Importance of Imagination

Imagination is the most exciting, and the most powerful tool I have when teaching children. It’s the foundation for learning, and for wanting to learn. The best learning that takes place in my classroom is rooted in imagination; from reading aloud to linking Einstein and Mozart… well, this blog post says it best. It captures the essence of why imagination is important. And, it is!

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Imagination is one of the most important aspects of life and of writing. We should cherish it and help develop it in others.  Here are a few quotations for your consideration:

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“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

                                                                                  Albert Einstein

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“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”

                                                                         Carl Sagan

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“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”

                                                                                    Mark Twain

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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9 Responses to Importance of Imagination

  1. reocochran says:

    This was a fantastic way of emphasizing both imagination and teamwork, Jennie. Nicely written introduction by you; followed by a great post by your friend, Charles.
    I enjoy allowing children to stretch their imagination. Sometimes it is helpful by introducing a “prompt” either in a picture, word, music or painting. Don’t you love “Peter and the Wolf,” with symphonic music for children’s listening?

    • jlfatgcs says:

      Yes! And the prompts and pictures I use are so important. I showed a big photo of Einstein before I opened the record player to play the album of Mozart. Those three prompts made all the difference in the world to imagination. I absolutely love Peter and the Wolf. I have a great book that I show as the music plays. Thank you for your kind words. I really love this blog post from Charles.

  2. Peter and the Wolf…timeless. Thank you for presenting this music to yet another generation – building their imaginations and sharpening their ears.

  3. Wonderful quotes about the importance of imagination!

  4. I’ve always loved that Mark Twain quote. So true.

  5. Imagination is everything. If you can dream it you can create it. This world would be nothing without imagination because every invention we have today came from someone’s imaginative mind.

    Great post! Infinite peace and wisdom!

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