Critical Thinking Company Inference Jones Beginning {Review}

My daughter’s favorite subject is logic.  When I think of logic companies, I automatically think of The Critical Thinking Company.  When we had the opportunity to review a product my daughter chose Inference Jones Beginning.

I have never been disappointed by any of their products;  this is no exception.  I LOVE it!

We reviewed a PDF version of this book.  It is divided into 18 individual lessons.  Each lesson includes a short reading passage followed by questions that the student answers.  This could be independent or teacher-led. The book includes answers in the back to aid the teacher/parent.


I would LOVE to have pictures to show our family enjoying this product, however, my laptop was broken the day before this review was due…so the pictures will not be included today.  Just picture a girl hanging out in her room happily reading and answering questions on her own…

How our Family Integrated

My 4th grade level daughter used this on her own for free-time learning.  She read the paragraphs and answered the questions.  Afterwards, she would bring it to me for review.  We would discuss why she answered a particular question especially if it was different from the answer key.   I was pleased to find my daughter starting to understand the idea of inference in writing.   After 6 lessons I began to see the results showing up in her narrations.  I am looking forward to implementing this with her sister on a formal level.

About the Program

Each Inference Jones book provides short, fun, and easy-to-use activities that improve critical reading and higher order thinking by developing the student’s ability to draw inferences from written text. Research shows inferential reasoning is a prerequisite component to superior reading comprehension. The National Foundation for Educational Research concluded that “the ability to draw inferences predetermines reading skills: that is, poor inferential reasoning causes poor comprehension and not vice versa.”

We all make inferences in our daily lives (e.g. we naturally think a child is happy because we see them laughing). But how does this ability apply to written communication? When we read a written passage, we’re actually reading a representation of the author’s thoughts and ideas, because the written word does not convey a meaning in and of itself. Readers must construct the meaning through interpretation.

The reader’s interpretation is the result of inferential analysis which includes drawing from personal knowledge and experiences, social values, and cultural conventions. The interpretation connects a meaning to the words, providing the reader with an understanding of the character’s actions, circumstances, or events in the story.

Inference Jones: Beginning has a readability level appropriate for grades 3-4 but can also be used as a remedial resource for older students (grades 5-12+). Inference Jones: Level 1 has a readability level appropriate for grades 5-6 but can also be used as a remedial resource for older students (grade 7-12+).

  • Publisher:  The Critical Thinking Co.
  • Grades:  3-6
  • Cost:  $11.99 for papberback
  • Can be purchased from The Critical Thinking Co. online.  We obtain our Critical Thinking Co. materials from our local homeschool bookstore.
Overall Recommendation
A great author is able to convey several meanings with the same passage.  An excellent author can convey those meanings and bring an action in the reader’s life.  For me, this is the difference between a book and a classic.   Teaching a child to understand the concept of inferences in writing is a critical skill with practical applications in everyday life.  It is beneficial in learning AND in living life!  We highly recommend implementing this into your learning experience.

This review is part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. Check out what my fellow crew members are saying about this and other Critical Thinking Co. products!

I received this product for review. All opinions are my own.

**I am sorry for the less than fancy blog post this time. I am typing on a new laptop from the internet without any of my usual programs or pictures. This blog will return to regular posting as soon as I can finish recreating my computer. Thank you for your understanding. :)