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…]

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…]

What Changes When A School Embraces Mindfulness?

This is an article we found interesting in regards to implementing the MINDUP Curriculum into the classroom. Researchers are continuing to see proven examples of how academic performance improves when mindfulness strategies are used. Although the research conducted in this article was on older children, we see mindfulness strategies used in the early childhood classroom [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…]

Fights With Friends: Help Your Child Learn To Resolve Conflicts

PBS Parents recently posted a great article in their Expert Tips and Advice Area about how to help your children to learn conflict resolution. Many of those conflicts involve their very own friends! The article was written by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD. At Growing Sound we support this research with our BEFORE THE BULLYING Initiative and [Read More…]

How to Raise A Resilient Kid

HUFF POST PARENTS just published a great article titled ‘HOW TO RAISE A RESILIENT KID” by Lorraine Allen once again validating the work we do here at GROWING SOUND. Everything we do stems from the latest research in social-emotional development including Resilience Theory. Allen’s article goes on to mention “If we give our kids the [Read More…]

New Research on Children and Self-Esteem

We love hearing children sing our songs “I CAN DO IT” and “BIG STRONG SMART WONDERFUL ME”! It gives us that confidence that the work we are doing at GROWING SOUND really is making a difference. Molly McElroy from the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences recently contributed an article to UWTODAY (published by University [Read More…]