Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.
—Giacomo Leopardo, Italian poet
The simplest things can become extraordinary stories and studies with children. Boxes may seem like nothing, but to children they are boats to sail the seven seas or hold enough treasures to last a lifetime. Crayons may seem like nothing, but there are more than one hundred colors that can capture a sunset. Water may seem like nothing, but you can drink it, wash in it, swim in it, and splash it. Sticks can be swords, flags, paintbrushes, and firewood. With the right mindset, you can always make something from nothing.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.