...I was always amazed last year at how the kids were rarely alone. Hey, (sheepishly admit) perhaps my kid is one cool dude!?
I forgot to post this a while back, but the reason why there are always kids at the PF table is how the entire thing is set up. Ryan and another girl in his class are both allergic to peanuts. So...each of them picks usually one (sometimes two) kids to sit with them at the PF table (it has to be a child buying a school lunch, not a packed one).
This struck me as a really great idea created/implemented by the school to prevent isolation. Ryan is encouraged by me to rotate who he requests. This really seemed to work out well in first grade, and same with his current second grade year.
Just thought I'd post this because it could be a good point of discussion in 504/lunch planning.
On Nov 5, 2004
That's so wonderful it's working out for your son! So happy for you! I also agree it can be a positive experience.
I have a similiar experience. My 5 yr old PA son is in Kindergarten. Because they serve pb&j in the cafeteria, he does not even eat there. He eats in a "Special Friends Room" in the school, separate from anywhere where eating would take place. He gets to choose from one of his classmates to be his buddy for the day. (they search the other child's lunch to make sure it's safe, some parents even put notes on the lunch box "no pb&j today"). An aid supervises them in this room, and when they are done eating lunch, they get to play games until the rest of the class is ready for recess. My son and his buddy for the day get a sticker to wear saying "I have a special friend."
My son has become Mr. Popular too! He has made so many friends, and made so many people aware. It may seem isolating to some, to be separated from the entire class, but this has really turned into a positive experience for him. Everyone wants to eat lunch with him. My son is "Mr Cool Dude" too! LOL
On Nov 6, 2004
Yes, my son's PF table is always filled as well. He is blessed to have wonderful friends who look out for him, at an age when many kids have turned mean and nasty about differences. He's lucky in general, as his grade (by the roll of the dice) just happens to have really great kids in it, not a really bad one in the bunch, kwim?
My older son's grade, OTOH, was a nightmare. Filled with mean, nasty alpha males and queen bees. I'm grateful it wasn't him dealing with it, because it would have been a disaster.
On Nov 6, 2004
Our town has two elemetary schools, one for PK-2 and one for 3-6. I just found out that in the 3-6 school, they don;t have a PN free table - they actually have a "peanut table", where any kids eating pb all sit together. I *really* like this idea!
Funny thing is the way I found out about it - I overheard two moms complaining about it. Seems they didn't like the idea of their children being forced to sit at a seperate table (!). Of course, they have a choice - just don't send pb for lunch! I believe their kids had been complaining and telling them they didn't want to take pb for lunch anymore. (I think this may be that school's way of trying to get rid of pb without an outright ban.)
On Nov 7, 2004
These posts give me a glimpse into the future! My son is 4 and in his first year of pre-school. The pre-school went nut-free this year due to the high numbers of children having the allergy. (Yippie!) My son also has a diary allergy, so I supply all his snacks and he gets apple juice instead of milk at snack time. They sit him next to one of the teachers, and next to another boy in the class who can't have milk due to lactose intolerence.
One more year, then I get to sweat out kindergarten! Yikes.
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