The initial excitement of the news that Ripple funded every project on DonorsChoose.org has settled. It’s Christmas in April as boxes are flooding schools and piling up in the office. We just got back from Spring break. Its ending is bittersweet as all teachers feel as if the break went by too quick but we look forward to the materials from our funded projects. In pre-K, rather than overwhelm our students coming back from a break with boxes and boxes of learning materials, we emptied out the boxes and left the cardboard on the carpet for our students to explore.
“What are you doing with that box?” Ask that question to our kids and they will instantly tell you that it’s not a box. For the children of pre-K 108, they are looking at things in a new light. What you may see as garbage, they see as potential. Potential to be any path their imagination leads them. Rather than breaking down the boxes and discarding them, our kids allow the boxes to get a second use. Sure, the materials we got are awesome. But the boxes they arrived in are awesome as well.
Currently in my eighth year of teaching Pre-K at an early childhood elementary school.