Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Mermaid (Montessori United Kingdom)

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Mermaid (Montessori United Kingdom), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “How to Catch a Mermaid” – A Montessori-inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Nursery School/EYFS Students in the UK

– To introduce children to the central themes of the children’s book “How to Catch a Mermaid” while incorporating Montessori principles.
– To develop children’s literacy skills, creativity, and critical thinking abilities.
– To foster a love for reading and storytelling.

Curriculum Links:
– UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
– Communication and Language Development: Listening and attention, understanding, speaking.
– Literacy: Reading, writing.
– Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative.

Theorist Link:
– Maria Montessori: This lesson plan incorporates Montessori principles by providing hands-on activities, promoting independence, and encouraging children to explore their creativity and imagination.

– “How to Catch a Mermaid” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Art supplies (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, watercolors)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Storytelling props (optional)
– Seashells or other ocean-themed objects (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “How to Catch a Mermaid.”
– Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard of mermaids before.
– Discuss what they already know or think about mermaids.
– Explain that today, they will explore the story and its central themes through various activities.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, using expressive voices and engaging the children in the storytelling process.
– Pause at key points to ask questions and encourage children to predict what might happen next.
– Discuss the central themes of the book, such as friendship, determination, and imagination.
– Relate these themes to the children’s own experiences and emotions.

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide each child with art supplies and construction paper.
– Ask them to draw or paint their own interpretation of a mermaid or an underwater scene.
– Encourage creativity and imagination, reminding them that there is no right or wrong way to create art.
– Assist children who may need help with cutting or gluing.

4. Story Retelling and Sequencing (15 minutes):
– Divide the children into small groups and provide each group with a set of story sequencing cards.
– Instruct the children to work together to arrange the cards in the correct order, retelling the story as they go.
– Encourage them to use their own words and engage in discussions about the events and characters.

5. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the story, such as mermaid costumes, seashells, and a pretend ocean.
– Allow the children to freely explore and engage in imaginative play.
– Encourage them to act out scenes from the book or create their own mermaid adventures.

6. Reflection and Conclusion (5 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to share their artwork or any interesting ideas they had during the activities.
– Discuss how the central themes of the book were explored through different activities.
– Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the importance of friendship, determination, and imagination in their own lives.

Extension Activities:
– Create a class mermaid-themed display by showcasing the children’s artwork and story sequencing cards.
– Encourage children to write or dictate their own short stories about mermaids, using their artwork as inspiration.
– Explore non-fiction books or videos about marine life and discuss the real-world creatures that live in the ocean.

– Observe children’s engagement and participation during the activities.
– Assess their ability to retell the story and identify the central themes.
– Evaluate their artwork and creativity.
– Note any language development, such as new vocabulary or improved communication skills.

Note: Adapt the duration of each activity based on the attention span and needs of the children in your specific preschool/nursery school/EYFS setting


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