- First, the week before the test I ask parents to send in HEALTHY items for "breakfast" that will keep in the classroom like clementines, bananas, granola bars, fruit bars, mini bagels, etc. That way the teacher has a "stash" of food he or she can offer the children each day before the test. Most kids either don't eat breakfast or are hungry by the time they get to school.
- Then I usually work with one or two other parents to provide snack. Each day I pre-packaged each snack in individual quart size bags (each quart size bag contains a grain, a snack bag of fruit or a veggie and some sort of dairy). I do this so that it's easy for the teacher to pass out and gives the kids plenty of time to eat. If the children don't like a certain food included in the snack they may ask the teacher to "trade out" for one of the breakfast items. Each day I send snack in a cooler bag with my child. If you know anyone who sells Thirty-One they have great bags!! Like this one that holds all this stuff and is easy for my child to carry!
- For BIG tests I will then send in a daily "treat". This may be smarty pants, smarty grams or whatever else I may come up with. I try to include an encouraging note. These are passed out AFTER the test to give the children something to look forward to each day.
Game Plan for Testing
Day One - Snack: Pretzel sticks, cheese stick, carrots and cucumber slices with ranch dip. Treat: One Smart Cookie Day Two - Snack: Goldfish crackers, apple slices & colby jack cheese (not pictured) Treat: "Smartie Pants" (and yes smartie is spelled like the brand:)
Day Four - Snack: Homemade granola, carrots & celery sticks, string cheese Treat: "Smartie Pants"
Day Five - Snack: Goldfish crackers, carrots & cucumber slices, organic fruit snacks Treat: Swedish Fish or you can use Goldfish crackers (You are O"fish"ally done with ITBS) I got this idea From eighteen 25 here.