The Importance of Play

This study about creativity in Iceland supports both Charlotte Mason’s and Dr. Neufeld’s emphasis on play and handicraft.

“Over the past two decades, the dominant curriculum [in Iceland] has been innovation education (IE), [in which] students are given opportunities to apply creativity to everyday life, and teachers act as ‘facilitators rather than lecturers,’ the researchers wrote, serving to support students in generating high-quality, novel ideas through their work.

Kerr also pointed to an emphasis on craft and making things by hand. ‘Every Icelandic male knows how to knit, every female knows how to use tools,’ she said. ‘It seems important to the development of creativity to simply know how to use tools for making and learning at home and school.'”

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