No snacks for us Only 2 or 3 students bring in snacks so I decided not to have any
We have snack every day after recess (10:15) and I ask for parents to bring a healthy snack for everyone, and let them know when we are out of snack. Parents also send cases of water bottles. I think they need snack-it helps keep them going till lunch. Fridays we do a cooking activity. Some parents are great about donating and some never send anything, but it works for us.
We also use snack as learning time, talking about food groups and recycling. We have a recycling bin and they wash out fruit cups, etc… themselves, or they can take things home. They also have to clean up their own spot before moving on to free playtime. Usually the whole thing from bathroom break to washing hands to eating and clean up is no more than 15 minutes. Gives me time to eat my snack too. And I could not go without until lunch. My kids are at school from 8:40 until 11:25.
It gets worse every time I read Miss Bindergarten, five and six years old have too many academics to have snack? In the work place adults have a coffee break. The children need time to sit enjoy a snack and have down time, get refueled for the rest of the “morning academics.” I went to a 1/2 day kindergarten, played in the sandbox, ate snack and rarely did a worksheet, and I consider myself pretty successful. I have taught kindergarten for 28 years and have CAGS and certified to teach in three areas.
I still have snack because I teach full day and they NEED it! I do a snack calendar each month and assign each child a day to being a healthy snack. They love having their turn and passing out their snack. it’s voluntary of course. Unfortunately, my district is doing away with everything that makes Kindergarten well…Kindergarten and I’m sure we won’t be allowed to have snack (or recess or housekeeping, block, puzzles, water table, art, holidays etc.) anymore. We test test and test more….
We don’t do snack anymore due to time. Just isn’t enough time in a 2 1/2 hour program.
In my class I always did community snack. I asked parents to send in boxes or bags of snacks such as vanilla wafers, goldfish crackers, fruit, graham crackers, pretzels, etc, and a gallon jug of juice or milk. I provided cups and napkins. Each parent sent in enough for the whole class and they only had to send it in about once a month. Most parents were able to participate. We were allowed store bought cupcakes for special occasions such as birthdays.
My students bring their own snacks in a snack box from home–we encourage healthy snacks. We have snack time around 9:30am. They need this time to refuel, my students are at school from 8am-3pm. They also bring their own lunches for lunch later on.
I ask for donations from the parents and we always have plenty. I can’t imagine not having snack! My little guys get SO hungry!!
I ask each parent for a large box or bag of cereal and we have math snack activities daily. That way the kids all have the same snack and I make it educational. One big box serves my 20 kids for at least 2 days.
My parents are great about sending all kinds of crackers when ever I ask!
I do a snack calendar as well. Have tried both methods of bringing in on their own and bringing in for the class. The snack calendar works best.
We have snack about 1:30 everyday. The kids bring their own. We go to school from 8:30-3:25…. Lunch is at 11:10…. Afternoons get long !
Each child brings their own snack! They can only drink water! So each child brings their own!
I used to ask for a snack from each family to share with 34 kiddos. I would pass it out after lunch and they would make the decision of when they wanted to eat it. The bad part was that out of a class of 34, only about 6 kids per month would bring a snack. I decided to stop doing it. We have special treats every now and then.
We have breakfast at 10:00. They have snack with centers at 2:00. They have to bring their own snack daily. This way I don’t have to deal with keeping track of allergies, “I don’t like that”, or the overweight children who don’t need junk to eat.
The San Francisco Food Bank has a school snack program that provides healthy snacks (mostly fruit and vegetables, occasionally string cheese) for all classrooms. We are very, very lucky.
Our school wants to do away with snack. They also don’t want us to celebrate birthdays anymore. A handful of parents feel we are making the kids fat! We always try to have healthy snacks and my kiddos are hungry. Many are up early and have a long bus ride, as we live in a rural area. My kids look forward to sitting and visiting for a few minutes each day. Hope this doesn’t happen.
Bring your own. Not as many kids need a snack this time of the year for my kindergarteners. But if I’m hungry I can imagine how hungry my little ones must be. And how can they learn if they’re hungry. Basic need!
In our school K~6 have a fruit break and we spend about 15 mins. Kids bring their own.
