Another one of the duties that someone is assigned for each class is bringing a snack for everyone. This week our friends brought some apples (thinly sliced, which I appreciated for my son, since he still doesn’t have a ton of teeth!), cheeses (Babybels, which seem pretty popular, with that bright red wax coating), and granola-ish bars. Everyone generally follows a similar formula, and some other foods that have been served include clementines, carrots, rice cakes, crackers, banana cake (also popular with the parents), salami (ditto), and pumpkin bread or muffins.
The snack parent is in charge of getting the table set, but everyone pitches in–half of us are helping to clean up the toys, and the other half helps with arranging the chairs. Then all of the kids sit down at the table with a little cup of water and fill up their plates, and munch of the delicious goodies. Sometimes Gail asks us to share our thoughts about a topic, like our holiday traditions or if we have had a hard time with sleep habits. Mealtime is really important in our house, and that convivial feeling of enjoying food together is definitely part of our co-op snack time, too.