Sanford Harmony offers practical strategies, stories, activities, and lessons centered around social emotional learning. Themes include diversity and inclusion, empathy and critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and peer relationships.

“Our children are improving communication and compassion as they practice listening to one another. Young children tend to be very ‘me’ oriented and Harmony activities intentionally encourage children to share and listen to one another. New friends are finding out what the other person thinks and feels. So many of my children now will play with groups of children—we don’t see the isolation of children not knowing how to participate with other kids, and I never seem to hear: ‘She/he won’t play with me.’ It’s amazing because I seldom deal with conflict anymore.”


Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, Poinsettia Elementary
Kids playing during a class.

Meet Up

Meet Up helps build strong classroom communities where 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 goals, solve problems, and participate in team-building activities using Harmony Quick Connection Cards. Meet Up is an excellent precursor to restorative practices.

Meet Up helps students:

  • Embrace diversity
  • Express ideas with confidence
  • Ask respectful, relevant questions
  • Understand other’s perspectives
  • Solve problems

Buddy Up

Buddy Up is designed to create opportunities for students to get to know one another, form connections, and learn together. Students are paired with a different buddy each week and engage with one another in quick and enjoyable activities. Educators understand the importance of social and emotional learning that involves developing competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Buddy Up gives students opportunities to:

  • Intentionally interact with diverse peers
  • Participate in collaborative conversations
  • Increase caring, kindness, and empathy