The young scholars in my class live on the east side of Indianapolis in rough neighborhoods. Despite their struggles, my scholars have a strong desire to learn in an environment that is a safe place, least restrictive, and full of things to keep them busy. Our school sets high expectations within language arts and mathematics; however, several kindergarteners crave to develop socio-emotional, communication, fine and gross motor skills even when they don't fully understand that that is what they need.
The scholars in my class have lunch at 10:30 a.m., an hour and a half after breakfast; the rest of the school day, my scholars are pouring their energy into special area classes, learning how to read, and counting everything in our classroom. Our school used to have a program where a snack was available towards the end of the day. However, due to budget cost and funding, we no longer have that program. Since then, I have noticed that my students' energy and effort have decreased and behaviors have increased because they are unable to perform their best because they are hungry.
Regularly timed out snacks help promote brain function, boost nutrition, and can maintain students' moods.
The snacks in my classroom will be provided to students at the end of the day so they are able to perform their best! The boost in their energy levels will give them the opportunity to keep exploring and learning throughout the day. I truly believe that my students will benefit from having a pick-me-up that will help support their brain function so that they can provide their best work and thinking!
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