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

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

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “Are You My Mother?” – A Rudolf Steiner-inspired Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku (Ages 4-6)
Subject: Language Arts / Literature
Duration: 2-3 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Reading: Understand and respond to simple texts, including picture books.
2. Speaking and Listening: Engage in conversations and discussions, expressing ideas and opinions.
3. Cultural Understanding: Appreciate and respect diverse cultures through literature.

Theorist: Rudolf Steiner
– Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes holistic development, creativity, and imagination.
– His approach encourages experiential learning, storytelling, and artistic activities to foster a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social growth.

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will understand and identify the central themes in the children’s book “Are You My Mother?”
2. Students will engage in discussions and express their thoughts and feelings about the story.
3. Students will develop their creativity and imagination through artistic activities related to the book.

1. “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman (English version or translated into Japanese)
2. Large chart paper or whiteboard
3. Markers or colored pencils
4. Art supplies (e.g., construction paper, glue, scissors, crayons)
5. Optional: Puppet or stuffed animal representing a mother bird


Lesson 1: Introduction and Storytelling
1. Begin by introducing the book “Are You My Mother?” and its author, P.D. Eastman.
2. Engage students in a brief discussion about the concept of a mother and the importance of family.
3. Read the story aloud, using expressive voices and gestures to captivate the students’ attention.
4. After reading, facilitate a class discussion using open-ended questions:
– What happened in the story? Who were the characters?
– How did the baby bird feel when he couldn’t find his mother?
– Why do you think the baby bird asked different animals and objects if they were his mother?
– How did the story end? How did the baby bird feel at the end?
– What did the baby bird learn about his mother?

Lesson 2: Exploring Themes and Artistic Expression
1. Review the central themes of the story identified in the previous lesson (e.g., family, love, identity).
2. Create a large chart paper or whiteboard with three columns labeled “Family,” “Love,” and “Identity.”
3. Engage students in a brainstorming session, asking them to share their thoughts and ideas related to each theme.
4. Write down their responses in the respective columns, encouraging creativity and imagination.
5. Introduce an artistic activity related to each theme:
– Family: Ask students to create a family tree using construction paper, glue, and pictures of family members.
– Love: Provide students with blank cards and ask them to draw or write a message expressing love for their mother or a loved one.
– Identity: Encourage students to create a self-portrait using crayons or colored pencils, emphasizing their unique characteristics.
6. Allow time for students to complete their artwork, providing assistance as needed.
7. Optional: Use a puppet or stuffed animal representing a mother bird to engage students in a role-play activity, where they can act out the story or create their own version.

Lesson 3: Reflection and Sharing
1. Begin the lesson by reviewing the central themes and the artwork created by the students.
2. Facilitate a class discussion, allowing students to share their artwork and explain how it relates to the themes.
3. Encourage students to express their thoughts and feelings about the story and the artistic activities.
4. Provide positive feedback and appreciation for their creativity and effort.
5. Optional: Create a display area in the classroom to showcase the artwork and celebrate the students’ achievements.
6. Conclude the lesson by reading the book again or another related story, reinforcing the central themes and the importance of family and love.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lessons by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions and artistic activities.
– Students’ artwork and their ability to explain the connection to the central themes can be used as a form of assessment.
– Teacher’s anecdotal notes can be taken to track individual progress and identify areas for further support or extension.

Extension Activities:
1. Encourage students to create their own stories or drawings inspired by the central themes explored in “Are You My Mother?”
2. Invite parents or family members to share their own stories or traditions related to the concept of family and love.
3. Organize a class visit to a local library or bookstore to explore more books about family and love.
4. Collaborate with the music teacher to create a song or chant related to the central themes.
5. Integrate the central themes into other subject areas, such as math (e.g., counting family members) or science (e.g., animal families).

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to align with the specific requirements and resources available in your school or educational setting




MEXT (Japan)


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