The Mosaic Project's book, Peacing it Together, is a fantastic resource for classrooms and other youth programs. It supports students (K-6) in developing the social and emotional competencies that are key to their success in the classroom and beyond.
The musical curriculum and accompanying experiential activities teach students vital skills about conflict resolution, social justice, community, diversity, interconnectedness, and peacemaking.
"Teaching about social justice can be very challenging. Students, children and adults alike, may feel fearful and perhaps defensive when learning about issues of difference, prejudice, and social change. Our music helps to create a safe, comfortable, fun environment in which to explore these issues. It also helps us to reach students with varied learning styles in an experiential, emotional, and multi-sensory way."- From Peacing it Together!'s Foreword by Brett Dennen, Singer/Songwriter and Co-creator of the Mosaic Musical Curriculum
Music and lyrics for each of The Mosaic Project's 11 songs
The Mosaic Project's CD
18 lessons designed to accompany The Mosaic Musical Curriculum on themes including:
The Mosaic Values (Mutual Respect, Open-mindedness, Self Respect, Attitude, Individuality and Community)
Experiential activities that include music, art, games, role plays, cooperative challenges, and extended group projects
Creative ideas for integrating Mosaic music into a wide range of classroom learning and pedagogy
Mosaic Class Meetings overview and suggested framework
Suggested Children's Literature to accompany each song and theme
Correlations to the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) Standards
Children's Glossary of social justice and conflict resolution terms
Extensive research shows that music facilitates learning and recall of information. With the Mosaic songs, children learn lessons in a fun and engaging manner that is reinforced every time they sing, whether in the classroom, on their way home from school, or after they brush their teeth.
Praise for Peacing it Together!�: The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities
"Yes! The Mosaic Project has once again made yet another wish come true for people working with children. How exciting to now have access to this much-requested, comprehensive, and dynamic curriculum guide! It provides teachers with very purposeful activities filled with music, improvisational games, literature, and art that help impart to children a positive sense of self, along with tools to help them navigate our world and develop the desire to compassionately promote social justice!"
- Cindee McMahon, Classroom Teacher; Mosaic Participant
"Wendell Berry said that �It is not from ourselves that we will learn to be better than we are." The Mosaic Project proves that by bringing children, youth, and adults together to learn from each other. This curriculum connects the Mosaic experience to the wider world by bringing it to all of us. Creating a sense of community is a serious endeavor in this day and age when we need it so much. The creation of it, though, is best done by playing, singing, laughing, and sharing -- together. I long for the day when these songs and activities are part of every classroom, family gathering, and staff meeting."
- Laurie Frank, Author, Journey Toward the Caring Classroom
"I still to this day have the songs in my head, over and over teaching me these important lessons."
- Lydia, Mosaic Student, Age 11
"I can't begin to explain how phenomenal your musical curriculum is! I've never seen a better way to teach kids the meanings of some very complicated words. Since our school is a social justice school, we make every effort to teach ideas like stereotyping, empathy, discrimination, etc. However, I've never been able to explain these terms so simply and perfectly until I heard your songs."
- Natalee Bauer, 4th Grade Teacher, Mosaic Participant
"The use of music is VERY effective. Your songs are WONDERFUL parts of the curriculum and will have lasting effect."
- Lesley Bell, 5th Grade Teacher
"I think the songs are cool and can change the world."
- Carlos, Mosaic Student, Age 9
"Thanks to The Mosaic Project, youth educators who are passionate about social justice now have access to step-by-step instruction to help them infuse their work with children with their deepest values. This excellent curriculum offers fun, concrete activities to teach children to empathize, resolve conflicts, celebrate differences, and discover their inherent value and the value of others. This curriculum should be required reading for every teacher, parent, and youth group leader!"
- Pippi Kessler, Director of Rowe Young People's Camp