Preschool 2-year-old Class Lesson Example
In the preschool's 2-year-old classes, daily lessons and activities focus on the process from introduction to the main activity.
Every day, teachers plan how to make lessons and activities that stimulate students' inquisitiveness and lead to learning and growth in a natural and enjoyable way. And, of course, the content changes with the students' interests, so changes from prior plans are very fluid and flexible.
Here is an example of a lesson in a 2-year-old class, based on a report by Ms. Monami, the homeroom teacher in the 2-year-old Ocean class.
Introduction 1 (conducted in both English and Japanese)
Looked at trees during outdoor time.
Painted a tree.
Went to Rinko Park to see fruit and vegetable display. Connected their knowledge of trees to lead into fruits and vegetables.
Introduction 2 (conducted in both English and Japanese)
Looking at pictures of the fruit and vegetables display, talked about what they see in the pictures and what other fruits they know. Reviewed knowledge of fruits and vegetables and introduced new ones.
Prepared pictures of each child’s stickers and coloring sheets of familiar fruits.
Pasted the fruits they had painted to make juice onto the paper. After the glass is painted.
Decorated the classroom with fruits and vegetables that they learned about which increases their exposure.
Introduction 3 (conducted in both English and Japanese)
Fruits and vegetables were handled in a variety of games and activities, such as a simple version of fruit basket, target practice games, etc., and students could come into contact with nature through play.
Pictures of fruits that they made before were pasted on the tree. After they chose what fruits from the tree to draw with crayons (only pictures of fruits that will be on the tree were provided).
For fruits that are from the ground, similar activities will be carried out on the ground, not on trees, to show the difference.
Main Activity 1: Shopping (in Japanese)
After reading a picture book about a greengrocer "Mikan Kyoudai no Tanken (みかんきょうだいのたんけん)," the class went shopping at a supermarket.
Made origami wallets and played with kitchen toys to practice shopping.
Each child chose a picture of a fruit and decided which fruit they would buy. Students then were on the lookout for that fruit.
At the supermarket, they found their own fruit, carried their own basket, and paid for their purchase.
Main Activity 2: Making Mixed Juice (in English)
The teacher cut the purchased fruits in front of the class. Students could observe the fruits using all five senses, such as what the inside looks like and its smell.
The fruit was blended in front of them, and the students could see how the fruit they bought underwent changes to become juice.
They actually drank it (they could all drink it!)
Students then ate the pulp, stimulating their sense of taste and creating new experiences.
What does it taste like? Sour? Sweet? Which do you like?
Post-Activity (in Japanese)
While looking at real apples and bananas and noting what colors are present in the fruits, children used pieces of colored construction paper in the same colors to glue them to onto an outline of the fruit.
Monami - Preschool Teacher (Japan)
Bilingual nursery teacher (hoikushi) at CGK International School - Preschool.
Has experience studying and homestaying in New Zealand, Australia and England.