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Peacing it Together!: The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities

curriculumguidecoverPeacing it Together!®: The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities is made possible by the support of the JAMS Foundation and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

This curriculum guide includes our music CD, sheet music, and accompanying experiential activities. It teaches students (K-6) vital conflict resolution, social justice, community-building, diversity, and peacemaking skills, and supports them in developing the social and emotional competencies that are key to their success in the classroom and beyond.

Carlos

“I think the songs are cool and can change the world.” – Carlos, Mosaic Student, Age 9

Cindee McMahon

“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

Foreword

“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

Laurie Frank

“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

Lesley Bell

“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

Lydia

“I still to this day have the songs in my head, over and over teaching me these important lessons.” – Lydia, Mosaic Student, Age 11

Natalee Bauer

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 Particpant

Paul Kivel

“Finally, the music and curriculum for the amazingly powerful Mosaic programs are available. Well-laid out and accessible, the book conveys the fun and spirited diversity, human rights, and conflict resolution lessons of The Mosaic Project’s Outdoor School and In-School Project in an easy-to-apply format. This work changes the lives of young people and their home and school communities. Pick it up and use it—you and your young people will soon be singing along and “peacing it together!” Paul Kivel, educator, activist and author of I Can Make My World a Safer Place and Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community and Stand for Justice

Pippi Kessler

“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

Our CD: Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World

cdcoverOur CD highlights our original musical curriculum and includes our well-loved songs about empathy, diversity, conflict resolution, and peace. It won a Children’s Music Web 2004 Award and a Parents’ Choice 2004 Approved Award and has been played on the popular Bay Area radio stations, KFOG and KPFA. It features our very own Resident Rock Star/ Program Director, Brett Dennen.

Buy and download MP3s from:

CD Baby | Apple iTunes store | PayPlay | Tradebit

Buy CDs from:

Reach and Teach | Amazon

Or, if you would like to order a CD direct from The Mosaic Project, send a check or money order for $17 per CD, plus $3 for tax and shipping, to:

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

The Mosaic Project
478 Santa Clara Ave, Ste 200 – CD
Oakland, CA 94610

Our Curriculum GuidePeacing it Together!®: The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities, also includes a copy of our CD.

Carlos

“I think the songs are cool and can change the world.” — Carlos

Chris

“We all join in singing together to make peace among ourselves.” — Chris, Student

Josefine

“I have taught my sister all the songs and now she knows them by heart!” — Josefine, Student

Leslie

“The use of music is VERY effective. Your songs are WONDERFUL parts of the curriculum and will have lasting effect.” — Leslie Bell, Teacher

Lydia

“I still to this day have the songs in my head, over and over teaching me these important lessons.” — Lydia, Student

Natalee

“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, Teacher

Thuy

“I enjoyed the songs we sang because when I sing those songs it makes me feel all warm inside like there is a little fire burning inside my heart.”    — Thuy, Student

Posters & Magnets

Bring The Mosaic Project into your classroom or school with our colorful 11” x 17” posters.
Our posters illustrate key Mosaic concepts including:

  • MOSAIC values
  • 5 Tools for Conflict Resolution
  • I-Statements
  • the definitions of stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination (posters only)

Posters cost $5/ each or $15 for a set of all 4.

Our posters are now also available in Spanish (see below for samples).

Posters are a great accompaniment to our Curriculum Guide.

T-Shirts and More

Mosaic Logo Wearables and Gear

You can get The Mosaic Project and “Peace Hand” logo on clothes, bags, mugs and journals.