Book Review: New World Kids

I was recently given the opportunity to read New World Kids: The Parent's Guide to Creative Thinking. The concept sounded cool! The world is rapidly changing so we need to help teach our children to think fluidly and outside the box so they can keep up with the fast-paced changes.

Built on decades of applied research, "New World Kids: The Parents' Guide to Creative Thinking" (Foundry Media, 2009, 978-0-615-19060-0, $14.95), is a handbook for developing young minds to learn and grow in a future requiring visual literacy and innovative skills. Authors Marcus and Monday dissect creativity, offering parents everyday activities to help kids discover their individual creative abilities. "We tend to view creative achievement as a mysterious process, or another magical matter of talent," they write in "New World Kids." "It's not a matter of chance or talent or luck, creative thinking is a matter of focus and practice. Like reading, it's a skill that is learned by doing." Just as the traditional alphabet is used to teach reading and writing, the Sensory Alphabet-line, color, texture, movements, sounds, rhythm, space, light and shape-is the foundation of creative literacy and the basis of our sensory connection to the world. The Sensory Alphabet enhances a child's ability to understand, symbolize and communicate ideas, which are all crucial skills in our digital media world of pictures, icons, sound and video. New World Kids covers topics such as:
  • The Sensory Alphabet: Nine essential elements for creative literacy
  • How to mentor children through the creative process
  • How to raise innovative kids for the 21st century
  • How to help kids find their creativity, passion at an early age
  • How to design your home as a space for ideas
  • Incorporating media and play into the learning process
Marcus and Monday were co-founders of the Learning About Learning Educational Foundation, a Texas-based institution that conducted applied research in creativity, individuality, media and play. Visit NewWorldKids.com for more information.

My take on it:

As a parent of young children I need a short, sweet guide. The book is more like a "school book", reminding me of my college text books when I was planning on being an elementary school teacher. It has charts, tables and case studies. For a book that teaches about imagination and creativity, it lacks the energy it wants you to instill in your child.

But, I read as much as I could between potty, bath, play and bedtime and this is what I came up with. It is an in-depth book that will teach you how to look at creativity and dissects it into imagination, the sensory alphabet, media, play, individuality and the creative process. There are activities it suggests, though I would like to have seen more images to go along with the activities. Also, not all activities are good for little ones, so it would be good for them to suggest appropriate ages for the activities. They take a simple visit to the zoo and turn it into a scheduled lesson instead of learning through play.

Overall, it's not my style of reading. It is 196 pages and retails for $14.95.

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