My son is in high school and still needs snacks to get through his day. Thankfully they allow kids to eat as they transfer from class to class and many teachers allow them to eat in class…..granola bars or chewy bars are a top choice easy to eat between classes.
Our school provides snack (Cherrios and milk) 4 days a week. On Tuesdays we have Tutti Frutti and a parent sends in fruit for the entire class.
Everyone that wants one brings their own (it helps with allergies and the students that can’t eat certain ingredients due to their culture) . I buy extras for the ones that never have them.
My parents voluntarily send in boxes of graham crackers. The kids can choose to grab one on their way outside for morning recess. I send “snack notes” home with 1/2 the class at a time asking for individual wrapped snacks. Most people send but I don’t really keep track. I store them in a rubbermaid. This gives the kids different choices. I get a little bit of everything…fruit snack, cheese & crackers, applesauce, pudding,etc. I send the next note out when the box gets low. We have this snack in the afternoon and I get some great observations and discussions during this time. Sometimes I read a story or show a video while they are snacking.
Our kiddies bring a snack from home. 1/2 day students receive milk, but full day students bring a drink. I also have a “snack cupboard” for those who forget snack. Every year I have at least one student I provide a snack for as they never have one of their own.
We ask the parents to donate cheese sticks, apples, or yogurt. We usually get enough to offer every day (at our 9:30 recess), but I usually pick up some too when I’m at the grocery store.
We used to do snack and the kids would bring in snacks. Now, we don’t do it at all (and I secretly love it)…with a half day program, the kids really don’t miss it and I’m not having to lecture patents about healthy snacks or worry about food allergies!
We have community snack. Each month I send home a snack calendar with a child’s name on each day. I ask only for individually bagged snacks. There is always a variety to choose from because we dump all the snacks in the ‘snack box’ each morning and the srudents are called up in small groups at snack time to pick what they want. This works really well.
Our school day is 7:45-3. My kinders snack at 9:30. Lunch at 11:30. School used to provide snack preschool – K, but I suggested letting kinders bring their own snacks a few years ago and it has worked out great. They each get a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Parents fill it and I keep them all in a large tub with lid. When their bag is empty, it goes in their daily folder and parents refill and return. School provides milk or water. The system takes about 15 minutes. As they finish, they do independent reading for the remainder of the 15 minutes.
Each child brings in enough snack for class one time I believe. But at another school my grandson doesn’t get snack.
Families provide the snack for their child. We have it in the morning. I find it extremely frustrating because it’s mostly junk food (99%) and many never bring it and they tell me their parents tell them to get it from me. Despite me explaining it is a parent’s responsibility and giving them examples of healthy snacks I still have this situation. I wish our school would just provide but seeing as they served pop tarts for breakfast before not sure I’d like that either.
Kids bring in their own snack. I can’t imagine having one more thing that I have to remember to do! I keep some pretzels on hand, in case someone forgets.
I have each child bring in two boxes of cereal at the beginning of the year and again after Christmas and each day I give each child about half a cup and they can pick between two kinds. It has worked great for the last 4 years
I have a letter that I send home at the beginning of the year. It asks who would like to sign up for ‘Fun Friday Snacks”. Once I get the responses back, I send home a calendar each month and I list the children who are responsible for bringing the snack that Friday. The kids LOVE it when it’s their turn to bring in the snacks! They buy snacks for the entire class to enjoy. It has worked out great in my room.
Yes, we have an afternoon snack. The school offers snacks for sale or the children can bring their own snack from home. We have healthy snack guidelines that we include in our beginning school packet.
We have a monthly snack calendar. Everyone is assigned a day. Students always get their birthdays. If it is your snack day, you are the helper all day long. We do not have a selection. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it. Students have snack once a month.
We have snack that way too, and I always read a picture book or two during snack!
2 1/2 hrs. with recess iS pretty short. It became all about food, so once a week, we have “Munch” and we munch on something that has a tie to our theme. Not having it every day also make it easier with board of health regulations.
We have set up a Healthy Snack program. parents pay $2.50/week and the 3 teachers take their turns purchasing snacks, primarily fruits and veggies. kids are given 2 options each day to choose from. The end to Doritos and high sugar drinks!!!!!!