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Old 07-15-2019, 02:25 PM
 
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I have been teaching for 28 years now and every year I find it hard and hard to fit everything into the schedule. For several years now I have thought about giving up snack time. How many classrooms still have snack time?


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Old 07-15-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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I stopped having snacks about 17 years ago. I think it's only necessary if you have a schedule with either avery early or very late lunch.
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I don't have a scheduled "snack time". Our schedule just doesn't allow for that. My kids can bring snacks and eat them whenever they are hungry during independent work time. It's been working really well for about the past 10 years and it's a nice balance between honoring the needs of 5-year-olds and protecting instructional time.
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Old 07-15-2019, 05:59 PM
 
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My kids can eat snack during recess. I've never had it in the classroom.
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:47 PM
 
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We had a very early lunch time. We ate a snack in the late afternoon. If someone had a birthday snack, we ate it during snack time. I never gave up our short snack time (14 minutes).


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Old 07-15-2019, 06:57 PM
 
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My students are older, and I still give them a chance for snack in the afternoon. It isnít snack time per say, but it is a part of the daily routine. Like the PP, they snack as they work. I do place some restrictions. It has to be mess free and healthy, and the drink may only be water. We make a list at the beginning of the year of choices that fit the criteria. They also must show that they can work and snack simultaneously. If snacking becomes a distraction, we take a break from it for a couple of days before we try again which usually solves the problem. I find that my students are significantly more productive and that we have less behavior issues since I implemented snack.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:29 AM
 
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My school has group snack built into the schedule. Each day, a different kiddo is assigned to bring snack for the whole class and we serve it family style. It's a great time to teach manners, nutrition, etc. They learn to pour from a pitcher, to share the platter, all that good stuff.

I love/hate having parents in the room during snack. They inevitably try to pour the water for the kids and I tell them to back off. "But...they'll spill!" Yep, they sure will and they will clean it up, too. But how will they gain/improve a skill if they're never allowed to practice it?
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:41 PM
 
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My students eat snack during second recess.
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Old 07-19-2019, 05:33 AM
 
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When we went to a full-day program nine years ago, they got rid of snack.
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Old 08-01-2019, 02:52 PM
 
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We have 'fruito' where each kid eats a piece of fruit during read-aloud. It doesn't really take extra time- we need to have read-alouds anyway!

Other than that, they eat outside during play time.


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Old 08-07-2019, 08:10 PM
 
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We have an early lunch, so we give the kids a snack break in the late afternoon. It's about ten to fifteen minutes long. Yes, it takes away from academic time but gives needed practice in self care, social skills, fine motor practice....I wouldn't give it up!
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