7 Tips to Sit-Along Lunch
Fun science is the new trend this year. But with a strict school academic calendar, the assumption must be made that an appointment has to happen somewhere at lunchtime. What’s a child to do when they are not sat down together at their normal tables? Here are a few strategies that can help a student sit together with their peers at lunchtime.
Mind your manners
As adults, we have built-in social skills. A little kindness goes a long way. Don’t give a stranger a rude look when they walk by. Smile and say hello to the person you passed. Consider that lunch time is a valuable and still untapped opportunity for friendship. Ask the busy or intimidating student next to you to have a seat – the more you acknowledge the other person as a human being, the more human interactions will follow naturally.
Plan your entire day
There is a growing number of study studies showing that the principles of time management, organization and attention span are worth studying. For example, if you are having lunch alone with your lunch then it’s often what is eating at the time you choose to get the meal. Yet if you remember to plan your day around the need for lunch, you’ll be thinking about the steps that lead to it, and you’ll ask yourself the same question you are already struggling with: What are the best part of the day? Whether it’s the next school run, the gardening project, the music rehearsal or your Friday night debate, an aware and time-conscious mind can look at every day and see how the timing of it all fits together and helps to maximize the positives of your day.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Choosing to sit with friends is part of being a kid. It’s more than sharing a meal. It’s bonding. However, the more important part of lunch time is being social. The place to do that is in the cafeteria. It’s a place of conviviality and chemistry, and it’s a place where both the friends and the adults are afforded space to test their friendship along with the breadth of their interests. Ask the teacher if there are any new skills that can be taught to the kids there to discuss. Here are some practical strategies to assist with setting the table. Do not underestimate the potential that lunch hour has for creating a positive school culture.
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