Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

Back in 2016, ZerotoThree.org published an article by Rebecca Parlakian and Claire Lerner that studied the effects of using Music with Infants and Toddlers. In this article, they explore the many ways that music promotes growth in the various developmental domains and how infant/toddler professionals can use music experiences to support children’s early learning. Check [Read More…]

No place for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools? Are you sure?

Education Week recently published a great article by Peter DeWitt focusing (once again) on the importance of social-emotional learning. DeWitt had posted a previous article and was (or wasn’t) surprised by the comments and feedback he received from (what he calls) “the naysayers”. But Dewitt builds his case once again in this new article and [Read More…]

Why Preschool is the Most Important Year In a Child’s Development

A recent article published on September 15, 2017 on Mindshift penned by Deborah Farmer Kris does a great job of highlighting the value and importance of publicly funded PreK programs-but most importantly that “QUALITY” is what really matters. You can read through the full article here, but pay close attention to the last paragraph about [Read More…]

New Music Project Featuring Songs for Speech and Language Skills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Covington, KY, October 9, 2017-GROWING SOUND, an award winning children’s music publisher that creates songs based on the latest research in social and emotional development is pleased to announce the release of their newest CD: MUSIC IN MY MOUTH featuring the music of DAVID KISOR just in time for the 2017 AHSA [Read More…]

“7 Ways To Raise A Resilient Child”

Parents Magazine recently published a fantastic article titled “7 Ways To Raise A Resilient Child” by Catherine Newman. Ms. Newman touched on so many key points that are spot on in regards to the work we have been doing at Growing Sound for 10 years. Stand By, Step In-But Don’t Take Over, Encourage a Growth [Read More…]

Hello California! We’ve been waiting for you.

EdSource (Highlighting Strategies for Student Success) recently published an article penned by Jane Meredith Adams titled “Understanding social and emotional learning: a quick guide”. According to the article, “To improve education, California is asking schools to improve the way they meet the emotional as well as the academic needs of students.” We are so grateful [Read More…]

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…]