Logic is an amazing subject that many don’t take into account, much less include in their homeschools.
But I am here to tell you that it is more important than you know.
See, logic encompasses more than Math.
It includes critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to have a healthy debate without fallacies.
You can adopt a formal logic course or make it a fun part in your learning day.
If you are looking to becoming a centered, organized homeschooling parent, nurture happy, independent children and want to create smooth, successful homeschool days, then you are in the right place!
Let me know in comments what you know about this topic, what you have applied, what you have tried that worked, what you have tried that didn’t work and if you have any questions as we get into this training.
In this training, we are going to focus on our 3 favorite Logic homeschool curriculum that are informal and fun.
As you watch or listen to this training, know that you will be able to get more information than what is included in this blog post.
I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
#1 Logic Games
You can put together Logic lessons for kids that are educational and entertaining at the same time.
Include some Logic games into your homeschool schedule.
It will be a welcomed change of pace and a nice break for you, the homeschool mom (or dad).
I will say, please don’t wait until high school to teach Logic to your children.
You can start quite early in life; the key is to choose age-appropriate activities.
Below, you will see that you can make it a game.
Children are learning while having fun together and it is a great introduction to Logic.
I highly recommend Logic Dots.
“Where is the Golden Cube? Choose a challenge and then place nine colorful cubes into the frame according to the instructions. You only get a few clues, so you will need to use your deductive reasoning skills to solve each puzzle. Line up all the dots and your mind is golden.”
What I love about this game is that my children can play it by each having one or by taking turns.
I let them actually play together to solve the mystery as a team.
It is a great way to help siblings bond and practice teamwork.
More Logic games that we love:
Think Fun Laser Maze (Class 1) Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Award Winning and Mind Challenging Game for Kids (44001014)ThinkFun Cat Crimes Brain Game and Brainteaser for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – A Smart Game with a Fun Theme and Hilarious ArtworkLearning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game, Homeschool, 20 Blocks, 40 Activity Cards, Ages 5+,Multicolor
#2 Logic Workbooks
I am going to get a few eye rolls here because, yes, I am pointing you in the direction of paper and pencil workbooks.
Why? Well, because I am honest with you and I will say that I have these in real life.
I have tried them with my children as a homeschool Logic curriculum and we LOVE them.
Pay attention to the top right-hand corner on each book cover as that is what will be your guide on which one to get.
They list two grades that the books are targeting, so take note of that.
I purchased two copies of all three books and we have been going through them together for about a year.
“This classic series will excite students’ imaginations while enriching skills in logical thinking. Logic Liftoff problems are easy to incorporate into lesson plans and are formatted to enhance the fullest spectrum of curriculum areas while sharpening thinking skills. Challenging and instructional, these thought-provoking books present sequential exercises in logical reasoning that include relationships, analogies, syllogisms, sequences, deductive reasoning, inference, truth-values, and logical notation.”
What I love about these textbooks is that the student text is super easy to follow.
They are restrained to one activity per page and that is exactly what we do.
We focus on one activity per day.
It only takes us 5-8 minutes total, so I am happy that it targets many different sections in Logic without taking away from our homeschool day.
I also love that it comes with an answer sheet to quickly check answers.
#3 Logic Puzzles
Now, Logic puzzles are kind of a mix between both Logic games and Logic workbooks.
This is because they are fun to “play,” but you still have to do some writing.
These are fantastic because, if you get the cards, for example, you can give each child one puzzle to solve and then discuss each together.
Or, at the beginning, focus on solving one puzzle together.
Either way, the possibilities are endless.
The one I love and recommend the most is the first one below: 100 Logic Puzzles.
“A handy, paperback book perfect for popping into a pocket or school bag, packed with puzzles, games and activities that will put your powers of logic to the test. It is a well-known fact that you can exercise your brain just as you might exercise your body; this book will keep children’s grey cells in tip-top condition.”
What I love about this Logic Puzzles book is that it comes with a great mix of activities, which keeps the children interested and curious.
I also like it that they aren’t too easy as to make children lose interest.
These Logic puzzles make you think, even adults!
#4 Other Logic Resources
Enjoy some other Logic activities that children might love.
Primarily Logic, Grades 2-4CoolToys Build-A-Track Brain Teaser Puzzles for Kids Ages 4-8 –Logic Workbook for Gritty Kids: Spatial reasoning, math puzzles, wordLogic Puzzles for Kids Ages 8-10: Ultimate Logic Puzzle ChallengesPerfectly Logical!: Challenging Fun Brain Teasers and Logic Puzzles forLogic Puzzles for Kids Ages 6-8: A Fun Educational BrainThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM ToyEducational Insights BrainBolt Brain Teaser Memory Game, Gift for Kids,Puzzle Board Games Wooden Traffic Jam for Kids Teen, EducationalDifficult Logic Puzzles for Smart Kids: 150 Brainteasers and PuzzlesThinkFun Zingo Bingo Award Winning Preschool Game for Pre-Readers andBig Book Of Word Puzzles For Kids Ages 12-14 –
#5 FIND GOOD ONLINE RESOURCES
And last, but not least, don’t forget that a good just as a strong human connection is important for support in your homeschooling journey, so is a strong connection with great online resources.
“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” -Harold B. Lee
As you can see, there is definitely a way to teach children Logic without having to break the bank, take up a lot of your precious homeschooling time or bind you to an intrusive textbook.