Explore with Curious George: Adventures and Learning

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning Curious George Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title:ย “Explore with Curious George: Adventures and Learning”

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 develop language skills by discussing the story and its elements.
  2. Cognition:ย Children will engage in problem-solving tasks related to the story.
  3. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development:ย Children will participate in hands-on activities, promoting fine motor skills.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “Curious George” by H.A. Rey
  • Art supplies: Construction paper, crayons, markers, scissors, glue
  • Objects related to the story: toy monkey, yellow hat, balloons etc.

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (20 minutes):

Start by introducing the book “Curious George” and engage the children in predicting the story from the book cover. Read the story aloud, pausing occasionally to explain or ask predictive questions.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

After reading, facilitate a discussion about the story. Questions could include: “What do you think George was curious about?” or “What would you have done if you were George?”

3. Story Sequencing Activity (20 minutes):

Prepare cards that depict key events from the story and have the children put them in order, which helps them understand sequence and recall the story. Discuss why the order is important to the story.

4. Monkey Art Activity (30 minutes):

Provide art supplies and guide the children to create their own “Curious George”. This allows them to recall details from the story and express their creativity.

5. Role Play Activity (Optional, 20 minutes):

Organize a simple role play activity where the children can act out parts of the story, using props like a yellow hat or toy monkey. This will further reinforce the story and its elements.

6. Conclusion (10 minutes):

Wrap up by revisiting the story and discussing what they’ve learned from George’s adventures. Let the children showcase their art work and share their role play experiences.

Assessment:

Assess the children’s comprehension of the story, their ability to sequence events, creativity in the art activity, and involvement in the role play.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

The lesson promotes self-directed learning and exploration, which aligns with the Montessori method. The activities also provide tactile and sensory experiences, stimulating their curiosity much like Curious George in the story.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson encompasses several ELOF domains: Language and literacy skills are fostered through story discussion, cognitive skills are enhanced through the sequencing activity, and perceptual, motor, and physical development is addressed through the art and role-play activities.

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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