improve standards-based learning. Each activity requires students to analyze, synthesize, and apply what they learn. The more students think about what they are learning, the more students understand what they are learning.
Empower the Mind!
Critical thinking doesn’t just guarantee academic success, it prepares children for the countless challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. Empowering the mind through critical thinking is one of the best ways to prepare for life's journey.
Learning Becomes Fun!
This thinking approach makes learning fun, motivating and effective. Students enjoy use workbooks from The Critical Thinking Co. and ask for them by name.
The Critical Thinking Co.™ is recommended by Learning® Magazine, The Well-Trained Mind, College Prep Genius, Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy, and used by Sylvan Learning® Centers, Club Z In-Home Tutoring, leading U.S. public schools, and gifted and talented programs in 57 countries throughout the world.
The name Didax comes from the Greek didaktikos, meaning "to teach". Didax specializes in helping educators to address individual learning styles and diverse student needs.
We have selected from the Didax range parent friendly titles which build thinking skills across ages.
"My kid see these books as a fun activity rather than 'work.' They each do a few activities a day and find them enjoyable and very easy to do independently!" -T. S.
"My son reads a lot and this book is a wonderful addition. It's not just more things to read at his level but includes questions on each story that requires him to think about what he read and process it. He's enjoying the book a lot and we're happy with his progress in it." - S. N.
"This book is wonderful! We completed teaching our son to read using "The Reading lesson: Teach your child to read in 20 easy lessons". We looked at many "reading" books, but so many of them were actually fill in the blank vocabulary sheets, or incredibly short passages. This book is organized very well, usually teaming two pages together for a topic. The first is an informative, more non-fiction passage with comprehension questions, and the second is a fiction passage also with comprehension activities. It also teaches nouns, verbs, main vs supporting ideas and adds many vocabulary words that normally don't come up in conversation." -Amazon Reviewer
"My daughter is in first grade and we supplement her regular school work with this book. She really enjoys the exercises, the reading is just right between challenging and not too frustrating, and I like how many of the exercises are interrelated. I will buy more from this series." -L.N.
FoxMind publishes family and educational games which are easy to learn, quick to play, smart and fun. We carry a selection of their logic puzzles and spatial visualization games.
Funny Bones Toys creates card games, toys, and gifts for lovers of good design.
Funny Bones Toys are new to the toy market. Of the six games they have released we've chosen to carry CUBU - a game where visual illusion leads to confusion.
As the parent of a gifted learner you may wish to expose your child to more advanced mathematics without pre-teaching material they'll be exposed to in school in due course. Ed Zaccaro's math books answer the call for material that truly and appropriately challenges mathematically gifted children. Use these titles to expand your child's understanding without simply accelerating them in a standard curriculum.
For the child who is gifted in mathematics their reward is often more of the same with perhaps a few more difficult problems added to the mix to keep them occupied. Math is often taught as all scales and no music. These books add the music. Children will be shown the fascinating connections between mathematics and the real world and be taught that challenge and frustration are part of learning and life. They'll learn to appreciate their gift for mathematics as they advance their skills.
The type of problem solving and thinking around the problem that these math books teach is what is needed to do well in many tests for gifted program entry where quantitative reasoning is tested.
Incentive Publications specializes in challenging, innovative resources for middle grade learners.
We've cherry picked the titles from their catalog that are most likely to be of interest to parents with highly capable children.
Teachers you'll appreciate knowing that all of these titles are reproducible for individual classroom use.
Jay's Education develop specially designed books and programs for very young children and children with learning difficulties that help your child achieve his or her full potential.
Jay's Education have developed a series of workbooks which are designed to be used with the miniLUK controller (or Veritech case).
These LUK system worksheets can be used with children from preschool all
the way to upper elementary. Younger children will learn fundamental
numeracy, literacy, and organization skills. Older children can use the
worksheets to supplement in areas of weakness.
If your child has
enjoyed playing with the LUK or Veritech system these worksheets will
enable you to add higher level academic learning in a format that will
feel more like a game than work. Completing the exercises will give
your child confidence and satisfaction from job a
Kane Miller selects the best of the best from award winning internationally published children's authors and brings them to us.
Kane Miller books come from all over the world to bring a different feel, culture, or just a silly story that kids everywhere can enjoy. Fantastic fiction series make Kane Miller a wonderful choice for the readers in your life.
Their most popular titles are picture books dealing with challenging
themes like aging and bodily functions. They also offer board books for
younger children and chapter books for older ones.
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Books in the World are a challenging collection of connect-the-dot surprises that stand apart because of their complexity and variety. In addition to traditional dot-to-dots, there are unique innovations and variations for those who can count into the hundreds and follow simple instructions.
