Working in a Title 1 school presents its challenges. It also presents students who are just kids and who will share their love day in and day out. Beyond the ups and the downs, it also presents a very special time of the day – SNACK TIME!
Three days a week our class gets a fresh fruit or vegetable snack. You know the Red Robin slogan, right? Red Robin…Yum! Well in my class, snack time also has a slogan. Snack Tiiime…Huh?? Our snacks are unusual and impractical to say the least. More often than not we receive the bag of snack and have no idea what is inside. More than once all of the adults in the room have googled the PLU code of the fruit to figure out 1. What is it? and 2. How in the world do you eat it?
In case you are thinking the snacks can’t be that crazy, here are some real life examples.
1. Blood Oranges
Blood oranges are not the most ridiculous fruit, but asking 2nd graders to peel them on their own without it looking like a murder happened on their desk? That is another story. It is also not possible to eat blood oranges and do writing. Dear students, forget about writing. We will just wrestle with the oranges for the next 30 minutes.
This is one fruit that had us googling what it was and how to eat it. I believe you are supposed to break it open and just eat the flesh on the inside. The persimmons were a disaster. Kids were eating the outside peels. Others could break open the likely unripe fruit. I’m still not sure exactly how to describe this interesting fruit.
These are the actual pictures of our snack. We just get shredded lettuce in a bag. Kids just get a paper towel and munch on that stuff dry. The craziest part is some of them really seem to enjoy it. (Of course there are those that look at me like I have 3 heads when I offer them shredded lettuce.)
The last and my favorite example of how ridiculous our snacks are is………..
At first, I was questioning if these were your regular lemons. I went ahead and took a suck on one. Definitely a lemon!!
Never a dull moment, friends. Never.