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

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Preschool / Nursery School / EYFS Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Reggio United Kingdom), Reggio philosophy

Title: Exploring Love and Relationships through “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” – A Reggio Emilia Inspired Lesson Plan for Preschool/Nursery School/EYFS Students in the UK

Curriculum Links:
– Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework
– Personal, Social and Emotional Development
– Communication and Language
– Understanding the World
– Expressive Arts and Design

Theorist Link:
– Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia approach, emphasized the importance of relationships, collaboration, and the environment in children’s learning and development.

Objective:
– To introduce and explore the central themes of love, relationships, and emotions through the children’s book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– To promote personal, social, and emotional development by encouraging children to express their feelings and understand the emotions of others.
– To enhance communication and language skills through discussions, storytelling, and creative activities.
– To foster curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity through hands-on experiences and exploration.

Materials:
– “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, paints, etc.)
– Construction paper
– Glue sticks
– Scissors
– Various props and costumes related to the book (optional)
– Digital devices (optional) for multimedia exploration

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Show the book cover and ask the children to predict what the story might be about.
– Explain that the book explores the themes of love, relationships, and emotions.
– Share a personal story or anecdote about love to engage the children.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, using expressive voices and gestures to engage the children.
– Pause at appropriate moments to ask open-ended questions, such as:
– How do you think the characters are feeling?
– Have you ever felt this way about someone?
– How do you show love to your family and friends?
– Encourage children to share their thoughts and feelings about the story.

3. Group Reflection and Charting (10 minutes):
– Create a large chart paper or whiteboard with two columns: “Love” and “Relationships.”
– Ask the children to recall examples of love and relationships from the book.
– Write down their responses in the respective columns, encouraging them to explain their choices.
– Discuss the different types of relationships and the importance of love in our lives.

4. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and construction paper to each child.
– Ask them to create a drawing or painting that represents love or a special relationship.
– Encourage them to use colors, shapes, and symbols to express their emotions.
– Assist children in cutting out their artwork and gluing it onto a larger piece of paper.
– Display the finished artwork in the classroom as a visual representation of their understanding.

5. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with props and costumes related to the book.
– Invite children to engage in role-playing activities, pretending to be characters from the story.
– Encourage them to act out scenes, express emotions, and interact with each other.
– Observe and facilitate their play, providing support and guidance when needed.

6. Extension Activities (10 minutes):
– Use digital devices (if available) to explore multimedia resources related to the book, such as videos, songs, or interviews with the author.
– Discuss the different ways people express love and emotions in various cultures.
– Encourage children to share their own experiences and traditions related to love and relationships.

7. Conclusion and Reflection (5 minutes):
– Gather the children back in a circle and reflect on the lesson.
– Ask open-ended questions, such as:
– What did you learn about love and relationships today?
– How did the book make you feel?
– How can we show love and kindness to others?
– Provide an opportunity for children to share their thoughts and feelings.

Assessment:
– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing children’s participation, engagement, and understanding.
– Document children’s artwork, role-playing, and discussions as evidence of their learning and development.
– Reflect on the children’s responses during the group reflection and charting activity.

Note: This lesson plan can be adapted and modified based on the specific needs and interests of the children in your preschool/nursery school/EYFS setting

Country

United Kingdom

Framework

EYFS (UK)

Theorist

Reggio Emilia

Subject

Books

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