Lesson Plan on Bob Books (Montessori Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Bob Books (Montessori Australia), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in Bob Books – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link: This lesson plan aligns with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and specifically focuses on the following outcomes:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

Theorist Link: This lesson plan incorporates the principles and practices of Maria Montessori, emphasizing hands-on learning, independence, and self-directed exploration.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the central themes in the children’s book, Bob Books.
2. Develop language and literacy skills through engaging activities related to the book.
3. Foster creativity and critical thinking through hands-on exploration and independent learning.

– Copies of the children’s book, Bob Books (appropriate for the age group)
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Chart paper and markers
– Storytelling props (puppets, felt characters, etc.)
– Montessori-inspired manipulatives (e.g., letter tiles, sandpaper letters, movable alphabet)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book, Bob Books, by showing them the cover and asking if anyone has read it before.
– Explain that today, they will be exploring the central themes in the book and engaging in various activities related to it.
– Display the learning outcomes on chart paper and briefly discuss what they mean.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud a selected story from Bob Books, pausing occasionally to ask questions and encourage student participation.
– After reading, facilitate a group discussion to identify the central themes in the story. Write these themes on chart paper.
– Encourage students to share their thoughts, feelings, and connections to the story.

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with construction paper, art supplies, and storytelling props.
– Instruct students to create their own illustrations or scenes from the story they just heard, using the art supplies and props.
– Encourage creativity and independent thinking while circulating the room to provide assistance and guidance as needed.

4. Language and Literacy Activities (20 minutes):
– Set up a language and literacy center with Montessori-inspired manipulatives, such as letter tiles, sandpaper letters, and a movable alphabet.
– Invite students to explore the center independently or in small groups, encouraging them to create words or sentences related to the story.
– Provide guidance and support as needed, promoting phonemic awareness and letter-sound recognition.

5. Reflection and Extension (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in the circle and ask them to share their artwork and discuss their creations.
– Facilitate a reflection on the central themes explored in the book and how they relate to the students’ own lives.
– Provide an opportunity for students to suggest other books or stories they would like to explore in the future.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during the discussion, art activities, and language and literacy center.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and discuss the central themes in the book through their contributions during the group discussion.
– Review students’ artwork and assess their creativity, attention to detail, and ability to connect their illustrations to the story.

– Encourage students to borrow Bob Books from the classroom library or local library to read at home with their families.
– Provide additional Montessori-inspired language and literacy activities, such as matching letter cards to objects or creating their own mini-books using the movable alphabet.

Note: The duration of each activity can be adjusted based on the needs and attention span of the students




EYLF (Australia)


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