Discovering August: Women’s Equality Day (Montessori USA)

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

Title:ย “Discovering August: Women’s Equality Day”

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

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

Educational Approach:ย Maria Montessori

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Social and Emotional Development:ย Children will learn about gender equality and fairness, understanding that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their gender.
  2. Language and Literacy:ย Children will enhance their vocabulary and language skills through discussions and story time.
  3. Cognition:ย Children will develop a basic understanding of historical events related to women’s rights.
  4. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development:ย Through practical life exercises and sensorial materials, children will improve their fine motor skills and sensory experiences.

Resources Needed:

  • Children’s books about Women’s Equality Day and notable women in history.
  • Montessori practical life materials, like pouring and scooping activities.
  • Art materials for crafts.
  • Objects symbolizing women’s rights, like a voting ballot or images of suffragettes.

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)

Start by introducing Women’s Equality Day in a child-friendly manner, explaining how women fought for their right to vote.

2. Story Time (20 minutes)

Read a children’s book about a notable woman who fought for women’s rights. Encourage children to ask questions and share their thoughts.

3. Practical Life Activities (30 minutes)

Set up Montessori-style pouring and scooping activities to symbolize women’s struggle and perseverance. Explain the symbolism to children and invite them to try the activities.

4. Discussion (20 minutes)

Talk about the concept of fairness and gender equality. Use simple language and examples relevant to their lives, such as sharing toys and chores.

5. Art and Craft (40 minutes)

Provide materials for children to create their artwork inspired by the story and the concept of Women’s Equality Day. They could create a picture of the notable woman, a voting ballot, or something else that resonates with them.

6. Show and Tell (30 minutes)

Give each child a chance to show their artwork and explain what they made. Listen and ask open-ended questions to help them articulate their thoughts.

7. Review and Reflection (20 minutes)

Review the main points about Women’s Equality Day and why it is important. Encourage children to reflect on what they learned and share their thoughts.

Assessment:

Observe children’s understanding of the concept of equality, their engagement with the practical life activities, their creativity during the art and craft time, and their ability to articulate their thoughts during the show and tell.

Alignment with Montessori Approach:

This lesson plan integrates the Montessori principles of hands-on learning, self-directed activity, and collaborative play. The practical life activities offer opportunities for independence, concentration, and motor skill development. The discussion, story time, art and craft, and show and tell foster social development, creativity, and critical thinking.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson plan is designed to promote outcomes in all key domains of the ELOF, including social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and perceptual, motor, and physical development. Through child-centered, engaging activities, children are encouraged to explore, learn, and express their thoughts and feelings.

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Monthly

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