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

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Title: Exploring the Central Themes of “How to Catch a Mermaid” – A Steiner-Inspired EYFS Lesson Plan

By the end of this lesson, children will be able to:
1. Understand and discuss the central themes of the book “How to Catch a Mermaid.”
2. Develop their creativity and imagination through various activities inspired by the book.
3. Enhance their fine motor skills through craft activities.
4. Foster a love for reading and storytelling.

Curriculum Links:
1. Communication and Language (CL)
2. Physical Development (PD)
3. Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED)
4. Literacy (L)
5. Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Theorist Link:
Rudolf Steiner’s educational philosophy emphasizes the importance of holistic development, creativity, and imagination. This lesson plan incorporates Steiner’s principles by encouraging children to engage in imaginative play, storytelling, and artistic expression.

1. “How to Catch a Mermaid” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton
2. Large chart paper or whiteboard
3. Markers
4. Craft materials (e.g., colored paper, scissors, glue, glitter, sequins)
5. Storytelling props (e.g., puppets, felt characters)
6. Musical instruments (optional)

Lesson Plan:

Introduction (10 minutes):
1. Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “How to Catch a Mermaid.”
2. Show the book cover and ask the children if they have ever seen or heard about mermaids.
3. Discuss the central themes of the book, such as imagination, friendship, and perseverance.
4. Explain that today, we will explore these themes through various activities.

Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
1. Read aloud “How to Catch a Mermaid,” using expressive voices and engaging gestures.
2. Pause at key moments to ask open-ended questions, encouraging children to share their thoughts and predictions.
3. Discuss the central themes and characters, asking questions like:
– How do you think the main character feels when trying to catch a mermaid?
– Why is it important to have friends who support us?
– How can we use our imagination to solve problems?

Imaginative Play (15 minutes):
1. Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the book (e.g., a boat, fishing nets, mermaid costumes).
2. Encourage children to engage in imaginative play, taking on different roles from the story.
3. Observe and facilitate their play, joining in when appropriate to extend their ideas and encourage creativity.

Craft Activity: Mermaid Collage (20 minutes):
1. Provide each child with a piece of colored paper, scissors, glue, and a variety of craft materials.
2. Guide the children to create their own mermaid collages, using their imagination and creativity.
3. Encourage them to cut out shapes, add glitter, sequins, or any other materials to decorate their mermaids.
4. Display their artwork on a designated wall or bulletin board.

Fine Motor Skills Activity: Mermaid Puppets (15 minutes):
1. Provide each child with a paper bag, markers, and craft materials.
2. Instruct the children to decorate the paper bag to resemble a mermaid’s face.
3. Encourage them to use their fine motor skills to draw facial features, add hair, and decorate the puppet.
4. Once completed, children can use their puppets to retell the story or create their own mermaid adventures.

Conclusion (5 minutes):
1. Gather the children back in a circle and reflect on the activities they participated in.
2. Ask open-ended questions to encourage them to share their favorite parts of the lesson.
3. Emphasize the importance of imagination, creativity, and friendship in their everyday lives.
4. Conclude the lesson by reading a short mermaid-themed poem or singing a song related to the book.

Extension Activities:
1. Create a mermaid-themed sensory bin with sand, shells, and water for children to explore.
2. Encourage children to write or dictate their own mermaid stories, using their imagination and creativity.
3. Organize a mermaid-themed dress-up day, where children can come dressed as mermaids or sea creatures.
4. Explore different types of sea creatures through books, videos, or virtual aquarium visits.

1. Observe children’s engagement and participation during the activities.
2. Listen to their responses during discussions and storytelling sessions.
3. Review their artwork and craft creations, looking for evidence of creativity and fine motor skills development.
4. Document children’s progress through anecdotal notes and photographs.

Note: This lesson plan is designed for a single session. However, it can be adapted and extended over multiple sessions to further explore the central themes of the book and incorporate additional activities


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