BEFORE THE BULLYING Initiative featured by WCPO9

We are so grateful to Cincinnati “9 on Your Side” Reporter, LUCY MAY, for featuring our BEFORE THE BULLYING Initiative in a recent “Insider” article. You can preview the article below, or sign up to be a WCPO Insider and read the full article. We invite YOU to make a difference in YOUR area by [Read More…]

Making the Most of Reading Aloud

Making the Most of Reading Aloud: Practical Strategies for Parents of Young Children is a terrific article recently published by PBS.org with an interesting study. We especially liked the suggestions for parents and #4 really jumped out at us as it is a great tie in to our song on the DANDELION CD titled “Let’s [Read More…]

Nurturing Resilience in our Children

The Huffington Post/UK just published a terrific article by Marc Smith (psychologist/educator) about nurturing resilience in young children. Smith offers 5 top suggestions. After reviewing the article we affirmed that we are on the right track with our Songs of Resilience Series (specifically I CAN DO IT, I CAN COUNT ON YOU, and I CAN [Read More…]

GROWING SOUND wins Academics Choice Award!

ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE: Songs For A Montessori Environment published by GROWING SOUND has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award. Academics Choice Awards bring recognition to the best thinking-based products on the market. Academics Choice promotes the best brain-boosting, genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential [Read More…]

“Sharing” leads to Success

We are encouraged by the recent article in The Washington Post that discusses research that shows how “sharing” in kindergarten leads to success later in life. “The research, which involved tracking nearly 800 students for two decades, suggests that specific social-emotional skills among young children can be powerful predictors for success later in life.” Read [Read More…]

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down

Everyday Health recently published a great article by Therese Borchard titled “10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down”. The article references “mindfulness” techniques and also references Lauren Brukner’s Book “The Kids Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control”. You can read the full article with links here. We want to add to this article that [Read More…]

Believe that “Anything’s Possible”

“When students are informed that it’s possible to improve their IQ, they respond by improving their IQ. A simple message of possibility opens the door to an improvement in brain function.” This is just one point from a recent article in MINDSHIFT that emphasizes that “results tell us that beliefs matter, perhaps much more than [Read More…]

Growing Sound and Highlights Magazine!

It is rare that you meet someone who hasn’t heard of “Highlights Magazine”, right? (First published in 1946 and now surpasses 1 Billion copies in print!) Today Highlights has several other extensions including High-Five Magazine (targeted for children ages 2-6). It’s more than just a magazine-it’s now fully interactive! Yet, these magazines do not carry [Read More…]

Perseverance and Children’s Intellectual Growth

It’s no secret that we are big fans of the work of Dr. Carol Dweck. In this latest article posted on Phys.org Dr. Dweck tells us that perseverance is key to children’s intellectual growth. Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, said “that when children are praised for the process they engage in – hard work, strategies, [Read More…]

Developing Independence in Children

Michigan State University Extension recently published an article that really grabbed our attention titled “Developing Independence in Children”. The author, Carrie Shrier offers four parenting tips to help support your child’s growing independence. 1) Teach Self-Help Skills 2) Require Chores and Family Responsibilities 3) Don’t fight their battles 4) Impose Natural Consequences Of course here [Read More…]