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Posted on February 26, 2017 8:51 pm
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eHebah
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Caught Red Handed
In my Kindergarten class I have an area with various toys for students to play with during their free time. I noticed that one little boy, we will call him Drew enjoyed playing with the match box cars. I only had a few and noticed that they kept going missing. Now, I thought they were somewhere in the classroom and they would turn up but in the mean time, I went out and purchased a few more boxes of cars. Now, when Drew was leaving I went to give him a hug goodbye and noticed his pockets were full. I asked what he had. He refused to answer. His mom took the match box cars out of his pocket. I spoke to Drew and said that I just bought those cars for the classroom and they had to stay in the class. The parent said jumped in and said I was mistaken and they are his cars.. ( they are not) ..and became angry at me. Fast forward, now I have no cars in the classroom because they all "disappeared"... Help?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted July 3, 2017 7:39 pm

ynaHah
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I would recommend that you write your name on the bottom of the car with a permanent marker. So next time this happens you can show the angry parent that they are yours..
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Kathy Allen
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It is a good idea to put your name on the things you wish to keep and reuse in other classrooms.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 8:03 pm

WeDyje
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this is a fantastic idea.
  Posted on: July 6, 2018 11:17 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2017 10:13 pm

Lynn Krivoruchka
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As the other student mentioned I would show a receipt to prove they are yours. You can also, as I have seen in some classrooms, that the students must right down all the toys that they bring with them everyday. This can show the parents that this is all the brought with them today and those toys are yours.
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Solution 3
Posted July 8, 2017 5:53 pm

eLaGag
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I've seen this happen quite a few times, both when I was in school and when I'm working with children. Parents know they aren't their child's toys, but are too embarrassed to admit that their child has been stealing. I would show your receipt for the toys to prove they really are yours and that it's okay if he would like to play with them, but only within the classroom. You don't want the parent to feel attacked, they know they're in the wrong but just don't want to admit it. Give them a chance to escape their lie with a "Oh, I had no idea!". Then, I would always recommend writing your name on all of the toys and other items within you classroom to prevent a future mishap. If you also would like the previous toy cars returned, I would ask the parent or send a letter home asking to speak with them. That way you can explain the situation, that you are not angry, but simply would like the toys you paid for out of pocket returned to you. They are meant for all the students to play with.
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Solution 4
Posted February 27, 2017 2:29 am

Gytusa
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I would of showed the parent the receipt of the toy cars you bought. That would show that they are yours and confusion or conflict. If that does not work i woould simply not buy the children anymore toys.
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Solution 5
Posted July 10, 2017 3:38 am

Yeilin Ramirez
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With the parents you can show them the receipt of the toys. For the future, I would write Ms.----- on every toy and leave a identification mark to know which are yours and belong in the classroom.
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eguByp
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I agree with this solution
  Posted on: October 8, 2017 4:39 pm

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Solution 6
Posted February 24, 2018 12:30 am

Ariel Brangers
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Seems like the student and parent ruined something nice for the class. I would try to provide proof of purchase. If not, then if you purchase more cars I would be sure to not allow that student to be anywhere near them. He will not longer be able to play with them if he takes them.
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Solution 7
Posted October 7, 2017 2:44 pm

napyze
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Well that does seem like a problem. I would purchase one more set of cars, this time write your name with permanent marker or nail polish. Also keep the reciepet and maybe a picture of all the cars. If they go missing again go from there. Try to talk to the student in your classroom before they go home and ask them about the cars.
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Solution 8
Posted February 25, 2018 11:58 pm

duNuJy
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I would show the parent the receipt to see. In the future I would either mark the toys with my name or not have anymore toys in the classroom.
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Solution 9
Posted October 10, 2018 3:30 pm

baGyvy
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It can definitely be a struggle in the classroom when dealing with students. A smart idea would be to write Mrs. "..." class on the bottom of the cars or on other toys in the classroom so if something does go missing you will be able to tell if its yours. It can be helpful if your students may bring something to the cafeteria or the library and forgot to bring it back, it can find its way back to your classroom.
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Solution 10
Posted February 23, 2018 8:56 pm

Kenneth Allen
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A solution to this problem is to stencil each car you buy. If a car go missing and you discover it on a student, explain to the parent that each car you purchased has a marking on it.
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Solution 11
Posted October 8, 2017 4:39 pm

eguByp
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If i was in this situation, I would write your name on the bottom of the car with a permanent marker. So next time this happens you can show the angry parent that they are yours.
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Solution 12
Posted October 7, 2018 10:54 pm

daneRy
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I think it is time to start labeling all your toys! I do not think there is much to be done with your current student except make a report to your administrators. For the rest of the year, do not buy any more of the toys and keep a very close eye on the student. Label everything so this doesnt happen in the future.
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Solution 13
Posted November 28, 2018 4:22 am

udaXuh
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I would mark them with some identifying information for you to be able to state without question that they are your toys. Also, when the students are playing with toys maybe you can have a sign out sheet for the toys they are playing with. That way it can be documented which students were playing with which toys and when they were returned. (You would be in charge of checking the items in and out)
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