“Imagination has always been given a predominant place in the psychology of childhood, and all over the world - people tell their children fairy stories, which are enjoyed immensely as if the children wanted to exercise this great gift, as imagination undoubtedly is. Yet, when all are agreed that the child loves to imagine, why do we give him only fairy tales and toys on which to practice this gift? ….We often forget that imagination is a force for the discovery of truth.”
Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, Ch.17
Fact, fantasy and fiction - how can parents and teachers nurture children's intellect while supporting their propensity for imaginative play?
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