February is always associated with hearts and love! Are you and your students familiar with the love languages? Why not use this Love Languages for Children Lesson to teach your students about Gary Chapman’s five love languages as they pertain to parenting? Read on to learn more.
- Have students complete the intro prompts which can be found in the attachments and be prepared to share and discuss.
- Answers to the first two prompts are:
- Explain the term love language for children refers to the way that a parent/relative/caregiver prefers to express love to—and receive it from—children. The term generally refers to different methods of expressing love.
- Love languages are important during child rearing because it helps parents connect more deeply with their child. This can build self-worth, which is key for lifelong self-love and confidence and applies to all ages and stages of development.
- Heart prompt responses will vary, but there are 5 love languages. We’ll learn what they are directly.
- iPads or Laptops
- Projector & Screen
- The Five Love Languages for Children Book (optional & affiliated link)
- Markers & Glue
- Construction Paper or Butcher Paper
- Old Magazines
- To learn more about each of the 5 love languages, assign the following article titled, “The 5 Love Languages of Children” that is divided into 5 sections (one per language) to students by counting them off by 5’s. Assign each group a love language with the corresponding article section. Groups will create and present a large visual heart shaped poster to the rest of the class for notes. Each visual should include the following:
- The name of the love language as the title
- Description of the love language
- What to avoid
- 3 ways to express
- 5 Images from magazines that illustrate the information about this love language
As each group presents their love language, students will take notes using the provided note taking form.
To reinforce and illustrate each of the love languages, show the following YouTube Video Examples of each:
- To help students learn what their childhood love language may have been, have them complete the following Survey. Discuss their results and survey the class to see how many students fall into each love language.
- As an assessment or review activity, have students complete the color-coded annotation assignment using markers, colored pencils, highlighters or crayons. If you are interested in the KEY, please email me and I will send it to you. Sorry for the inconvenience, but due to student cheating, it must be this way.
- Note: Hang the giant heart visuals about each love language up as a wall or bulletin board display for all to see. You’re sure to get a lot of questions and comments!