Discovering April’s Celebrations: Earth Day & Easter (Montessori USA)

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

Title: “Discovering April’s Celebrations: Earth Day & Easter”

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

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

Educational Approach: Maria Montessori

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Children engage in hands-on activities that foster fine motor skills and coordination.
  2. Social and Emotional Development: Children learn about and appreciate diverse cultural and global celebrations, building empathy and understanding.
  3. Language and Literacy: Children expand their vocabulary and language comprehension through discussion and collaborative activities.
  4. Cognition: Children acquire knowledge about important events in April.
  5. Approaches to Learning: Children exhibit curiosity, engagement, and persistence in self-guided and cooperative activities.

Resources Needed:

  • Art and craft materials
  • Storybooks about Earth Day and Easter
  • Montessori sensorial materials like sandpaper letters, color tablets, etc.
  • Items related to Earth Day and Easter for a thematic Montessori-inspired tray

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (15 minutes)

Begin the day with a group discussion about April and its significant events. Introduce Earth Day and Easter, discussing what they represent and why they’re celebrated.

2. Montessori Tray Activities (30 minutes)

Present a Montessori-inspired tray that contains items related to Earth Day and Easter. Encourage children to explore the tray independently.

3. Story Time (15 minutes)

Read a book about Earth Day, discussing the importance of taking care of our environment.

4. Practical Life Skills Activity (30 minutes)

In line with Earth Day, involve children in a ‘planting activity’, demonstrating how to plant seeds and care for them.

5. Story Time (15 minutes)

Read a book about Easter, discussing the symbols and traditions associated with the holiday.

6. Art and Craft (30 minutes)

Provide materials for children to create an Easter-related craft, such as decorating paper eggs or making bunny ears.

7. Reflection and Discussion (15 minutes)

End the day by reflecting on what they’ve learned about Earth Day and Easter. Encourage children to share their thoughts and feelings.

Assessment:

Observe children’s engagement, interaction, and participation in the activities. Pay attention to their discussions and reflections to assess their understanding and knowledge.

Alignment with Montessori Approach:

The Montessori approach emphasizes independent, active, exploratory learning. All activities in this lesson plan are designed to spark curiosity, allow for individual exploration, and facilitate hands-on learning – all key principles of Maria Montessori’s approach.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson plan supports key domains of ELOF, including perceptual, motor, and physical development, social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and approaches to learning.

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Monthly

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