Logic Countdown (Blast Off with Logic)

Logic Countdown (Blast Off with Logic) Item #: 000416
Grades: 3-4
Retail: $14.95
Rainbow Price: $10.95

Category Review

A series of three reproducible books designed to develop logic skills in a sequential, developmental fashion. The three books increase in levels of difficulty. The first introduces relationships, analogies, sequencing, "all" and "no" statements, syllogisms, if-then statements, deduction, and inferring. The next progresses in these skills at a deeper level, includes logical reasoning, and introduces logical notation. The final book builds on the foundation of the first two books, and adds logic diagrams and logical fallacies. You should really start your student(s) at the beginning of this series to get the most benefit from it, but they can progress through it as able.

Customer Review

Cordelia T. from Niles, MI wrote the following on 06/20/2008:
Attractive illustrations and easy-to-follow page layouts, challenging exercises, and just the right number of lessons (54) per book make this an enjoyable and inexpensive logic curriculum for the upper elementary student at 1 book or maybe 1 1/2 books per year. Each book has 2 pages of comments geared at the instructor with simple tips on presenting the specific logical thinking skills. Logic Countdown can be breezed through with little parental involvement and gives a good foundation for the types of reasoning skills found in the next two books. Logic Liftoff and Orbiting with Logic really give the child a strong mental workout and need about 15-30 minutes of parental explanation at the beginning of each of the 7 categories of thinking skills (analogies, syllogisms, deduction, sequences, inferences, logical reasoning, & logical notation). Analogies will stretch a child's vocabulary (e.g. demitasse, taciturn, jambalaya) in an enjoyable way but will most likely require access to a dictionary. The Deductions sections may be difficult for the easily frustrated child. Each lesson took my 10 yo child between 5-30 minutes (inclusive of looking up words in the dictionary). My only criticism of these books is that the author could have addressed a page or two at the beginning of each section to the student listing possible strategies for solving the problems.