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…]

Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function

Do you work with at-risk youth? We recently came across an article published in ScienceDaily that explains how community music programs enhance brain function in at-risk children. Their research finds that although one year of instruction does very little to spark changes in the nervous system…two years of music lessons improved the precision with which [Read More…]

Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

  At GROWING SOUND we create music/songs for children based on the latest research in social and emotional development. But, many, many, many of our songs can be applied to the caregiver as well. That caregiver can be a teacher, a parent, a grandparent… As a matter of fact, our award-winning Songs of Resilience Series even includes [Read More…]

Musical Training Makes You Smarter

We are always very excited to share new research in neuroscience and neurology. But this recent post on BrainBlogger really caught our attention. There have been many studies to find an association between music and cognitive abilities. Some studies, like “The Mozart Effect” have been challenged and nullified, but this article studies the effects of [Read More…]

Preschool Kids and Self-Regulation

The Oregonian recently posted an article on their website that discusses how research shows how preschool kids can have fun building the crucial life skill of “self-regulation”. Of course we here at GROWING SOUND already knew that when we introduced our CD titled I CAN SETTLE DOWN, so we even added to the comments at [Read More…]

Emotional Learning as important as ABC’s?

We recently came across this article in MindShift that explains how emotional learning may be as important as learning the ABC’s. A study conducted by Kenneth Dodge, a psychologist at Duke University proved that,  “In the same way that we can teach reading literacy, we can teach social and emotional literacy.” (according to Dodge). Several programs including [Read More…]

“Sensitive Caregiving”

  A longitudinal study by researchers at the University of Minnesota and others published in the current issue of Child Development demonstrate that “sensitive caregiving” by parents in the first three years of life predict social functioning and academic success all the way into adulthood.  They define sensitive care giving as: 1) a Responding to [Read More…]

DANDELION makes the Gift Guide!

We just found out that DANDELION is included in the 2014 Cincinnati Toy Makers Gift Guide. Perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa http://www.cincinnatitoymakers.com/dandelion-cd.html DANDELION featuring DEMI MAYS (And Friends) is a collection of songs that capture and celebrate the day to day joys in a young child’s life and how they interact with the parents and [Read More…]

Self-Regulation Helps Kindergartners

From a  recent article published in EdSource:  A new study from New York University researchers Clancy Blair and C. Cybele Raver links a kindergarten program that specifically promotes “executive functions” – such as self-control, paying attention and planning – with academic improvements that persist beyond kindergarten. If this study is of interest to you, you might [Read More…]