When we started Reach And Teach one of our key goals was to treasure hunt for resources that were wonderful but which might not have the "Reach" to "Teach" people beyond the area and timeframe in which the resources were created. Organizations often create incredible books, curriculum, activities, DVDs, and posters for a particular program or project and successfully use those resources. Then... Well... In this month's newsletter we want to tell you about three treasures.
After that we'll let you know where you can find Reach And Teach in the next six weeks.
- The Mosaic Project's Peacing It Together,
- Kids Can Make a Difference: Finding Solutions to Hunger,
- Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco (the 4th book published by Reach And Teach along with a web portal with tons of great resources/links to help teach about and do something about homelessness).
Peacing It Together - The Mosaic Project's Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Materials
A few months ago some of our peeps told us we HAD to check out The Mosaic Project. Here's how they describe themselves: The Mosaic Project works towards a peaceful future by reaching children in their formative years. We unite young children of diverse backgrounds, provide them with essential skills to thrive in an increasingly diverse society, and empower them to strive for peace. We create a microcosm of the diverse, inclusive, just world we want to see and show our young students that peace is possible. We seed the future population of middle schools, high schools, and all the venues of adult life with thousands of individuals who have seen a new possibility of what the world can be. Not only are our students inspired to work towards peace, they have been given concrete skills to do so and are empowered to take action.
After years of success in a variety of venues including five-day peace camps and in-school programs, The Mosaic Project has created an incredible resource that anyone can use to weave their time-tested and proven activities into any program. Whether you use the entire curriculum, some parts, or just teach one of the wonderful songs, you'll be planting seeds of peace.
The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum 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. The curriculum package includes:
- 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)
- Conflict Resolution
- Emotional Literacy
- 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
Click here to check out The Mosaic Project's products on the Reach And Teach web site. Click here to visit The Mosaic Project's web site.
Kids Can Make a Difference
This is an AMAZING resource for teachers and others who work with young people. It goes way beyond introducing the concepts of hunger and activities kids can engage in to make a difference. Instead, it delves into the root causes of hunger and poverty around the world, holding no punches as it examines colonialism, gender issues, the vast difference between the haves and the have-nots, developing versus industrialized nations and their lifestyles (over-consumption versus barely surviving). Combine this with The Mosaic Project's curriculum, Teaching Economics As If People Mattered, 25 Math Investigations that Will Astound You, and Real Lives and you've got the ultimate package of world-changing education.
We first discovered this wonderful book when we were working with a national homelessness organization, putting together lesson plans to teach kids about homelessness. Through that we got into the promotion of "service learning" and from there we discovered the Kids Can Make A Difference Organization (kidscanmakeadifference.org).
About the Book:
Finding Solutions To Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference, is an innovative Teacher Guide developed by World Hunger Year board member and teacher Stephanie Kempf. This is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, leaders of after-school groups, and faith-based organizations working with children and youth. The Guide contains 25 lessons that provide valuable background and creative suggestions to help students answer the difficult questions dealing with hunger and poverty. The book helps students move beyond negative feelings into constructive actions that show that they can make a difference in their community, country and world. The book includes fund-raising ideas, organizations to contact, and a listing of available videos and books for use with lessons.
Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco and the new Reach And Teach Homelessness Education & Action Portal
One of our earlest projects was rescuing curriculum about homeless children from a dusty old closet at a non-profit organization. Ever since then we've continued to hunt for and develop resources for education about homelessness. Well, when we discovered that one of the authors in our publishing cooperative had written a book about a homeless girl in San Francisco, we had to meet her. And, then we learned that the book had gone out of print and that we could pick it up. Summer Brenner, the author, has done a complete rewrite and the amazing Brian Bowes has put together awesome illustrations and now the book is now available.
Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco. In this empathetic tale of hope, understanding, and the importance of family, readers face the difficult issue of poverty and the many hardships of being homeless through an inspiring young heroine named Ivy. Ivy is the story of a young girl who finds herself homeless on the streets of San Francisco when she and her father, Poppy, are evicted from his artist loft.
Struggling to survive day to day, Ivy and Poppy befriend a dog who takes them to the ramshackle home of quirky siblings Eugenia and Oscar Orr, marking the start of some amazing adventures. Blending a spoonful of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist with a dash of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and a few pinches of the Adventures of Lassie, Ivy's tale will appeal to young readers as well as give adults material to discuss with children. My pets have a trainer coming into the shop this week. I guess they need some training to do a better job of making me happy. Maybe the trainer will tell them that I'd be much happier if they didn't do all these events, leaving me home all alone. We'll see. Or, maybe the trainer can teach them how to bring me TO these events too! Wouldn't that be fun? I'd run around like a complete nut if I could go!
Click here to check out our new web portal for resources on homelessness PLUS buy the book!
Toby Says - Why Don't These Guys Just Stay Home?
We got really positive feedback about a recent newsletter that included a few words (barks) from Toby, our muttscot. So, here's Toby!
Every morning I run around like a complete maniac up until the minute Craig and Derrick finally open the door to the garage and let me in the car. Then we're off to a dog park for a good walk (they call it a good walk if I .... well, you know) and after that we head over to the shop. Did you know you can find me (and pet or feed me or feed AND pet me) at the shop in San Mateo, Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm? That's right! If you need a little love, come visit me. Of course at 5pm I run around like a nut again because I know it is time to go home! Actually, I run around like a nut any time I get to go anywhere with my pets. I'm usually pretty happy except for those times when my pets go off galavanting to some "event" like the ones that are coming up. So, if you want to see my pets, and give them some grief about leaving me all alone to mope... you can visit them at: