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The Missing Alphabet: A Parents' Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids

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The future will belong to children with innovative minds. Which is why this team of education experts have drawn on their decades of applied research in creativity, individuality, play, and media to craft an engaging guide for parents who understand that creative thinking skills are no longer a luxury, but a necessity for success in the new, grown-up world of work.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Thepalmettoqueen
Dec 14, 2012 Thepalmettoqueen rated it it was amazing
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The world is constantly changing and we have no way of knowing what it will be like twenty, or even ten years from now. The world is changing at a faster rate than it has throughout history. We have no way of knowing what skills our children will need, what knowledge they will need to possess, or what options they will have. That is why we have to prepare our sons and daughters for the unknown future. We have to teach them to have the problem-solving skills, creative thinking processes, and the ...more
Mindi Stavish
Dec 14, 2012 Mindi Stavish rated it it was amazing
As a mom of two young boys and a Speech-Language Pathologist, I am always looking for new resources to grow language skills. The book The Missing Alphabet- A Parents Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids by Susan Marcus, Susie Monday, and Cynthia Herbert has many fantastic learning ideas that are easy to implement immediately. The book was written in hopes to encourage parents to teach their children about creativity, in a digital age. Since the subject of creativity seems to have been p ...more
Adrienne
Dec 13, 2012 Adrienne rated it really liked it
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I'm a firm believer in learning new ideas to challenge the way I think about teaching my children. It's unrealistic to think that all children learn in only one way, and I never want to get stuck teaching one way. I want to remain open minded in the education of my children and take full advantage of the freedoms of homeschool. I believe every child is unique and talented. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding out what sparks learning in your child. This book challenges parents and educators t ...more
Candy Mickels Mejia
Dec 13, 2012 Candy Mickels Mejia rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone interested in expanding his or her child's view of the world to include anything outside of the conventional classroom.

As a mom with experience in a Montessori environment prior to being a mother, I have a great appreciation for all the things that children learn that AREN'T letters and numbers. I know that children need to move and touch and experience things in order to learn and have wondered what becomes of those needs when they enter a conventional classr
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Karyn
Nov 30, 2012 Karyn rated it liked it
I took a few child development courses in college and reading this book kind of put me back there. The Missing Alphabet is based on the "Sensory Alphabet" that is missing from many of our children's lives. The basis of this book is that we need to teach our children more than the basic 3 R's. This generation needs advanced tools for this advanced time period. We need to help our children develop into innovative thinkers.

Once the book explains the different elements of the sensory alphabet (all
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Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 Stacie Wyatt rated it it was amazing
read the Missing Alphabet, in exchange for review from Netgalley.com. The book was written by Susan Marcus, Cynthia Herbert, and Susie Monday. The book was published by Greenleaf Book Club Press.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-m...

http://themissingalphabet.com/

I chose this book because I enjoyed critical thinking in college. The topic interested me. The book discussed how children will be affected in the future. How will children respond to their culture and environment. Parents need to edu
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April Flanigan
Dec 04, 2012 April Flanigan rated it it was amazing
The Missing Alphabet is a new approach to teaching just for parents! I am a certified teacher (staying home with my babies for now) and the book was right when it said our education system was created during the Industrial Revolution, where we focused on Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. The three R's are important but we live in a digital age and our teaching and parenting should change to reflect that.

Parents don't freak out in a panic thinking this is going to be a challenge. The book outlin
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Liz
Oct 17, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
The parents in my daughter's preschool were asked to read this. At first, I found myself annoyed at the explanations of the importance of creativity. Then I realized I was reading it as an educator who had background on the topic and familiarity with the research presented. I didn't need convincing that kids need to play and that creativity is something that can be taught. When I stopped being an ed snob and started to read it more as a parent, it was a better book. I most appreciated the sectio ...more
Amanda
Dec 16, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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As a parent, especially one who is challenging the idea of typical "schooling" I am always looking for alternatives to reading, writing and just plain memorization. This book gives parents a resource (as it is written like a guide) to really look at that "missing alphabet" as they call it - creative thinking.
GONZA
Aug 29, 2012 GONZA rated it liked it
As I read this book things the author says seemed much more easier than when I tried to use them with my son! Anyway it's obviously my fault, but the ideas in this book are interesting and they really seem to work on "real child".

THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND GREEN LEAF BOOK CLUB FOR THE PREVIEW
Susan
Oct 21, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Good information, very dry.
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