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…]

Some Ways to Use Music in the Classroom

Music just makes teaching and learning more enjoyable! Below are some suggestions on how you can incorporate music into your lesson plans! ENJOY! Learning How to Listen – Make a worksheet with words missing and have students listen and fill in the missing words as they are listening to the music. Try some chanting – [Read More…]

Study Concludes that Bullying May Have Lasting Health Effects on Kids. See How Music Can Help…

Kids who are picked on by their peers may see lasting effects on their physical and mental well-being, especially if the bullying is allowed to persist for years, the study below suggests. The study finds that kids who are chronically bullied seem to fare the worst and those who are continually picked on from fifth [Read More…]

Students Who Are Involved in Music Generally Test Higher Than Those Who Are Not!

We’d like to share the highlights of an article we found on SmartBlog on Education called Music education for the classroom teacher By Rourke O’Brien In a new study by UCLA professor James Catterall, an analysis of a U.S. Department of Education database called NELLs88 was used to track more than 25,000 students over a [Read More…]