Toys from home - Yes? No? Sometimes?
At our preschool we allow children to bring comfort toys - a favorite stuffed toy or a blanket - we discourage children from bringing other toys from home.
I've been comfortable with this state of affairs until I read this post from Kristen over at the wonderful Preschool Daze.
At Kristen's preschool, children can bring a toy and play with it during the day. She writes:
some toys are their “lovies” and we don’t expect them to be shared. but when it is another toy, we invite the preschooler to share it or save it in their cubby.
Both options are just as good. children are allowed to save their own things in their cubbies and great effort goes into helping them feel empowered in that choice
one of our main goals as a preschool is to ease the transition from home to preschool, from parent to teacher. quite simply, if bringing something from home can assist in that transition, that’s an easy thing!Which started me thinking. Would saying "yes" to toys from home be a way to:
- Soften the boundaries between home and preschool?
- Create important links between home and preschool?
- Encourage conversations about home life that we may miss out on otherwise.
- Support children in learning all important life lessons such as sharing and responsibility?
On the other hand, hunting for a missing toy is time consuming. Hunting for 25 missing toys is unmanageable. A lost or broken toy is distressing for the child.
What are your thoughts?