Teachers: What words do you use to encourage a child’s efforts?

New teachers often struggle with their first experiences during “report card” season. Report cards help communicate a students’ progress. Finding the right words can make a difference not only in encouraging the child, but encouraging the parent as well. Writing unique and meaningful report card comments takes effort. If only negative statements are written, the [Read More…]

Suspending Preschoolers?

A very interesting article was recently published on Mindshift discussing how suspending preschoolers really does NOT work and how adults can intervene. Suspending preschoolers? Really? YES! It’s a fact. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 6,743 children who were enrolled in district-provided pre-K in 2013-14 received one or more out-of-school suspensions. Oh my… Check [Read More…]

Tips For Making Transitions Easier For Children

Our thanks to River City News, and our own parent organization (Children, Inc.), for sharing these great tips for making back to school transitions easier for children. We LOVE that they included our song, “I Keep A Kiss In My Pocket” in this article. This song promote healthy attachment, one of the 3 protective factors [Read More…]

What Changes When A School Embraces Mindfulness?

This is an article we found interesting in regards to implementing the MINDUP Curriculum into the classroom. Researchers are continuing to see proven examples of how academic performance improves when mindfulness strategies are used. Although the research conducted in this article was on older children, we see mindfulness strategies used in the early childhood classroom [Read More…]

How Music Bonds Us Together

In todays world many of us are feeling more and more distant from each other as we debate on political issues, ethical issues, and other topics that may divide us. But recent research shows how MUSIC BONDS US and thus strengthens our social relationships. At Growing Sound we are always talking about how music promotes [Read More…]

Fostering EMPATHY in Kids

The Greater Good Science Center out of Berkeley recently published an article titled “Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids“. As we live in the age of the selfie, a new book from Michele Borba titled “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” is creating some powerful discussion. According to Borba, low levels [Read More…]

The Center on the Developing Child out of Harvard University set the record straight about some aspects of early child development with their recent post titled “8 Things to Remember about Child Development” and now they want to share this information with you; the teacher, the parent, the caregiver, the administrator and others who work [Read More…]

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Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement

One of our most popular trainings presented by David Kisor is our training titled “Building Social and Emotional Awareness Through Music and Movement”. This is why we were thrilled to read this recent article published by TheAtlantic.com website written by Lara N. Dotson-Renta. The author makes many points relative to the same things GROWING SOUND [Read More…]

Three Ways to Promote Social-Emotional Development in The Classroom

Our thanks to Education World for recently posting this article by contributing writer Aimee Hosler on best practices to promote social-emotional development in the classroom. Aimee shares great tips (and reasons) but we just wanted to add that Growing Sound songs can make a BIG difference in teaching these skills too. Check out the full [Read More…]

Teaching Kindness Boosts Preschoolers Achievement

Teaching Kindness, Minfulness, Caring and Empathy have always been important skills incorporated into GROWING SOUND lyrics written by David Kisor in promoting social-emotional learning. And now, new research shows us that teaching these skills can also boost achievement; once again helping children to become ready for school and ready for life. Check out this excellent [Read More…]