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Come Join the Circle: Lessonsongs for Peacemaking

by Paulette Meier

“These 14 songs have the power to change children’s lives!” With a diverse mix of performers and styles, superb instrumentation and engaging lyrics, this award-winning CD has become a classic for teaching and inspiring children in the ways of peace!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Join the Circle
2:14 album only
2. Listen!
2:08 album only
3. Time At the Peace Table
3:10 album only
4. What Does Peace Mean?
2:49 album only
5. Good Friends (Peer Mediation Song)
4:39 album only
6. Cool Cooperation
3:48 album only
7. Canned Peas Blues
4:17 album only
8. Break 'Em On Down
2:04 album only
9. Clothes Don't Make the Person
3:45 album only
10. Martin and Robby
2:58 album only
11. The Strategy Wheel
2:58 album only
12. Affirmations
3:54 album only
13. Dealing With Feelings Rap (I-Message Song)
4:14 album only
14. Come On Board!
4:24 album only
15. Listen! (Sing Along Version)
2:09 album only
16. Time At the Peace Table (Sing Along Version)
3:11 album only
17. Clothes Don't Make the Person (Sing Along Version)
3:47 album only
18. The Strategy Wheel (Sing Along Version)
2:58 album only
19. Affirmations (Sing Along Version)
3:54 album only
20. Dealing With Feelings Rap (Sing Along Version)
4:13 album only
21. Come On Board! (Sing Along Version)
4:23 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Gets Kids Talking... and Singing!

The positive feedback on this CD seems to be universal! School aged kids ask for it again and again in classrooms and homes in all kinds of communities. Parents, teachers. and counselors recommend it as a musical way for children to express their feelings about everyday issues and to learn lifelong skills for building better relationships. The 14 songs feature engaging lyrics, contemporary sounds, and energetic vocals from a diverse group of musicians, including children and teens. From country to reggae, blues to hip-hop, the variety of musical styles entice children of all backgrounds and ages-as well as the adults listening in! The latest edition includes a bonus feature of 7 instrumental sing along tracks. A notated song book with guitar chords is also available directly from LessonSongs Music.

Peace educator and singer/songwriter Paulette Meier uses music as a way to build unity, explore differences, and teach skills and concepts in conflict resolution and social/emotional learning. Her songs grew out of her work with elementary and middle school age students in both rural Kentucky and urban Cincinnati areas, and they reflect common conflicts in all students' lives.

A strong believer in collaboration and inclusion, Meier brought in the voices of pre-teenagers and a wonderfully diverse mix of musicians. David Archer, a British musician living in the U.S., arranged most of the songs and provided vocal and guitar accompaniment. Atlanta hip-hop artist James Reid wrote and sang the lead on "Cool Cooperation," and jazz musician William Menefield sang the lead on "Martin and Robby." Come Join the Circle has won a Parents' Choice Approved Award, a Children's Music Web award, and has been featured on the website,

What People Are Saying...

"Excellent content, beautifully recorded, well sung and played. I love the variety of styles." -Peggy Seeger

"Come Join the Circle is absolutely exceptional. Every classroom across America should have it. The wisdom in it is priceless." --Naomi Drew, author of Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World;

"The songs - melodic and catchy, but never preachy - just might inspire your children to work things out."
-- Parenting Magazine

"The excellent production, good songs that don't talk down to kids, live and lively instrumentation, and clear passion of the performers make this CD particularly entertaining and engaging to kids and families. And what's more, the kids might actually learn something useful to help them get along in life!" - John McCutcheon, musician and 5x Grammy award winner

"A delightful collection of songs aimed at teaching children about conflict resolution, cooperation, dealing with peer pressure and bullies...full of toe-tapping, hand-clapping tunes." -- Cincinnati Post

"It doesn't sound like a kids' CD, so your pre-teen won't be embarrassed to play it. Chances are it will get you dancing around the room as well!" -- review in Enough! -newsletter of The Center for a New American Dream



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Jeanne Halladay

Thrilled to have this resource!
These warm and wonderful songs make children want to move, think, smile and learn new ways to live. I'm thrilled to have this resource for my classroom!

Lisa Reilly

What a powerful peacemaking tool!
If every child grew up listening to and learning these songs, the world would be a different place for sure.

Heidi Green

Best children's CD I know!
Paulette Meier has captured a fun and invigorating way to teach children some important values. I've given it to a number of children I know, and always get a joy out of watching them dance and sing to this one, over and over! This is a must-have CD!!

Patricia Wade

I think this cd should be heard by children and adults alike because it inspires
This cd is a must for all adults looking to bring some peace into the lives of children."Cool Cooperation" blew me and my grandchildren away! Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with this cd being released!

Raechel Combs

Perfect for Montessori classrooms
I am a 3-6 teacher in a Montessori classroom. Each of these songs is appropriate and well suited for our philosophy of teaching. The children love the songs.

Winnie Boal

Great music, great teaching tool!
This CD is great music just for listening to and is a wonderful teaching tool for kids (adults?) as well! Besides my personal copy, my employer is buying one for our health education lending library as well. Love it!!


Great CD
This CD has a lot of powerful messages. I hope they come out with a new cd with just the rap and r&b. It is so motivational for my students.

Mary MacKay

My 3rd graders LOVE the song What Does Peace Mean!
The songs (and meanings) stay with you long after the singing is over. What a great CD! And this is my 30th year of bringing in my own guitar and singing with children!

Ron Sauer

Great for both children and parents.
Come Join the Circle addresses the problem of conflict resolution for children an a manner that both children and adults can enjoy. The messages are put to music genres to which children relate, and their parents, teachers, and other adults can appreciate and use. It is both a great teaching tool and fun just for the listening.

Kathy Stratte

This CD inspired a daily Peace Circle in my lst and 2nd grade classroom!
I love these songs. For the past three years, we have started our day in my primary multiage classroom with a peace circle. We sing 1 or two songs from this CD (Come Join the Circle, followed by Listen or What Does Peace Mean?
Then we pass a candle around the circle and each of us makes a peace wish. When we blow out our candle, our wishes become a part of our room. Thanks for the awesome inspiration.
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