Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner United Kingdom)

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Grumpy Monkey (Steiner United Kingdom), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Emotions with Grumpy Monkey
Age Group: Preschool / Nursery School (3-5 years old)
Curriculum: UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Theorist: Rudolf Steiner

– To introduce children to the central themes of the children’s book, Grumpy Monkey, and explore emotions in a fun and engaging way.
– To develop children’s emotional literacy and understanding of their own and others’ feelings.
– To encourage children to express and manage their emotions in a healthy and constructive manner.

– Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Emotion cards (happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.)
– Craft materials (colored paper, glue, scissors, etc.)
– Puppets or stuffed animals representing different emotions
– Music player and a selection of calming and energetic music

Introduction (10 minutes):
1. Begin the lesson by gathering the children in a circle and introducing the book, Grumpy Monkey.
2. Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of or read the book before.
3. Explain that the book is about a monkey who is feeling grumpy and that we will be exploring different emotions today, just like the monkey in the story.
4. Link the lesson to the EYFS curriculum by mentioning the Personal, Social, and Emotional Development area, which focuses on understanding and managing emotions.

Main Activities:
1. Storytime and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud Grumpy Monkey, pausing occasionally to ask questions and encourage children to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.
– Discuss the different emotions experienced by the monkey and other characters in the book.
– Relate the emotions to real-life situations that children may have experienced.

2. Emotion Chart (10 minutes):
– Create a large chart paper or whiteboard divided into sections for different emotions (happy, sad, angry, surprised, etc.).
– Show the children emotion cards one by one and ask them to identify and place each card in the corresponding section on the chart.
– Discuss each emotion, asking children to share personal experiences or examples of when they have felt that way.

3. Emotion Puppet Play (15 minutes):
– Introduce puppets or stuffed animals representing different emotions.
– Encourage children to take turns using the puppets to act out different emotions and share why they might feel that way.
– Guide the discussion towards understanding that it is normal to feel different emotions and that it is important to express them appropriately.

4. Craft Activity: Emotion Masks (20 minutes):
– Provide children with craft materials to create their own emotion masks.
– Show them examples of different facial expressions and emotions.
– Encourage children to choose an emotion and create a mask that represents it.
– Discuss how they can use their masks to express their feelings or understand others’ emotions.

5. Music and Movement (10 minutes):
– Play a selection of calming and energetic music.
– Encourage children to move their bodies freely, expressing different emotions through dance and movement.
– Discuss how music can influence our emotions and help us feel better.

Conclusion (5 minutes):
1. Gather the children back in a circle and reflect on the lesson.
2. Ask them to share one thing they learned about emotions or one way they can express their feelings in a positive way.
3. Summarize the lesson by emphasizing the importance of understanding and managing emotions for personal and social development.
4. Mention Rudolf Steiner’s belief in the holistic development of children, including emotional well-being.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage children to create their own stories or drawings about different emotions.
– Provide a cozy reading corner with a selection of books that explore emotions.
– Incorporate mindfulness or relaxation exercises into daily routines to help children manage their emotions.

– Observe children’s participation and engagement during discussions, puppet play, and craft activities.
– Assess their ability to identify and express different emotions.
– Monitor their understanding of the central themes of the book, Grumpy Monkey, and their ability to relate it to their own experiences.
– Keep anecdotal records or take photos of children’s creations and interactions to document their progress and understanding


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