Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Reggio Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Reggio Australia), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kinder/Preschool/ELC Students in Australia

Curriculum Link:
This lesson plan is designed to align with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The specific outcomes addressed in this lesson plan are:
– Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
– Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
– Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
– Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
– Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Theorist Link:
This lesson plan is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led learning, collaboration, and the use of the environment as the third teacher. The Reggio Emilia approach aligns with the EYLF’s principles of being responsive to children’s ideas, interests, and abilities, and promoting active learning through play and exploration.

Lesson Objectives:
1. To introduce and explore the central themes of love, connection, and relationships in the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
2. To encourage children to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to love and relationships.
3. To foster creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills through various art and language activities.
4. To promote social and emotional development by encouraging empathy, respect, and understanding towards others.

Materials:
– “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
– Art supplies (e.g., paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors)
– Various natural materials (e.g., leaves, flowers, pebbles)
– Dramatic play props (e.g., dolls, stuffed animals)
– Music player and soft instrumental music
– Large chart paper and markers

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Discuss the concept of love and ask the children what they understand about love and relationships.
– Explain that the book explores different types of love and connections.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, pausing to allow children to observe the illustrations and ask questions.
– Engage the children in a discussion about the central themes of the book, such as love, family, and relationships.
– Encourage children to share their own experiences of love and relationships.

3. Art Exploration (20 minutes):
– Set up an art station with various art supplies and natural materials.
– Invite children to create their own artwork inspired by the book’s themes.
– Encourage them to express their feelings and thoughts about love and relationships through their art.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with dolls, stuffed animals, and props.
– Encourage children to engage in pretend play, acting out different scenarios related to love and relationships.
– Observe and facilitate discussions about their play, encouraging empathy and understanding.

5. Music and Movement (10 minutes):
– Play soft instrumental music and invite children to move freely around the room.
– Encourage them to express their emotions and feelings through movement.
– Facilitate a group discussion about how the music made them feel and connect it to the book’s themes.

6. Reflection and Documentation (10 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and ask them to reflect on their experiences during the lesson.
– Record their thoughts and observations on large chart paper.
– Take photos of the children’s artwork and play to document their learning journey.

7. Extension Activities (ongoing):
– Provide opportunities for children to revisit the book and engage in related activities throughout the week.
– Encourage children to create their own stories or poems about love and relationships.
– Display the children’s artwork and documentation in the classroom to celebrate their learning.

Assessment:
– Observe and document children’s active participation, engagement, and creativity during the activities.
– Assess children’s ability to express their thoughts and feelings about love and relationships through their artwork, play, and discussions.
– Reflect on the children’s understanding of the central themes in the book through their reflections and documentation.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the children in your Kinder/Preschool/ELC setting

Country

Australia

Framework

EYLF (Australia)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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