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…]

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…]

Some Ways to Use Music in the Classroom

Music just makes teaching and learning more enjoyable! Below are some suggestions on how you can incorporate music into your lesson plans! ENJOY! Learning How to Listen – Make a worksheet with words missing and have students listen and fill in the missing words as they are listening to the music. Try some chanting – [Read More…]