Embrace Individuality with ‘Amazing Grace’

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning Ada Twist, Scientist Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title:ย “Embrace Individuality with ‘Amazing Grace'”

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 Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy:ย Children will expand their vocabulary and listening comprehension through reading and discussing the story.
  2. Social and Emotional Development:ย Children will learn about the importance of individuality, self-belief, and persistence in pursuing one’s dreams.
  3. Cognitive Development:ย Children will participate in drama activities, fostering creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman
  • Costumes and props for drama activity
  • Art supplies for a self-portrait activity

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (20 minutes):

Introduce the book and read the story aloud, asking open-ended questions throughout to engage students and check their comprehension.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

After reading, discuss the story and its themes. Ask the children how Grace was able to achieve her dream, emphasizing the importance of self-belief and persistence.

3. Drama Activity (30 minutes):

Using costumes and props, encourage children to reenact scenes from the story or create their own scenes based on Grace’s character. This encourages creativity and imagination.

4. Self-Portrait Activity (20 minutes):

Let the children create self-portraits, emphasizing that everyone is unique and special, just like Grace. This activity also promotes fine motor skills.

5. Share and Reflect (15 minutes):

Let children share their self-portraits and what makes them unique. Reflect on the story of Grace and how we can all learn from her determination and self-belief.

6. Conclusion (10 minutes):

Conclude by recapping the story and the activities of the day, reinforcing the message of the importance of individuality, self-belief, and persistence.

Assessment:

Evaluate children’s understanding of the story, their participation in the drama activity, the self-portraits they created, and their ability to express what makes them unique.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

This lesson plan encourages hands-on learning and self-expression, in line with Montessori principles. The emphasis on individuality, self-belief, and persistence aligns with the Montessori value of independence.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson plan promotes language and literacy development (through story reading and discussion), social and emotional development (by discussing Grace’s determination and self-belief), and cognitive development (through the drama and self-portrait activities).

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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