Screen Smarts and Digital Tools

The following is the full-length version of an article in this month’s “NFamily Magazine.” It is a bit long for a blogpost, but is so chocked full of important information about digital app tools that will spark children’s creativity, we wanted you to have every bit of it:   Gift packages this year will for many families include something with a screen: a digital tablet or mini-tablet, a new smart phone, a digital camera. Your Read More →

Spring Fling with the Sensory Alphabet

Spring is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time of year to try out new activities. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite springtime activities designed to flex the Sensory Alphabet muscles. LINE – Spring Story Lines Using index cards, your favorite spring related photos from magazines (and/or photos from your child’s life), make story cards that can be rearranged to tell different story lines. Arrange them in different ways to tell different stories Read More →

The Power of Imagination

When we write or talk about creative thinking, we are acknowledging that it all starts with imagination, whether in the arts, science, business or every day life with our families. This video about sculptor Janet Echelman from YouTube and TED is a wonderful example of the power of imagination. Echelman’s work is changing the cityscapes of the world, in powerful, evocative and stunning work. Work that takes noticing, collaboration, deep thought and research and the Read More →

Creative Thinking Gifts for the Tactile Kid

  If your child has to get his or her hands into everything; if everything she or he makes is layered and collaged and stacked up with one line, shape, pattern on top of another; if you child has always noticed and talked about the way clothing, blankets, stuffed animals feel to the touch — your child might count texture among his or her Sensory Alphabet strengths. These creative thinking tools are great fits for Read More →

Mom.me

We’ve been quoted in one of the biggest parent sites out there! See the article on gender-neutral activities for kids here. Our message about working with the creative strengths of our children is one we think essential for all parents. This reporter wanted to know some activities for parties and other outings that were gender-neutral. Our take is that gender is one of the least important factors of diversity to consider. A child’s unique interests, thinking Read More →

Creative Thinking Gifts for the Color Kid

  We believe in working from children’s strengths and providing toys, tools and supplies that are open-ended, can be used in creative work and play, and that can help your child make a leap from “I can’t..” to “I can!” Here are a few ideas to light up your holiday with imagination with creative thinking gifts. These gifts will honor your child’s imagination and make the holiday season more meaningful and more personal. While each 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 →

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 →