Practice following directions, counting, connecting grid co-ordinates, using compass co-ordinates, mapping, sequencing, alphabetical order, visual closure (image recognition), visual discrimination, visual motor integration and much more while having fun. Improving non-verbal thinking skills was never so much fun! Exercises are self-correcting and there is a clear pay-off on completion. As an additional benefit your child will have an opportunity to build their concentration and attention to detail.
Don't forget the adults in the family. You'll find yourself happy to work in a book alongside your child. A convalescing friend or puzzle loving older adult would thank you for a copy. Teachers and therapists are another appreciative audience.
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of Dot-to-Dot books and customer reviews.
Try before you buy with these downloadable, printable, examples:
Prufrock Press is a publisher focused on gifted education and advanced learning. The majority of their range is for teachers and therapists but they have a number of titles which are suitable for home use. We're pleased to offer a selection of their products which match our mission to help children to think, learn and succeed.
Red Hen Books & Toys provides special, hard-to-find, educational materials, toys, and books for discriminating parents and educators worldwide. Their mission is to keep certain types of toys on the market that the big box stores have abandoned. As a result, some of their items are Red Hen exclusives (and whenever possible, made in the USA).
We've selected from their range some activities that will really build your children's awareness of shape and color and location, all essential skills for non-verbal reasoning. Use these with young children to teach the basics and with older children, and even adults, to extend the learning and for the pleasure of playing with colors and shapes.
These toys are classics for a reason - children love to play with them and, while they play, they build essential skills.
We carry the following series from Shell Education:
- 180 Days of Language: Practice, Assess, Diagnose
- 180 Days of Math: Practice, Assess, Diagnose
- 180 Days of Problem Solving: Practice, Assess, Diagnose
- 180 Days of Reading: Practice, Assess, Diagnose
- 180 Days of Writing: Practice, Assess, Diagnose
- Bright and Brainy
- Comprehension and Critical Thinking
- Greek and Latin Roots
- Increasing Fluency with High Frequency Word Phrases
- Nonfiction Comprehension Test Practice
- Purposeful Play for Early Childhood Phonological Awareness
- Read and Succeed: Comprehension
- Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes
For many years when customers have called and asked for suggestions to improve their child's spatial reasoning or perhaps their performance in the Block Design section of the WISC or the Stanford-Binet we've suggested they use Tangram Puzzles. We grew up with Tangrams and thought they were a classic which everyone knew about. Apparently not. To make it easy for all those future customers looking for fun and effective resources we now carry tangram puzzles from Tangoes/Smart Games. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did.
For preschoolers Tangoes Jr. is the place to start. From about age 5 you can use Tangoes Classic. Most 5 year olds won't be able to do all these puzzles. Most adults won't be able to do all these puzzles. But start your child at 5 and work on it gradually and you'll amazed at how soon they surpass you.
Tangoes are also perfect for older adults looking for brain building exercises.
Making Children More Successful!
The Spectrum series of books offer students essential preparation needed to achieve success of standardized tests.
Creative thinking focuses on exploring ideas, generating possibilities and looking for many answers instead of the one correct answer. It's more difficult to test for but it's just as important a skill for a successful life as critical thinking.
Think-ets is an educational and fun-filled game using adorable tiny treasures from around the world that inspire creativity and test memory.
Think-ets is an at-home game, a travel game, a party game, a storytelling game, a camping game—perfect for children and their families.
Kids will love to collect, connect and create with Think-ets. There are so many games you can play using these trinkets—and, guess what? Think-ets even stimulate your imagination and increase brainpower!
While we have been very pleased to carry Tin Man Press Publications they appear to have gone out of business. We have just a few titles left.
Tin Man Press is a small, family owned company that has been producing outstanding teaching materials since 1970. Their goal is similar to ours: Help children learn to think - and like to think.
Their materials are unique. They make no attempt to meet the needs of the mass market. Instead they produce books full of innovative activities utilizing strategies which go beyond "inside-the-lines" thinking. Whether you're a teacher or a parent you and your child(ren) will enjoy exercising your thinking muscles.
Sample pages are available for each of the titles below - click on "more info" then on the "sample pages" tab. Print a few out and have some fun. You'll appreciate the variety, ease of use and humor scattered throughout. Trying a few sample pages is probably the easiest way to work out the appropriate level for your child.
Please don't hesitate to contact us
if you need help in making selections. We've used these books and can talk through with you what might suit your needs best.If you are looking for resources to teach creativity you may also like Think-ets.
More than 30 years ago Peter Usborne pioneered a new generation of books that prove that it is possible to create books that compete with the vast media that attracts children today. From activity books, to neat fiction series, to internet-linked science and history encyclopedias, Usborne does books better.
We love Usborne Books. We carry about 75% of their range and if you don't see it here we can order it for you.