Celebrations and Commemorations in May: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day (Reggio USA)

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on May (Reggio USA), Reggio philosophy

Title: “Celebrations and Commemorations in May: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day”

Age Group: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years old)

Learning Framework: Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) – USA

Educational Approach: Reggio Emilia Approach

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Social and Emotional Development: Children will develop an understanding of family and community relationships, along with empathy and respect for others.
  2. Language and Literacy: Children will build communication skills and enhance their vocabulary related to important events in May.
  3. Cognition: Children will understand the concept of time and tradition through the exploration of May events.
  4. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Children will engage in creative activities that improve their fine motor skills.

Resources Needed:

  • Art supplies: paper, paints, brushes, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.
  • Books or age-appropriate resources about Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
  • A ‘project wall’ or a large board to display the children’s work.

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)

Start a group discussion about the month of May and introduce the significant events, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

2. Exploration of Mother’s Day (45 minutes)

Begin by reading a book or sharing a story about Mother’s Day. Discuss the importance of mothers and how different families celebrate this day.

Project: Have children create a Mother’s Day card or artwork. Encourage them to use different materials and be creative with their expressions.

3. Exploration of Memorial Day (45 minutes)

Introduce Memorial Day through an age-appropriate story. Discuss the importance of this day, focusing on remembering and honoring people who have served their country.

Project: Invite children to create a flag or another symbol that, for them, represents Memorial Day. Encourage them to explain their artwork.

4. Reflection and Display (20 minutes)

Allow children to present and explain their artwork. Provide an opportunity for other children to ask questions and comment. Display the artwork on the ‘project wall’, enabling ongoing observation and discussion.


Monitor the children’s understanding through their involvement in discussions, their artwork, and their responses during the reflection phase.

Alignment with the Reggio Emilia Approach:

The emphasis on child-led exploration, hands-on learning, and respect for the child’s ability aligns with the Reggio Emilia approach. This plan encourages children to express themselves through art, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson plan involves key domains of the ELOF, including social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and perceptual, motor, and physical development. The activities provide opportunities for children to interact, explore, and make sense of the world around them.






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