Teaching Materials & Strategies

Much of Harmony’s success can be attributed to its fun, engaging materials, designed to keep children enthusiastically participating and learning. Teachers have reported that students can’t get enough of the storybooks—particularly with Z, an adorable alien in need of some friendly guidance.

Teacher Toolkit

Teachers are provided with a toolkit, equipped with the necessary items for successfully integrating Harmony into the classroom, which includes:

Meet Up and Buddy Up

The everyday practices of Meet Up and Buddy Up are core strategies for the Sanford Harmony Program. Designed to provide students with multiple opportunities to interact and understand diverse peers, Meet Up and Buddy Up foster social-emotional competencies that are essential to success in school and life.

Meet Up

Meet Up helps build supportive and joyous classroom communities where all students feel connected, comfortable and ready to learn. During Meet Up, students and teachers meet in a circle to greet one another, share ideas and experiences, monitor classroom Harmony goals, solve problems, and participate in team building activities using Harmony Quick Connection Cards. Meet Up is also an excellent precursor to restorative practices.

Meet Up helps students:

Buddy Up

Buddy Up is a peer buddy system designed to bring together diverse students who otherwise might not interact with one another. During Buddy Up, students engage in discussions or activities provided in the Quick Connection Cards as well as teacher designed activities or projects connected to curricular areas. By pairing different peers each week, Buddy Up enhances connection, shared motivation and social responsibility toward one another. Designed to foster an environment where all students feel connected, comfortable, and part of an inclusive classroom community, Buddy Up gives students opportunities to:

Watch the video below to get started with Meet Up and Buddy Up in your classroom.