Guess how Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney

            Little Hare shares with Big Hare how much he loves him and Big hare loves him right back more.

Materials

  •             Picture of little nut hare for measuring
  •             Folded heart cutting paper
  •             Picture of I love you in sign language

Vocabulary

  •             Wide (a big distance between two sides or edges)
  •             High (a big distance from top to bottom)
  •             Far (a big distance away)
  •             Hare (another name for a rabbit)

Before Reading the Story

            Talk to the children about who they love, who loves them, and how they show their love for another person.  (When my brother falls down I help him to stand up, My Daddy hugs me and calls me a big boy, I can show you how to say I love you with my fingers).

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; grows in eagerness to learn about and discuss a growing range of topics, ideas, and tasks.

Reading the Story

Stretch out your arms and reach as high as you can while beginning the story.

After Reading the Story

            With the children review the different ways that Nutbrown Hare said he loved Big Nutbrown Hare.  Ask the children if they can think of things that are very far away and very high up. Write their responses and hang it on the wall.

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem. AND Literacy/Early Writing;develops understanding that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes.

Teach the children to say I love you in sign language.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs; and for other varied purposes.

Discovery;

Challenge the children and yourself to look up the differences between a rabbit and a hare with a book that depicts real animals or the internet. https://lionheadrabbitcare.com/rabbit-vs-hare-differences/

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.

Music and Movement

            Sing the Barney Song, I Love You. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq734_nZ7Eo

I love you, you love me

We’re a happy family

With a great big hug

And a kiss from me to you

Won’t you say you love me too.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs; and for other varied purposes.

            Sing It’s Love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB6hivRQxmE

It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go round

It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go round

It’s love, it’s love, it’s love that makes the world go round

It’s love that makes the world go round.

It’s Mom’s, it’s Dad’s, it’s children that make the world go round…

It’s boys, it’s girls, it’s friends that make the world go round….

Creative Arts/Music; participates with increasing interest and enjoyment in a variety of music activities, including listening, singing, finger plays, games, and performances.

Blocks

            Ask the children to demonstrate wide by building something.  They could also demonstrate tall, longer, and higher.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

 Art

            Show the children how to cut out hearts by first folding a piece of paper in half.  Let the children cut out hearts and then glue them to a piece of paper.

Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Library and Writing

            Help the children to fill in the blanks…

I love you farther than________

I love you higher than_______

I love you longer than________

I love you more than________

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

            Then encourage them to make a card to take home to a loved one.

Social & Emotional Development/Social Relationships; progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are in need, upset, hurt, or angry; and in expressing empathy and caring for others.

Sand and Water

            Add water and many different sizes of cups.  Which cup is biggest?  Which cup can hold the most water?

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; begins to make comparisons between several objects based on a single attribute.

Dramatic Play

            Add small pieces of colorful paper and envelopes for the children to write love letters to their family and friends.  Add a ‘post’ box or an old mailbox for the children to put their letters into.  Provide a list of the class names so the children can be copy.

Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons, and computers. AND Social & Emotional Development/Social Relationships; progresses in responding sympathetically to peers who are in need, upset, hurt, or angry; and in expressing empathy and caring for others.

Math and Manipulatives

            Cut out and contact/laminate 10 Nutbrown Hares.  Show the children how to use these to measure how tall they are, the length of the table, how far from the shelf to the table, etc..

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows progress in using standard and non-standard measures for length and area of objects.

Outdoor Play

            Play Leap Hare which is the same as Leap Frog.  You can also practice doing running broad jumps and standing broad jumps and see who can jump farthest.

Physical Health & Development/Gross Motor Skills; shows increasing levels of proficiency, control, and balance in walking, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching, and galloping.

Transitions

            Ask each child to think of a “Guess how much I love you”  (I love you more then there are stars.  I love you more than jelly beans, I love you bigger than a bus).

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem.

Resources

About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.