Things in life can change for the good or the bad and even the good can get in the way. The past year brought another change and blogging came to a screeching halt. Please forgive me! I haven’t abandoned science, I have just been busy in a 3-year-old classroom. Even so… science is everywhere! I still have a classroom computer. Our new classroom pet is Cookie the hamster. We have adjusted to children bringing their own lunches. It is already 2018! Wow!
We know that life moves very fast and often the little things are forgotten. Things like table manners, play time and individual care. These things are important to a child because they will be important as an adult. I know as adults we are worried about food, clothing, our homes, and bills. We must remember that our role models and how we approach them as well as our children will directly reflect how our children make choices as they grow.
Setting up a classroom is a science of its own. Before a teacher starts to layout furniture, posts name tags, and puts up posters there are many things to be considered. This year for me, lunchtime format changed totally! Children now bring their own lunches. Parents are often in a hurry or forget basic lunch parts of a lunch:
Take some time to make lunch appealing, cut sandwiches into triangles and include favorite fruits and vegetables. Add a small amount of dip or salad dressing. BUT never send chocolate or foods your child will not eat at home. Keep any treat small enough that if he or she eats it first, they will still be hungry enough to eat the rest of the lunch. The same goes for drinks. If a child drinks a whole bottle of water and a whole pouch of juice, there won’t be any room for lunch. Keep all servings child appropriate. Children will actually eat more of the healthy stuff and it will make everyone’s day go smoother.