themes for May“It’s a Small World with a Big Heart” is the theme recommend by the American Health Care Association for the 2016 National Nursing Home Week. Small World, Big Heart is a wonder overarching theme both senior living communities and preschools.

A little “It’s a Small World” inspiration

It’s a Small World” was first introduced at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. Partially in response to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the song represented a desire for world peace. Those in senior living communities might enjoy a look back at the Small World exhibit at the fair. Thanks to Disney, children of all ages still enjoy singing this song.

This peace theme could be expanded into sessions. Those working with preschools can explore this post on Living Montessori Now. And, consider teaching this beautiful song from Music Together:

In senior living communities, add the following songs:

  • I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
  • Let There Be Peace on Earth
  • Over the Rainbow
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Imagine – John Lennon: While this song may be less familiar, it can be good for leading into discussions.
  • Get Together  – The Youngbloods: This 1967 hit has a familiar chorus. It might serve as a song for gentle movement or discussion
  • What the World Needs Now is Love – Dionne Warwick: Focus on the group just singing “love, sweet love”. 
  • Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon: Once everyone can sing the chorus, try adding stomping and clapping while singing. This song would also work well in a drum circle.

Big Heart

You can use holidays and special days to connect with people and generations. They are opportunities to learn about events and to share history. Sharing and connecting are ways to share a big heart.

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