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…]

What Do We Tell Kids About Election Results?

A recent post on Philly.com titled “What Do We Tell Kids About the Election Results?” by Anna Nguyen and including responses from W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D., ABPP, director of integrated health care for American Psychological Association, Anita Kulick, president & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting, and our friend Paul LeBuffe, director of the Devereux Center [Read More…]

Tips to Help Kids Develop GRIT for School

Our good friend, Paul A. LeBuffe, M.A., Director of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Center for Resilient Children recently posted a guest blog on Philly.com with ideas and suggestions for helping kids to develop grit for school. GRIT has become a trending topic in education much due to the work of psychologist, Angela Duckworth. Although there [Read More…]

Finally! Head Start gets funding for Social Emotional Learning

We’ve been so patient waiting to get the word and now it is here! NPREd is reporting that a big move is coming to Head Start and much of it involves funding for social-emotional learning. At Growing Sound SEL is our key focus! We have great songs and resources that can make a big impact [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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