Cultivate your capacities for amazement – you won’t worship without it. There are a lot of boring worship services in the world filled with people who have killed their capacities for amazement by watching tv hour after hour after hour so that the only thing that excites them is the imbecility of sitcoms and they have zero capacity to be blown away by glory of God. -John Piper
I'm back home from the CLUSA conference, safe and sound. What a feast it was! I reconnected with old friends and made many new ones. Any reservations and nerves were quickly put to rest. Let me tell you a few post-talk thoughts I've had from my talk - "Imagination". My exploration of this topic led me to write a talk on it and I was a bit surprised at the vital reception it received. I guess a few others enjoyed thinking about it, also! The Headmistress over at The Common Room has written a narration with more musings that you might enjoy reading.
Charlotte Mason has much to say about imagination. While I shared many quotes in my talk, here is a favorite that I did not include. The whole idea of "magical expansion" is so delicious to me and another aspect of our responsibility as educators. I focused on imagination in regards to literature in my talk and with this quote we see the obvious importance of picture study, but note that Mason goes beyond even that.
How do we prepare a child, again, to use the aesthetic sense with which he appears to come provided? His education should furnish him with whole galleries of mental pictures, pictures by great artists old and new...––in fact, every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination, to say nothing of great buildings, sculpture, beauty of form and colour in things he sees. Perhaps we might secure at least a hundred lovely landscapes too,––sunsets, cloudscapes, starlight nights. At any rate he should go forth well furnished because imagination has the property of magical expansion, the more it holds the more it will hold. - Mason, 6.43Sigh. I wish I could get across to you how I came into this whole homeschooling thing with such a germ of imagination. It had been pretty much pounded out of me. Those of you embarking on this journey will watch your own imagination begin to blossom and grow as you cultivate your capacities for amazement. And you get to share it all with your children.
From joy to joy,
Further reading not referenced in my talk:
-LizzieBee's find: Television by Roald Dahl (worth reading - he must of written this in the '60s!)
-Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative - by Sir Ken Robinson (great read, highly recommend)
-Imagine: How Creativity Works - by Jonah Lehrer (recommended to me - haven't read yet)