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Breeding record of H27 children

Farming record by nursery children Sky nursery school
The students in the oldest class at Aozora Nursery School of Kiryu, Gunma participated in the civil silkworm farming, and they have sent us how they are Farming the silkworms. Here we will introduce a part of it.
As introduction
We were told from Tomioka Silk Brand Council that we could receive the silkworms, and we announced the news to the children during the short meeting before going home. By showing them pictures of silkworms in the book:

"We seem to be able to have this on nursery school this time. We know this insect"

"Know! We arrived and saw at the time of tuple. Such got on round one with leaf."

"R is good and learns. We seemed to take care of Class previous nosora. Everybody takes care this time"

K: Good!"

"But is there that everybody does not still understand any one or silkworm which you should take care of how whether you eat much? Room sounding out shitarane, book of silkworm appeared so much. We see book together and want to check silkworm. Because you put this, see later."

Figure which looked at book of silkworm promptly when we finished seal * rio in the morning on the next day was frequent.

"We have known what it was"


"I see! We understood well."  Y: "It is written here."

True. We write so that everybody knows because there is friend who does not know jaasa, this and will put."

We prepared paper and posters so they can write and post what they have learned. R and K were focused in writing down the things they learned about the silkworm such as the fact that they eat mulberry leaves and the shape of the excrements. We introduced these at the short meeting before going home that day. Few days later, we distributed the books on silkworms in the classroom and researched in groups. By reading the books with friends, there seemed to be new findings like how the newborn eggs are yellow and the fact that the larva grows up to be a moth.
May 21
Childminder: "What will be necessary tomorrow though silkworm comes??"

K: "Leaf of mulberry!"

Childminder: "There being leaf of mulberry why"

L: Because "dattesa, silkworm eat."

Childminder: If "it is so, there is not bait of silkworm, stomach is not crowded thing. The mulberry is where"

R: "In front of library!"
We fetched leaf of mulberry together.
May 22
We received the silkworms, and we talked about it to the children. It seemed easier for them to understand the size by looking at a real silkworm, and they were listening attentively to the explanation using the graph showing the life of a silkworm, that the silkworms are in stage 3 and that they will grow much bigger.  The children were excited about farming the silkworms. We studied what they eat in advance in picture books, and there were some children that brought mulberry leaves from home on the day before. Since there was artificial food in the farming kit, we decided to take care of them separately indoors; the teachers hoped for the children to notice through the differences between silkworms raised with artificial food and mulberry leaves, like the size, color, and the size of the excrements.  Also, we asked the principal to make a shed outside, and we decided with the children to examine if there will be differences in growth depending on different environment like the temperatures.
May 27
We tried as much as possible to have the children participate in feeding and collecting excrements. We collected by hand, but nobody seemed hesitant. There were some children saying that the artificial food smelled, but after explaining to them that the silkworms would be hungry if they did not feed them food, and that the silkworms are happily eating because they were fed, the children became more enthusiastic in feeding. We found some shed skin during observation.

K: "We met whether it was teacher, what!"
Childminder: True. korenandarone"
K: "It is what"                   
Childminder: When "silkworm becomes bigger, what do you do? Clothes which came become small and will have big one."
K: "It is ecdysis!"
Childminder: "It is so, makes self-renewal. K was good and noticed."

E found skin which shed off the skin afterwards, too.

E: "Teacher, this nothing"
Childminder: "It is guy whom K found in this. Because K knows, hear"
E: "This nothing"
K: "It is ecdysis."
E: "Did you make self-renewal?."
Figure which we told between friends because childminder entered between was seen.
May 28
We posted the collected excrement on the posters, and after a few days we noticed that the sizes were bigger compared to the first day. The children seemed to notice too. Also, S’s interest in silkworms can be seen from making silkworms during playtime with clay and bringing mulberry leaves and silkworms made of cardboard boxes from home.
June 2
Silkworm which we brought up grew up in population feed and grew big. However, there was silkworm which had a small approximately three of them in that.

