Thinking & Other Skills

On this page you'll find products that may turn out to be just as important for your child's education as traditional products. What they all have in common is that they help develop skills, including thinking skills, that are essential to modern life. (Get more Co-op savings.)

on a 6-month subscription for up to 4 children to the award-winning PBS KIDS PLAY!, an online school readiness program for kids age 3-6. Monthly subscriptions available, too!  
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on 1-year subscription Gold subscription to ChessKid.com for 1-5 students in the same household. For grades 3-7. 
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on Brainology, a brain science program to improve student motivation and increase achievement. For grades 5 through 9. 
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on the complete STEM+ Educator Kit from award-winning Zometool, a leading provider of educational building sets for grades 1-12.  
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when you purchase books and software from The Critical Thinking Co. through the Co-op, an award-winning leader in critical thinking curriculum. Grades PreK-Adult. 
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on GameSalad mobile game design lab. For grades 8-12. 
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on the award-winning, cognitive skills building software BrainWare Safari, from Learning Enhancement Corporation. Additional student licenses only $49. Ages 6 and up. 
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on Hidden Pictures™, Puzzle Buzz™, Puzzlemania®, and Amazing Mazes Book Sets from Highlights™. For hours of fun, critical thinking practice! Ages 3-12. 
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on thinking skills with Inspiration, Kidspiration, and InspireData by Inspiration Software, Inc.! Quantities are LIMITED! 
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