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    I'm more curious if anyone has hear of this or has experience with this.

    Our elementary school (that my son will attend in 2016) and it is overcrowded, but I was really disappointed to find out they have what is called silent lunch where the kids are not allowed to talk. They are to eat and go back to class as to move the amount of kids in and out of the lunchroom.

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    I think that's terrible! The kids need to cut loose in the middle of the day...just like everybody else.
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    Our school has a modified version of that. The kids have up to 30 minutes in the lunchroom, and then 15 minutes of outside play time; if they finish lunch faster, they get more play time, but everyone has to be out of the lunchroom after 30 minutes for the next wave of kids to come in. Ten minutes before the end of the lunch period, the principal (or whichever adult is supervising) rings a small bell to signify quiet time is beginning. No talking is allowed after that point, the kids need to finish their lunches and get outside. It's a good system, I think. It makes sure the kids have enough time to eat, but they also have time to chat for a while first, and then they move on to outside play so the next group can use the lunchroom. I don't think I'd support a totally quiet lunch period, or returning immediately to class. As Laurie said, kids need some break time in the middle of the day.
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    What's wrong with them eating in their classrooms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    What's wrong with them eating in their classrooms?
    Ants and cockroaches. Food dropped on the carpet increases wear. Beverages or soups spilled can damage schoolwork or even school property. Better to keep it contained in a place more easily cleaned.
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    I have heard of this in many situations. I do not think it is a good idea to not allow children to talk while eating. Lunch should be one time during the day where you can talk. So much for school being for socialization. I also do not think it is a good idea to encourage children to rush through eating. I think it is much healthier to eat at a steady pace (within reason).

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    The only time I've ever heard of a silent lunch period was when I was in 7th grade...Massive food fight erupted and we had silent lunch for the rest of the year. I was pissed because I didn't participate in the food fight.

    In my experience, letting kids blow off steam makes for a much better afternoon at school.
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    I can see both sides of this coin, and neither are a perfect option. I think they need to talk. It gives them social skills, lets them have some time to relax and sometimes the social influence of kids seeing other kids try new foods is a good thing. On the other side though I know schools struggle with kids that come back to class and they are starving because they didnt eat during that time because of talking. So easy to say "well the kid will eat next time," but most dont learn that lesson.
    Our school now has a rule that the first 10 mins are a no talking time. It give the lunch room monitors a chance to help kids get situated and the kids a few minutes to get some food in
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    I think the way Stacey's school does it seems to make a lot of sense. I get the need to move kids along, sometimes we do it at home. If the kids are really hyper and not focused on eating, dinner can drag on forever, which then means they go to bed late. So sometimes even at home we say "Okay, no more fooling around, its time to finish up dinner"

    I can't imagine forcing them to be silent for the entire lunch though. I don't agree with that.

    There are three buses that service my elementary school. One of the bus drivers has a "no talking" policy on his bus. I couldn't believe it when i found that out! I don't agree with it. Fortunately that bus is not the bus my kids take. I love our bus driver! She's awesome!
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    My kid only gets 15 min to eat, and that is after outside time, so includes coming in, taking off snow gear, on inside shoes and eating. I would prefer they make them eat silently (which they dont), then the kids go hungry cause they spent too much time socializing. Lots of teachers give the kids extra time, but DD's class has gym right after lunch, so if she doesnt get them up and going right away, they miss there only run around time. It is a really unfortunate situation, and it drives me nuts when most of her lunch comes home and she is starving after school cause she talked through the little time she had at lunch.
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