Incredibly, it’s almost time for students to go back to school. I’ve already started stocking up on notebooks and folders.
I’m keeping an eye out for a strong lunch bag for my son. (He’s pretty rough on lunch bags.)
And I’ve been hoarding $1 bills to combat the usual Monday morning money crunch when I have to send in any lunch money for the week plus snack money.
If you’re like me, lunch is one of the biggest decisions of the day (after what to wear). I pack a lunch for my son and me almost every day. And sometimes, I get a little tired of the same-old, same-old. Not my son, however. He’s content to take a juice box and a cheese and mayo sandwich every day of the year.
So I thought this article from KitchenDaily.com was interesting because it not only looks at the history of school lunches in the United States but also what school lunches look like around the world.
Check out the sidebar articles on topics like “Making School Lunch Fun” and “School Snacks that Work For Everyone.” Maybe you’ll get some great ideas, too.
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Did you know that Sept. 1 is the traditional day for students to return to school in Russia? It’s known there as the “Day of Knowledge.”
In Japan, boys carry black book bags and girls carry red ones.
In India, boys and girls sit on opposite sides of the classroom.
On the first day of school in Kazakhstan, students bring their teachers flowers.
Here’s a cool chart that shows when students go back to school in some countries.
In Burkina Faso, students report to school a few days before classes begin to help clear weeds and move furniture. They work alongside teachers and school administrators to prepare the school for the new academic year. Students also purchase kerosene lanterns so they can do their homework in the evenings since most villages do not have electricity.
Although the customs – and shopping lists – may change country to country, going back to school is an exciting time for most children. In fact, there’s not a lot of grumbling from school children around the world about going back to school since they see it as an opportunity for them to learn.