Analogies challenge us to think analytically about forms, usages, structures and relationships by identifying common characteristics of two things.
Analogies are common in both aptitude and achievement testing. The ability to think using analogy is a skill for life and a strong indicator of intelligence.
You'll probably be familiar with analogies presented in the format girl: woman boy: x
This is a verbal analogy. Analogies may also involve non-verbal or numerical information. With young children all three types of analogy are often presented with pictograms. With older children, words are used for verbal analogies, numbers for numerical analogies and figures for non-verbal analogies.
The titles in this section develop analogical reasoning.
If your child has difficulty with analogies you might want to begin with the precursor skills. In order to be able to reason using analogy one needs to be able to describe, classify and sequence. Building Thinking Skills starts at the beginning and leads a child through the skills they need to tackle analogies.