Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sing Peace Around the World - A Montessori Peace Day Project

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.
—Thich Nhat Hanh

For me the song, Light a Candle for Peace has so much meaning in my classroom. It is a song that we sing regularly, which always creates a very calm tone during circle time. I am so grateful to Montessorian Shelley Murley for composing such a beautiful song with so much meaning behind it.

A Montessori Tradition for Your Classroom: Sing Peace Around the World

In 2009, Shelley created a worldwide singing project to celebrate the United Nation’s Peace Day on September 21. She composed the song Light a Candle for Peace, and it was sung all around the world by various Montessori schools. Starting with New Zealand, schools around the world sang the song over a 24-hour period, ending with the Hawaiian Islands. The project took place again in 2010, and will continue in 2011, so keep September 21 in mind, and have your students participate in this global peace project. You can download the song and lyrics for free to add this tradition to your Montessori classroom!

Light A Candle For Peace, light a candle for love
Light a candle that shines all away around the world
Light a candle for me, light a candle for you
That our wish for world peace
Will one day come true

Light a candle for peace, light a candle for love
Light a candle that shines all away around the world
Light a candle for me, light a candle for you
That our wish for world peace, will one day come true

Sing peace around the world
Sing peace around the world, sing peace around the world
Sing peace around the world

Bree — NAMC Tutor & Graduate
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.


  1. hi,
    great post!!!
    really a very nice work for pre school students ...
    Montessori Schools

  2. Thank-you for your comment Tony and yes, it is a wonderful activity with a great deal of meaning behind it.


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