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OLSAT-8® Level C recommended for administration in Gr 2

Here are our suggestions in order for the typical highly capable child. The first two are the most important.
  • Building Thinking Skills for core verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills
  • Thinking Skills for Tests Set for questions like those your child will see on the actual test and parent information to help you understand how you can help.
  • OLSAT C Practice Test for a test in the format of the OLSAT
  • Primarily Logic for logic. Logic is one of the areas tested for in the OLSAT. It is also a skill used to guess effectively.
  • Math Analogies for number and figure based analogies. Patterns in Mathematics is another option for this. Primary Grade Challenge Math is a good option to build math problem solving with highly capable children (it has more than you'll need for OLSAT testing)
  • Think Analogies for the game in the back using pictures to develop analogy pairs and provide opportunities for discussion.
  • Visual Discrimination for higher level non-verbal thinking activities.
  • Look! Listen! Think! for a children who isn't as attentive to verbal information as they could be.
  • Language Smarts D has a few verbal comprehension and reasoning questions. It probably isn’t worth purchasing just for those but if your child will be doing a standardized language arts test in conjunction with the OLSAT® this is an excellent choice (earlier in the school year you might prefer to get level C. From about March on your highly capable child should be ready for Level D and it will give them something to go on with over summer)
  • Mathematical Reasoning D includes arithmetic reasoning questions. It probably isn’t worth purchasing just for those but if your child will be doing a standardized math test in conjunction with the OLSAT® this is an excellent choice (earlier in the school year you might prefer to get level C. From about March on your highly capable child should be ready for Level D and it will give them something to go on with over summer).

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Thinking Skills for Tests
Thinking Skills for Tests Set
Our Price: $22.98

Grade(s): Pre K-2
Pages: 120 (two books with 60 pages each)

Nine core thinking skills form the base of verbal and non-verbal reasoning and logic and are commonly tested in primary level testing for school and gifted program placement. This title presents questions in a format similar to that of many commonly used tests. The Workbook presents the questions without words just as a student will see them during a test. The Instructor/Answer book provides a script for presenting the questions and additional information for building on the skills.
Primarily Logic
Primarily Logic
Our Price: $12.95

Grade(s): 2-3

Seven different thinking skills—relationships, analogies, sequences, deduction, inference, pattern decoding, and critical analysis—are presented in a format designed to appeal to an early elementary child.
Building Thinking Skills Level 1
Building Thinking Skills Level 1
Our Price: $29.99

Grade(s): 2-3
Pages: 370

Building Thinking Skills®
teaches non-verbal and verbal reasoning. These skills are rarely explictly taught in the classroom but are essential for academic excellence and success on any assessment test. In print for over 30 years this is a world-wide top seller. Also available in software - a game like presentation of the same exercises.
miniLUK Advance Combo Set
miniLUK Advance Combo Set with Controller
List Price: $68.00
Our Price: $54.95
You save $13.05!

Age: 6-8 years
Activities: 1152

miniLUK Advance Series continues on from miniLUK providing more challenging exercises in the areas of higher order thinking, intellectual development, logical thinking, visual perception, abstract thinking, reasoning, concentration, memory and more.

This set includes all 8 titles in the miniLUK Advance Series and the miniLUK controller designed to be used with the books.
Primary Grade Challenge Math
Primary Grade Challenge Math
Our Price: $24.95

Grade(s): 1-4
Pages: 311

Primary Grade Challenge Math offers material that goes beyond calculation skills for those children who enter the primary grades already knowing basic concepts. This book allows parents and teachers to instill a deeper level of mathematical understanding and thinking skills in young children while nurturing a love of mathematics.
Early Patterns in Mathematics
Early Patterns in Mathematics
Our Price: $7.95

Grade: 1-3
Pages: 48

Diverse reproducible activity pages range from completing simple patterns to data sorting and classification. The activities develop conceptual skills that will be important to success in more abstract math subjects.
Look Listen Think
Look! Listen! Think! Gr 2-3
Our Price: $7.95

Grade: 2-3
Pages: 32

Exercise students' thinking with these well-crafted reproducible activities that develop critical skills in visual discrimination, memory, and listening comprehension. The activities include concentration games, finding the missing item, recalling a series of digits, and visual recall. These activities are especially useful in developing test-taking skills and are a useful tool for assessment and training.
Visual Discrimination
Visual Discrimination: Exploring and Solving Picture Patterns
Our Price: $8.95

Grade: 2-6
Pages: 36
Reproducible for single home or classroom use

Developing the ability to recognize visual patterns builds visual discrimination and critical thinking skills necessary for academic achievement. 30 reproducible worksheets of increasing complexity. Each worksheet provides the student with the task of examining pictures to identify patterns and sequences.
Math Analogies Level 1
Math Analogies Level 1
Our Price: $11.99

Grade(s): 2-3
Pages: 48

Understanding analogies and the ability to reason analogically are important problem-solving skills. There are few resources to assist children in the explict use of analogous reasoning with quantitative and spatial information. This series fills that void.
Language Smarts Level D
Language Smarts Level D
Our Price: $42.99

This fun, mind building book teaches standards-based language arts and develops critical thinking skills. Language Smarts™ can serve as a core curriculum for language arts or as a supplemental resource. Empower your child's mind as you improve their vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, reading, and writing skills.
OLSAT C  Practice Test
OLSAT C Practice Test
Our Price: $39.00

Grade: 2

Practice Test in the format of the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® OLSAT® with Parent Instruction and Answer Book including performance guidelines to use in interpreting results and Child Book with test questions.
Mathematical Reasoning Level D
Mathematical Reasoning Level D
Our Price: $42.99

Grade(s): 3
Pages: 384

Grade level math presented in a way which bridges the gap between computation and mathematical reasoning. Use for variety, fun and understanding.
Think Analogies A1
Think Analogies A1
Our Price: $11.99

Grade(s): 3-5
Activities: 48
Pages: 56

Think Analogies® clearly, easily, and effectively teaches students how to analyze and classify analogies by relationship, category, and structure. Also available in a software format as Think Analogy Puzzles A1