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Half Term….. Already! - Maple Education

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Half Term….. Already!

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October has crept up on all of us - a sneaky month which fills us with dread for approaching winter. Here are some top tips to warm you up this .
The lunch box routine

It’s all too easy to get into the habit of buying crisps and chocolate every day to beef up lunch boxes. Children love it.  It’s easy for you and harmless right?  Wrong!
Statistics have shown that 29% of children who eat junk food for lunch most days perform poorly and struggle with concentration during the day.  More children zone out during afternoon lessons only to develop a craving which leads to a crisp or biscuit binge when they get home.  Take control now with our lunch box tips for autumn:
1.       Water, water water!– Hydration is the key to your child’s concentration, health and energy. Pack a bottle of tap water in their bag every day. Dump juice – water is way better and it’s free.  So far, no child has been admitted to A&E for drinking British tap water.

2.       Fruit and crunch vegetables– Cram sandwich bags of with a mixture of the two – i.e. grapes and baby carrots, cubes of cumber and a handful of almonds, etc.. If you are preparing something for dinner the night before, just cut a few of the same vegetables such as sweet pepper and celery to save time. At Maple we run an orange and apple regime during break-times.  Cutting up the fruit makes it easy for the kids to choose one quarter of each (with a dollop of maths thrown in).

3.      Junk Food Friday-   We asked a few mums to experiment packing healthy school lunches and snacks  from Monday to Thursday.  Then on Friday, we asked them to pack just the opposite – kit-kats, crisps, jam sandwiches, cash for chips.  The result?  Shock horror, children loved the discipline of eating well during the week when rewarded with a ‘junk lunch’ on Friday!
Keep an eye on our blog section for the next part of this blog!

Chris Garnett

Chris Garnett is the Chief Executive Officer of Maple Education, responsible for operations, finance and exams. A social entrepreneur, Chris co-founded and managed an ethical fashion business from 2000 to 2009. In the 1980s Chris had her own successful office management business in Canada.

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