To Snack or Not to Snack? That is the question!

Hello everyone!
Today I want to share with you my thoughts about Snack in the classroom!
To Snack?
(Pros)
Staves off hunger.
Gives the kiddos a break.
Keeps blood sugar levels steady.
Kiddos less grumpy.
No noise from rumbly tummies while the kiddos are trying to read.
I get to snack too!
Not to Snack?
(Cons)
Messy.
Not everyone brings a snack.
Takes time out of your day.
Allergy issues.
That being said, I am a snack fan!
We have a snack in my class everyday after Writer’s Workshop and before we start our Reading Workshop.  This gives the kiddos a break and helps them to ready their brains for the Reading block!
We do take a bathroom break during this time.
I only allow fruit or vegetables to be brought in for snack.  I do allow applesauce and fruit cups if the child brings his/her own spoon and is responsible for any spills!
If a kiddo doesn’t have a snack, I don’t provide one.
Snack time is a choice in our building, not everyone does one.
I have been doing snack this way for two years and I have not had any problems.
I do tell the kiddos that “fruit snacks” do not work because they are full of sugar.
Here is the procedure in my classroom:
(Our lockers are in the hallway.)
1.  Clean everything off of your desk.
2. Use the restroom and wash your hands.
3. Get your snack from your locker and bring it to your desk.
4. Stay at your seat while you are eating.
5. Clean up when you are finished.
6. Use the restroom and wash your hands before we start Reading.
Here is the snack note that I send home on Meet the Teacher night so that the kiddos and parents are aware of the snack rules:
You can click on the picture to get your own copy.
So dear readers?  To snack or not to snack?  What do you do in your classroom?  Leave me a comment below!  🙂

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