How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

“Creativity is representing some kind of relevant problem in a new way and making people understand it, and feel about it, and have some insight into something that matters.” We love this article featured in MindShift.  Seems to be a direct fit to what we are doing with our award-winning project titled IMAGINATION GENERATION. “Students’ [Read More…]

DANDELION receives MOM’S CHOICE AWARD!

The Mom’s Choice Awards Name “DANDELION” Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products GROWING SOUND (a division of Children, Inc) is honored to announce that “DANDELION” featuring DEMI MAYS (And Friends) has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award®. Having been rigorously evaluated by an MCA judging panel, “DANDELION” is deemed to be among the best products [Read More…]

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

The Greater Good e-newsletter published by University of California, Berkeley recently published an article that confirms what Growing Sound has been promoting with our songs and resources; SEL doesn’t just change the teaching-it changes the teachers and the students. Check out this great story below. How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms By Vicki Zakrzewski | September [Read More…]

Growing Sound and Kandoo Kids

  Kandoo University (created by Kandoo Kids products) has included Children, Inc. parenting tips along with our Growing Sound song “Let’s Pick A Picture” from the new DANDELION CD on their website! Kandoo Kids creates potty training wipes and personal care items for toddlers and early preschoolers. The focus of this parenting tip was on “dialogical reading”. [Read More…]

The Empathy Quiz

  Empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. Research suggests that empathic people tend to be more generous and concerned with others’ welfare, and they also tend to have happier relationships and greater personal well-being. Empathy can also improve [Read More…]

8/6 Annual Peace Day in Japan

    Every year the people of Japan celebrate August 6th as Annual Peace Day. The day to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima. Sadako Sasaki (佐々木 禎子, Sasaki Sadako?, January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955) was a Japanese  girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near [Read More…]

How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

“If we know how and why music changes the brain in ways that affect other cognitive abilities,” he says, “this could have a real impact on the value we put on it as an activity in the schools, not to mention all the impact it has on emotional development, emotional maturity, social skills, stick-to-itiveness, things [Read More…]

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential. Read this [Read More…]

Washington Post hits the mark with front page story

From the Front Page of The Washington Post (June 2, 2014) D.C. Classroom Welcome Babies in Effort to Teach Empathy “Now it has been imported to the United States, amid growing concern about classroom bullying and growing conviction that teaching certain character traits — such as persistence, self-control and self-confidence — is just as crucial [Read More…]

Why Children Need Mindfulness Just As Much As Adults Do (by Carolyn Gregoire)

In the growing conversation around mindfulness, we’re constantly hearing about meditation in the workplace and tech CEOs who swear by the practice. But less attention is being paid to the quietly growing movement for mindfulness in the family, and the use of meditation to optimize the health, well-being and happiness of children. It’s not just [Read More…]