You read about a crime or situation. Within the paragraphs are clues that you must use to figure out "Who done it." It sounds like a simple task, but some of the clues are ambiguous and really take a lot of thinking power to come up with the correct answers. These are very similar to their Mind Benders (logic puzzles) but without the charts, and with more story line and plot.
I really liked how we both had to really put on our thinking caps to figure out the stories. We were able to share laughs and giggles while both making mistakes. It was great to have Mr. B correct me and tell me WHY he thought his theory was more accurate than mine. By the middle of the book I could really tell that he was doing better in his abilities to read the clues held within the story, and use those clues to deductively choose a correct answer.
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You can work at your own pace, and make adaptations as needed. For example, Mr. B and I would discuss the "Why" part of most cases instead of him writing out his explanations of how and why he came to his conclusions. I preferred this method so that I could make immediate corrections and guide him when needed so that he could make better sense of things.
There are no hidden fees, and it does cover multiple grades. As for lasing a long time, not really. The book is only 32 pages so there aren't a great deal of cases. Working at a pace of 2 a week will take you about 2 months to get through all of it.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Mr. B loves it. This held his attention, and he liked working in it a lot. He spent a long time on some cases, due to his own choosing.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
No. This is just logic style detective cases that help build and strengthen critical thinking skills. There's no additional subject matter. You could use this as a supplement to other subjects such as reading or math. (I say math due to the logical nature of the book, not because numbers are used.)
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