I l.o.v.e. when things fall seamlessly into place.
We've been talking about pentominoes for a week. This morning I had the thought that today would be the perfect day to find some.
Looking for audio books at the library, we run across Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
I say: "Hey, here's that book I was talking about. The boy carries a set of pentominoes in his pocket and uses them to solve a mystery about a missing piece of art. Wanna get it?"
We drive to the other side of town and find a beautiful set of lemon yellow overhead pentominoes for $4.
The kid can't wait and opens the pentaminoes bag in the car. Plays with them. Starts singing..."Is-o-be-ell...lo-o-o-ves...pen-ta-mi-noes!"
We're home and the kids pulls out the pentominoes and starts the book. I'm typing 'how to use pentominoes' into Google and the narrator starts to read..."About pentominoes..."
A few minutes later, the character Calder has just finished making a rectangle using seven pentominoe pieces and I look over and the kid has a rectangle in front of her. I go over quickly and count her pieces...eight!
You can never plan for something this wonderful.