Everyone’s internal clock is off on the first day of school. The teacher is exhausted from setting up the classroom. The kids probably had trouble falling asleep—and waking up this morning. Lunch isn’t for hours.
This is why I like to serve a snack on the first of school. Make it nutritious, such as crackers, cheese, veggie sticks or even dry whole-grain cereal. Serve a drink if your budget and time constraints allow. Milk is an economical and nutritious option. Juice boxes are easy to serve. Because you won’t know much about your students, make your snack peanut-free, or have a peanut-free snack on hand in case a student has allergies.
Snack time is a good time to practice for birthday treats. I randomly select a student to be the birthday kid. That student selects a few helpers, and we rehearse the distribution of birthday treats. Students should be quiet while the treat is distributed. No one can eat until everyone has been served, we have sung “Happy Birthday,” and the birthday child has taken the first bite.
This is a nice way to fuel young bodies and practice a procedure. Plus, the kids think you are awesome!