Lesson Plan on The Beginner’s Bible (Montessori New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Beginner’s Bible (Montessori New Zealand), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in The Beginner’s Bible
Grade Level: Kindergarten / Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Curriculum: New Zealand Te Whฤriki
Theorist: Maria Montessori

– Students will be able to identify and discuss the central themes in The Beginner’s Bible.
– Students will develop an understanding of the importance of moral values and character development.
– Students will engage in hands-on activities to reinforce their understanding of the central themes.

– The Beginner’s Bible by Zondervan
– Chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue sticks
– Storytelling props (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes)
a. Begin the lesson by gathering the students in a circle and introducing the book, The Beginner’s Bible.
b. Explain that the book contains stories from the Bible that teach important lessons and values.
c. Connect the lesson to the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum by discussing the importance of moral values and character development in early childhood education.
d. Introduce Maria Montessori as a theorist who believed in hands-on learning and the importance of children’s independence.

2. Read Aloud (15 minutes)
a. Read aloud a selected story from The Beginner’s Bible, such as “Noah’s Ark” or “David and Goliath.”
b. Encourage students to actively listen and engage with the story by asking questions and making connections to their own experiences.

3. Discussion (10 minutes)
a. Lead a class discussion about the central themes in the story, such as courage, faith, or kindness.
b. Write down the identified themes on chart paper for reference.

4. Art Activity (20 minutes)
a. Provide each student with construction paper, art supplies, and a copy of the central themes chart.
b. Instruct students to choose one central theme from the chart and create a visual representation of it on their construction paper.
c. Encourage creativity and independent thinking while reminding students to stay focused on the chosen theme.
d. Once completed, students can share their artwork with the class, explaining their chosen theme and the elements they included.

5. Extension Activity (15 minutes)
a. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a different story from The Beginner’s Bible.
b. Provide storytelling props (optional) and encourage students to act out their assigned story.
c. After each group’s performance, facilitate a brief discussion about the central themes present in their story.
d. Encourage students to make connections between the different stories and themes discussed throughout the lesson.

6. Conclusion (5 minutes)
a. Recap the central themes discussed during the lesson and their importance in character development.
b. Connect the lesson back to the New Zealand Te Whฤriki curriculum by emphasizing the value of moral education in early childhood.
c. Encourage students to continue exploring and discussing moral values in their daily lives.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ participation in discussions, engagement in the art activity, and understanding of the central themes.
– Students’ artwork and their ability to explain their chosen theme can be used as a formative assessment.
– Optional: Students can create a short written or verbal reflection on the central themes they explored during the lesson.

Note: Adaptations and modifications can be made to this lesson plan to suit the specific needs and abilities of the students in your classroom


New Zealand


Te Whฤriki (New Zealand)


Maria Montessori



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