Thursday, April 4, 2013

Imagination and learning

There is an Albert Einstein quote that I am quite fond of that goes like this:

 Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.  

Playing ocean creatures with the blue flowers on the ground.

What I like so much about those words is that they open a door out of the stuffy room where the only things worth learning are the Important Things and where a Good Foundation is defined and drilled. Even the door out of that place has to be imagined, which was tough for me when I first started learning about unschooling, maybe especially because of a master's degree in education. But once you've dropped that paradigm, then the whole world is your play place, and anyone who has spent any amount of time at all with young children knows that play is learning, and learning often happens best when it's playful. Another quote I read recently, a Sandra Dodd one, said that learning only stops being fun when you separate learning time from fun time. May that day never come!

Whoa! Jackfruit! The boys and I watched a Toot & Puddle episode from Brazil where they found a jackfruit in the forest. We'd never seen one in real life before today.


Playing lumberjack chopping down Henbit trees.