Spontaneous excitement about learning occurs frequently at Rainbow Mountain. Recently, a preschool teacher sharpened some snazzy pencils, slipped sparkly gel grips on them, and set them out in a basket. Two children discovered them immediately and asked what they were for. “These are for practicing writing letters and words,” the teacher said. “Where can we get words?” asked an excited child. “Look around the room. We have words hiding all around us,” came the reply. The children immediately began to look and discovered words everywhere. The teacher supplied clipboards and showed the students how to hold and use them. Soon, with great excitement, they were moving around the classroom, diligently copying as many words as they could find and returning to ask what they said. Other children noticed and asked for their own clipboards. A ready supply of clipboards and snazzy pencils are now on the teacher’s desk.

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