Harmony Blog

Welcome to the Sanford Harmony blog—where educators, students, and parents can find interesting stories on everything Harmony and education related. We’ve created this blog as a platform to share ideas, information, inspiration, leader profiles, and more. Check back soon for new posts!

Activities to Beat Summer Boredom Blues (and Keep Learning)

June 9, 2017

Two words can help prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment and involvement. Academic delay that occurs over the summer is one of the greatest problems confronting teachers each fall. In fact, when children return to school, they may have experienced such learning loss during the summer, that they need to spend several weeks catching up […]

Fun Ways to Make Saying Goodbye Easier for Students

May 31, 2017

The end of the day and the end of the semester aren’t always easy on young students—they may miss their friends and teachers, and the fun and structure of school. Make saying goodbye a happy occasion, so they carry that positivity with them long after they leave. Here are some tips to make saying goodbye […]

Tips for Talking to Parents About a Difficult Student

May 19, 2017

The best thing about young students is that they all have their own unique personalities. While some are well-behaved, eager pleasers in class, some can tend to be more disruptive, unruly, and…not as well-behaved. There comes a point when you must address certain behavioral issues with the student’s parents, so together, you can come up […]

Top Tips for Getting Students to Love Learning

May 2, 2017

There’s probably nothing more gratifying, as a teacher, than seeing students develop a love of learning. When young students display an eagerness to understand, and desire to know more, we know that we’ve done our jobs. Some kids have a natural inclination to learn, and others may have a more lackadaisical approach to school. So, […]

Five Fun Earth Day Activities for Students

April 19, 2017

Earth Day is one of the most exciting holidays to celebrate in the classroom.  Not only is it an excellent opportunity to educate your students on environmental stewardship, but it also allows for some of the most creative classroom activities.  Here are a few fun and easy ways to really make Earth Day a memorable […]

Quick Team Building Tips

February 27, 2017

Back in the classroom after a break or a long weekend, you may feel somewhat reminiscent of the first day of school. Although you know those bright, shiny faces pretty well now, you may notice there’s a sense of disconnection from one another. Reinforcing Harmony practices will serve to remind students of the welcoming and […]

Teach Compassion and Collaboration: Start a Classroom Charity

February 14, 2017

Take the Harmony teachings of empathy and collaboration beyond the classroom, and out into the community. Teach your students the importance of coming together to help others in need. Here are some ideas for getting your students involved in a charity to teach lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime. Start with a Discussion […]

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion – Sharing Cultural Celebrations and Traditions

December 13, 2016

Helping students celebrate this time of year is a wonderful way to bring everyone together to share cultural celebrations and traditions.  Consider using this time as an opportunity to teach diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, and to give your students the opportunity to discover the world beyond themselves.  Here are a few tips for being inclusive […]

Harmony Spotlight: LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program

December 7, 2016

Just as classrooms all over the nation are adopting Harmony as their social-emotional learning (SEL) program, after school programs are joining the Harmony movement! After school programs function differently than the traditional classroom, but are equally important to SEL development. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program offered at […]

30 Days of Gratitude: Sanford Harmony Activities for November

November 1, 2016

November is a special time to express gratitude for our families and classmates. Here are 30 questions to spark discussions of gratitude and friendship for friends and families. The questions may be used for Meet Up and Buddy Up routines or as writing prompts for journals or a seasonal bulletin board. You may also wish to share these […]