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…]

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…]

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…]

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

“Creativity is representing some kind of relevant problem in a new way and making people understand it, and feel about it, and have some insight into something that matters.” We love this article featured in MindShift.  Seems to be a direct fit to what we are doing with our award-winning project titled IMAGINATION GENERATION. “Students’ [Read More…]