I wrote a poem invitation. You can use the poem but make sure you change the date, time, etc. I used PC Hugclub art: School Spirit by Carol Halm. You can find it online here.

We decorated our "lunch" tables with paper and put pencil cups on each table that held pencils, crayons, and markers. We also sprinkled the tables with Smarties candy (I found a bag with various kinds of Smarties which added interest). Sisters could use the school supplies to write on the paper tablecloths during lunch. NOTE: School starts in August here so we were able to purchase school supplies very inexpensively.

We bought pocket folders with prongs and inserted a few pieces of paper (for taking notes). We had three different colored folders that we distributed to sisters. Each folder had a schedule of which mini class to attend during which class period. We had 1st Period, then Home Economics/Lunch (everyone together), then split back up for 2nd and 3rd Periods.

Our classes were as follows (we put signs designating class locations on the doors):

Seminary...Part of our opening exercises. Our seminary teacher gave a short spiritual thought on teaching with the scriptures, etc.

Literature...We had three sisters give appropriate reading lists/ideas for the various ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School/Adults. Each sister had about 5 minutes which kept the class rolling. The sisters also addressed ideas to help get children to read.

Math...Computer banking class.

Health/PE...Nutrition and exercise ideas.

Home Ec/Lunch...Sisters went through the line and grabbed their tray of food. We taught the Home Ec class after everyone about 10 minutes of eating. One teacher presented creative lunch ideas. One interesting site for lunch ideas was found at:

The Lunchbox Gourmet - I spoke about the importance of putting notes of inspiration into those lunch boxes. You can get a copy of my handout by clicking here (they were printed on white cardstock on a color laser printer).

I found a book that gave scriptural reasons for teaching via notes in a lunchbox. It's called "Love Notes In Lunchboxes: And Other Ideas To Color Your Child's Day" by Linda J. Gilden. (You can read an excerpt of the book by clicking here). The scriptural idea I used from the book is as follows:

Moses knew the importance of impressing God's laws on children.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7, 9 says

5 And thou shalt alove the LORD thy God with all thine bheart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy cmight.
6 And these awords, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine bheart:
7 And thou shalt ateach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt btalk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the aposts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Main Idea: Including notes in lunchboxes can be an appropriate place to write special nuggets of truth.

Now for the lunch part:

I bought 125 Styrofoam lunch trays for $7.49 plus shipping (about $10 additional). Most online stores sell in cases of 500. I was able to purchase the 125 trays here.

I prepared lunch myself so I picked an easy, typical menu. I bought most of my food from Sam's Club (with the exception of the chocolate chip cookie ingredients):

- Yeast rolls (diamond shaped)
- Sliced turkey
- Cheese (the thin-sliced with three different varieties of cheese)
- Lettuce
- Grapes
- Potato Chips
- Half pint bottles of water
- Homemade chocolate chip cookies

I recreated our "lunch" pretty close to what we presented: Turkey, Cheese, and Lettuce on a roll with packet of mustard and mayonnaise. Cluster of grapes. Half pint of water. Homemade chocolate chip cookie. Chips (we had sour cream and onion chips but all I had on hand were tortilla chips. I also used a homemade roll for this example...but you get the idea).