Lesson Plan on Bob Books (Steiner Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Bob Books (Steiner Japan), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in Bob Books – A Rudolf Steiner 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. Develop basic reading skills, including phonics and sight word recognition.
2. Understand and respond to simple texts.
3. Develop listening and speaking skills.
4. Cultivate creativity and imagination through storytelling and reading.

Theorist: Rudolf Steiner
– Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes a holistic approach to education, nurturing the physical, emotional, and spiritual development of children.
– His approach encourages the integration of arts, storytelling, and hands-on activities to engage children’s imagination and foster a love for learning.

Lesson Objectives:
1. To introduce and explore the central themes in the Bob Books series.
2. To develop phonics skills and sight word recognition.
3. To enhance listening and speaking skills through storytelling and discussions.
4. To foster creativity and imagination through arts and crafts activities.

– Bob Books series (selected books)
– Chart paper and markers
– Storytelling props (e.g., puppets, felt characters)
– Art supplies (e.g., crayons, colored pencils, construction paper)
– Scissors and glue

Lesson Plan:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Bob Books and Phonics (45 minutes)
1. Begin the lesson by introducing the Bob Books series, explaining that they are designed to help children learn to read.
2. Show the students the cover of a Bob Book and ask them to predict what the story might be about.
3. Read aloud the selected Bob Book, emphasizing phonics sounds and sight words.
4. Engage the students in a discussion about the story, asking questions about the characters, setting, and events.
5. Create a chart on the board or chart paper to record the phonics sounds and sight words encountered in the book.
6. Practice the phonics sounds and sight words through interactive activities, such as a phonics sound hunt or a sight word memory game.

Lesson 2: Storytelling and Comprehension (45 minutes)
1. Review the phonics sounds and sight words from the previous lesson.
2. Introduce a new Bob Book, reading it aloud to the students.
3. Use storytelling props (e.g., puppets, felt characters) to bring the story to life.
4. Engage the students in a discussion about the story, focusing on comprehension questions (e.g., What happened first? How did the story end?).
5. Divide the students into small groups and provide each group with a different Bob Book.
6. In their groups, have the students take turns reading the book aloud to each other, using the storytelling props.

Lesson 3: Arts and Crafts – Illustrating the Story (45 minutes)
1. Review the previous Bob Books and their central themes.
2. Discuss the importance of illustrations in a story and how they help us understand the text.
3. Provide each student with a blank sheet of paper and art supplies.
4. Instruct the students to choose a scene from one of the Bob Books and illustrate it.
5. Encourage creativity and imagination, allowing the students to add their own details to the illustrations.
6. Once the illustrations are complete, have the students share their artwork with the class, explaining their chosen scene.

Lesson 4: Culminating Activity – Bob Books Showcase (45 minutes)
1. Review the central themes and stories from the Bob Books series.
2. Divide the students into small groups and assign each group a different Bob Book.
3. In their groups, have the students create a short skit or puppet show based on the assigned book.
4. Provide time for the groups to rehearse and prepare their performances.
5. Conduct a Bob Books showcase, where each group presents their skit or puppet show to the class.
6. Encourage the students to reflect on their learning experience and discuss their favorite parts of the Bob Books series.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lessons by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions, activities, and performances.
– Students’ illustrations and their ability to explain their chosen scenes can also be used as a form of assessment.
– Optional: Create a simple checklist to track students’ progress in phonics skills and sight word recognition.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and abilities of the students in your class




MEXT (Japan)


Rudolf Steiner



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