Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Montessori India)

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Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Montessori India), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG Students in India

– To introduce and engage students in the central themes of the children’s book “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman.
– To develop students’ language and cognitive skills through storytelling, discussions, and hands-on activities.
– To foster independence, creativity, and critical thinking skills in alignment with Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy.
– To align the lesson plan with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for Pre-Primary / LKG / UKG / KG students in India.

Curriculum Links:
– Language Development: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
– Cognitive Development: Understanding, Analyzing, and Applying knowledge.
– Social and Emotional Development: Building empathy and understanding relationships.
– Creative Development: Expressing ideas through art and craft activities.

Theorist: Maria Montessori
– Montessori believed in providing children with a prepared environment that encourages exploration, independence, and self-directed learning.
– She emphasized the importance of hands-on activities, sensory experiences, and the integration of real-life experiences into the curriculum.
– Montessori believed that children learn best when they are actively engaged and have the freedom to choose their activities.

– “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (one copy per student)
– Pictures of different animals and their young ones
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Chart paper and markers
– Storytelling props (puppets, felt board, etc.)
– Worksheets and activity sheets (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman.
– Show the cover of the book and ask students to predict what the story might be about.
– Relate the story to the students’ own experiences by asking questions like, “Have you ever been lost? How did you feel?”

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes)
– Read aloud the story “Are You My Mother?” using expressive voice and gestures.
– Use storytelling props or a felt board to engage students visually.
– Pause at key moments to ask questions and encourage students to predict what might happen next.
– Discuss the central themes of the story, such as the bond between a mother and child, the importance of family, and the concept of belonging.

3. Vocabulary Building (10 minutes)
– Introduce new vocabulary words from the story, such as “hatch,” “nest,” “beak,” etc.
– Use pictures or real objects to help students understand the meaning of these words.
– Encourage students to use the new words in sentences and share their understanding with the class.

4. Hands-on Activities (20 minutes)
– Divide students into small groups and provide each group with pictures of different animals and their young ones.
– Ask students to match the animals with their young ones and discuss how they take care of their babies.
– Encourage students to share personal experiences or stories related to animals and their young ones.
– Provide art supplies and ask students to draw or color their favorite animal and its young one.

5. Reflection and Extension (10 minutes)
– Gather students back in a circle and ask them to share their artwork and explain their choices.
– Display the artwork on a bulletin board or in the classroom to celebrate students’ creativity.
– Summarize the central themes of the story and ask students to reflect on what they have learned.
– Provide optional worksheets or activity sheets related to the story for students to complete individually or as homework.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions and hands-on activities.
– Assess students’ understanding of the central themes through their artwork, storytelling, and responses to questions.
– Review completed worksheets or activity sheets to evaluate individual comprehension and vocabulary development.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and abilities of the students




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