Revisiting “Self-Control”

Back in January 2016, MINDSHIFT published an article by Katrina Schwartz titled “Research-based Strategies to Help Children Develop Self-Control”. It’s always a good idea to revisit articles on self-control (especially after a busy holiday season). This article talks about the research of Walter Mischel and his well-known body of work called “THE MARSHMALLOW TEST”. Check [Read More…]

Defining The Skills For Success

“Useable Knowledge”, that is published out by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, recently posted an article by Leah Shafer titled “Defining The skills For Success” that signals the difference between executive function and other regulation-related skills in regards to child development. According to the article, “strong executive function (EF) is key to children’s success [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Research-based Strategies to Help Children Develop Self-Control

Thank you to our friends at MINDSHIFT for posting this article on research based strategies to help children develop self-control. This article focuses on the work of Psychology Professor Walter Mischel. Read the full article here. Of course SELF-CONTROL is one of the key protective factors identified by the DECA as key in developing a [Read More…]