Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sing Peace Around the World - A Montessori Peace Day Project

Sing Peace Around The World Project

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For me the song, “Light a Candle for Peace” has so much meaning in my classroom and it is a song that we sing regularly, which always creates a very calm tone during circle time. I am so grateful to Shelley Murley for composing such a beautiful song with so much meaning behind it. For those of you who don’t know who Shelley Murley is, she is a Montessorian as well as a talented composer from Vancouver, BC, Canada.

In 2009, Shelley created a worldwide singing project to celebrate the United Nation’s Peace Day on September 21. She composed the piece called 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, and it ended 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! The lyrics to the song are so simple and I encourage you to visit her blog, which has a wonderful little video about the project and clips of children singing this beautiful song from schools all around the world. You can also download the song and lyrics for free.

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
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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