February Wonders: Exploring Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day (Reggio USA)

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

Title: “February Wonders: Exploring Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day”

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

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

Educational Approach: Reggio Emilia

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Children create Valentine’s Day art and Presidents’ Day symbols, developing fine motor skills.
  2. Social and Emotional Development: Children learn about the themes of love, friendship, and leadership through group activities.
  3. Language and Literacy: Children expand their vocabulary and comprehension through discussions and storytelling.
  4. Cognition: Children understand the concepts of Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day, improving their cognitive abilities.
  5. Approaches to Learning: Children exhibit curiosity, creativity, and engagement in self-directed learning.

Resources Needed:

  • Art and craft materials for Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day projects.
  • Storybooks about Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day.

Lesson Plan:

1. Morning Gathering (15 minutes)

Initiate a conversation about the month of February and its significant events – Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day.

2. Storytelling and Discussion (30 minutes)

Read stories about Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. Follow with an open-ended discussion to foster understanding and stimulate curiosity.

3. Reggio-Inspired Activities (60 minutes)

  • Valentine’s Day Art Project: Provide various materials and encourage children to create their unique interpretation of Valentine’s Day. The focus here is on the process, not the end product.
  • Presidents’ Day Exploration: Set up a “Presidential Office” play area, where children can role-play and explore themes related to leadership and civic duties.

4. Documentation of Learning (30 minutes)

Encourage children to share their creations and experiences. Use a digital camera or a “Learning Journal” to document their work and discussions.

5. Reflective Circle Time (15 minutes)

End the day with a reflection time where children can share what they learned and enjoyed about the day’s activities.

Assessment:

Observe children’s participation, understanding, and creative expression during the activities. Note their comprehension of Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day and their ability to express ideas and feelings through art and role-play.

Alignment with Reggio Emilia Approach:

The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes child-led exploration, expressive arts, and documentation of learning. This lesson plan incorporates these principles by allowing children to creatively express their understanding of February’s significant events and by documenting their learning journey.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson addresses key domains of the ELOF, including perceptual, motor, and physical development, social and emotional development, language and literacy, cognition, and approaches to learning.

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Monthly

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