Love and Comfort: Journey with The Kissing Hand

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning The Kissing Hand Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title:ย “Love and Comfort: Journey with The Kissing Hand”

Age Group:ย Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years old)

Learning Framework:ย Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) – USA

Educational Approach:ย Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy:ย Children will develop vocabulary and comprehension as they participate in reading and discussing the story.
  2. Social and Emotional Development:ย Children will explore feelings of love, comfort, and separation anxiety, fostering emotional understanding and empathy.
  3. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development:ย Children will engage in art activities that develop fine motor skills.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn
  • Art supplies: Paper, paint, brushes
  • Pictures of different types of animals and their babies

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (20 minutes):

Begin the lesson by introducing the book “The Kissing Hand”. Talk about the cover image and ask children what they think the story might be about. Then, read the story aloud, pausing occasionally to discuss the events and emotions of the characters.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

Engage the children in a conversation about the story. Ask questions to facilitate understanding and empathy. For example, “How do you think Chester felt when his mother kissed his hand?” “Have you ever felt nervous like Chester?”

3. Handprint Art Activity (30 minutes):

Provide the children with art supplies and guide them to make a handprint on paper with paint. Once dry, children can decorate the handprint to resemble their own hand, remembering the ‘kissing hand’ from the story.

4. Animal Families Activity (20 minutes):

Show pictures of different animals and their babies. Discuss how all parents care for their babies and love them, just like Chester’s mom in the story. Encourage children to match the animal babies with their parents.

5. Conclusion (10 minutes):

Reiterate the theme of love and comfort from the story. Discuss ways we can comfort ourselves and others when we feel nervous or scared, drawing from the story as an example.


Assess children’s understanding of the story, their engagement in discussion, their creativity during the art activity, and their knowledge of animal families.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

The lesson plan adheres to the Montessori method by incorporating hands-on learning activities and encouraging children to express their understanding and emotions. The lesson also fosters self-comforting strategies, a key aspect of Montessori’s focus on self-regulation and independence.

Link to ELOF:

The lesson plan aligns with several ELOF domains. Language and literacy development are encouraged through story reading and discussion, social and emotional development is nurtured through empathy and understanding, and physical development is fostered through the art activity.






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