Harmony Blog

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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 […]

Reducing Bullying Through Relationship Building with Sanford Harmony

October 4, 2016

  October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month The statistics are alarming: one out of every three students is a victim of bullying. It’s an age-old problem that can impact children emotionally, physically, and academically. Anti-bullying legislation and campaigns can help, but educators must invest time to foster social-emotional competencies essential for a school culture […]

Teacher’s Guide: Easy Steps for Getting Started with Sanford Harmony

August 23, 2016

[Content Updated on December 2, 2016] Welcome to Sanford Harmony! We’re excited that you will be implementing Sanford Harmony in your classroom. You will find Harmony flexible and easy to implement, and the strategies will easily integrate into your daily schedule. Harmony strategies, lessons, and activities will help build stronger relationships among all students, improve communication, […]

Five Awesome Themes for Decorating Your Classroom

August 18, 2016

The new school year will be starting before you’ve even had the chance to perfect your summer tan. You’ve got a long list of things to do to prep for the year ahead, and one of them includes getting your classroom ready. Whether you’re brand new to teaching this year, or you’re a veteran teacher […]

Discussing Recent Tragedies With Young Students: Tips for Teachers

July 13, 2016

When heartbreaking events occur around the world, children are often affected more than they may outwardly show. Although tragedies, like mass shootings or natural disasters, are a difficult topic of discussion, it is important to maintain open communication with young students—to help them navigate their complex emotions, and to create a harmonious environment, where children […]