|The magnificent Joanna Glushak inspiring children to nurture, cherish and grow ideas!|
|Joanna Glushak and ASL interpreter|
Mary Grace Gallagher reading
What Do You Do With an Idea?
We explored several children's books that indirectly touched upon this theme including Big Al by Andrew Clements, Pretzel by H.A. Rey, and Florabelle by Sasha Quinton. All of them are wonderful books but none engendered a passionate reaction of "I must read this!" Then we stumbled across What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom.
This book is visually stunning and in Joanna's hands the message soared and took flight in the children's imaginations.
To build understanding for the abstract notion of an idea, Oni and I prepared our six-year-old students by giving them all wooden eggs - a concrete connection to the visual embodiment of an idea presented in the illustrations.
Each child painted and decorated his or her egg before Joanna's visit. Then, Joanna expertly guided them to the realization that each egg (or idea) was unique unto itself. It was theirs alone to nurture and develop. That's what you do with an idea. You let it follow you and give it thought and time so it can grow. After all, an idea can change the world!
It seemed a beautiful way to light a spark of creativity and ownership within them.
|The faces of the children tell the story - They loved Joanna!|
By the time we said goodbye to Joanna - who has 12 Broadway shows to her credit - we all felt like we were hugging a dear friend. It was hard to part and we ended up chatting in the lobby for a bit discussing the children, the vision of the school and my program.
Once again I walked away amazed by the generosity of the incredible performers who say "Yes!" to my invitation to read.
Thank you Joanna!