Can you infer?
Are you good at inferring things?
Can you read between the lines?
Some people are really good at understanding inferences, and others are not. When people don't read between the lines well, it can cause some major communication problems to crop up.
I thought it was important for me to cover this topic with my youngest. Even though she's in the 6th grade, I wanted to see how well she was doing at making accurate inferences in her reading. Was she truly comprehending what she was reading? Or was she not quite reading between the lines as well as I thought she needed to be at her age?
When Inference Jones: Beginning came in the mail, I glanced through it, and my first thought was, "Yes! This is going to be very easy to implement and see how she does with inferences!"
The introductory notes were very simple to read through together, and then I had Brittany begin working through the first lesson. Because she's a quick reader, it didn't take her very long at all. As we corrected the assignment together, we both noticed that a few things she and I would have selected were actually wrong. This was a great way to practice the skill of inference and see when to use it - and when not to.
As Brittany worked through lesson after lesson, they quickly became easier for her. She began to receive 100% on all of her lesson assignments! Yes, part of this is because she is a bit older than the target age, but also, she began to quickly understand the key concepts in making proper inferences.
This is a very simple product to use, and I'm so glad we received it for review! I highly recommend everything we've ever used from The Critical Thinking Company. This company had great products available when I was teaching in the public schools, and many of them easily transfer to the homeschooling community as well.
As a side note: Inference Jones: Beginning has a readability level appropriate for grades 3-4 but can also be used as a remedial resource for older students (grades 5-12+). Inference Jones costs $11.99 at the time of this review. You may also look at a couple of sample pages at the link, above.
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Disclaimer: I received one copy of Inference Jones: Beginning as a member of the TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review of this product. No other compensation was provided.
4/24/2012 04:14:52 pm
Okay, your comments here make me want to look into this for my kids. Well, two of them anyway. Reading between the lines, definitely an issue...
4/24/2012 04:15:42 pm
Some people, who are naturally good at inferences, would think this book is on the simple, silly side. But for many people (children AND adults), this isn't such an easy skill. Great book!
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