Exploring Independence with ‘Pippi Longstocking’

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

Title:ย “Exploring Independence with ‘Pippi Longstocking'”

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 Development:ย Through listening to the story, children will develop comprehension skills and build vocabulary.
  2. Social and Emotional Development:ย The story will promote understanding of self-care, independence, and friendship.
  3. Cognitive Development:ย Children will engage in imaginative play and problem-solving activities.

Resources Needed:

  • “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
  • Materials for craft activity (paper, colored pencils, glue, scissors)

Lesson Plan:

1. Story Reading (20 minutes):

Begin the lesson by reading select chapters from “Pippi Longstocking” that highlight Pippi’s independence, strength, and unique view of the world.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

After reading, engage the children in a discussion about the story. Ask them about Pippi’s character, her friends, and how she handles various situations. This encourages children to articulate their thoughts and comprehend the story’s themes.

3. Craft Activity – My Own Pippi Adventure (30 minutes):

Provide the children with art supplies and ask them to draw a picture of an adventure they would like to have with Pippi. This activity encourages creativity and allows children to demonstrate their understanding of the story in a personal and meaningful way.

4. Role Play Activity – Pippi’s Day (20 minutes):

In this activity, children will act out a day in the life of Pippi. Encourage them to think about Pippi’s independence and how she might handle different situations (e.g., cooking breakfast, fixing something broken, etc.). This activity promotes problem-solving skills and imaginative play.

5. Reflective Discussion (15 minutes):

End the lesson with a discussion about what the children learned from Pippi Longstocking. Talk about the importance of independence, resilience, and friendship. Ask children how they might be like Pippi in their own lives.


Assess children’s comprehension of the story and its themes through their participation in discussions, their artwork, and their role-play activities.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

This lesson embraces the Montessori approach by providing opportunities for creative expression, encouraging independence, and fostering social interaction. It respects each child’s individuality and encourages them to think critically and imaginatively.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson aligns with the ELOF domains of Language and Literacy Development (story discussion, role play), Social and Emotional Development (themes of independence and friendship), and Cognitive Development (craft and role-play activities).






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