One of the favorite subjects in our homeschool is logic.
From the time my kids are in Kindergarten, we do fun logic workbooks together. Then, once they reach middle school, we begin studying informal logic.
It’s important that I find a logic program written from a Christian worldview. So I was thrilled when Master Books published a new logic curriculum for upper middle school and early high school age.
Introduction to Logic is a year-long course in informal logic. It teaches students to understand arguments, recognize fallacies, and refute illogical and/or fallacious arguments. It prepares kids to defend their faith and to logically argue against evolution.
It comes with a text and a teacher guide.
- The text contains the chapters, glossary, and helpful diagrams.
- The teacher guide contains a schedule, short answer questions, worksheets with sample fallacies, quizzes, and answer key.
What did we think?
We really enjoyed this program. It’s colorful. It’s easy to use. It has good examples. The answer key has great explanations. It’s challenging and sparked many good discussions.
I feel it’s definitely best for 8th grade and older as the concepts are difficult and there are numerous vocabulary words to understand and remember. I used it with students who had finished 7th and 5th grades. The older child understood most of the concepts and the younger child understood quite a bit, but some parts were a little over his head.
We modified the program to do the discussions orally instead of having my children write sentences in the workbook. This enabled me to be more hands-on with the program and learn alongside my kids.
The program is challenging as there are lots of giant words to learn and the concepts are difficult to understand at times. I think the book does a good job of simplifying the more complex terms, but there were a few times I wished the program broke up the terms or fallacies into more chapters. Some chapters felt a bit like information overload.
We worked through the program in one semester instead of two, but I can see the value of stretching the program over a full year to give students a time to really absorb each chapter. We plan to go back through the program in a year or so to reinforce the concepts further.
My kids enjoyed the sample fallacies in the teacher guide. These are in addition to the chapter worksheets and follow the chapter worksheets. There are 10 fallacies listed per worksheet and the kids had to read them and decide which fallacy was represented in that scenario.
Overall, I really enjoyed this curriculum. We plan to go through it every few years to reinforce the concepts of creating a logical argument and finding fallacies in arguments and advertisements.
If you’re wanting to add in logic as an elective in your homeschool, I recommend starting with this program as it gives a great overview and foundation in informal logic.
Disclaimer: I purchased this curriculum for use within my homeschool. I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are mine alone.
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