Journey through August: Understanding the Civil Rights Act (Steiner USA)

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

Title: “Journey through August: Understanding the Civil Rights Act”

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

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

Educational Approach: Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Education

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Social and Emotional Development: Children will learn about the concepts of equality, fairness, and respect for diversity.
  2. Language and Literacy: Children will develop language skills through storytelling, songs, and discussions.
  3. Cognition: Children will develop an early understanding of historical events, specifically the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
  4. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Children will participate in artistic and physical activities promoting fine motor skills and healthy development.

Resources Needed:

  • Age-appropriate story or picture book about the Civil Rights Act.
  • Art and craft materials for painting and sculpture.
  • Musical instruments or items that can be used as instruments for rhythm games.
  • Puppets or dolls for role-play activities.

Lesson Plan:

1. Morning Circle (15 minutes)

Begin the day with a morning circle. Introduce the topic of the Civil Rights Act in a child-friendly way, explaining that this law helped ensure fairness for all people.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (20 minutes)

Read a story or picture book about the Civil Rights Act. Encourage children to ask questions and share their thoughts. Discuss the importance of treating everyone equally.

3. Song and Rhythm Games (15 minutes)

Teach children a simple song about fairness and equality. Incorporate rhythm games using musical instruments or clapping hands to match the beat.

4. Art Activity (30 minutes)

Encourage children to express their understanding and feelings about the story through painting. They might paint scenes from the story, abstract expressions of the theme of fairness, or portraits of people treating each other kindly.

5. Role-Play Activity (30 minutes)

Use puppets or dolls to role-play situations related to the theme of fairness. For instance, the toys could take turns doing a fun activity, demonstrating the concept of equal opportunities.

6. Outdoor Play (30 minutes)

Facilitate outdoor play with group games that emphasize cooperation and turn-taking, reinforcing the day’s theme.

7. Reflection (20 minutes)

End the day with a reflection circle. Ask children to share what they learned about the Civil Rights Act and fairness. Recap the day’s activities and themes.

Assessment:

Observe children’s participation, comprehension of the theme, their emotional responses, and the representations they created in their artwork.

Alignment with Rudolf Steiner’s Approach:

This lesson plan incorporates Steiner’s emphasis on holistic, creative, and experiential learning. The focus on storytelling, art, music, and movement aligns with Waldorf methods, and the theme of fairness connects to Steiner’s emphasis on moral development. The rhythm of the day—from the morning circle to the reflection circle—also mirrors the Waldorf approach.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson plan covers all key ELOF domains—social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and perceptual, motor, and physical development. It does so in a manner that respects the child’s holistic development and unique ways of knowing, reflecting the values of both the ELOF and Waldorf education.

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Monthly

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