The Missing Alphabet: A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids by Susan Marcus, Susie Monday and Cynthia Herbert , PhD was a really refreshing read for me.
Creative thinking is what is necessary in the adult world. It is a generative process. It honors intuition without leaving out analysis. It uses data but also looks for larger patterns. It is flexible yet fluent. Unfortunately it is something which is not taught in school.
Learners construct their own knowledge in their heads. Children must literally create (and re-create) their knowledge.
The authors introduce us to the nine elements of the Sensory Alphabet-line, rhythm, space, movement, texture, color, shape and light. Everything can be described using these terms. It is this Alphabet that is not taught to children which makes them unable to develop their creative thinking skills.
The Sensory Alphabet makes up patterns with links to our senses which our brain assigns meaning and values. Interesting isn’t it. The usage of the Sensory Alphabet is not limited to just the ARTS but can be incorporated into our daily lives.
Sensory vocabulary that is picked up by a child expands their capability to see patterns- between disparate objects, cultures and values. It opens up their perception and gives them a multi faceted view of the world around them.
Creativity and imagination are the crucial pats of what children need to think critically, solve problems and make their own decisions. They need these skills to be able to function well in society.
The importance of play is stressed upon to develop a child’s creativity. The authors quote from Herbert 2009 that play can
- develop empathy and appreciation of diverse viewpoints.
- is the beginning of abstract thinking.
- improves problem solving and comprehension.
- is essential for young children and becomes creative fluency in older children and adults
- is a rich context for developing metacognitive skills.
There is a wide selection of suggested activities which parents can carry out with their kids to strengthen their grasp of the nine elements of the Sensory Alphabet. Some of this activities can be carried out during the course of daily activities and do not need to be specially created.
I didn’t know that such a thing as a Sensory Alphabet existed before reading this book. I found the information that the authors presented extremely useful and intend to teach the Sensory Alphabet to my kids to improve their creative thinking.
Get your copy of The Missing Alphabet: A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids to read up on how to help develop your child’s creative thinking skills.
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