SuperHeroes and a Growth Mindset

Kudos to Kathy Dyer on her recent blog on NWEA (@NWEA) using the concept of SuperHeroes to introduce the latest research on Growth Mindsets. We love how Dyer ties it all together in reinforcing how students and teachers (both) have an ability and need to grow – to learn new things, new ways of thinking [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…]

DANDELION wins 5th award!

CREATIVE CHILD MAGAZINE recently announced that DANDELION (featuring Demi Mays (and Friends), with music and lyrics by David Kisor) published by GROWING SOUND has been named 2015 CD of the YEAR (Kids CD Category). Creative Child Magazine is a national bi-monthly publication that provides parents with the latest information on how to nurture their child’s [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…]

Preschoolers and Emotions

A recent article in Mind/Shift focuses on “The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions”. At Growing Sound many of our songs help children understand their Emotions. For young learners we have our song titled “Emotion” from the CD titled I CAN SETTLE DOWN. This song is also available in English/Spanish on our [Read More…]

Social-Emotional Learning Pays Off

We were thrilled to read this article recently posted in Education Week. According to Timothy Shriver and John Bridgeland…”Schools can no longer overlook the benefits associated with social and emotional learning.” Check out the full article here. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/02/26/social-emotional-learning-pays-off.html?tkn=QZOF9laQUXWgGDL%2FKWrRcwyqPOLWKhdgM9mR&intc=es Remember that the Growing Sound: SONGS OF RESILIENCE Series is a great introduction to Social and Emotional [Read More…]

Kindness Curriculum and Mindfulness

A recent article featured in HuffPost talks about how kids in groundbreaking ‘Kindness Curriculum’ get better grades. Much of the focus of this article also discusses the area of “Mindfulness”. At GROWING SOUND we continue to be one step ahead in the latest research. Our CD and coordinating Resource Manual titled HERE, NOW KNOW-HOW actually [Read More…]