Celebrating December: Unfolding Important Events (Reggio USA)

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on December (Reggio USA), Reggio philosophy

Title: “Celebrating December: Unfolding Important Events”

Age Group: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years old)

Learning Framework: Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) – USA

Educational Approach: Reggio Emilia Approach

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Social and Emotional Development: Understand the significance of different cultural events in December, fostering respect and inclusivity.
  2. Language and Literacy: Enhance communication skills by sharing thoughts and observations about December events.
  3. Cognition: Understand historical and cultural contexts of events like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve.
  4. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Improve fine and gross motor skills through engaging art and play activities.

Resources Needed:

  • Picture books about December holidays
  • Art materials for creative projects
  • Real-world materials for a hands-on exploration of December events

Lesson Plan:

1. Morning Circle Time (15 minutes):

Introduce the topic of December events, engaging students in a conversation about holidays they celebrate and their traditions.

2. Interactive Story Time (30 minutes):

Read a picture book about one of the December holidays. Encourage children to ask questions, share their thoughts, and express their feelings.

3. Creative Exploration (60 minutes):

Present various materials that represent December events (such as holiday decorations, dreidels, kinara candles, etc.). Allow children to explore, ask questions, and create their own representations using the provided art materials.

4. Outdoor Play and Exploration (30 minutes):

Guide children in outdoor play. If possible, incorporate natural elements connected to December events (like pinecones or snow).

5. Lunch and Rest Time (60 minutes):

6. Inquiry-based Learning (30 minutes):

Continue the exploration of December events by addressing children’s questions from the morning session. Use real-world materials to help answer their inquiries.

7. Art and Craft (60 minutes):

Allow children to use their creative skills to make a craft related to the discussed December events. This could include making holiday cards, decorations, or a collage.

8. Reflective Sharing (30 minutes):

Create a space for children to share their creations, describe their process, and discuss their learning. This not only provides closure but also aids language development and builds a sense of community.


Monitor children’s participation in discussions, their curiosity, creativity, and how they use their fine and gross motor skills. Document their inquiries, observations, and reflections for assessment.

Alignment with Reggio Emilia Approach:

This plan aligns with the Reggio Emilia approach by honoring the children’s voice, promoting exploration, using real-world materials, and embedding art in learning. It allows for emergent curriculum, driven by children’s interests and questions.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson covers all domains of the ELOF, encouraging social-emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and perceptual, motor, and physical development. The open-ended nature of activities supports the holistic development of children.






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