Preschool teachers can establish a safe, caring early-learning environment by using strategies, lessons, and activities that build healthy relationships among students. Preschool teachers report that incorporating Harmony strategies into daily schedules contributes to new friendships, school enjoyment, and enhanced social development.
Sanford Harmony promotes engagement, communication, and cooperation among young children through the everyday practices of Meet Up and Buddy Up and lessons and activities provided in the teacher manual. Through Meet Up, teachers model, coach, and engage children in activities that help them get along with others, recognize their feelings, and understand how others feel.
The lovable alien “Z” learns about friendship on Earth through a set of storybooks and related activities. Preschool children are delighted to help Z and friends solve real-life problems. The homeschool Connection Cards include families in the relationship-building process.
Teachers of young students often indicate that a majority of their day is spent modeling and practicing friendship skills. As transitional kindergarten (TK) and early admission transitional kindergarten (EATK) programs are growing in popularity, teachers have embraced the Sanford Harmony approach to help build supportive and inclusive learning communities, where each child is a valued member of the classroom.
Meet Up is the perfect start to the TK day! The age-appropriate lessons and activities give children the chance to practice sharing, listening, and responding to one another. Buddy Up introduces children to new classroom friends who share learning and play experiences. Students love the Z storybooks and accompanying activities that introduce them to problem-solving that reflects their everyday experiences. Harmony also provides homeschool Connection Cards to engage parents in relationship-building strategies.
Elementary (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade)
Elementary teachers 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.
Sanford Harmony compliments primary classrooms, as the everyday practices of Meet Up and Buddy Up easily fit into daily schedules and can be integrated throughout the curriculum. Teachers enjoy the flexibility of Harmony and refer to the teacher kit as their “treasure box” of social-emotional learning activities.
Through Meet Up, children gather to establish, practice, and celebrate Harmony goals, and engage in activities to build communication, collaboration, and a supportive learning community. Buddy Up provides ongoing opportunities to work and play with new peers.
The Z and Friends storybooks and accompanying thematic lessons encourage children to solve everyday problems, and help them develop interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships. Students reflect on their own emotions and are encouraged to understand how others feel and react to different situations.
Upper Elementary (3rd – 6th Grade)
As students’ progress toward early adolescence and become more independent, they encounter a variety of new and challenging social situations — particularly through peer pressure and social media exposure. The quality of the relationship’s students have with teachers and peers is an important dimension of their learning. Students who perceive a positive climate in school demonstrate higher levels of social competence, report fewer personal problems, and are more prepared to focus on learning.
Sanford Harmony strategies promote vibrant learning communities and healthy relationships among peers. Meet Up and Buddy Up intentionally bring students together to practice important social and emotional competencies, such as positive communication, collaboration, and problem-solving connected to real-world situations. Students engage in lessons, activities, and games to understand commonalities and respect differences.
Harmony goals are reinforced and celebrated, resulting in a focus on teaching and learning and decreased behavioral disruptions. With Harmony in the classroom, both teachers and students are excited and eager to attend school every day to learn and grow together.