As crazy as that sounds for a Kindergarten teacher to post a No Toy Zone on her door- its happened. And I have to admit I agree. In our school we seem to have the never ending problem of students bringing items from home into the classroom.
This causes many problems....
1. It causes distractions
2. It could get broken, stolen or go missing
3. Children sometimes trade toys. 15 minutes later, one believes the trade was unfair and wants their toy back, the other child refuses. There are tears, name calling and pushing. Before you know it- you have wasted 30 minutes of your lunch break mediating over some Bey Blade. (for an example)
If a child is caught with a toy in the classroom it is taken away until the end of the day.We do have show and tell once a week and encourage students to bring items of interest. Any thoughts?!!