One of the most daunting tasks of children going back to school is school lunches. It can be challenging, if not frustrating, to get your child to help with the process of packing a lunch, let alone doing it independently.
Here are some tips to aid in the school lunch making process:
1. Have your child make their lunch the night before. Try to pick the same time every evening and make it part of their nightly routine.
2. The more you let your child do on their own when they are younger, the more they will want to do. That means your preschooler can be washing and cutting fruit/veggies among other things.
3. Have what they need at hand and most importantly at their level. If the containers they need are out of reach they are going to need your help. Make sure that you have enough containers to rotate so there is always something clean and that your child is able to open them independently.
4. When you do the grocery shopping have them choose 1-2 options of what they would like to eat for the week. We go to the farmers’ market and I have the children each choose 1 fruit and 1 vegetable that they would like to have for lunch. I also allow for them to choose one non-perishable item that they may bring for a snack. Set up boundaries beforehand so your child(ren) knows what is acceptable to bring for lunch.
5. Purchase a thermos for your child to have warm food if there is not an available way for them to heat their food at school. I find that when I heat it up a little extra so that the food is piping hot, it is just the right temperature when it is time for their lunch.
Christina Hilgen was born and raised in Chicago, IL and is the product of the Montessori method. She attended Montessori school from the age of 22 months through the eighth grade. In the summer of 1996, Christina toured a Montessori school that was hiring and felt as if she had returned home. She completed the American Montessori Internationale (AMI) primary training in 2000 and in 2008 developed a Montessori Toddler program for an already established AMI Montessori preschool. It was here that she discovered her true passion, helping the parents of her students establish a Montessori space within their home. After over 10 years of working at some of the best Montessori schools in the country, she decided to open her own business, Montessori In Your Home. Christina is able to work with families both one on one and through workshops to help establish a system of organization and routines which allow children to become more independent.
Christina currently resides in Michigan with her husband and three children ages 11, 9 and 6. Her love of all things Montessori continues to grow and thrive in all that she does. You can follow her Montessori journey on her blog and learn more about her services on Facebook.