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Teach Your Kids to Think: Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day [Kindle Edition]

Maria Chesley Fisk Ph.D.

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The book Teach Your Kids to Think: Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day is designed to help parents teach their children how to think wisely and well during the time they already spend together. Using the latest research on intelligence and how we think, author Maria Chesley Fisk, Ph.D., has created a series of easy-to-use, fun tools that can be used whenever parents are with their 4- to 12-year-old kids. The tools are divided into sections that correspond to different kinds of thinking: analytical, creative, social & emotional, and practical. She created her thinking puzzle, used throughout the book, to represent how interrelated these thinking skills are and how they all work together to help our kids develop their multiple intelligences.

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About the Author

Dr. Maria Chesley Fisk is a translator of educational and psychological research for parents. She provides materials and parent workshop opportunities for reflection, learning, and support. Maria earned her Ph.D. in educational studies at the University of Michigan. She has directed a teacher training program, provided professional development for teachers and administrators, served as a consultant to schools and school districts, and contributed to a project about digital games. Maria lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, two boisterous boys, a black lab, and a bit of dust. You can earn more about her work at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984199802
  • Publisher: That's Good Thinking! (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UNKZ4U
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynn Thurston 2 Oct. 2011
By Lynn Thurston - Published on
This is a great book. The author explains the importance of multiple intelligences, not just IQ, as a measure of the range of skills children need to develop. These include analytical skills, creative skills, social and emotional skills, and practical skills. She then goes on to explain exactly what questions and techniques you can use to help your child develop these skills.

She also highlights the work of Carol Dweck who explains the importance of having a growth mindset. A growth mindset is used by those who understand they can change how intelligent they are. Intelligence is not fixed. As Fisk explains, "People with a growth mindset are inclined to welcome challenges and to learn from their mistakes rather than to be overly discouraged by them. People who take the other approach, a fixed mindset, believe they can change in only limited ways." Instilling a growth mindset in your child fosters a can-do attitude that, combined with hard work, can lead to the successful achievement of many important tasks.

The book is filled with straight-forward techniques. It's an easy read and, if you're interested in teaching your child how to think, this is a great starting point. There are other books on metacognition (thinking about what you're thinking about), but a lot of them are pretty heavy reading. This is a perfect distillation of some pretty complex science. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource on this topic! 9 Mar. 2010
By Deborah Godfrey - Published on
I've been teaching parenting for 17 years and it's not often that a new parenting book really catches my attention. This gem however, did, and I highly recommend it to parents. Written in a parent-friendly style, you will find the information inspring, motivating and best of all...PRACTICAL. There are tools for teaching thinking in general, and then several sections on teaching different types of thinking skills. Each tip is only 1-2 pages, so it's easy to use and parents won't get overwhelmed. -Debbie Godfrey (Fox) - [...]
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teach Your Kids to Think! by Maria Chesley Fisk 28 May 2011
By onyx95 - Published on
Working as a compilation of strategies to help parents and other caregivers of children. To have and to offer the tools children will need to become independent thinkers. Teaching this to kids falls on the parents just as much as it does on the teachers at school. Learning the difference between analytical thinking, creative thinking, social and emotional thinking or practical thinking is the start to understanding how to help our children think for themselves. The approach used to help children learn all these aspects only slightly differ from each other. For any person to have the thoughtful intelligence that it takes to truly succeed, one needs to have use of all theses skills in combination with each other. Learning that helps the child and the caregiver too. -

The author has compiled a vast amount of skills and tools into a concise and easy to comprehend book. The background as a teacher comes through with the adaptability of each lesson. This book is filled with definitions of these thinking patterns as well as suggestions for conversation starters and examples. I was startled by the abrupt ending. So much effort was put into an introduction and each of the sections. I expected a wrap up but it never came, just bounced right into notes and references. The reference guide in the back gives you locations for further information.

Seems to be great information, and so easy to implement. Some of the suggestions are commonly used with out even realizing that it is a thinking strategy. Other are more obviously a learning opportunity but all of them are fun to think about. That is the point, to get your mind thinking and the children's minds around you. I am eager to start using a few that I haven't used before and to re-assess the ones I use on a regular basis.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Think You Should Teach Your Kids How to Think 25 Jun. 2012
By Mochalove - Published on
As a parent you try your best to teach your child everything they need to survive in life including the ability to think, solve problems and socialize. However, as demonstrated in the book Teach Your Kids How to Think; Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day by Maria Chelsea Fisk, Ph.D.; there is a whole lot more to it than may have been previously realized.
This book is a well spring of information and various methods to employ while teaching your kids to think on various levels, including creativity, socialization and approaching problem resolution.
Teach Your Kids How to Think; ... is broken up into several general subject areas that expounds on each topic by including background information and thinking methods that can be applied daily to interactions with your child in order to improve their thinking skill set. The first section is, Why You Should Teach Your Kids To Think which serves as an excellent introduction to the subject matter of the book and contains some very eye opening topics including the fact that "we have multiple types of intelligences" such as creativity, the ability to relate well to the people around you, analytical thinking skills, as well as much more. The next section demonstrates "General Tools for Teaching Thinking Skills" the exercises mentioned in this section can be applied to teach a child the general tools for all around thinking. The sections that follow are more specific such as; Teaching Analytical Thinking Skills, Teaching Creative Thinking Skills, Teaching Social and Emotional Thinking Skills, and Teaching Practical Thinking Skills. Each section is written in easy to read language and thoroughly explains the necessity for each particular type of thinking skill and how to help your child (and yourself) understand how to apply the suggested thinking skills. As I finished each section I did take the time to work with my children and apply the exercises, and they worked!

What I really like about this book is the way it is written, it has a knowledgeable tone, each topic is well explained and the exercises are not hard to apply to interactions with your child, in fact they are quite simple exercises which makes it a pleasure to try and do. I found this book to be a very well done guide that all parents need to read at least once as you will get positive results from it. I highly recommend this book to parents and parents to be as this is a very worthwhile read and will have positive results that will last.
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource 27 Jan. 2012
By tg - Published on
I recently had the opportunity to read and then provide a review on a book designed to help parents to guide their children in their day to day learning. I found this book a very beneficial tool in one's role as a parent. I love that the author began this book by discussing intelligence and not only in terms of IQ score. Intelligence is so much more and the author did a good job of making readers aware of the four basic forms of Intelligence - Analytical, Creative, Social and Emotional and Practical.

The book is then split into these main areas in which practical activities are provided to do with your children. I really liked how the activities were easy to implement and in some cases were very "fun" things you could do with your children. This helps for it to seem like you are just "playing" a fun game with your child, while learning at the same time. Also, there are different suggestions of how to adapt the activities if the original idea is not working or too advanced for your child.

There are examples of questions to ask and words to use in the activities but also overall information on the benefit of the activities and what can hope to achieve. I also appreciated how there are tips on gradually introducing the activities building up to the overall goal.

These activities will work for a variety of ages given the excellent info provided on adapting the lessons based on abilities of children and varying topics covered. The book provides plenty of valuable information in an easy to understand format.

I am looking forward to continuing to utilize this book. I tested out some of the activities on my 9 year old son and he didn't really notice that we were doing anything other than playing some fun games. I will wait until my daughter is a little older to try some of these with her as with her language delays the majority are not practical at this time. There are some that would be good for younger age such as one activity where you have child touch different objects with their eyes closed and name the item. This would be a fun one for a younger (or older) child.

Thanks to Maria Chelsey Fisk for the opportunity to review this book.

Please note that I was not compensated for this review however was provided with a complimentary copy of the book for the review. All opinions are 100% my own!

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