Boy, do I feel like a relic.
Today was our local homeschool conference.
I presented a workshop about making the most of a limited homeschool budget. As an example of homeschool resources that are inexpensive and versatile, I mentioned Cuisenaire rods. I didn't bother bringing any to demonstrate with.
Later in the day, a couple who had been in the workshop came up and asked me about the rods I had mentioned. I suggested looking for them at one of the larger booths--a very good, longtime vendor--that I knew carried Miquon Math.
Well, they still have rods in their catalogue, but they didn't even bring any with them today! I said, "I'm guessing maybe Cuisenaire rods aren't such a big seller as they used to be?" Yep.
And to top that off, the virtual online rods formerly at the Arcytech site have also disappeared, along with all the other good Java manipulatives they used to have. So you can't even "pretend play" with them.
Hoo boy. Maybe my next year's workshop should be "things we used to use way back when."
*Clarification: the people at the conference did not call them Cuisinart rods. I was just joking about that because I posted a long time ago about the crazy names and spellings I've seen for the rods.