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Lenten Promises

Lenten promises

 

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Lots of children (and adults!) will decide to give up sweets for Lent. Giving up something can be difficult, but once we plan for the change we want to make, it can be done!

Plans are more likely to succeed when we make SMART Plans. A SMART Plan is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

 

A SMART Plan for giving up sweets might look like the following:

  • Specific           I am giving up chocolate and ice-cream
  • Measurable     I will not eat chocolate or ice-cream 7 days a week
  • Achievable      I will eat healthier snacks in place of chocolate and ice-cream
  • Realistic          I will have some ice-cream on my birthday, which falls during Lent
  • Time-bound     This plan is for the 6 weeks of Lent

Remember: By giving something up, we leave a gap that has to be filled by something else. Take this chance to come up with healthy alternatives to chocolate and ice-cream. We have some ideas here to get you started on filling the gaps!

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Simple Snacks

                    Simple healthy snacks in the classroom

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Smoothies are a really simple way to bring food preparation into the classroom. They only take a few minutes to make, and are a great example of a healthy and delicious snack.

Here is a recipe for a simple strawberry smoothie which serves 3 children:

Ingredients

160g frozen strawberries

60g low-fat natural yogurt

90ml semi-skimmed milk

4 ice cubes

90ml unsweetened orange juice

Equipment

Hand-held blender OR smoothie maker

Glasses

Method

  1. Chill all ingredients before use
  2. Wash the fruit
  3. Blend fruit, yogurt, milk and juice together until creamy
  4. Add ice cubes and blend again
  5. Pour into glasses and serve immediately

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Random Acts of Kindness

                              Random Acts of Kindness

 

 

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As we approach Lent, children are often encouraged to give up something or to take up a healthy habit. Perhaps you and your class could make a special project of doing kind acts throughout the Lenten period.  

Here are some suggestions to get you started. Visit www.RandomActsOfKindness.org for more ideas and great classroom resources.

  • Kindness Box: fill this box with compliments, recounts of acts of kindness, positive stories, inspiring quotes and thank you notes. You could open it once a term and celebrate the kindness of the class by pinning the contents onto a notice board.
  • Gratitude Journal: Taking 5 minutes each day to write down daily blessings can increase long-term well-being by 10%. That’s the same impact that doubling your income would have! Perhaps the last five minutes of school could be used to allow pupils to reflect upon, and write down, the things they are glad happened that day.
  • Saying ‘thank you’: Encourage your pupils to remember to say thank you. Impress upon them the importance of recognising the kindnesses of other people, as well as cultivating their own kindness.

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Handy steps to a healthy lunchbox

Handy steps to a healthy lunchbox

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  1. Let your child know what’s going into the lunchbox.

Involve your child in their lunch. Let them know what their choices for lunch are, and let them choose their preferred option.

Encourage them to help make their own lunch, if you can. There is often less waste when children help make their own lunch.

  1. Include something from each of the major food groups.

Try to include bread, meat or fish, milk or yogurt, and fruit in the lunchbox.

  1. Soup is handy and healthy.

Homemade soup in a flask is great for cold days. You can make a big batch and use it over the week, or freeze it in portions and use it to add variety over a few weeks.

  1. Treats should be treat-size.

Most schools have a Healthy School Policy where treats are discouraged most days of the week. If you are including a treat in the lunchbox, make it a treat-size one and remember that the healthy food in the lunchbox tastes great, too.

  1. Include a healthy drink.

Children should drink up to 6 mugs of water and milk each day. Juices and fizzy drinks should be limited as much as possible. It can take time for a child to get used to drinking water, but if it keeps their smile looking healthy, it’s worth the effort. Straws and reusable brightly coloured bottles can make healthy drinks more interesting!

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