Skip to main content

School Lunch

How long do you figure it takes for a child to eat his lunch?  11 minutes sound long enough?  Because that's how long children are getting according to this report.  Actually... I think this is an overestimate, or at least it would be in some local schools.

What the lunch duty people do not want is children being done with their food and thinking of other stuff to do.  If there's nowhere for the children to go after eating, the school is going to schedule the shortest block of time possible and call it good. They don't want food fights, bullying or just bad behaviour in general.  Crunch those kids for time, move 'em through quickly and who cares if they digest well?  Just so long as there isn't a fistfight on my watch, is what they're likely thinking.

Elf is a very big eater but often he won't pack this or that for school because he reasons he simply won't have time to eat it.  Or his apple will be half-eaten and thrown away or just come home again bruised up, so what's the point?

I think a bigger issue than the 11-minute meal is the overcrowding in the cafeteria.  I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be able to eat crammed in the middle of a room full of noisy teens.  No way.  I want a quiet place and maybe only just my family or a few friends about.  I can't even eat in a crowded restaurant.  I don't mind people so much but the elbow-to-elbow thing doesn't work for me. 

Comments

  1. Hi, I teach five year olds and we only give them ten to fifteen minutes to eat their lunch. Some are slow eaters, and that just means that I have to hang around a little longer in my lunch break to make sure they finish. It's that or cut into the curriculum time with lunch eating time, and we can't have that now, can we? ;P
    Luckily we share our lunch eating tmie together, just our little class of 21 children out on the verandah of the classroom. I love their chatter as they eat.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Golly. I think we got 17 minutes at Greeley. Plenty of time for my two ice cream sandwiches!
    But I agree .. 11 minutes sounds a little quick, especially if there's a long lunch line!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I eat fast. And I can totally see why a school would want to keep the chaos down. Glad I didn't start going through the system until high school, where I was allowed to hang out with friends on the floor of the Commons for thirty minutes, eating, laughing, talking and such. Of course, even at that "mature" age, there were also games of bloody knuckles and such as well... but I'm not sure cutting our lunch time in third would have helped that...

    ~Luke

    ReplyDelete
  4. Good Lord...schools would be just perfect if there were no children there...Sorry, kinda nasty today.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ivy can't stand being in the cafeteria because of the noise. She mostly wants to get done as fast as she can, head out of there, and head to the playground.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sad that society complains about children for their lack of manners and social skills, but make lunch time at school like slopping pigs. Fling the food at 'em and they eat it as fast as they can or they miss out.

    Pathetic.

    ReplyDelete
  7. ...And we wonder why kids gobble down food at the dinner table.

    When my kids were in school, my daughter did not have adequate time to eat at all. I had to pay several dollars a day for her to come home starving because there was no time for her to eat. Plus the food I paid for was thrown away.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics: