Every Thursday, the Toddler 2 students gather together to have their snack as a group. As their verbal and social skills continue to develop, the children look forward more and more to this weekly event. They are becoming comfortable using polite words to express their needs and preferences; in fact, one child will often cheerfully remind another of the appropriate words if he has forgotten them. In addition to practicing their “pleases” and “thank-yous,” the children have an opportunity to chat and socialize as full classroom community. For many students, a favorite part of the snack time ritual is the preparation. The children love using their “strong muscles” to push all of the classroom tables and chairs together. They especially enjoy setting the table with place mats, plates, and cups for their classmates, and often name each friend as they set his or her place at the table. Even very young children find great fulfillment in contributing to the well-being of their communities, both at home and at school.