The very hungry caterpillar

It all started in the Gan Dubi room with a parent’s enthusiasm and initiative by sourcing silkworm eggs and bringing them to our room as a learning experience for the the children. We learnt that the silk worm is named tola’at meshi in Hebrew and then our journey began.

Little worms appeared from these eggs. The tola’at meshi ate and ate and became larger silkworms, just like in the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl. They ate mulberry leaves and became quite plump! After some time they sat contented in their designer made hutch by Erez and gathered the energy to spin a cocoon. Some cocoons were bright yellow, some were light yellow. The silk was spun around the body of the worm which grew into a pupa. The pupa inside became a fluttering moth who mated with another and it all began again with more eggs.

What a journey we have been on these past several months. Our entire Gan Dubi room has taken on this interest and it has formed a large part of our daily curriculum. We have read the Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, played with puzzles depicting the caterpillar life cycle, made butterfly paintings, made a large stocking caterpillar named Silky and have enjoyed the conversations we have had between us all on this topic.

The children have become very familiar observing, holding, watching and feeding them. To end this year we have enjoyed the new experience of the moths fluttering and crawling up and down our arms. We have learnt to treat these little creatures with care and delicate hands and have an increased awareness of the lifecycle of the tola’at meshi.

Toda to Erez, Jodie, Carmelle and Ayalah for support with this project.

Gail Friedman – Gan Dubi Room Leader

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