In “Tip Top Thinkamajigs” (ISBN 1466287748), poetry and illustrations covering a variety of different topics make critical thinking a reality for children. Dr. Donna Benedetti invites children to ask questions and give well-reasoned explanations for what they think, beginning at an early age.
The humorous and thought-provoking poems included in her book cover topics such as dreams, fiction versus reality, perceptions, human and non-human intelligence, feelings and relationships. Benedetti says the playful illustrations, which also address the diversity of children, make otherwise challenging topics easily accessible.
Benedetti promotes inquisitiveness throughout her aptly named “Tip Top Thinkamajigs.” Her work includes a useful guide of additional questions for parents and teachers who want to engage their children in further thinking, imagining, questioning and reasoning. Doing this, Benedetti says, will steer young thinkers through an occasional thought adventure towards a lifetime habit of critical thinking.
Benedetti acknowledges that teachers and administrators understand the value of incorporating critical thinking strategies and skills into the K-12 curriculum. However, she says, it’s not often done. She urges adults and children to start this process through dialogues that playfully stretch the child’s thought process.
“I want children, parents and educators to feel comfortable about doing something usually left to college students and philosophy professors,” Benedetti says. “I’d like parents and educators to view this book as an easy and entertaining way to introduce children to critical thinking.”
“Tip Top Thinkamajigs” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Dr. Donna Benedetti studied philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children. She has taught philosophy to university students, and critical thinking and reading to first graders. She is convinced that developing life-long habits of questioning and sound reasoning should begin for all children at an early age.