As a classroom teacher, I am always looking for new and exciting ways to bring music into my classroom. Recently, I stumbled on the Mosaic Project, an Oakland non profit. This organization’s mission is to:
We work toward a peaceful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers.
A coworker introduced me to and amazing CD and Song Book they created. The Song, Fighting Is Not The Solution became a daily song in our classroom. The songs reinforces I-statements and the importance of talking about your feelings. Seeing the success of the song (you know it’s successful when students start singing the chorus when a conflict starts in your classroom), I went to their website to learn more. Not only do they provide a CD and Songbook, but they have camps for youth and families. This is a great resource for teachers, artists, and parents that you can’t pass up! Go check them out!