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Explorers Director February 2016

3:00 Snack Time:

Snack time is a wonderful time for children and teachers to interact, relax and share food. This time is not just about feeding bodies. It is about being together, sharing stories and learning to interact with each other. Our snack is served family style. This means we use a common serving plate with individuals using tongs to serve themselves. We encourage children to ask politely to have the plate passed to them and for children to pause in their eating to be sure their table mates have some snack. A thank you is encouraged when a child is given the snack. Children clean up after themselves by putting their left over food in the compost bin. The conversation is lovely!

The Food:

Children are offered a serving of cheese, a fruit and/or a vegetable. Apples, bananas, pears, oranges, tangerines, grapes, carrots, snap peas and cucumbers are the usual offerings. We vary the selection day to day. Sometimes melon or strawberries are on the menu when they are in season. Children drink from their water bottles or we have water available.

We are required by the state to serve a dairy with our snack. We have been given approval by our state certifier to serve cheese as our protein/ dairy product. Milk is the state preferred dairy offering.

Some families prefer to send extra food with a child or may have some lunch left over and would prefer to eat their own food. We encourage children to finish their lunch if they didn't eat it all at lunch time.

The Preparation:

Though there is some discussion that water will do when washing fruits and veggies, we wash our fruit and veggies with a vinegar wash. Our teachers are required to have food handlers cards and understand the importance of hand washing, using gloves and sanitizing surfaces before and after food is prepared and served.

Classroom snack:

Our kitchen is equipped with gloves for both adults and children. When you are fixing snack with your child please remember to wash and use gloves.

Family Style:

Each room has a family style eating plan posted that has been approved by our environmental sanitation inspector and our state certifier. Teachers watch closely as children serve themselves from the "family" plate. Any food that has been served and not consumed is composted at school. When the worm bin is open for food scraps we feed the worms a snack too!

Thanks, Laurie

Posted on February 8, 2016.
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Childswork Learning Center is a non-profit early childhood education school located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, our school has served a diverse population of children and families, focusing on the development of the whole child with respect and compassion.

Childswork is a safe place for children to explore, take chances, make messes and learn through play. At Childswork we nurture wonder, we embrace joy, and we foster discovery.

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