I have been researching a few Logic courses over the last couple of months for our soon to be American High School student. This review opportunity just arrived at the right time. I share my review of January here.
Review: Introduction to Logic (Student Text) from Master Books
Teenagers might think a course on logic is the least logic
subject to study, but the author, Jason Lisle is touching on rather direct and
tough questions where the terms faith and logic
blends nonchalantly into one sentence. Questions
that generally could arise through the teenage years whether the child was
brought up with strong Biblical faith or not. The author does a great job of
explaining the concepts wrapped up in each chapter. Like in Chapter 9 where it
opens with “Is faith contrary to reason?” and continue to clarify the
misconceptions people have about faith. Often it is this time in a teenager’s
life when these misconceptions lead them away from God. The author however
thoroughly explain why faith is not
contrary to reason and directs the learner to scripture and decode it so that
the student can understand what the logic behind the scripture is.
This method continues through the student text and is instrumental in delivering the central message – that faith, God, the Bible, and salvation are all logical.
The structure of the student text is not overwhelming, and in 38
relatively short chapters, it provides easily understood graphics, highlighting
essential concepts, vocabulary and critical terms, whereby the learners can
immerse themselves in the content, and build their logic skills.
The glossary in the back can be utilized by learners as a measure to test their understanding of concepts during and after the course. It can be a master list of terms to study and memorize or reference sheet when writing memory cards. Along with the worksheets, quizzes and more provided in the teacher’s guide, parents will be able to assess the child’s progress as well as comprehension into the subject matter.
This course could very well be the greatest investment parents make when homeschooling a Highschooler.
Review: A logical Teacher’s Guide
The Introduction to Logic – Teacher Guide from Master Books
No more guesswork is needed to devise a lesson plan through which you wish to equip your child to think critically about concepts parents tend to overlook. Known for well-planned Teacher guide’s, Masterbooks follow the same format for most if not all Teacher Guides, providing a yearly schedule, worksheets, additional practice sheets, quizzes, and a final exam. The inclusion of a short chapter review before each worksheet is a valuable tool for the learners and parents alike.
Answer keys to all worksheets, quizzes, and the exam are provided and do elaborate on most questions. These explanations are more directed at the parent; it serves as excellent guidance when assessing whether the learner grasps the concepts.
This course seems to be one not to be missed! Original review