With the new school year, there have been some questions and discussions about serving nutritious snacks. What snacks are nutritious? Do you have a list of ideas? Should the snack be completely ready to serve or can the children participate?
I hope this will be of some help! Certainly at this time of year the children in general are less capable than they will be in a couple of months. Our new little ones need some time to become more capable and more independent. As Montessorians, we are working toward independence and confidence in their abilities constantly. Maria Montessori said, “Any unnecessary help given to a child is a hindrance to development.” and “give and do what is necessary for the child to act for himself”.
Our parents bring snack to share with the morning class. Each child’s morning teacher assigns days for parents to bring snack.
One of the most favorite and interactive snacks I can remember was sent in by Mylee’s grandparents. Since I don’t have a picture to share with you, I’ll do my best to describe it. Each child received a blue paper plate (water) on which there was quite a few goldfish crackers (fish), thin straight pretzels (fishing poles), and some spray cheese (bait). Each child went “fishing” for snack by taking a pretzel, dipping it in the cheese, and then trying to get a goldfish to stick to the pretzel. It was adorable! The teachers tried to have individual snack as usual but it caused so much interest that all the children had snack together so everyone could “fish”. I wish you could have heard the conversations!
As always, feel free to ask your child’s teacher if you have any questions about providing snack.