Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Montessori Japan)

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Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Montessori Japan), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” – A Montessori-inspired Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Yochien / Hoiku (5-6 years old)
Subject: Language Arts / Literature
Duration: 3-4 lessons (approximately 45 minutes each)

Curriculum Standards (Japan MEXT):
1. Reading: Understand and respond to simple texts.
2. Listening: Understand and respond to simple spoken language.
3. Speaking: Communicate orally in a variety of situations.
4. Writing: Write simple sentences and short texts.

Theorist: Maria Montessori – Montessori’s educational approach emphasizes hands-on learning, independence, and respect for the child’s individuality and interests.

Lesson Objectives:
1. Students will develop an understanding of the central themes in the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
2. Students will enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through various activities.
3. Students will engage in hands-on, Montessori-inspired activities to foster creativity and critical thinking.

1. The book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
2. Chart paper and markers
3. Picture cards related to the book’s themes
4. Art supplies (colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
5. Montessori-inspired manipulatives (e.g., sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, etc.)
6. Worksheets and writing materials


Lesson 1: Introduction to the Book and Themes
1. Begin by introducing the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” to the students. Show them the cover and ask them to predict what the book might be about.
2. Read the book aloud, pausing at appropriate moments to discuss the illustrations and ask questions to promote comprehension.
3. After reading, facilitate a class discussion about the central themes in the book, such as love, family, and the passage of time. Write these themes on chart paper.
4. Show picture cards related to the themes and ask students to share their thoughts and experiences related to each card.
5. Conclude the lesson by asking students to draw a picture or write a sentence about one of the themes discussed.

Lesson 2: Exploring Language and Vocabulary
1. Review the central themes from the previous lesson using the chart paper.
2. Introduce new vocabulary words related to the book’s themes, such as “forever,” “cherish,” “bond,” etc. Use Montessori-inspired manipulatives like sandpaper letters to reinforce letter sounds and word formation.
3. Engage students in a vocabulary-building activity by creating word cards with the new vocabulary words. Students can match the word cards with corresponding pictures or use them to create simple sentences.
4. Provide opportunities for students to practice speaking and listening skills by engaging in small group discussions about the book’s themes. Encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings using the new vocabulary words.

Lesson 3: Creative Expression and Writing
1. Begin by reviewing the central themes and vocabulary words from the previous lessons.
2. Engage students in a creative art activity where they can create illustrations or collages representing the themes in the book. Encourage them to use their imagination and creativity.
3. Provide writing prompts related to the book’s themes, such as “Describe a special bond you have with someone” or “Write about a time when you felt loved.” Students can use the Montessori-inspired movable alphabet or traditional writing materials to write their responses.
4. Conclude the lesson by allowing students to share their artwork and written pieces with the class. Encourage them to explain their choices and feelings behind their creations.

1. Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lessons by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions and activities.
2. Assess students’ comprehension by reviewing their drawings, sentences, and written responses related to the book’s themes.
3. Provide feedback and encouragement to students, emphasizing their efforts and creativity.

Extension Activities:
1. Invite parents or family members to share their own stories or experiences related to the book’s themes during a special storytelling session.
2. Collaborate with the music teacher to create a song or chant inspired by the book’s themes, allowing students to express their understanding through music and movement.
3. Create a class book inspired by “I’ve Loved You Since Forever,” where each student contributes a page with their own illustration and sentence about love or family.

Note: Adapt the lesson plan as needed to suit the specific needs and abilities of the students in your class




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