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Are you stressing about introducing logic to your dialectic pre-teen? Feeling guilty about never studying formal logic with your teenager? Looking for ways to teach logic on the sly?
Look no further! Teaching logic doesn’t have to add time to the school day. You can spend time encouraging the kids to delve into informal logic in their free time.
Take the situation of two sons taking a lunch break and playing Stratego together. The kids think they’re just having fun. In fact, they’re studying logic and strategy!
If you’re lucky, you just attacked a weak piece and take the ground. If not, your piece loses. Can you defend your flag, take the opponent’s, and win the game?
My sons and their friends love this game and spend hours playing it, honing their logic skills.
2. Logic Puzzles
You’re given a puzzle such as 4 kids and a parent went to the zoo. The kings went to see the lions. The child in the yellow shirt saw the tigers. Suzy Brown and her mom saw the elephants. So on and so forth.
Now you have to figure out which child, parent, shirt, and animal go together. There’s a nifty chart to create. If you follow the logic correctly, you solve the puzzle!
Each child can have their own puzzle to work on. Crosswords build vocabulary and the logic skills to think through various definitions of words and events.
Thankfully, there are many different levels of crosswords from easy to difficult. Find an easier level to start and work up to difficult from there!
It’s a wonderful game still for our own children. Parents can play against children. There are books to read about various strategies to win.
As the children become passionate about chess, there are also many, many, many chess groups and clubs. Teens can travel to tournaments and win trophies!
– These are fascinating short stories that keep you reading and thinking. Somewhere in the story are the clues to solve the mystery.
Can you find the clues and solve the mystery? Can your children?
These are great books to keep in your purse, in the bathroom, or in the car. Kids love the stories and seeing if they can out-think the detectives!
Sudoku is a new puzzle that uses numbers instead of words. The goal is to have all nine digits in each column, row, and square.
You can start with an easy Sudoku puzzle before moving on to difficult and complex puzzles. These puzzles can be found in newspapers and books.
Again the books are a great size to slip into the purse to pull out when you’re stuck with bored kids. The Sudoku forces the kids to think instead of complaining!
– Remember these from our childhood? I don’t know about you, but I spent hours trying to solve mine. My daughter actually solved hers!
It’s fascinating to watch her with a mixed-up Rubix Cube. She studies it for several minutes, slowly turning it in her hands.
Suddenly her hands start to fly. A few minutes later, the Rubix Cube is solved!
Here are just a few ways to teach logic on the sly. The kids have fun, never realizing they’re actually educating themselves!
Do you teach your children logic on the sly?