Book Making

Handmade books can be used for many purposes. Small blank books can be used to take notes and make observations. Larger books can be used to tell personal and cultural stories.     Objectives for Children; To practice creating written products. To create more “reading materials” for the class. Process:FOR ANY AGE: Give each child a small blank book or other form. Suggest a prompt related to an element of the Sensory Alphabet, an important Read More →


Different media represent different aspects of a concept. David Olson demonstrated this many years ago in his book on how children develop the concept of what a diagonal is. He showed that after a child can recognize a diagonal, they next learn to draw it. Drawing a diagonal is easier than making one on a chessboard, which in turn is easier than creating a diagonal on a grid of lights, when the lights only stay Read More →

Changing Viewpoints: Retell a Story

Creative fluency is improved when we can see an issue, object or person from more than one viewpoint. When we get stuck in looking at things from one point of view or in only one context, we limit the possible ideas and solutions we may find. On a social/emotional level, seeing things from different angles helps develop empathy and understanding of those who are different from ourselves. As children grow, they will find themselves in Read More →

A New Slant on Homework

Homework has traditionally meant practicing skills learned at home and/or reading material to be covered in class the next day. Even in the “flipped classroom,” homework is often a video version of a textbook or lecture. Traditionally, homework keeps children in the house, away from nature and meaningful interactions with others. In the rapidly evolving new world, children will need more than ever to be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school Read More →

Make a Personal Connection

Learning and remembering new concepts and procedures are much more likely when people can connect new learning to old learning and/or present viewpoints.In addition, when children can make a personal connection, they will become more engaged and what they are learning will have more personal significance. Making a personal connection, especially at the beginning of a lesson is a simple but powerful activity.  Objectives for Children: To connect the object of the lesson to what Read More →

New World Teaching

The New World Teacher must be both scientist and artist. The scientist seeks clues as to the creative and other strengths of each child. The artist designs experiences to foster individual strengths and develop 21st thinking. These roles require the following actions: RESEARCH Identify and nurture the cognitive and other strengths of each child. Find out as much as you can about what is unique about each child. Even a child’s favorites or interests provide good Read More →

Seeking Clues: Line, Color, Texture

LINE Bending Lines Provide a container of long pipe cleaners, black if possible, and large and small balls of modeling material. Demonstrate how to stick the pipe cleaner into a ball to make it stand up vertically. Ask the children to create different kinds of interesting lines. Interpretation: A child with a strength in this area will create different kinds of interesting lines. He may stick them all in one large ball or in separate Read More →

Seeking Clues: Movement, Sound, Rhythm

Continuing the quest for clues about each child’s creative strengths, I present these activities for three more elements of the Sensory Alphabet. MOVEMENT  Statues Demonstrate turning around once and posing like a statue. Encourage children to make their own unique poses. Videotape several children doing so at the same time. Interpretation: A child strong in body movement will show control in turning around and will create an interesting pose. Others: May not follow directions in Read More →

Seeking Clues: Light and Movement

Here are more activities, using the elements of the Sensory Alphabet, that provide clues as to individual children’s strengths. Remember the idea is to provide open-ended experiences that allow diverse responses. LIGHT CLUES  Day or Night Cover the tables with plastic. Ask the children to draw and collage to make a picture of night or day. With the markers and general materials, add aluminum foil, glitter glue, gold, silver stickers, black paper and chalk and Read More →

Seeking Clues: Space

All activities in New World Kids are designed to be open-ended and therefore elicit diverse results. The following activities are especially designed to help reveal clues as to the unique non-verbal strengths in each child’s thinking, using the qualities of the Sensory Alphabet as lenses. The teacher presents the children with specific media and a specific assignment. The teacher looks at the results for clues as to how each child thinks and learns best. For Read More →