Jedi is 6 years 7 months old, Monkey is 3 years 5 months, Bitty Bug is 18 months old.
Last week was another low key week as we are trying to enjoy the last couple weeks before Jedi heads back to school. We’re still doing some Montessori work, but not really much formal stuff in the school room. Monkey, Jedi, and I were also spending last week preparing for our belt tests for Tang Soo Do–I tested for my green belt, Jedi tested for his orange belt, and Monkey’s testing Wednesday for her white with black stripe.
One of the things we did this week was start a snack station. I feel like most of my day is spent making food and then hearing the kids complain that they are still hungry! Then I get them another snack, and later notice that most of it was wasted. I decided to try a snack station where the kids can pour their own beverages and get their own snacks, any time of the day, whenever they want it. At first glance, I’m sure it seems coddling and a recipe for overeating. However, after a week of it, I’ve learned a couple things:
-Almost every option on the snack table is a fresh fruit or vegetable, with a small amount of gluten free pretzels and homemade trail mix also available. So, there really isn’t a high calorie or “bad for you” snack. The kids are basically spending their day grazing on fresh produce.
-The kids seem to understand that the snack tray is to be used throughout the day, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for the day. Every day this week, the last couple pieces of food on the tray were eaten shortly before dinner time.
-We use “pinch bowls” for the kids to put their snack in–they are very small bowls, and the kids seem to do really well filling the small bowl and then being done for a little bit.
-LESS food is being wasted! They take only what they want, instead of starting an apple, and then throwing away half of it.
-There are less tantrums. When the kids have the independence to choose when and what to eat, not only do they have control over this aspect of their lives, but they don’t have to get to that “hungry” stage that produces tantrums.
-I still have complete control over what types of things they’re snacking on. I created the tray and I make it as healthy as I can. Then I know the kids are choosing good snacks. They choose what on the tray they eat, I choose what goes on the tray in the first place.
And some other random pictures from this week…