Beads on One String
Now in the SIXTH Printing!
What began simply as a song and book about our “connectedness” in the world has grown into a popular positive behavior and bully prevention program for elementary schools.
Picture a beaded necklace, where every bead is a different size, shape and color, but all held together by one string. This is the concept Dennis Warner visioned while creating a song that evolved into the beautiful book now utilized throughout the USA and other countries, showing kids and adults that we are all connected, like beads on one string.
The Beads on One String Project was created in 2004 following an invitation by Pat Heine, Education Director at St. Cloud State University, to develop a bully prevention curriculum/program for elementary schools in Minnesota. Prior to 2004, bully prevention curriculums were common in high schools and middle schools, but not so much at the elementary level. Dennis, Pat and teacher Jill Halberg believed this was backwards, that bully prevention priority should START in the younger grades, so together they crafted The Beads on One String Project. What began as a pilot program in Minnesota has now grown well beyond the land of 10,000 lakes in the years since.
Two things that kids love are music and art. So we’re already ahead of the game with this program which focuses on the importance of positive behavior and interaction. The highlight is a school visit by Dennis. Touring nationwide, he loves performing and sharing his uniquely personal stories with the kids and staff. And they love him!
Besides bully prevention, Beads on One String fits perfectly within PBIS frameworks! It’s also used effectively with Diversity, Disability, Character Education and other school issues. School counselors love using the concept to demonstrate the importance of diversity while recognizing and promoting the idea that we’re more alike than we are different to help with conflict resolution.
Dennis Warner has been honored to present this program at numerous teacher, principal and school counselor conferences throughout the country.
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