"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and is beauty." —Albert Einstein
Compassion is more than simply feeling sorry for someone; it involves putting yourself in someone else’s positions and experiencing what they are experiencing, feel what they are feeling. This act of imagination can be highly motivating and compel one to take action.
Children will explore this theme in some of the following ways:
- Read the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15 11-32)
- Learn about Jesus showing compassion towards the crowds (Matthew 9:36)
- Explore some of the child friendly Bible stories, along with questions to discuss, at http://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lessons/compassion/bible-stories
- Create a 'Recipe for Caring:' Students brainstorm qualities that make a caring person and write their ideas on the board (examples: a pinch of kindness, a teaspoon of helping others).
- Discuss the Bible quotes displayed in our classrooms.
PSHE Links – Changing Me
As humans, we exist in a state of constant change. Recognising when others have gone through experience that impacts on their life is a prompt for us to be compassionate.