The Kids' Farm 

湘南インターナショナルスクールでの食育とは、経験を通じて、「食」に対する知識や、習慣を育てることを目的としています。魚は切り身で海を泳いでいると思っている子供もいれば、野菜はスーパーで作っていると思っている子どももいます。私たちの食育授業では、自分たちの「生きた体験」を基に、野菜を育てるために必要な土の状態から、野菜をどのように育て、
どう収穫するのか、また人の手に渡るまでのプロセスも学習プログラムの一部として考えています。単に、人から育て方を
教えてもらう方法もありますが、私たちの食育授業では、子供たち自身が植物の育て方をリサーチするところからはじまり、自分で調べた知識を実践し、うまくいったこと、いかなかったことなどの振り返り、また方法論を組みたてていく。
それをすることで、農業との関係性を生むことができ、知識がおのずと増えていくように取り組んでいます。

野菜作りのメリット 

 

  • 青空の下で土や植物にふれる体験は、子供の健やかな成長を促します。

  • 嫌いな野菜を自分で育てることにより,野菜に興味を持ちます

  • 育てた野菜に愛着が沸き、苦手な野菜でも自分から頑張って、食べてみようという気持ちになります。

  • 味覚や嗅覚を小さいうちから育てられます。

  • 自分自身で育てた野菜なので、安心して食べられます。

  • いつでも、新鮮な野菜が食べられます。

  • 長い期間、畑の手入れをすることで、
    失敗や成功を経験し、忍耐力や自立心を培うことができます。

This farm is only exclusive for kids only! Yes, it's our unique farming plot! The students will spend the year harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables with the help of local farmers! The students will work in groups to design, create and look after their farming plot throughout the year! 

 

 

ASK any child where their food comes from, and the chances are they’ll say the supermarket. Moreover, most adults don’t know a lot more about how food ends up on their plate either. An increasing amount of kids today do not know where food comes. Processed foods are partly at fault here. Processed foods have invaded almost every home and stomach in developed countries around the world. At school, we see that by having students start their garden, it will impact them on how they view nutrition.  They can watch the plants grow and ripen before eating them. This creates excitement, anticipation and a sense of accomplishment for the kids. They will enjoy cooking and eating what they’ve planted and looked after themselves. Research,h studies have confirmed that hands-on gardening does improve the dietary habits of children!

 

 

[ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES OVERVIEW OF LESSONS ]

 

***********Grade 1~ 2: Plants and Me***********

• What are the different types of vegetables we eat? 

• What part of the plants do we eat?

• How do vegetables benefit our body?

• How could we cook our harvested vegetables?

 

 

***********Grade 3~4: Healthy Growth*********** 
•Life cycle of vegetables. 

•What effects the growth of plants and how we control it?

•What kind of soil do plants grow best? 

•What are the different environments that plants grow in?

 

 

***********Grade 5-6: Agriculture in Japan***********
•What type of vegetables do we grow here in Japan? What region? 

•Farm life in Japan (local farms)

•Technology and farm equipment 

•Survival of the family farm; big corporate farms vs. smaller farms. 

•Business, economics, trading, commodity prices, and costs of production

OUR FARMING JOURNAL!
FANTASTIC FARMING BEGINS!

Aren't we lucky that our school is located near the ocean, mountains and flat farmlands ! Wouldn't it be a waste if we don't utilise all the resources ! Here is a glimpse look at our new farm!

Our school curriculum encourages students to be engaged with real people that work in the real world! During environmental studies, we are mentored by real farmers to transfer knowledge and ways that real farmers think!

October

The primary purpose of ploughing is to turn over the upper layer of the soil, bringing fresh nutrients to the surface, while burying weeds and the remains of previous crops and allowing them to break down. Though traditionally ploughing is done using animals and machines, we invented our own method! The students talked in their groups on ways they could achieve their goal! 今日のグループタスクはどのような方法で土を耕せるのかを考えるものでした。一つのやり方ではなく、アウトボックスシンキングを応用です!

Ploughing using our Hands!

Ploughing Using Tools

Ploughing Using a Machine

November

Today, the students continued building their own and unqiue farm. The students planted new vegetables in their garden by using agricutlure skills such as ploughing, getting rid of unwanted weeds, adding fertilizers, and decorating their own gardens. 今日の環境授業では自分たちの畑の一角の手入れからまづ始めました。グループディスカッションをとうして、雑草抜きのコツをお互いに紹介していまた。チカラをこめないでも根っこからすんなりと抜いてしまう方法や道具を使う方法、色んなやり方でタスクに取り組んでいました。午後には新たに植える野菜の準備をしていました。先週の農業のスキルを活用し、子供たちはみづから、土を耕し、肥料をたしていました。農業のエキスパート、鈴木先生鈴木先生にもミニワークショップをしていただき、野菜に必要な肥料の目安とまき方を教えていただ

What vegetable would you like to plant for the next three months?

Students are learning on the concept of conserving water!

Todays task was quite simple! We made wooden sign post to compliment our plot by ultilzing equipments such as a saw, nails, and hammer! It required alot of trails and errors especially for the ones that have never used it before! Then in the afternoon, the students harvested this years first ever vegetable! Here are their documents from the day! 今日の環境授業ではグループの畑にサインポストを作成するとった課題から始まりました。 子供たちの中にはハンマーと釘を使うのが初めてで、お互いを影響しあいながら課題に取り組んでいました。午後でに今年始めたの野菜を収穫!いろんな形のクラスがありますが、自然の中で学ぶは本当にふかいですね!

Groups had to select plants that they wanted to grow for the next 3 months!

DECEMBER

【Our First Harvest!】 The students spend once a month out at their farm plot looking after their vegetables! This month our first vegetables were ready for harvesting! As SIS, we value the idea of nurturing nature skills. It's our hope to allow students to understand where food comes from and work with their peers to complete a big task!