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Millbrook Literary Festival

  • Millbrook Library 3 Friendly Lane Millbrook, NY, 12545 United States (map)

When an Apple is not an ”Apple” Drawing from Complexity

Using Illustration to Help Children Wonder

There is a big difference between explicit and implicit understanding. We tend to stress the explicit. It makes sense, we all want agreement on our terms. Because of this, though, we have been emphasizing the importance of verbal and mathematical knowledge at the expense of visual and intuitive investigation. Children are in want of wonder. They need to explore their worlds before defining them. By forcing children to observe things explicitly too early in life it is quite possible that we are making it harder for them to think creatively. It is our intention to discuss this disparity and to offer some suggestions on beginning a search for better balance.