If Then Creativity

If Then Creativity provides kindergarten through 6th grade students with learning resources that combine logic and creativity, integrate the arts, motivate critical thinking, and build social-emotional skills in and out of the classroom.

If Then Creativity exists to help teachers, administrators, parents and homeschool families develop educational tools to implement a child-centered, differentiated approach to the development of the whole child.

Mission: If Then Creativity transports students to the intersection of logic and creativity by providing parents and teachers with ready-to-use enrichment resources. Our lesson plans and online classes integrate the arts, creativity, and critical thinking; develop children’s social emotional skills; and support parents’ and teachers’ educational needs.


Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here's How To Start A Habit

Let your creativity run free.

npr.org Professional artists aren't the only people who can make art. In this episode, learn how to weave art into your everyday life. Because whether you're doodling, making pottery or embroidering, creativity is good for you and your health.


How to Help Your Child Succeed at School

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63 Fun Questions to Get Your Kid Talking

"What do you look forward to when you wake up?"

parents.com Children ask questions—lots of questions. But you can turn the tables! Here are 63 fun suggestions to get a conversation started.


Learning music early can make your child a better reader

Dance, move, sing, and read.

theconversation.com Learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read.


The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

nytimes.com We invite you to take a look at this year’s winners ...


Opinion | Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?

nytimes.com Teacher preparation programs continue to ignore the sound science behind how people become readers.


Opinion | Are You a Visual or an Auditory Learner? It Doesn’t Matter

nytimes.com One mental strategy may be much better suited than another to a particular task.


How to Build a Better Childhood

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Raising Includers: 5 Tips to Help Your Kids Be Kind and Compassionate

pbs.org When kids learn to empathize with others and show compassion for their peers, being an “includer” becomes automatic. Here are five ways to help your child learn to include others.


Rethinking What Gifted Education Means, and Whom It Should Serve

nytimes.com Montgomery County, Md., made sweeping changes to diversify its gifted programs. It’s succeeding, but not without creating some anxiety and controversy.


Opinion | To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

nytimes.com This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.

The New York Times - Well - Health

Many who study play feel that it is under siege, even as new research emphasizes its importance in children’s development, Dr. Perri Klass writes.


Choo-choo not train: talking baby words to toddlers helps them learn to speak faster, study finds

telegraph.co.uk Infants whose parents talk to them using so-called “baby words” learn to speak more quickly, a new study has found.


Opinion | Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later.

nytimes.com The way we teach math in America hurts all students, but it may be hurting girls the most.


National Summer Learning Day - July 12, 2018

Summertime is the perfect time for kids to discover learning is fun!

summerlearning.org Keep kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer!


Opinion | How Entitled Parents Hurt Schools

nytimes.com Affluent parents who wield connections and resources to get their way can wreak havoc on schools.


5 Tips for Surviving Summer Reading Assignments

5 tips to survive summer reading assignments

quickanddirtytips.com If you’re like many high school students this summer, you’re facing the task of reading at least one book as a summer reading assignment before heading back to school in the fall. But there’s no need to stress—whether you have to read one book or several, there are ways to st


The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

npr.org Part of a parent's job is to help kids do their best, but pushing too hard can backfire. Research shows kids in high-achieving communities are at higher risk of anxiety, depression and substance use.


Let's Hug a Tree!

Hug a tree, love a tree. Love a Tree Day is Wed., May 16.

ifthencreativity.com Love a Tree Day song. Sung to the tune of the Addams Family theme song

American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award winners

Another great year for books

ala.org DENVER — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. A list of all the 2018 award winners follows:


Taking Playtime Seriously

nytimes.com Experts say it’s essential to give kids time and space to play.


Gifted and Talented and Complicated

"Off the Charts" by Ann Hulbert

nytimes.com In “Off the Charts,” Ann Hulbert examines the lives of child prodigies, who often fail to sustain their accomplishments into adulthood.


We Have A New Prime Number, And It’s 23 Million Digits Long

A new big time Prime

fivethirtyeight.com Somewhere out there on the number line, huge prime numbers are lurking, waiting to be discovered. On Wednesday, a new one was. The Great Internet Mersenne Prime…


How Important is Handwriting These Days?

pbs.org Like any skill, writing takes practice. Here are seven simple tips for fun and effective handwriting practice at home.


Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense

matthewschuler.co Photo by Sophia. I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont. He writ...

Read Aloud

Professor Plum is happy today!

The Strong welcomes Clue, Wiffle Ball, and the paper airplane into the National Toy Hall of Fame! www.toyhalloffame.org


5 Lessons From a Diplomat for Bridging the Parent-Teacher Divide

nytimes.com Putting diplomacy skills like advocacy and solutionbuilding to work in a teacher conference.


The Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2017

nytimes.com Here are the winners of The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards for 2017.


What Colleges Want in an Applicant (Everything)

nytimes.com The admissions process is a maddening mishmash of competing objectives, and an attempt to measure the unmeasurable: you. No, it isn’t fair, and likely never will be.


The Hidden Meaning of Kids' Shapes and Scribbles

"Children's art has its own logic."

theatlantic.com Your child’s quirky art isn’t just cute—science suggests that even the most bizarre depictions can have deep creative intention.


Head Outside for International Observe the Moon Night - News - Science NetLinks

Get to know our moon a little better. Saturday is "Observe the Moon" night.

sciencenetlinks.com InOMN, #observethemoon, nasa, NASA, moon, #moonnight

Connecting with parents can prevent concerns about a student becoming a problem, but it isn't always easy: https://hubs.ly/H08KmDb0

What are your most effective parent communication strategies?


22 Fun, Hands-On Ways to Teach Multiplication

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4 Ways to Build Student Excitement for Reading Nonfiction

How do you inspire and encourage your students to read non-fiction?

ifthencreativity-2893111.hs-sites.com If Then Creativity shares advice on how to get students excited about reading nonfiction books.

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