Learning with ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title: “Learning with ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!'”

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

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

Educational Approach: Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy: Improve listening comprehension skills, extend vocabulary, and recognize symbols and letters.
  2. Social and Emotional Development: Develop skills in decision-making, understanding of rules, and self-regulation.
  3. Cognition: Understand cause and effect through story events.
  4. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Enhance fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” by Mo Willems
  • Craft materials for creating a paper bus and pigeon (construction paper, scissors, glue, etc.)
  • Puppets or printouts of the bus driver and pigeon characters

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (30 minutes):

Introduce the book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and discuss the cover’s illustration. Read the story aloud, allowing children to participate in the repeated line, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”

2. Story Discussion (20 minutes):

Discuss the story’s main events and the decisions the pigeon makes. Focus on why it’s important to follow rules and not give in to persuasion or tantrums.

3. “Pigeon’s Plea” Activity (40 minutes):

Use puppets or character printouts for a role-playing activity. Let children take turns playing the bus driver and the pigeon. This allows them to practice decision-making and self-regulation skills.

4. “Bus & Pigeon Craft” Activity (40 minutes):

Provide children with craft materials to create their own paper bus and pigeon. This hands-on activity fosters a connection to the story and develops fine motor skills.

5. Story Reflection and Conclusion (30 minutes):

Revisit the story of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” and discuss what children learned about rules, decision-making, and self-control. Reinforce the story’s themes and relate them to real-life scenarios.


Evaluate children’s understanding of the story, their participation in discussions and activities, and their application of the story’s lessons to their own experiences.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

This lesson plan aligns with the Montessori method through its emphasis on hands-on learning, role-play, and direct engagement with the story’s themes. It allows children to explore concepts in a practical and fun way, promoting understanding and cognitive development.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson addresses several ELOF domains, including language and literacy, social and emotional development, cognition, and perceptual, motor, and physical development. Through the engaging story of the pigeon and the bus, children will learn about the importance of rules, self-regulation, and decision-making.






Maria Montessori



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