An educator friend was getting rid of her wooden Cuisenaire rods. She wondered if I might have any use for them.
Lovely colored, wooden blocks?!?!!! OF COURSE I can use them!
Happily, my students are as excited by new materials as I am! As I put them into containers yesterday, this conversation ensued:
Them: “What are they, Miss James?!!”
Me: “New blocks!”
Them: “New blocks?!?!!! For us?!!”
Them: “What are we going to make with them?”
Me: “I don’t know. What are you going to make with them?”
As others gathered — helping to put the blocks into the containers — conversations and gasps of delight erupted around me.
I love when excitement, joy, imagination, creativity, conversation, problem solving, and possibility surround me. And when it’s precipitated by wooden blocks saved from the trash bin, it’s extra special.