Welcome to Day 15 of the 2018 Back to Homeschool Giveaway Extravaganza! Today’s giveaway sponsor is Timberdoodle! Check it out…
Do You Teach Both Types of Thinking?
Have you considered the necessity of incorporating both convergent and divergent thinking into your learning time? Experts recognize these as the two major types of brain challenges we all encounter.
What Is Convergent Thinking?
Convergent thinking generally involves finding a single best answer and is important in the study of math and science. Convergent thinking is the backbone of the majority of curricula and is crucial for future engineers, doctors, and even parents. Much of daily life is a series of determining right and wrong answers, and standardized tests favor the convergent thinker. But when we pursue only convergent-rich curricula, we miss the equally vital arena of divergent thinking.
Is Divergent Thinking Different?
Yes! Divergent thinking encourages your child’s mind to explore many possible solutions, maybe even ideas that aren’t necessarily apparent at first. It is in use when he discovers that there is more than one way to build a bridge with blocks, to animate a movie, or even simply to complete a doodle. Radically different from read-and-regurgitate textbooks, divergent activities are not only intellectually stimulating, but kids love them, too.
Make a Conscious Effort to Include Both in Your Curriculum
Admittedly, because most textbooks and even puzzles are designed for convergent thinking, you will need to make a conscious effort to expose your children to multiple opportunities for divergent thinking. It is imperative because both divergent and convergent thinking are necessary for critical thinking to be effective.
Convergent Thinking All Day Long
Any open-ended assignment will build your child’s divergent thinking skills. You could ask him to draw something happy for Grandma, build The World’s Tallest Pencil-Holder, or plan the menu for a knight’s picnic.
Convergent Thinking with ThinkPlay Gears + Chains
ThinkPlay works both your child’s convergent and divergent skills. As he recreates the exact models shown, he’s working on convergent skills (and so much more!). But when he revises that model to solve a problem or builds a model using your verbal instructions only, that’s capitalizing on divergent learning.
ThinkPlay Gears is one of the latest kits from ThinkPlay, the internationally award-winning educational construction system. Designed to explore the basic physics of movement and rotation, effects of friction, creating power, and how simple machines need and use gears, this 400-piece set comes with a whole suite of instructions.
Timberdoodle’s ThinkPlay Gears kit includes ThinkPlay Chains, with 75 chain links and loose-leaf instructions for 14 chain-powered models. With these chains, you can build a clock, snowplow, and chainsaw, as well as more technical models, such as intricate chain panels. Or, assemble new constructions of your design. ThinkPlay’s STEM and simple machines potential reach a new level with ThinkPlay Gears + Chains. Keep reading for your chance to win a ThinkPlay Gears + Chains set!
Are There Any Complete Curriculum Kits that Teach Both Types of Thinking?
Yes! ThinkPlay Gears + Chains is just one component in Timberdoodle’s rich curriculum kits for grades 0-12. Here are nine things to love about Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits:
Most recently our kits won Practical Homeschooling’s Reader Awards for Preschool/Readiness, Kindergarten, Elementary Curriculum, Middle School Curriculum and High School Curriculum! We’re thrilled!
2. New Literature Options
We are beyond excited to include beautiful new literature options for third through twelfth grade. We’ve also added All About Reading as the default option for PreK through second grade. Reading is such a gift and life-skill, we’re very excited to make it a highlight of your year.
3. Develop Independent Learning
Our manageable weekly checklist means that even from an early age your child is learning how to learn and how to manage their own time. Imagine the benefits later!
4. Teach STEM Skills
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are more than just engaging and fun; they are also just as critical to real-life education success as reading and writing! (And yes, we include art too!)
5. Integrate Hands-On Exploration
Teach geography by assembling geography puzzles. Put together a human body torso while studying anatomy. This is learning that sticks!
6. Charter School Compatible Through 12th Grade
We are happy to announce that charter school compatible non-religious kits are now available in every grade in both Complete and Elite editions. You’ll love our new science options too!
7. Easily Customizable
Did you know that you can customize any Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit? Give your child the math level he’s most ready for; swap the book you already have for a new one or remove science since he’s taking it at co-op this year. Tailor this year’s curriculum specifically to your child at no extra cost!
8. New Custom Scheduler Too
Each kit comes with access to our exclusive custom scheduler for that grade, allowing you to add or remove courses, set breaks, note which lessons go on which week (if that’s helpful for you) and print off your custom weekly or daily checklists.
9. We’re Using These Kits In Our Home
Our family has had the opportunity to welcome little ones back into our home by becoming a foster family, and the Timberdoodle Curriculum Kits have been helping us keep our tiny ones developing on target. We hope your family will enjoy the 2018-19 kits as much as our family is.
One very lucky family will win a ThinkPlay Gears + Chains set! To enter to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US residents only. All entries will be verified. The giveaway period will close on 8/16/18 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!
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