At the forefront of Waldorf Education and here at Bayou Village School is our focus on health and nutrition. It comprises so much of our behavior and how we feel. The children in some of the classes prepare their snacks each day and we ask that foods sent from home are minimally processed. One of the biggest testaments to our community and its love of whole, nutritious food is seen during our community potlucks held on celebration days. There you see organic salads, quinoa dishes, beautiful homemade breads and delicious herbal teas made by families from our school.
Our Kindergarten teacher Ms. Tina recently sent an email with a few healthy school lunch options for inspiration. We thought we'd share them here, along with a sweet rhyme the children are learning!
When packing your child’s lunch, send a variety of foods but not too much. Children enjoy variety, but get overwhelmed if there are too many choices.
Main course item
- small bean and cheese burrito
- chicken and cheese sandwich
- almond butter sandwich with fruit spread or honey
- slices of cheese and salami with crackers
- leftover spaghetti/pasta salad
- hummus and pita bread
- hard boiled egg
- tuna salad with crackers or celery sticks
- carrot sticks
- cherry tomatoes
- sliced cucumber
- celery sticks
- sugar snap peas
- apple slices
- melon balls
- orange slices
- pineapple wedges
- dried apricots
Miscellaneous treat - put in sparingly
- fruit sweetened yogurt
- trail mix
- fruit leather
The following finger puppet story was a favorite this past week:
One little apple hanging on a tree,
It fell down and bumped my knee!
Another little apple as rosy as a rose,
It fell down and bumped my nose!
Another little apple, ripe and sweet,
It fell down and bumped my feet! I
t rolled and rolled nearly to my house,
Where it was spotted by a tiny little mouse.
“This yummy apple will make a fine meal,”
And he munch munch munched it, even the peel.
Finger puppets are wonderful for children and nimble fingers are indicators of clear speech. Finger movements are centered in the same part of the brain as speech. What a lovely support of early literacy and language development!
Happy healthy lunch packing and thanks Ms.Tina!