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

– 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.

– “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


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.

– 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




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