Using toy weapons as teachable moments

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Using toy weapons as teachable moments

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If you see your son playing with a gun or turning something into a sword and it makes you uncomfortable; ask yourself, "Is this a teachable moment? Am I able to communicate a message that I want my son or daughter to be able to do when I'm not around." For me, it's more important to teach about the object correctly and properly without hurting people, as opposed to pushing it away and it never comes back. It's important for you to communicate that message and redirect them. Start off with a gun, shoot the gun. Where do we shoot the gun? We don't shoot it at people, do we? We shoot it at objects. Farmers use guns to make food for our family. You can re-direct that situation in a heartbeat, right down to if someone got shot by a gun, we have to call the ambulance. Let's call the ambulance. Role play all the way until you are playing doctor. The guns been left two or three minutes ago.

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Renae Plant

Preschooler Director

Australian native Renae Plant saved Los Angeles-based Camelot Preschool on February 14, 2008 along with a handful of parents who believed that Camelot should remain a community preschool. Over the years, Camelot has flourished under her leadership as owner/director. Renae improved the campus with eco-friendly bamboo floors, synthetic grass, themed sand castle and play structures. Her biggest accomplishment was turning a run-down shed, in record time, into an eco-friendly, open plan classroom with natural skylights and a special indoor/outdoor feel. Most recently she planned and added a Kindergarten Program to compliment the school and continues to implement new exciting parent involvement programs as well as Music, Spanish, Yoga and Sign Language.  She oversees the day-to-day running of Camelot as well as juggling her hubby Livinio and three kids, Ilan, Mateo and Deklan, (all of whom attended Camelot) and her bump maternity clothing line.

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