Sanford Harmony – Social Emotional Learning
Students need knowledge and critical thinking skills, but it is the “soft skills”—like empathy and inclusion—that allow them to create meaning out of daily experiences.
At Woodcrest we call this the “hidden curriculum” that focuses on such building empathy, kindness, acceptance, and communication skills. Woodcrest uses the highly acclaimed Sanford Harmony program to accomplish this task. Sanford Harmony provides easy-to-use activities and lessons coupled with teacher training and support to guide teachers to building strong and positive classroom communities. Sanford Harmony helps create classrooms where elementary and middle school students feel more connected to their teachers and peers.
The Sanford Harmony program at Woodcrest School encourages every child to interact with all peers. Students have opportunities on a daily basis to work together as a community: sharing with each other, discussing how they are treating each other, problem-solving and celebrating successes as a group. Woodcrest accomplishes this process by daily buddy up where students are paired together to interact for quick, collaborative activities.