Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Reggio Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Reggio Japan), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku
Subject: Language Arts
Duration: 3-4 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Reading: Understand and respond to simple texts.
2. Speaking and Listening: Communicate effectively in various situations.
3. Critical Thinking: Analyze and interpret information from different sources.

Theorist: Reggio Emilia Approach – Loris Malaguzzi

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will develop an understanding of the central themes in the book “Are You My Mother?”.
2. Students will enhance their language skills through vocabulary development, listening, and speaking activities.
3. Students will engage in critical thinking by making connections between the book and their own experiences.
4. Students will express their creativity through art and dramatic play.

1. “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (one copy per student)
2. Chart paper and markers
3. Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, glue, etc.)
4. Props for dramatic play (e.g., stuffed animals, toy cars, dolls, etc.)
5. Audio recording of the book (optional)


Lesson 1: Introduction to the Book and Vocabulary Development
1. Begin by introducing the book “Are You My Mother?” to the students. Show them the cover and ask if anyone has read it before.
2. Read the book aloud to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
3. After reading, discuss the central themes of the book, such as family, love, and the search for identity. Write these themes on chart paper.
4. Introduce new vocabulary words from the book, such as mother, baby, nest, etc. Discuss the meanings and provide examples.
5. Engage students in a vocabulary development activity by asking them to draw pictures of the new words they learned. Encourage them to label their drawings with the corresponding vocabulary words.

Lesson 2: Making Connections and Dramatic Play
1. Review the central themes and vocabulary words from the previous lesson.
2. Engage students in a discussion about their own experiences with their mothers or caregivers. Encourage them to share stories, memories, or feelings.
3. Provide props for dramatic play, such as stuffed animals, toy cars, dolls, etc. Divide students into small groups and encourage them to act out scenes from the book or create their own stories related to the central themes.
4. Observe and facilitate the dramatic play, encouraging students to use the vocabulary words and express their creativity.

Lesson 3: Artistic Expression and Reflection
1. Review the central themes and vocabulary words once again.
2. Provide art supplies and ask students to create their own illustrations inspired by the book. Encourage them to use their imagination and incorporate the vocabulary words into their artwork.
3. After completing their artwork, ask students to reflect on their illustrations and share their thoughts with the class. Encourage them to explain the connections between their artwork and the central themes of the book.
4. Display the artwork in the classroom or create a class book with the illustrations and student reflections.

1. Informal assessment: Observe students’ participation and engagement during discussions, dramatic play, and art activities.
2. Formative assessment: Review students’ vocabulary drawings and provide feedback on their understanding and use of the new words.
3. Summative assessment: Evaluate students’ artwork and reflections based on their ability to express connections to the central themes of the book.

Extension Activities:
1. Writing: Encourage students to write their own short stories or poems inspired by the central themes of the book.
2. Science: Explore the concept of animal families and their habitats, focusing on birds and their nests.
3. Social Studies: Discuss different types of families and cultures, emphasizing the importance of love and care within families.

By incorporating the Reggio Emilia approach, this comprehensive lesson plan aims to engage students in active learning, critical thinking, and creative expression while meeting the objectives of the Japan MEXT curriculum




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