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, that diversity is a good thing—whether it refers to people’s cultures or natural ways of thinking, and that working collaboratively can produce amazing results. We worked/played/created alone, in small groups, in large groups and with a wide range of materials. Instead of acting out plays written by adults, we created our own multi-media productions in the arts and beyond. By the time was an adolescent, I was the unofficial assistant director of the program and then worked my way through college teaching after school classes daily. Little by little, as a young teacher, I learned to look for the best and most natural ways of working and thinking in children and to reflect it back to them. Eventually, I also learned practical ways to “feed a child’s mind” by using the Sensory Alphabet to analyze their creative strengths and then to match those strengths to resources and experiences. My fellow authors Susie and Susan had similar experiences. As adults, we joined Jearnine, Julia Jarrell and other colleagues to develop Learning About Learning Educational Foundation in San Antonio. There we researched and disseminated information about the power of creativity through local, state, national and international programs. Our laboratory school was chosen as a national model in learning through the arts and gave us the opportunity to extend our ideas to embrace the entire curriculum. The suggestions in The Missing Alphabet are truly “tried-and-true.” I have experienced the value of creativity and the Sensory Alphabet as a child, teacher, parent, sister, aunt, mentor, teacher’s teacher, grandparent, teacher trainer’s teacher and evaluator. A few years ago my colleagues and I came together again to write this book for a new digital world that needs these ideas more than ever.