Relationships: Lesson Plan for Ages 2-6
How to Teach Relationships to Preschoolers
When you were a kid, do you wish someone would have taught you how to protect and support your personal space? Yes? Well, here's a lesson to pass on to the children you know. Littles will learn about "Superhero Me" and will practice being the superhero of their space. Other concepts they will be introduced to are who their family members are, how to be respectful, and who the supporters and protectors are from their community.
This article includes an Inform section that is the instruction the teacher will provide the students. The Explore and Activity sections elaborate on the lesson but allow the students some hands-on learning.
This section of the lesson plan contains the basics of the lesson. There is a slideshow video that you can access at the link below which contains the rest of the slides and a video. The linked page also has additional content that goes along with the lesson.
A relationship is between you and people who protect and support you.
Family and Friends
Support means that you get help when needed. Protect means to keep something safe. You are at the center of the circle, and all the people around you are there to protect and support you. Family can protect and support you. Friends can protect and support you. Neighbors and people in your community can protect and support you.
YOU are in charge of the space around you!
Everything in your space is yours to support and protect. This means you are the superhero of your space. How can you protect your space? You tell people your feelings! You use your words to say how you feel. Superhero me will sometimes need help protecting and supporting their personal space. Family, friends, and your community can help protect and support you.
Family Protects and Supports You
Superhero Me Shares with Family
The people in your family can be your mom, dad, brother or sister. You can also have stepfamily. Other family members are uncles, aunts, grandma, grandpa, and cousins.
While you are growing up with your family, you will learn how to share your feelings. Feelings or emotions you might feel are happy, sad, surprised, angry, disgusted, or afraid.
Neighbors and Friends Protect and Support You
Neighbors are the people who live around you. Friends are people you meet who you like to be with. We should be respectful of our families, friends, and neighbors. Ways to be respectful are to say “please” when you want something and to say “thank you” if you get it. You can show respect by saying “excuse me” when you need attention. You can show respect by saying, “I’m sorry” if you hurt someone.
People in Your Community Support and Protect You
Teacher, Coach, Police Officer, and Doctor
Sometimes you will need other people to protect and support you. Your teacher will help you learn. A police officer will help you if you are in danger. A doctor will help you if you are sick. These people are helpers in your community. There are many more. If you are in need, look for a helper. They will protect or support you.
Look for people in your friends, neighbors, or community who will support and protect you.
This part of the lesson takes the students a little further into what they've been learning. In this case, they will be able to better identify family members.
Make a finger family video with little puppets.
Grampa Finger, where are you?
Hide the finger family members in plastic eggs to do an egg reveal. Kids get to name who is coming out of the egg. When the whole family is out, do the finger family song. Catch the whole thing on video and re-play it. Kids love watching themselves, and it also reinforces this part of the lesson.
The activity gets the kids creating and moving. Take a moment to imagine a room full of superhero preschoolers with capes and hula hoops!
Use a hula hoop to teach personal space, and make a superhero cape to teach kids how to be the “Superhero Me” of their space.
Make a superhero cape from felt. Cut some lightning bolts and stars out of different colors of felt and then use fabric glue to attach them to a larger piece of felt shaped like a cape. You can also get a foam mask kit to make the superhero mask, too. Move a hula hoop up and down while the child stands in the middle to show them where their personal space is. Let them know that “Superhero Me” protects this space, and if they aren’t able to, they need to ask an adult for support.