Lesson Plan on Love You Forever (Montessori Australia)

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Kinder / Preschool / ELC Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Love You Forever (Montessori Australia), Montessori philosophy

Title: Exploring Love and Relationships through “Love You Forever” – A Montessori-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). Specifically, it addresses the following outcomes:
– 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 incorporates the principles of Maria Montessori, an influential theorist in early childhood education. Montessori believed in providing children with a prepared environment that fosters independence, self-discipline, and a love for learning. This lesson plan aims to create a Montessori-inspired learning experience by offering hands-on activities, promoting self-directed exploration, and encouraging children’s natural curiosity.

Duration: 1-2 weeks (depending on the pace and needs of the students)

Learning Objectives:
1. To develop an understanding of the central themes in the book “Love You Forever.”
2. To explore the concepts of love, relationships, and the lifecycle.
3. To enhance language and literacy skills through storytelling and discussions.
4. To foster creativity and self-expression through art and craft activities.
5. To promote social and emotional development by encouraging empathy and understanding.

Materials:
– “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
– Art supplies (paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, etc.)
– Props for dramatic play (e.g., dolls, toy houses, blankets)
– Music player and soothing instrumental music
– Large chart paper and markers
– Picture cards depicting different emotions
– Story sequencing cards (optional)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (1 session)
a. Begin by gathering the children in a circle and introducing the book “Love You Forever.” Show them the cover and ask if anyone has heard or read the book before.
b. Discuss the concept of love and ask the children what they understand about it. Write their responses on chart paper.
c. Read the book aloud, pausing occasionally to ask questions and encourage discussions about the characters, emotions, and relationships portrayed.

2. Exploring the Book (2-3 sessions)
a. Provide each child with a copy of the book or display the book on a large screen for group reading.
b. Encourage the children to take turns retelling the story in their own words, using the pictures as prompts.
c. Discuss the different relationships depicted in the book (e.g., parent-child, grandparent-child) and ask the children to share their own experiences and feelings about their loved ones.
d. Use picture cards to explore different emotions experienced by the characters in the book. Discuss how these emotions might feel and why they occur.

3. Art and Craft Activities (2-3 sessions)
a. Provide art supplies and invite the children to create their own illustrations or collages inspired by the book. Encourage them to express their emotions and relationships through their artwork.
b. Guide the children in making a family tree using handprints or cut-out pictures of family members. Discuss the importance of family and the different roles family members play.
c. Create a class mural depicting scenes from the book or children’s interpretations of love and relationships.

4. Dramatic Play (1-2 sessions)
a. Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the book, such as dolls, toy houses, and blankets.
b. Encourage the children to engage in role-playing activities, taking on different roles from the book (e.g., parent, child, grandparent). Observe and facilitate their play, encouraging empathy and understanding.

5. Reflection and Extension (1 session)
a. Gather the children in a circle and reflect on their experiences throughout the lesson. Ask open-ended questions to encourage them to share their thoughts, feelings, and new understandings.
b. Extend the learning by inviting the children to create their own stories or poems about love and relationships. Provide writing materials and support as needed.

Assessment:
– Observe and document children’s participation, engagement, and understanding during discussions, storytelling, and art activities.
– Assess children’s ability to express emotions and thoughts through their artwork and storytelling.
– Monitor children’s social interactions during dramatic play, looking for evidence of empathy and understanding.
– Reflect on children’s responses during reflection sessions to gauge their comprehension and personal connections to the book.

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

Maria Montessori

Subject

Books

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