Snack vs. Recess
I hate snack time! There I said it!
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important for the kids to have a break and run around. If you are in a school where the kids are able to go outside and run around, then I think snack time (recess time) is great. On the other hand, if you are in a school where its just a 5 or 10 minute break in the classroom where the kids eat…
Growing up in NYC I had recess. We were given about 15 to 20 minutes to go outside into the yard and run around. You sat down on the ground and had a really quick snack so you could play tag with your friends.
If I had recess in my school, I would be all for it! But what we have is snack. The kids come with big lunch boxes full of food. I try to have the kids bring in healthy snacks, but often its cookies, candy, and chips. The kids get between 10 and 15 minutes to eat and talk.
I am amazed by what the kids pull out of their lunch bags! The food just keeps on coming. I had one student pull out 2 bags of chips, a yogurt, and a candy bar to eat for snack. WHAT!!!
Not only do the kids eat junk, even though letters have been sent home to remind parents to send in a healthy lunch, the cleanup is an additional few minutes. It drives me crazy!!!
So I’m all for recess but not for snack. The kids need to go out and run around.
What do you think? Do you think there is a difference between snack time and recess? Leave a comment!