As you explore the activities shown on my blog, try to keep that goal in mind. I don't teach my daughter about Chihuly and Matisse so she can recite their biographies back to me. I teach her about them so she can discover new styles and materials to create with. She doesn't get bored by pulling out the same watercolor set over and over again. Instead she is constantly inspired by new ideas! Likewise, I don't teach her how to write just to make her seem smart. Her head is filled with so many ideas and thoughts that she wants to share. Learning to write allows her to express herself clearly so she can communicate her thoughts to others.
Don't be afraid of education. No, we should not sit our young children down at desks and overwhelm them with worksheets, drills, and rote memorization. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't teach them! Instead, do a little teaching, then let them use and explore the knowledge they've learned. The result? Happy, eager, curious kids who have a strong foundation for their creative pursuits!