My classroom is full of smart, beautiful 9-10 year-olds. My students love coming to school and learning. They are respectful, kind, and so silly! I notice when we are learning something new, my students can get really frustrated and shut down. Something as simple as a small snack can really improve their mood and their motivation to continue working hard. Our school is on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. Our Title I school provides breakfast and lunch to every student for free. Having a schedule and predictable meals can relieve stress for my students so they can put more of their attention and focus into their curriculum.
Without food it’s hard to function, let alone focus, which makes it difficult for my students to perform well academically throughout the day.
According to Eating in Class Benefits Students, "Food is brainpower and is a necessity in order to pay attention in class and to learn. It’s important to fuel the body with food because it enhances memory strength, concentration, and energy levels and will enable students to be successful."
Some of the snacks I chose for my students include Nature Valley Bars, Austin Cracker Cookies, and Welch's Fruit Snacks to give their bodies a little boost throughout the day. These snacks will provide my students with the energy they need for Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies.
My students have a difficult time comprehending information and staying awake in class when they are deprived when they go hours without any calorie intake.
When my students have full bellies, they are more engaged in learning, they are happier, and calmer. During snack time, my students and I enjoy time to chat about their extracurricular activities outside of school and their life at home. This time helps them wind down before we begin our reading lesson. Thank you for your time and support!
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