The Routine For These Kids In Japan Turns Lunchtime Into A Time To Learn! Every Part Is Educational!
When the clock strikes 12:30pm, these kids get ready for lunch! The put away their school supplies and set out their lunch mats over their desks to keep everything tidy. The cooks have prepared the food, but it is up to the kids to carry it back to their classmates. They elect several students to help out with lunch every day, so everyone gets a turn. Everything is very sanitary, too. The kids wash their hands, wear cleaned smocks, and face masks to be sure that no one will get sick from any contamination. These children serve their fellow classmates and eat lunch together with the teacher.
When everything is done, they battle for leftovers with games like Rock, Paper, Scissors and continue the clean up and recycle any materials that they can. They stack and bring the dirtied dishes back into the kitchen and thank the cooks for preparing their meal. They even brush their teeth at their desks! It is very important to help each other, clean up after yourself, and contribute to the group, and that is the lesson that these kids are learning each and every day.
My favorite part was the fact that the school has its own garden tended by the children, and that they get to eat the things that they plant once everything is grown! This is a very smart way to conduct the lunch time experience, and I wish more schools had the resources to conduct meals in this manner! What a great way to continue their education even when they don’t expect it!