Friday, February 24, 2012

The Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Harry Potter Homeschooling Pensieve edition

This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is being held at A Life Supreme.

Laura starts the carnival with:

When I first read the Harry Potter books a few years ago, I fell in love with all 4195 pages of the saga. J.K. Rowling's ability to carry the plot over seven action-packed books, planting little elements along the way that seem unimportant when first mentioned but are ultimately of great significance to the greater story, fills me with the greatest admiration of her storytelling ability.

In addition to her great characters, Ms. Rowling creates a world that is just plain old fun to get lost in. And there are quite a few objects that inhabit that world that I wish were available in this one, like: The Weasley Family's Clock. 

Yes, a cell phone with GPS can tell you where your family members are at any given moment, but this clock is just so much prettier hanging on the wall or sitting on the mantle.

Later she continues with:

But, hands down, my absolute favorite creation in the Harry Potter world is: The Pensieve. 

This handy contraption allows you to take thoughts that you have conveniently removed from your mind (and stored in handy phials up on the shelf) and view them from another perspective at a later time. Being able to save the details of a memory so that you can revisit them later with greater perspective could be a very useful tool. And not only can you revisit your own memories, you can also share your memories with others to get their perspective.


Let's take some of the phials off the shelf labeled "Homeschooling," whether they be thoughts we've had before or those shared by others, and see what new insights they reveal to us once we access them through our virtual pensieve, shall we?

So apparate over and check out this week's carnival.

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