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

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Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten/Preschool/Vorschule/Pre-Elementary Students in the Philippines

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Philippines KCF (Kinder Curriculum Framework) for Kindergarten/Preschool/Vorschule/Pre-Elementary students, specifically focusing on the development of language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, and creative expression.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led, experiential learning, collaboration, and the integration of arts and creativity into the curriculum.

Objective:
– To introduce and explore the central themes of the children’s book “Are You My Mother?” through various activities, fostering language and literacy skills, social-emotional development, and creative expression.

Materials:
– “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Puppets or stuffed animals representing different animals from the book
– Storytelling props (e.g., hats, scarves, glasses)

Procedure:

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 if they have ever felt lost or needed help finding someone.
– Explain that today, they will explore the story and its central themes through various activities.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud the book “Are You My Mother?” to the students, using expressive voices and gestures.
– Pause at key moments to engage students in discussions about the story, encouraging them to share their thoughts and feelings.
– Use open-ended questions to promote critical thinking and language development, such as:
– “Why do you think the baby bird was looking for its mother?”
– “How do you think the baby bird felt when it couldn’t find its mother?”
– “What would you do if you were lost and couldn’t find your family?”

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with art supplies and construction paper.
– Instruct them to draw or create a collage depicting their own family or a special person they consider as their “mother.”
– Encourage students to use their imagination and creativity while discussing their artwork with their peers.
– Display the artwork on a classroom bulletin board, creating a visual representation of diverse families and caregivers.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with puppets or stuffed animals representing different animals from the book.
– Invite students to engage in role-playing, taking turns being the baby bird and other characters.
– Provide storytelling props (hats, scarves, glasses) to enhance their imaginative play.
– Encourage students to use language and express their emotions during the role-play.

5. Reflection and Closure (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and ask them to share their favorite part of the lesson.
– Discuss how the baby bird felt when it finally found its mother and relate it to their own experiences of feeling lost or found.
– Summarize the central themes of the book, emphasizing the importance of family and the different ways people can care for and love each other.
– Conclude the lesson by singing a song or reciting a poem about families or love.

Extension Activities:
– Create a class book inspired by “Are You My Mother?” where each student contributes a page about their own family or a special person.
– Invite parents or family members to visit the classroom and share stories about their role as caregivers.
– Explore other books by P.D. Eastman or other authors that focus on themes of family, love, and belonging.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, artistic expression, and dramatic play.
– Assess students’ ability to express their thoughts and emotions related to the central themes of the book.
– Review students’ artwork and reflections to gauge their understanding of the concepts explored.

Note: Adapt the duration of each activity based on the attention span and needs of the students

Country

Philippines

Framework

KCF (Philippines)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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