November, 2012

Leaving a Legacy

When I was a young girl, my family did not have a lot of money but somehow my mother managed to enroll me in the “Ideas in Motion” out-of-school program at the Baylor Theatre in Waco, Texas. (I think the tuition was $60 a year!) The program was directed by Jearnine Wagner and operated under the same philosophy as the university’s theater program under Paul Baker. I grew up thinking that all people are creative, Read More →

New World Kids Learn the Sensory Alphabet

  The Missing Alphabet is a book for parents, but creating after-school programs and training teachers is also part and parcel of what we do. Pre-K — 3rd grade programs are under linked under the title “New World Kids.” This morning I got notice of a blogpost from one of our ongoing after-school classes here in Austin. I wanted to share this snapshot of kids in a real, live program—learning their Sensory Alphabet. You can Read More →

Creative Thinking Gifts for the Movement Kid

This is number two in a mini-series of gift suggestion blogs, each tied to a particular creative thinking strength.The gift-giving season can provide ways to support and encourage the diverse imaginative and creative strengths of a child. Here are a few ideas to light up your holiday with imagination. While each person has a constellation of Sensory Alphabet strengths (line, shape, color, movement, rhythm, space, light, sound, texture), your child probably has one or two Read More →

Creative Thinking Gifts for the Shape Kid

Stay tuned to the blog over the next few weeks for a mini-series of gift suggestion blogs, each tied to a particular creative strength.The gift-giving season can provide ways to support and encourage the diverse imaginative and creative strengths of a child. Here are a few ideas to light up your holiday with imagination. These gifts will honor your child’s imagination and make the holiday season more meaningful and more personal. While each person has Read More →

Austin Reception Celebrates Authors

Susan Marcus and co-authors Cynthia Herbert and Susie Monday were celebrated at a reception at the Headliners Club in Austin on Wednesday, November 14. Marcus family friends Melba and Ted Whatley hosted the book party for a small group of supporters and friends. Many in attendance  have played important parts in the development of the book and its “parent” non-profit The Foundry. With its focus on developing 21st Century thinking skills in children, The Missing Read More →

Thinking Outside and Inside the Box

You may have heard of (or even experienced yourself) the surprise of the parent who buys an expensive toy for a child—and the child spends more time playing with the box! Unfortunately, that kind of imaginative play has lessened over the years as children have gotten used to more passive or limited roles with their toys and entertainments. Imaginative play is a form of creative fluency.  “Creative Quotient” tests will often give the test taker Read More →

Co-Author Herbert Honored by Alamo Colleges

Dr. Cynthia Herbert, co-author, was honored Nov. 9, 2012 by the Alamo Community Colleges International Programs for her 12 years of work with Latin American teachers to develop quality educator materials and programs using the cultural contexts and resources of the teachers’ home communities. Dr. Herbert was recognized at a reception and ceremony by Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie, who also recognized and honored retiring U.S. Congressman Charles Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been a college partner Read More →

Creative Pattern Play

Pattern play can be a powerful means to help kids develop their creative thinking skills. Much of innovation in scientific and artistic thought has to do with the ability to see patterns that no one else can see, and in to create new ways to put information together in meaningful patterns. Professionals in all fields use pattern information to, literally, inform their products, works of art and scientific inquiry. In the Sensory Alphabet, all the Read More →

Sensory Feast of India

For two weeks now I have been traveling in India. The sensory life here is deep and rich, historical and immediate. Everywhere, city or countryside, wealthy or poor, women wear the astonishingly graceful and beautiful saris, most often in subtly striking combinations of colors that we might describe as saturated and jewel-like. All kinds of pinks…from deep magenta to almost lavender. Greens of chartreuse to a clear deep forest green. Blues of aqua, turquoise and Read More →