Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner New Zealand), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey – A Rudolf Steiner-inspired Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Curriculum Framework: New Zealand Te Whฤriki

– To introduce and explore emotions through the children’s book “Grumpy Monkey” in alignment with the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum.
– To develop children’s emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-awareness.
– To foster creativity, imagination, and critical thinking skills through various activities inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy.

– “Grumpy Monkey” by Suzanne Lang
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Puppet-making materials (optional)
– Musical instruments (optional)

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Begin by gathering the students in a circle and welcoming them to the lesson.
– Introduce the book “Grumpy Monkey” and briefly discuss the concept of emotions.
– Explain that today, we will explore different emotions and learn how to express and manage them.

2. Read-Aloud and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read “Grumpy Monkey” aloud, emphasizing the emotions portrayed by the characters.
– Pause at key moments to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– How do you think Monkey feels in this part of the story?
– Have you ever felt like Monkey? How did you handle it?
– Encourage students to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.

3. Emotion Chart (15 minutes):
– Create a large chart paper divided into sections for different emotions (e.g., happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.).
– Ask students to recall moments from the story where Monkey experienced different emotions.
– Write down their responses in the corresponding sections of the chart.
– Discuss each emotion, asking students to share personal experiences related to those emotions.

4. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and construction paper to each student.
– Ask them to choose an emotion from the chart and create a drawing or painting that represents that emotion.
– Encourage creativity and imagination while expressing emotions through art.
– After completing their artwork, invite students to share their creations and explain the emotions depicted.

5. Puppet Play (optional) (20 minutes):
– Explain that puppets can help us express and understand emotions.
– Provide puppet-making materials (socks, googly eyes, yarn, etc.) and demonstrate how to create a simple puppet.
– Encourage students to create their own emotion puppets, using different materials and colors to represent various emotions.
– Divide students into small groups and allow them to engage in puppet play, expressing different emotions through their puppets.

6. Movement and Music (optional) (15 minutes):
– Explain that movement and music can also help us express emotions.
– Play different pieces of music, each representing a specific emotion (e.g., happy, sad, angry, calm).
– Encourage students to move their bodies freely, expressing the emotions they feel while listening to the music.
– Discuss the different ways they expressed their emotions through movement.

7. Reflection and Closure (10 minutes):
– Gather the students back in a circle and reflect on the lesson.
– Ask questions such as:
– What did you learn about emotions today?
– How did the story “Grumpy Monkey” help you understand emotions better?
– Summarize the key points discussed during the lesson and emphasize the importance of understanding and expressing emotions.
– Conclude the lesson by thanking the students for their participation and encouraging them to continue exploring emotions in their daily lives.

Link to New Zealand Te Whฤriki Curriculum:
– This lesson plan aligns with the Te Whฤriki curriculum’s goal of supporting children’s well-being, belonging, and contribution.
– It addresses the strand of “Mana Atua” (well-being) by focusing on emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
– It also supports the strand of “Mana Tangata” (contribution) by fostering empathy and understanding of others’ emotions.

Link to Rudolf Steiner’s Educational Philosophy:
– Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy emphasizes the importance of holistic education, nurturing children’s emotional, intellectual, and artistic development.
– This lesson plan incorporates artistic expression, imaginative play, and movement activities, which are central to Steiner’s approach.
– It encourages children to engage their senses, develop creativity, and explore emotions through various mediums, aligning with Steiner’s belief in a balanced and holistic education


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Te Whฤriki (New Zealand)


Rudolf Steiner



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