Recently, at Voyagers’ Community School, the staff received proposals requesting the establishment of a quiet space for lunch. After some thought the preschool room, West 1, was identified as the best place for quiet lunches. When the idea was proposed to the preschool students they became quite excited. They were happy to serve as hosts, “The lunch room does get loud with everyone talking so much,” said AJ.
So, to begin this process, the preschoolers and their teacher drafted a survey and distributed it to all of the students. This survey consisted of 2 questions: Would you like a quiet lunch space? If so, how many days per week would you like it?
This survey was hand delivered to each classroom by the preschool students. They explained the purpose of the survey and answered any questions students had. The classes were very excited to hear about this lunch option; they were especially pleased to hear from the preschoolers.
Once the surveys were completed, the preschool students sorted them into 2 piles, one for the yeses and one for the nos. After the piles were created, they counted the amount in each pile. They quickly realized that there were a lot more students that wanted a quiet lunch, than not.
“Wow, there are a lot of people that want a quiet lunch, and a lot of people that didn’t!” said Sydney.
Seeing this as a perfect opportunity to introduce a new math concept the teacher, introduced bar graphs. Once they understood how to create and use a bar graph the children represented the results. The graph was designed to analyze the yes replies. The question was asked, “How many days does each yes person want quiet lunch.” After all of the students were represented on the graph, the preschool students counted how many pieces of paper were above 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 days of the week. They counted the pieces and wrote the total at the top of each bar.
Once the graph was complete, the students presented the results at a community meeting, showing the rest of the school how many student wanted a quiet lunch space. They also explained that quiet lunch would be by invitation only and that the invitations would be written and hand delivered by the preschool students. This provided good practice in public speaking. Our youngest students were very proud of their accomplishments, from beginning to end. They enjoyed having the responsibility of establishing all aspects of quiet lunch. They especially like hosting it!