Lesson Plan on The Beginner’s Bible (Reggio Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on The Beginner’s Bible (Reggio Australia), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “The Beginner’s Bible” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan aligns with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and specifically focuses on the following outcomes:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity.
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners.

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan incorporates the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led, experiential learning, collaboration, and the use of the environment as the third teacher.

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the central themes in “The Beginner’s Bible.”
2. Engage in creative and expressive activities related to the themes.
3. Collaborate and communicate effectively with peers.

– “The Beginner’s Bible” by Karyn Henley
– Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paints, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue
– Chart paper
– Sticky notes
– Storytelling props (optional)
– Digital devices (optional)


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book “The Beginner’s Bible.”
– Discuss the importance of books and stories in learning about different topics.
– Explain that today, they will explore the central themes in the book through various activities.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud a selected story from “The Beginner’s Bible,” focusing on one central theme (e.g., kindness, forgiveness, love, etc.).
– Engage students in a discussion about the theme, encouraging them to share their thoughts, experiences, and connections to the theme.
– Write down their ideas on chart paper or sticky notes to create a visual representation of their thoughts.

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and construction paper to each student.
– Instruct students to create a visual representation of the central theme they discussed using their preferred art medium.
– Encourage creativity and self-expression while creating their artwork.
– Once completed, allow students to share their artwork with the class, explaining their choices and interpretations.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the central theme (e.g., costumes, puppets, toy animals, etc.).
– Divide students into small groups and assign each group a different scene or event from the story.
– Encourage students to act out their assigned scene, incorporating the central theme into their play.
– Observe and facilitate discussions among the groups, encouraging collaboration and problem-solving.

5. Reflection and Documentation (10 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and reflect on the activities they participated in.
– Discuss how the central theme was explored through different mediums (art, drama, discussion).
– Encourage students to share their thoughts, feelings, and new understandings about the theme.
– Document their reflections through photographs, videos, or written observations to create a class documentation panel.

6. Extension Activities (optional):
– Provide digital devices for students to create digital stories or animations based on the central theme.
– Invite families to participate by sharing their own stories or experiences related to the theme.
– Create a class book or display showcasing the students’ artwork, reflections, and photographs.

– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, art activities, and dramatic play.
– Assess students’ ability to identify and discuss the central themes in “The Beginner’s Bible” through their artwork and reflections.
– Review the documentation panel to assess students’ understanding and connections to the central themes.

Note: The duration of each activity can be adjusted based on the needs and attention span of the students




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