Childminder: "Why will this silkworm be small? It is in to be bait same in the same room."
K: "We cannot eat by futotchonoga obstacle."
Childminder: "There are sokka, big silkworm and may not grow big because we cannot eat bait. Then we think that you should be how"
K: "You should share with that place here."
H: "But we come here and are eaten bait."
K: "Then it prevents you from coming with paper here"
Childminder: "It is so, it is good, what is there?"
K: "You should not attach this and this with tape"
H: "We have tape."
Figure to push forward while talking between friends was seen.
Childminder: "It was possible to be good. Then we put this and will make partition."
K: "But does korejafutotchonogakotchi come?."
Childminder: "Then we will see whether this is fine when we came tomorrow. If big one goes, let's be going to have different one again."

We had you announce that product installed partition in the whole class in meeting of return.
June 3
Childminder: "We have climbed big silkworm partition"
K: "It was all right!"

Figure which was pleased with growth while observing which "it became big" saying "after all we were not able to eat bait" was seen afterwards. In front of meeting of return, we established mabushio. We talked not to touch before becoming the eyebrows.

R: "Then we write that we do not touch"
Childminder: "Idea that is so, is good."

We wrote on paper in R and had you swell. We installed and have begun to climb one of them immediately. We enjoyed observation.
June 4
Childminder: "We cover house of outside silkworm, and is there not? I should do what."
R: "We take one."
Childminder: "Then there is what kotchinomabushiga cannot stand and climbs."
R: "We make"
Childminder: "It is good, will we make? Because we take out scrap wood, we think and will make. Silkworm seems to like small house where is about the same as oneself."

We installed in silkworm hut after each produced freely.
June 19
As the eyebrows were made to cover, we took out with children. As mulberry and bait which we gave were different from population feed, we compared.

Childminder: "Will we see color first? There is different place with this box and this box"
R: "This is brown."
We brought up in silkworm hut and point to (as for the bait from population feed mulberry).
Childminder: "It will be brown why"
K: "Is this because there is shit?"
Y: "Is pee turned on?."
Childminder: "It was true, kebao became white when we took. Because it became the eyebrows on leaf, it might be easy to arrive with shit."
Childminder: "Why are there small one and big one?"
K: Because "we were not able to eat rice."
Y: Because "there was not so thread."
K: Because when "it became the eyebrows, body became round."
Childminder: "Various reasons are thought about. Then there are many eyebrows which population feed has a bigger and thought that which we brought up with mulberry is small when we look at the teacher eyebrows, but thinks that why is"
K: Because "population feed has a lot of nutrition and becomes big when we eat, and mulberries walk nutrition, but there is more population feed."
Childminder: "It is so, population feed contains a lot of nutrition."

Compare color and size, of children was able to pick up noticing a lot. There was figure which wrestled joyfully that we collected the eyebrows of silkworm which we brought up in oneself.
Through the Farming of silkworms, we saw children actively studying about silkworms in picture books along with K who is always curious. Especially, we saw children, who like to move around but do not like to concentrate, research studiously with picture books and voluntarily take care of the silkworms by cleaning after and feeding them. Among them, S’s creativity led to creating clay silkworms and mulberry leaves, and we were able to see a development in expression through this farming. Also, H began to care about products in the farm by taking care of silkworms. We received a report from H’s parents that on one rainy day H said, “The potatoes in the ground are going to grow from the rain.” We are able to observe the growth of children from many aspects. When we told the children that we will place some of the cocoons in the freezer until they die to get the cocoon ready for the hands-on silk-reeling experience, children felt sorry for the cocoons. However, they seemed interested and excited to experience the whether silk could really be reeled from the cocoon and was looking forward to the hands-on silk-reeling experience. Through the silkworm farming, the children gained the sense of responsibility and concentration. Through searching for answers to their questions and struggling against problems, we were able to directly experience the sericulture industry, a traditional Japanese industry as well as the major industry of farmers in this region. In addition, it linked with children’s Jomo card game which includes sayings such as Kiryu is Japan’s place of machinery and cocoon and raw silk is number one in Japan. Through the card game and practice, we would like to have our children grow to cherish their hometown. We would like to continue this project as a teaching material for science and the traditional Japanese industry of sericulture and silk goods.