Lesson Plan on Love You Forever (Steiner New Zealand)

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Kindergarten / ECE Lesson Plan – Lesson Plan on Love You Forever (Steiner New Zealand), Steiner philosophy

Title: Exploring Love and Relationships through “Love You Forever” – A Rudolf Steiner-inspired Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Grade Level: Kindergarten / Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Curriculum Framework: New Zealand Te Whฤriki

Objective:
– To introduce and explore the central themes of love, relationships, and intergenerational connections through the children’s book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch.
– To foster empathy, emotional intelligence, and understanding of the importance of love and care in relationships.
– To integrate Rudolf Steiner’s principles of holistic education, including a focus on imagination, creativity, and the development of the whole child.

Te Whฤriki Strands:
– Well-being: Children will develop a sense of belonging, self-worth, and emotional well-being through exploring the themes of love and care.
– Communication: Children will engage in discussions, storytelling, and creative activities to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
– Exploration: Children will explore the book’s themes through imaginative play, art, and movement activities.
– Contribution: Children will learn about the importance of love and care in relationships and how they can contribute positively to their families and communities.

Materials:
– “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
– Large chart paper and markers
– Art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint, etc.)
– Playdough or clay
– Musical instruments (optional)
– Props for dramatic play (e.g., baby dolls, blankets, etc.)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and introduce the book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch.
– Discuss the importance of love and care in relationships, such as between parents and children, grandparents, and friends.
– Explain that today, they will explore the themes of love and relationships through various activities inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s holistic approach to education.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
– Read aloud “Love You Forever” to the children, pausing occasionally to ask questions and encourage discussion.
– Discuss the emotions and feelings experienced by the characters in the book.
– Ask open-ended questions, such as:
– How do you think the characters feel in different parts of the story?
– How do you show love and care to your family and friends?
– Why is it important to show love and care to others?

3. Artistic Expression (20 minutes):
– Provide art supplies and invite the children to create their own illustrations inspired by the book.
– Encourage them to express their emotions and ideas through colors, shapes, and lines.
– Display their artwork on a designated wall or bulletin board, creating a collaborative art gallery.

4. Dramatic Play (15 minutes):
– Set up a dramatic play area with props related to the book, such as baby dolls, blankets, and pretend telephones.
– Encourage the children to engage in role-playing activities, pretending to be parents, grandparents, or friends.
– Observe and facilitate their play, encouraging them to express love and care towards each other.

5. Movement and Music (15 minutes):
– Engage the children in a movement activity, such as a dance or yoga session, focusing on gentle and flowing movements.
– Introduce a simple song or chant related to love and relationships, incorporating musical instruments if available.
– Encourage the children to express their emotions and feelings through movement and sound.

6. Reflection and Closure (10 minutes):
– Gather the children in a circle and reflect on the activities they participated in.
– Ask questions, such as:
– How did you feel when you were creating your artwork?
– What did you enjoy most about the dramatic play activity?
– How did the movement and music activities make you feel?
– Conclude the lesson by emphasizing the importance of love and care in relationships and how they can contribute positively to their families and communities.

Integration of Rudolf Steiner’s Principles:
– Imagination: Encourage children to use their imagination during storytelling, art, and dramatic play activities.
– Creativity: Provide open-ended art materials and opportunities for self-expression.
– Holistic Development: Engage children in a variety of activities that address their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.
– Nature Connection: Incorporate natural materials and elements into art activities, such as using leaves or flowers for collages.

Assessment:
– Informal assessment can be conducted throughout the lesson by observing children’s participation, engagement, and understanding of the central themes.
– Document children’s artwork, photographs, and anecdotal notes to capture their learning and progress.
– Reflect on the effectiveness of the lesson plan and make adjustments for future implementation.

Note: This lesson plan is a comprehensive guide and can be adapted and modified to suit the specific needs and interests of the children in your classroom

Country

New Zealand

Framework

Te Whฤriki (New Zealand)

Theorist

Rudolf Steiner

Subject

Books

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