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Making snack time fair
Old 07-07-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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I had this past year two students whose parents never brought them a snack. I had to give them out of our "emergency community snack at all times". How can I make this more fair this year for those abusive parents?


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Well first off, maybe stop viewing them as "abusive"?
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:02 AM
 
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Skip snack. It's a time suck.
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:22 AM
 
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It's a time suck.
I respectfully disagree. For me, in Kinder snack is a time for us to share a meal, practice manners, practice skills like pouring from a pitcher, cleaning up our spills, learn about nutrition and hygiene, and to talk. I consider snack time to be an important part of my socialization curriculum.
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You have to stop giving it to them every day. Why will they ask/bug their parents about a snack if you are going to give them one? It's hard to say no, but it's not going to change if you keep providing it.


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Have any of you done either of these options?
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A letter with a table that includes the two weeks that you must provide snacks for all the children in the class. Or have an Ooops letter to the parent whom forgot to bring their child a snack that day and letting them know that they were given from the emergency/community snack.
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Are you sure they knew?
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When I had emergency snacks, there were a few who ditched the snack from home because they preferred mine. (I stopped bringing in extras because my students who are entitled to free breakfast can bring up something from the cafeteria to eat if they want snack.)

Maybe a reminder note for those parents whose kids aren't bringing it in. "Johnny asked me to remind you that students are allowed/encouraged to bring in a healthy snack each day. Thanks so much!"
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Call the parent- Think proactively
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Building relationships is very important. Don't assume the parent is starving their child. The child could be eating the snack given and you have no idea. What if the parent sends a snack and he or she eats it on the playground before school? or what if he doesn't like the snack and throws it in the trash?

My policy is if a kid "forgets" his snack I say sorry. Don't forget tomorrow.
Sometimes, they will say I will go check again and voila they find their snack. IF they are really hungry they take a bite of their lunch.
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