If doesn’t matter that we just ate breakfast five minutes ago. Nor does it seem to disturb them we are in the middle of a science lesson – which I am teaching. My kids are hungry yet again. They are growing and constantly needing to eat. What’s a homeschool mom to do?
As I’m sure many of you have experienced, trying to school hungry kids is impossible. They won’t focus; they become irritable; and they complain. Nothing will be accomplished if their needs aren’t met. We could stop everything and eat. Or, mom could set up a homeschool snack bar! Complete with their favorite snacks, our kiddos are free to munch while we are able to continue on with our learning day.
Our Family Snack Bar
chips and salsa
cold cuts & cheese
Had you fooled didn’t I? Those first items look incredibly healthy and I was doing so well. While I’d love to think everything going into my kids’ bodies is good for them, it’s not. On occasion, mama breaks down and snags a bag of her favorite, sugary snack. Seriously, who can resist an Oreo cookie?
Generally speaking, I do keep the sugar to a minimum. Our ‘snack bar’ is meant to keep them energized and focused for learning and creativity. Sugar highs are generally avoided. Nor are all of these items available everyday, all day. An assortment is placed at our learning station midway through our morning for anyone who needs a treat. I also find I lean towards particular snacks which seem to coincide with the season. Banana bread is considerably more comforting in the fall/winter.
By having a working snack bar for our littles, complaints of hunger are kept to a minimum and I am not scrambling to meet their need while in the midst of a history reading. They are satisfied and I am less frustrated. A delicious idea all around.
“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.”
~ Proverbs 24:13
📢 Chime In!: Budget not withstanding, what would your preferred snack be for learning time? (My girls would love for sushi to be a regular on the table. If only!)