Harmony at Home

Schooling at home? Sanford Harmony’s online toolkit supports educators, families, and caregivers with social emotional learning resources for boys and girls of all ages.

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Bring Social Emotional Learning Resources to Your Home at No Cost

Welcome to Harmony at Home! As schools are closing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Sanford Harmony is committed to supporting educators who are transitioning to online teaching and equipping families who will be schooling at home.

Harmony at Home is an online toolkit for educators, families, and caregivers to teach vital social emotional learning (SEL) skills to boys and girls using the strategies Sanford Programs has developed for classroom teachers. We’ve curated interactive Sanford Harmony lessons for parents to make this transition as easy and rewarding as possible.

As your family navigates the challenges and opportunities that come with learning at home, developing social emotional learning skills is beneficial to boys and girls of all ages. Read our Welcome Letter to learn more and access our Sanford Harmony Online Learning Portal to get started!

About Sanford Harmony

Available at no cost, Sanford Harmony is a social emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students designed to foster intergender communication and understanding, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults.

The program has been recognized as a quality SELect program by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and evaluated for its ease of implementation by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education.

Visit SanfordHarmony.org to learn more.

Why Choose Harmony at Home?

Diversity & Inclusion

Boys and girls learn to recognize and appreciate one another’s similarities and differences, which promotes a community environment at home.

Empathy & Critical Thinking

Children develop empathy (the ability to identify with and understand another person’s emotions), reduce stereotyped thinking, and learn critical thinking skills.

Communication

Healthy and unhealthy intergender communication patterns are explored, and boys and girls practice effective ways of engaging with others.

Problem Solving

Boys and girls learn constructive approaches to resolving conflict, focusing on conflict-resolution steps that facilitate healthy relationship patterns.

Peer Relationships

Children practice positive social skills and learn the qualities that are important to friendship, the consequences of bullying, and how to provide peers with support.

How It Works

Start with Sanford Harmony’s Everyday Practices

We recommend you start with learning about Harmony Goals and the daily practices of Meet Up, Buddy Up, and Quick Connection Cards. These moments of connection will help your family communicate your thoughts and feelings every day. They are a simple way to build a foundation for other SEL lessons. Explore Everyday Practices at Home today!

Add in SEL Lessons

Curated SEL lessons and suggestions will set you up for success as you take on the responsibility of schooling at home. We’ve carefully selected Harmony lessons, such as Empathy and Critical Thinking, based on themes that will be most relevant to your current needs. Suggestions and instructions for adapting these lessons for your family are included.

Stay Connected to Learn More

Our live training webinars, conducted by Harmony-certified presenters, provide a variety of opportunities for educators, families, and caregivers to learn how to successfully deliver Sanford Harmony.

All sessions include opportunities to ask questions and interact with a live presenter. Our live training webinars can be found on the Calendar page within the Community section of our Online Learning Portal. Register via the calendar in the portal!

You can also expand your SEL knowledge with our webinars. Each month, thought leaders in SEL and education present webinars to help educators enrich the classroom experience for their students and themselves.

Parent teaching child at home

How Can I Get Started?

Getting started with Harmony at Home is easy. Watch our Harmony at Home training video and review our annotated Getting Started Guide to navigating the Sanford Harmony Online Learning Portal and other materials. In this toolkit, you will find recommendations to adapt our classroom curriculum for at-home use. Additional recommendations will be added in the weeks to come.

Ready to get started? Log on to the Online Learning Portal!

Harmony At Home Training Video

For more information and tools for educators, parents, and caregivers schooling at home, consider these resources from our knowledgeable partners:

Sanford Inspire:

To support educators, families, and caregivers as you provide social emotional learning at home, we recommend the following Sanford Inspire modules. These modules are designed for educators and parents to help you navigate SEL and support the needs of each student and child. They can be accessed at no cost in the Sanford Inspire Online Learning Portal by searching for each module by name.

  • Teaching Students Empathy
  • Building Relationships with Students
  • Helping Students "Want to Achieve"
  • Restorative Justice: Rethinking Discipline
  • Supporting Trauma-Exposed Students

PBS SoCal:

  • In partnership with public educators, PBS SoCal offers a thorough resource for families now tasked with at-home learning.
  • Access helpful learning activities and insights.
  • Stream and download child-friendly programming and educational entertainment.
  • Stay up to date on local, national, and global news.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation:

Education Week:

  • EdWeek is maintaining a dynamic map of school closures across the country and in each state.

CASEL:

We encourage you to watch this video about SEL for parents from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to learn why social emotional learning is so important to teach at home. You will hear from SEL leaders, educators, and parents as they explain the long-term benefits of these important lessons, including managing stress, processing feelings, and resolving conflict.

A Note of Support and Commitment from Sanford Harmony and the National University System

Sanford Harmony wants to support you as educators, families, and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and any future crises. The emotional and social well-being of all boys and girls and their communities is our top priority. Best wishes for health, safety, and patience as you navigate these unusual circumstances and discover new opportunities to learn. As always, our team is available to answer your questions along the way. Contact us at SanfordPrograms@nu.edu.

Scott Page
Sr. Vice President, Sanford Programs
Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Chancellor, National University System