Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Mermaid (Steiner New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on How to Catch a Mermaid (Steiner New Zealand), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “How to Catch a Mermaid” – A Rudolf Steiner-inspired Kindergarten Lesson Plan

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

– To introduce and explore the central themes of the children’s book “How to Catch a Mermaid” in a developmentally appropriate manner.
– To foster children’s imagination, creativity, and critical thinking skills through hands-on activities and discussions.
– To promote social-emotional development by encouraging collaboration, empathy, and respect for others.

Theorist: Rudolf Steiner
– Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes holistic development, nurturing the child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
– Steiner believed in the importance of imaginative play, artistic expression, and a connection to nature in early childhood education.

– “How to Catch a Mermaid” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Natural materials (shells, pebbles, leaves, etc.)
– Large piece of fabric or parachute
– Musical instruments (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “How to Catch a Mermaid.”
– Discuss the concept of mermaids and ask if anyone has heard of or seen one before.
– Explain that today, they will explore the central themes of the book through various activities.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes)
– Read aloud “How to Catch a Mermaid” to the children, using expressive voices and gestures.
– Engage the children in a discussion about the story, asking questions such as:
– What did you like about the story?
– How do you think the characters felt when they couldn’t catch the mermaid?
– What do you think the mermaid’s world looks like?
– How would you feel if you met a mermaid?

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes)
– Provide art supplies and construction paper to the children.
– Encourage them to draw or paint their own interpretation of a mermaid or the underwater world.
– Assist children in cutting out their artwork and gluing it onto a larger piece of construction paper to create a collaborative underwater scene.

4. Nature Exploration (15 minutes)
– Take the children outside to a nearby natural area, such as a garden or playground.
– Encourage them to collect natural materials like shells, pebbles, leaves, or flowers.
– Discuss the different textures, colors, and shapes they find, relating them to the underwater world in the book.

5. Imaginative Play (15 minutes)
– Create a large fabric or parachute “ocean” in the classroom or outdoor area.
– Invite the children to take turns pretending to be mermaids, swimming and exploring the ocean.
– Encourage them to use their imagination and interact with the natural materials collected earlier.

6. Reflection and Closing (10 minutes)
– Gather the children in a circle and ask them to share their favorite part of the lesson.
– Discuss how the activities related to the central themes of the book, such as imagination, nature, and friendship.
– Sing a simple song or play a calming tune on musical instruments to conclude the lesson.

Curriculum Links:
– Te Whฤriki: This lesson plan aligns with the Te Whฤriki curriculum by promoting holistic development, imaginative play, and a connection to nature. It also encourages social-emotional development through collaboration and empathy.

The Rudolf Steiner-inspired approach in this lesson plan incorporates imaginative play, artistic expression, and nature exploration to engage children in a meaningful and developmentally appropriate way. By linking the activities to the central themes of the book, children can deepen their understanding and appreciation for the story while fostering their overall growth and well-being


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