Exploring Fruits with ‘Jamberry’

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

Title:ย “Exploring Fruits with ‘Jamberry'”

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. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development:ย Children will identify and handle various fruits, refining their motor skills and sensory awareness.
  2. Cognitive Development:ย Children will engage in sorting and categorizing activities, improving their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  3. Language and Communication Development:ย Children will expand their vocabulary related to fruits and engage in group discussions, enhancing their communication skills.

Resources Needed:

  • “Jamberry” by Bruce Degen
  • Variety of fruits mentioned in the book (or their toy equivalents)
  • Art materials: paper, watercolors, brushes
  • Trays for sorting activity

Lesson Plan:

1. Story Reading (15 minutes):

Start the lesson by reading “Jamberry” to the children. Use expressive language and encourage the children to join in with the rhyming and rhythmic phrases.

2. Story Discussion (10 minutes):

Engage the children in a discussion about the story and the different fruits they encountered in the book. Ask open-ended questions to encourage the children to express their thoughts and to build their communication skills.

3. Fruit Exploration (30 minutes):

Introduce the different fruits (or their toy equivalents) from the story. Allow the children to hold and explore each fruit. Discuss the color, texture, smell, and taste (if safe to do so) of each fruit, thereby enhancing their sensory skills.

4. Fruit Sorting (20 minutes):

Provide trays and have the children sort the fruits by different attributes, such as color, size, or type. This promotes their cognitive development and problem-solving skills.

5. Fruit Art Activity (30 minutes):

Allow the children to create their fruit art using watercolors. This encourages creativity and enhances fine motor skills.

6. Reflection and Sharing (15 minutes):

At the end of the lesson, allow the children to share their artwork with the group and discuss their learning experiences.


Assess the children’s understanding of the story, their ability to identify different fruits, and their engagement in the sorting and art activities.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

The lesson is designed to foster independent thinking, sensory learning, and respect for individual creativity, which are core principles of the Montessori Method.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson aligns with ELOF domains of Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development (fruit exploration, art activity), Cognitive Development (fruit sorting), and Language and Communication Development (story discussion, sharing session).






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