Luckily my kid has no idea what shoot, kill and dead are, but eating the deer leg gave her a bit of a surprise. I was rendered speechless.
Then out of nowhere, the oldest kid, a 5 year old, grabs the "saw" and starts sawing off the leg of the other little kid, who is 3 and speaks no English. The 3 year old is screaming, crying and rolling on the floor. Luckily, my DD is off playing with a big tube and has not noticed any of it.
Turns out the kid who speaks no English was acting out this scenario the day before, but nobody could figure out what he was doing since he couldn't speak English. The teacher asked the mom to go home and run through it with the kid and write down his narrative. Mom comes back with the story, so teacher spontaneously acts out the story in front of the group to help the kid gain access to whatever issues he was trying to work out during the play the day before.
So yeah, that might have been helpful, but there's a catch. The kid she was trying to help does not speak or understand one word of English! So there she is, saying gun, shoot, kill, deer, saw, etc... And the kid doesn't understand a word of it! So how is this therapeutic for a little kid, who then gets the oh so fun experience of having the oldest kid saw on his leg with the branch????
I told her I understood her intentions were good, but didn't know if it worked out. I told her the subject matter wasn't salient for my kid yet, so it didn't have a negative impact, but it's hard to predict ahead of time what she gets and doesn't get.
I tried to explain that DD is pretty sensitive, but will speak up if something is " too scary". ( eg, music from Fantasia, the threat of throwing out the Toys in Toy Story 3, the snow avalanche sequence in the Tigger Movie, the villain in Sleeping Beauty--- she demanded these get turned off at playmates' or at grandparents' houses). I told her that as long as she is mindful of my kid's developmental level and comfort zone that I would trust her to work intuitively with the kids. But, if my kid comes home freaked out, that we'd be having a meeting of the minds.
I came home and told DH and then realized how freaking weird that was !
Could somebody explain what the significance is of doing that would be for the group?
Oh yeah, and does anyone know what is wrong with seedless watermelon? We got home and I unpacked DD's lunch, only to find she didn't eat the watermelon she had specifically asked for. I asked her why and she said " teacher told me I needed to eat that when I got home"
So I told DH that, and he wrote an email asking " I' m wondering how it is that it's OK for DD to take part in the symbolic shooting, clubbing, killing, sawing off, roasting and eating the leg of Bambi, yet she isn't allowed to eat seedless watermelon that has been sliced into bite sized chunks? Please clarify...."
This is so outlandish, I'm beginning to wonder if there's a hidden camera and somebody is going to jump out and say "Psych!"
Could someone help me understand .....? I don't know if I should laugh or give into the feeling of being weirded out by this situation. Go figure.