I am seeking opinions on how you deal with all objects being turned into a weapon with boys in the classroom. I teach 3s, and regardless of what it is (legos, magnatiles, sticks, paper tubes)...a few of the boys turn them into guns/blasters/swords etc. it disturbs me, but I'd like like a better way to communicate with them about it other than fruitlessly repeating "no weapons" in the classroom. I think I feel especially sensitive to it this year with so much violence in the news, and don't want to project my feelings into the situation. I understand this is often a natural component of play. I'd love any articles or resources folks can suggest on how to embrace the positive aspects of this but minimize how they point their weapons at classmates and pretend to shoot (they build really creative weapons lol!).
Sue FergusonLead TeacherSt. Paul PreschoolWoodbridge, VA