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The Lucky One!

Have you ever had to have one or two items that were slightly different from the others, and were concerned the children might feel "cheated" if their item was different?

Here's a little trick I found from the cafeteria workers at my school. There was one tray that was slightly different from the others. Rather than letting the kids feel left out when they got that tray, the "different" tray became known as the LUCKY tray!

Here are my math counters for Monday. I was short one ziplock and had to use a "regular" ziplock bag. Which set would be the "special" one?

It's all a matter of attitude, isn't it?

Just be careful. When our math program didn't send enough work books, I had to run off one extra copy until the new workbook arrived. They didn't consider the one black and white page the "lucky" one, when all the other copies were colorful!

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  1. What a great idea! I guess it's all about how we look at things. I have been having this struggle with my math manipulatives because I don't always have enough of the same color for every child. I have been kind of worried that they would notice/care. I'm not going to worry about it anymore because now I know what I will say if one of my little kiddos asks! "You got the lucky set!" Thanks!

    1. Glad you like it! I love how their faces light up when they hear that!


  2. Perspective is key! =)
    ~Heather aka HoJo~

  3. Great idea and a good reminder that how we see things (or are convinced to see things) matters!


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