Monday, July 9, 2012

An Unexpected Gift

Speaking to my husband at the breakfast table over coffee: "Hmm, I really need to start collecting souvenirs and items from different countries.  I'm planning to do more cultural studies for next school year and want to highlight different countries of the world.  Do you think you could ask some of your colleagues if they might be willing to donate some items?"

My husband:  "Sure, I know many people who travel often.  I'll ask around."

No less than half an hour later, a message appeared in my inbox from a local school principal who happens have an extensive Montessori background :  Dear Sasha,  I'm cleaning out my garage and have      
about 15 Montessori Unit Boxes ranging in themes from Africa to Insects.  I'd love to give them to you if you are interested...

I was on the phone immediately - two van loads and an hour later, I was the new owner of years worth of a priceless bounty of materials, including one-of-a-kind collections from countries around the world!  Fifteen was hugely underestimated - it was more like 38!

Here they are, all lined up in my driveway before placing them in my storage area - years worth of Montessori Unit Study boxes, ready to be explored!
Can you even imagine the timing of the conversation with my husband the message I received about the materials?  I remain shocked and speechless at the enormity and significance of this most unexpected gift.  I have been given such a treasure and am so grateful!

Inspecting the contents of each box is going to be better than Christmas! ;)  Here is a glimpse of just a couple:
 Practical Life "goodies."  

Just the top of a 'North America' box...
I have a feeling I'll be having loads of fun sorting through all of these boxes and can hardly wait to begin planning new lessons and activities with my newly acquired inventory!  

12 comments:

  1. That's a dream come true !! The giver can find joy in the knowledge so many children will benefit for years to come. Please share some pictures of the contents with us - we can experience your good luck vicariously
    I love those unique practical life and cultural items. You always have such a beautiful way of putting materials together, I can't wait to see what you do with this bounty.
    Becky

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    1. Becky, It really is a dream come true! I am certain that pictures of the contents of the boxes will be shared and thank you for your kind words about the way I put materials together. There is no doubt in my mind that these items will be featured in many posts for years to come!
      Sasha

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  2. Lucky you! Such an amount of interesting things!

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    1. I am extremely fortunate and extremely grateful! :)

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  3. You are so lucky! And I am so jealous!!! Building up continent boxes is such a long process and hard work sometimes. I have created an international exchange for next September and I love meeting other people across the world! But being handed such a priceless treasure is a unbelievable! Your children are going to have so many learning experiences!!! Absolutely brilliant!!!

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    1. I'll keep your exchange in mind as I'm sorting through things!

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  4. Ohhhh how so lucky your are! I will be very happy to send you things from uk for a litle swap. What do you think?
    My box fron south america is empty snif

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    1. Thanks so much! I will keep you in mind as I'm sorting through the boxes.

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  5. No WAY!! This is what I call "your lucky day", this is better than Christmas.
    And I am glad all these treasures went to you : )
    YOU DESERVE IT!!
    Enjoy..this items will save you so much searching time and money. What a wonderful gesture from this kind lady.
    Patty

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    1. Thanks, Patty. I am forever grateful!

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  6. I spoke with Paul this morning before his bike trip with the boys --- He said that you had a few new things for the class ... I am sure the children in class next year will enjoy learning many new things from this wonderful addition to your class room !

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  7. Hi John,
    Yes, just a FEW things, right?! ;) We will be enjoying these things for years to come! It is so exciting and I'm looking forward to sharing it all with my students...
    Take care,
    Sasha

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