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

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on I’ve Loved You Since Forever (Steiner USA), Steiner philosophy

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

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

Objective:
– Students will develop an understanding of love and connection through the central themes of the children’s book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Students will engage in activities that promote language development, creativity, and social-emotional skills.
– Students will make connections between the book and their own experiences, fostering empathy and understanding.

Curriculum Links:
– USA Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
– Social and Emotional Development: Relationships with Adults and Peers
– Language and Communication: Listening and Understanding
– Creative Arts: Music and Movement
– Rudolf Steiner’s Theories:
– Emphasis on holistic development, including cognitive, emotional, and physical aspects.
– Importance of imaginative play, storytelling, and artistic expression in early childhood education.

Materials:
– “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” by Hoda Kotb
– Large chart paper or whiteboard
– Markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, etc.)
– Music player and speakers
– Various props and costumes for dramatic play

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather students in a circle and introduce the book, “I’ve Loved You Since Forever.”
– Discuss the concept of love and ask students to share their understanding of love and how it makes them feel.
– Explain that the book will help them explore different ways people show love and care for each other.

2. Read-Aloud and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read the book aloud, pausing occasionally to ask questions and engage students in conversation.
– Encourage students to make predictions about the story and share their thoughts and feelings about the illustrations and text.
– Discuss the different relationships depicted in the book (e.g., parent-child, sibling, friend) and how love is expressed in each.

3. Dramatic Play (20 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with various props and costumes related to the book (e.g., baby dolls, blankets, dress-up clothes).
– Encourage students to engage in imaginative play, taking on roles of parents, siblings, or friends, and demonstrating acts of love and care.
– Observe and facilitate play, encouraging students to communicate and cooperate with each other.

4. Artistic Expression (15 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and ask students to create their own illustrations inspired by the book.
– Encourage them to depict scenes of love and connection, using their imagination and creativity.
– Display their artwork around the classroom, creating a visual representation of their understanding of love.

5. Music and Movement (10 minutes):
– Play soft, soothing music and guide students in a gentle movement activity, such as swaying, stretching, or dancing.
– Encourage students to express their emotions through movement, mimicking the feelings of love and connection portrayed in the book.

6. Reflection and Closure (5 minutes):
– Gather students back in a circle and ask them to share one thing they learned or enjoyed during the lesson.
– Discuss how the book and activities helped them understand love and connection better.
– Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the importance of showing love and care towards others.

Assessment:
– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing students’ participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions, dramatic play, and art activities.
– Students’ artwork and illustrations can be used as a form of documentation to assess their comprehension and creativity.

Extension Activities:
– Invite parents or family members to share their own stories of love and connection during a special storytelling session.
– Create a class “Love and Kindness” bulletin board, where students can contribute drawings, quotes, or messages about love and kindness.
– Explore other books by Rudolf Steiner, such as “The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy,” to deepen understanding of his theories and their application in early childhood education.

Note: While Rudolf Steiner’s theories are not directly linked to the USA ELOF, his emphasis on holistic development and artistic expression align with the goals of early childhood education

Country

USA

Framework

ELOF (USA)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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