The Lunchbox Note and Storytelling: Lifetime Lessons  from Jennie Fitzkee

Reblogged from A Teacher’s Reflections:

Lunchtime in the classroom with fifteen preschoolers is very busy.  Once containers are opened, hot foods are heated, milk straws are inserted into their boxes, and napkins are found, things change.  Drastically.   Lunch becomes intimate.  Not quiet, but a place of comfort where children (and teachers) share their stories.  Children talk about their dogs and cats, their grandparents, their sleepovers.  They share what is on their mind, and also in their heart.  It’s how we become a family– we are a family at school!

Lunchbox notes are a special treat for children.  I make sure that I read the note to the child: “Happy first day of school, Ella” or “Have a fun day today at school, Josh.”  Last week Savannah had a special lunchbox note:

My goodness– it was a song.  And, it was Savannah’s favorite song.  I knew this was special, so I started to sing the song to her.  She was a bit taken aback, not wanting to be the center of attention.  So, I stopped singing and apologized.

Suddenly Allie, who was sitting close by and heard everything, raised her voice in singing the song.  All alone.  Then other children started to sing along.  I joined in as well.  Savannah beamed!

These are the moments that matter most.  Connecting with children is one thing, but children connecting with each other is another thing.  Lunch seems to be where it all happens, the important stuff.  Much like sitting around a campfire with friends, it is the perfect environment to establish friendships, trust, confidence, and language skills.

This is how important it is:  A study was done to determine if there was a common denominator among the National Merit Scholars.  Were they all class presidents?  Captains of their sport teams?  President of the Drama Club or Literary Magazine?  Were they all volunteers in their community?  Surely there had to be one thing that they all shared in common.

There was one, and only one: every National Merit Scholar had dinner with their family at least four times a week.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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10 Responses to The Lunchbox Note and Storytelling: Lifetime Lessons  from Jennie Fitzkee

  1. Pingback: The Lunchbox Note and Storytelling: Lifetime Lessons  from Jennie Fitzkee – The Militant Negro™

  2. Jennie says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Sue!


  3. willowdot21 says:

    This is so beautiful!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. memadtwo says:

    So important to share meals as a family…and no devices! My older daughter still comes home one night a week to share dinner. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

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