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

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Title: Exploring Love and Relationships through “I’ve Loved You Since Forever”

Grade Level: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten
Subject: Language Arts / Social and Emotional Development

– Students will develop an understanding of love and relationships by exploring the central themes in the children’s book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Students will enhance their language skills through vocabulary development, listening, and speaking activities.
– Students will engage in social and emotional learning by discussing and expressing their feelings towards loved ones.

Curriculum Links:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development: Relationships with Adults and Peers
– Language and Communication: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
– Literacy: Comprehension and Collaboration

Theorist Link:
– Maria Montessori: The lesson plan will incorporate Montessori’s principles of hands-on learning, independence, and respect for the child’s individuality.

– “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Pictures of family members or loved ones (optional)
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
– Begin by gathering students in a circle and introduce the book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Ask students if they know what love means and encourage them to share their thoughts.
– Explain that the book will help them understand different types of love and relationships.

2. Pre-Reading Activity (10 minutes):
– Show the cover of the book and ask students to predict what the story might be about.
– Write their predictions on the chart paper or whiteboard.
– Introduce the author, Hoda Kotb, and briefly discuss her background.

3. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, pausing occasionally to ask questions and engage students in conversation.
– Encourage students to make connections between the story and their own experiences.
– Discuss the central themes of love, family, and relationships as they arise in the book.

4. Vocabulary Development (10 minutes):
– Select key vocabulary words from the book, such as “forever,” “cherish,” or “bond.”
– Write each word on the chart paper or whiteboard and explain their meanings.
– Engage students in activities that reinforce the vocabulary, such as acting out the words or creating simple sentences using the words.

5. Art Activity (15 minutes):
– Provide each student with construction paper, art supplies, and pictures of family members or loved ones (if available).
– Instruct students to create a collage or drawing that represents their loved ones.
– Encourage students to share their artwork with the class, explaining why they chose specific pictures or symbols.

6. Reflection and Sharing (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle again and ask them to reflect on the book and the activities.
– Prompt students to share their thoughts and feelings about love and relationships.
– Emphasize the importance of expressing love and appreciation towards others.

7. Conclusion (5 minutes):
– Summarize the main ideas discussed during the lesson.
– Remind students that love and relationships are important in their lives.
– Encourage students to continue exploring the themes of love and relationships in their daily interactions.

– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions and activities.
– Students’ artwork and their ability to express their thoughts and feelings during the reflection and sharing session can also be used as a form of assessment.

Extension Activities:
– Encourage students to create their own short stories or poems about love and relationships.
– Invite family members or loved ones to visit the classroom and share their own stories or experiences related to love.
– Explore other books by Maria Montessori that focus on social and emotional development, such as “The Absorbent Mind” or “The Secret of Childhood.”

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






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