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

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

Title: Exploring Central Themes in “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students in Japan

Objective:
– To introduce and explore the central themes of love, family, and relationships in the children’s book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb.
– To foster creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration through Reggio Emilia-inspired activities.
– To align the lesson plan with the Japan MEXT curriculum.

Curriculum Links:
– Japan MEXT Curriculum: This lesson plan aligns with the MEXT curriculum’s focus on developing students’ social and emotional skills, fostering creativity, and promoting a love for reading and literature.

Theorist Link:
– Reggio Emilia Approach: This lesson plan incorporates the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes child-led learning, collaboration, and the use of creative materials to enhance children’s understanding and expression.

Materials:
– “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
– Art supplies (colored pencils, markers, crayons, paints, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Chart paper
– Sticky notes
– Storytelling props (puppets, stuffed animals, etc.)
– Music player and speakers

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Begin by gathering the students in a circle and introduce the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Show the book cover and ask students to make predictions about the story based on the title and illustrations.
– Discuss the importance of love, family, and relationships in their lives.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” to the students, using expressive voices and gestures to engage their attention.
– Pause at appropriate moments to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– “What do you think the author means by ‘I’ve loved you since forever’?”
– “How do you show love to your family and friends?”
– “What are some ways we can make others feel loved?”
– Encourage students to share their thoughts and experiences related to the themes of the book.

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide each student with a piece of construction paper and art supplies.
– Instruct them to create an artwork that represents love and relationships, inspired by the book.
– Encourage students to use their imagination and experiment with different materials and techniques.
– Circulate around the classroom, offering support and guidance as needed.

4. Group Collaboration (15 minutes):
– Divide the students into small groups and provide each group with a large sheet of chart paper and sticky notes.
– Instruct the groups to brainstorm and write down different ways they can show love and care for others.
– Encourage them to think beyond their immediate family and consider friends, classmates, and the wider community.
– After brainstorming, have each group share their ideas with the class, sticking the sticky notes on the chart paper.

5. Storytelling and Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a storytelling corner with props, such as puppets or stuffed animals.
– Invite students to take turns retelling the story of “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” using the props.
– Encourage them to add their own creative elements and interpretations to the story.
– Provide positive feedback and ask open-ended questions to deepen their understanding of the book’s themes.

6. Reflection and Closure (5 minutes):
– Gather the students back in a circle and ask them to reflect on what they have learned about love, family, and relationships.
– Encourage them to share their artwork and discuss how it represents their understanding of the book’s themes.
– Conclude the lesson by expressing appreciation for their participation and reminding them of the importance of love and care in their daily lives.

Extension Activities:
– Create a class book inspired by “I’ve Loved You Since Forever,” where each student contributes a page illustrating their interpretation of love and relationships.
– Invite parents or family members to share their own stories or traditions related to love and relationships during a special event at school.
– Collaborate with other classes or schools to organize a community service project that promotes love and care for others.

Assessment:
– Observe students’ active participation and engagement during discussions, art activities, and storytelling.
– Assess students’ understanding of the central themes through their artwork and contributions to group brainstorming.
– Provide feedback and encouragement to students, focusing on their creativity, critical thinking, and ability to express their ideas.

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

Country

Japan

Framework

MEXT (Japan)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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