OPEN WIDE YOUR HEART

© 2017 Lisa Brockwell

(acceptance, compassion, fair go, tolerance, respect, inclusion) Yrs 3-6

 

One day a little boy was playing all alone

At first he didn’t mind as his games were all his own

And then he felt it might be great to play with others too

He walked over to boy’s he knew, asking “Can I play with you?”

 

“Go away!” they said “We don’t want to play with you!

For you are different in so many ways, we just don’t like you!”

“Go away! Go away! Their words echoed in his ears

His teeth pressed hard against his lips to stop his flow of tears

Sad and all alone, he left the other boys

And with his head down low, he felt no love, no joy.

 

Now what do you suppose could change his troubled heart?

Perhaps to be accepted and not to feel apart

If others see a difference, like colour, speech or clothes

They do not see the truth, for their eyes are merely closed

 

Open, open, open wide your heart

Open, open, open wide your mind

See beyond the difference the difference that you find

Fantastic times await, as you open wide your mind

 

Just then one of the boys looking very proud

Walked up, stood beside him and spoke his mind out loud

“I will play with you!” he said “For I don’t really care,

how you look or where you’re from, there’s so much we can share!”

 

Open, open, open wide your heart

Open, open, open wide your mind

See beyond the difference the difference that you find

Fantastic times await, as you open wide your mind

 

If everyone stepped back a while and questioned to themselves

‘What is it that I’m seeing here, I need to see myself?

Perhaps a change will do me good to think in other ways

Not to do what others do, instead to lead the way!’

 

Open, open, open wide your heart

Open, open, open wide your mind

See beyond the difference the difference that you find

Fantastic times await, as you open wide your mind

 

Oh Fantastic times await, as you open wide your heart

Yes, fantastic times await, as you open wide your mind!

OUTCOMES  (from NSW SYLLABUS) This song may be used to support and promote the appropriate Outcomes, Skills, Values & Attitudes…

Knowledge And Understanding

GDES1.9  Identifies how people grow and change

GDS1.9    Describes the characteristics that make them both similar to others and unique

IRES1.11  Identifies how individuals care for each other

IRS1.11     Identifies the ways in which they communicate, cooperate and care for others

Values

V1 refers to a sense of their own worth and dignity

V3 enjoys a sense of belonging

V6 commits to realising their full potential

Skills

COES1.1  Expresses feelings, needs and wants in appropriate ways

COS1.1    Communicates appropriately in a variety of ways

DMES1.2 Identifies some options available when making simple decisions

DMS2.3   Recalls past experiences in making decisions

‘OPEN WIDE YOUR HEART’ INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS OVERVIEW (from NSW SYLLABUS)

Early Stage 1

Relationships

  • expression of feelings
  • caring for others
  • permission and choices
  • positive relationships

Communication

  • expressing needs, wants and feelings
  • verbal and nonverbal
  • giving and receiving messages
  • self control (leads too further discussion on this topic)

Communication

  • expressing needs, wants and feelings
  • verbal and nonverbal
  • giving and receiving messages
  • self control

Peers

  • making friends

Groups

  • working with others
  • sharing and helping

 

Stage 1

Relationships

  • recognising individual needs
  • caring
  • positive relationships
  • recognising and accepting others

Communication

  • expressing needs, wants and feelings
  • verbal and non verbal
  • assertiveness
  • self control
  • identifying feelings of others
  • understanding feelings of others

Peers

  • making and keeping friends
  • qualities of friends
  • sharing
  • cooperating

 

Stage 2

Relationships

  • recognising individual needs
  • caring
  • positive relationships
  • types of abuse (verbal)
  • effects of abuse (verbal)
  • recognising and accepting differences
  • support networks (leads too further discussion on this topic)
  • forms of discrimination

Communication

  • appropriate expression of feelings (leads too further discussion on this topic)
  • communicating feelings and needs
  • communication in group situations
  • assertiveness
  • managing conflict situations
  • encouraging others
  • understanding feelings of others
  • expressing a complaint or problem (leads too further discussion on this topic)

Peers

  • making and maintaining friends
  • peer influence

Groups

  • peer support

‘OPEN WIDE YOUR HEART’ GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW (from NSW SYLLABUS)

Early Stage 1

Personal Identity

  • similarities and differences

          – appearances

          – experiences

         – abilities (leads to further discussion on this topic)

Values

  • likes/dislikes
  • accepting uniqueness
  • accepting difference
  • caring relationships

Stage 1

Personal Identity

  • attributes of self and others (leads to further discussion on this topic)
  • experiences (leads to further discussion on this topic)
  • feelings (leads to further discussion on this topic)
  • wants
  • needs
  • range of emotions (leads to further discussion on this topic)

Values

  • individual/group
  • personal rights and responsibilities
  • caring relationships

Stage 2

Personal Identity

  • recognising strengths and limitations

          – developing strengths

  • recognising attributes of self and others
  • confronting problems (leads to further discussion on this topic)
  • feelings about self (leads to further discussion on this topic)

Values

  • definition of values

           – personal values

           – school values

           – family and cultural values (leads to further discussion on this topic)

  • rights and responsibilities

          – self and others

  • challenging discrimination