Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Steiner Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Are You My Mother? (Steiner Australia), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Rudolf Steiner-Inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan is designed to align with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Specifically, it addresses the following learning outcomes:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
– Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates elements of Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy, which emphasizes holistic development, imaginative play, and a connection to nature. Steiner believed in nurturing children’s creativity, imagination, and sense of wonder through hands-on experiences and storytelling.

Duration: 1-2 weeks (depending on the pace and depth of exploration)

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the central themes in the book “Are You My Mother?”
2. Develop empathy and understanding towards different family structures and relationships.
3. Engage in imaginative play and creative expression.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of motherly love and care.
5. Connect the story’s themes to their own lives and experiences.

Materials:
– “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Natural materials (leaves, flowers, twigs, etc.)
– Dramatic play props (e.g., stuffed animals, dolls, toy kitchen, etc.)
– Chart paper and markers
– Storytelling props (e.g., puppets, felt board, etc.)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (1 session)
a. Begin by reading “Are You My Mother?” aloud to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
b. After reading, facilitate a class discussion about the story’s central themes, such as family, love, and the search for belonging.
c. Introduce the concept of different family structures and relationships, emphasizing that families can be diverse and unique.
d. Display the learning objectives on chart paper and explain how the activities will help achieve them.

2. Exploring Family Structures (2-3 sessions)
a. Provide each student with a piece of construction paper and art supplies.
b. Ask the students to draw a picture of their family, encouraging them to include all the people who are important to them.
c. After completing their drawings, invite students to share and discuss their family structures with the class.
d. Facilitate a conversation about the similarities and differences in their families, promoting empathy and understanding.

3. Imaginative Play (2-3 sessions)
a. Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the story, such as stuffed animals, dolls, and a toy kitchen.
b. Encourage students to engage in role-playing activities, taking on the roles of different characters from the book.
c. Observe and participate in their play, asking open-ended questions to stimulate their imagination and creativity.
d. Reflect on the importance of motherly love and care, discussing how it makes them feel and why it is essential.

4. Nature Walk and Art (1-2 sessions)
a. Take the students on a nature walk around the school or local area, encouraging them to observe and collect natural materials.
b. Back in the classroom, provide each student with a piece of construction paper, glue, and the collected materials.
c. Instruct the students to create a collage or artwork that represents the love and care they receive from their mothers or mother figures.
d. Display the completed artworks in the classroom, creating a beautiful visual representation of their understanding.

5. Storytelling and Reflection (1 session)
a. Use storytelling props, such as puppets or a felt board, to retell the story “Are You My Mother?” with the students’ active participation.
b. After the storytelling session, facilitate a reflective discussion about the central themes and how they relate to the students’ own lives.
c. Encourage students to share their thoughts, feelings, and connections they made throughout the lesson.
d. Conclude the lesson by revisiting the learning objectives and celebrating the students’ achievements.

Assessment:
– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions, activities, and reflections.
– Students’ artwork and collages can be used as a form of assessment, providing insights into their understanding of the central themes and their ability to express themselves creatively.

Extension Activities:
– Invite parents or family members to share their own stories or experiences related to the central themes of the book.
– Create a class book inspired by “Are You My Mother?” where each student contributes a page illustrating their understanding of the story’s themes.
– Explore other books by Rudolf Steiner or other authors that promote empathy, understanding, and imagination.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified to suit the specific needs and interests of the students in your Kinder/Preschool/ELC setting

Country

Australia

Framework

EYLF (Australia)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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