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When this idea was first shared with me, I didn't think it had much value -- but I became a proponent after I tried it. I became a believer the day a parent brought her preschooler with her to a conference we had scheduled. The three-year-old was all over my office and into almost everything he wasn't supposed to be touching. Mom spent most of our conference time chasing after and correcting her young son.

Shortly after that experience, I spent about $20 on small toys such as little cars, farmyard figures, small animals, and an array of colored blocks. A set of blocks with the alphabet letters on them was there too for visiting children who had an interest in them.

Like other principals who have used this idea, I found that having those toys available helped conferences go on undisturbed.

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