Why Do We Need to Have a Snack Every Day?
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.
So, What Should You Bring?
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:
- pre-washed apple slices
- one half of a banana (these can be cut at the school)
- baby carrots
- celery sticks
- bread, butter and/or jelly (this would fulfill the 2 food group requirement)
- cinnamon bread
- cereal and milk (this also fulfills the 2 food group requirement)
- cheese sticks
- fruit leather or roll-ups
- sugar snap peas
- pudding cups
- raisins, craisins or other dried fruit
- yogurt raisins
- cherry tomatoes
How much should you bring?
Enough for each student in your child’s class and 3 teachers.
What else do you need to bring for snack?
Napkins (and bowls, if necessary) to serve the snack.