At NNS we take time each day to sit down together and enjoy a light snack. This part of our routine does so much more than just provide nutrition, though. As we gather together to feed our bodies we also get to know each other through conversation. The children also practice their manners by waiting their turn to be served, saying please and thank you, and listening when others are speaking. These simple lessons about how to get along in a group are the building blocks for success in elementary school and beyond.
As we enjoy each other’s company and fuel our bodies we also find it is an excellent time to talk about nutrition and healthy choices. For this reason we no longer serve juice at snack time, relying instead on water to quench our thirst.
As stated in our handbook:
We encourage children to enjoy nutritious snacks. According to state law, all foods sent to school must be in unopened “store bought” packaging. We cannot serve any food to the children that has been prepared at home.
Snacks must be nut-free (no peanuts or tree nuts).
Bring two items from two different food groups (starch/fruit/veg/dairy).
Some ideas for snacks include:
Enough for each student in your child’s class and 3 teachers.
Napkins (and bowls, if necessary) to serve the snack.