Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." -Lewis Carroll

Of course!  Our imaginations are as rich as we let them be - the more impossible the notion - the more fun the possibilities.  The most fun part my own childhood was pretending to be something else....something wild, something glamorous, something outrageous.

And children's literature enriched our imaginations.  Words on the page rolled around gently, whether they made practical sense or not, and the illustrations enchanted us with bold strokes and colors.  Better for me as a kid than visiting art museums.  Everything needed was right there in a book -  full of "impossibilities" to chew on.

Things have changed in a lot of elementary classrooms.  Someone has determined that reading instruction should focus on nonfiction, practicality, all the facts.  I guess we can't appropriately measure and assess a child's storytelling skills, but we can easily score the number of facts learned.  Well, all I can say is it's a shame.

Just for today, I think I'll imagine a world where every kid reads and everyone finds the fun in "believing six impossible things before breakfast."

Be well today and always,

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