Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Grids for Kids {Review}

I think logic grid puzzles may be my favorite type of puzzle, so I was pretty excited when Girds for Kids gave our family access to Level 1 and Level 2 from their Grids for Kids series to review. These logic books are available as pdf files and were written by parents that were looking for grid logic books for their daughter and couldn't find any. They currently have 4 levels with 3 supplements available (the fourth supplement is in the works). The first level starts with the basics and teaches kids how to solve the puzzles step by step. The remaining books work children up to more and more challenging puzzles.

What are logic grid puzzles you may ask? Logic Grid puzzles are labeled grids with a given set of categories with various combinations. Each item, in each category, is only used once. To solve the puzzle, you must use given clues and cross-reference the grid to determine the solution. The puzzles in Level 1 and Level 2 each have 3 categories with 3 items in each category.

It is recommended to put an X in the boxes that you know are not the answer and a check mark in the boxes that you know are the correct match. Using various strategies, the puzzle is solved.

Grids for Kids books are laid out with puzzles, tutorials, and answer keys to help children work through each of the problems and learn strategies for solving similar types of puzzles with increasing levels of difficulty.

Each book has a total of 30 puzzles. There are 5 levels of difficulty and 6 puzzles for each level. Each of those 5 levels has a tutorial for the first of the 6 puzzles.

I liked how the authors offer a tutorial. It helped the girls understand how to think about solving the puzzles. Generally, we would solve the first puzzle for each set, check out the answers, and then read over the tutorial to see if there were any helpful tips for solving that type of puzzle with a similar difficulty that we didn't use or weren't aware of. For the remaining puzzles, we would solve them and then look up the answers in the answer key at the back of the book.

Jo-Jo has been trying to race everybody to see if she can finish first. She got a late start, Ceesa and I started ours before she did her first one.

Ceesa says that she likes working the puzzles. She isn't fond of fill-ins, cross words, or suduko types of puzzles; but these, she will work on for long periods of time and enjoys.

We recommend trying out Grids for Kids free puzzle book. We found this series extremely enjoyable and recommend that you try them for yourself.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

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Disclaimer: We received free downloads of Grids for Kids Level 1 and Level 2 in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way for writing the review. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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