Compassion means feeling for others what you feel for yourself. This is how I described compassion in a song I wrote for my pre-schoolers about the gifts they can share. I expanded this concept into a whole Theme, with a Chant, a Fingerplay and a Song.
When you share these words with your child, you are showing him how important they are. Sit your child in your lap and bounce her gently as you say the Chant “Just Like Me”. Then touch each finger as you say the Fingerplay, “What I Am Is What You Are”. Repeat the fingerplay touching the fingers on his other hand. The “Little Loving Song” has a melody that is similar to “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with just a slight difference. It is a song which you can pass along to each child in a circle if you are in a play group, circle time, or Sunday School.
When each child feels these words directed at him, they become part of his life. We are all precious. We are all compassionate.
“I have a musical mind, musical indeed.” –Kacky Muse
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage