Early Childhood Education

More Recess, More Focus

Things are happening at Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Forthworth, Texas. They are happening on the playground and in the classrooms, and believe it or not, they are connected. Recently, the school tripled the amount of recess time the students received and the results have been amazing. We have talked about the importance of play on this [...]

Students + Music = Success

A failing school in the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England needed to do something. The staff was unsure what to do. Parents were not happy with the progress of their children. There were issues with funding. The surrounding area was one of the poorest in the area. What to do...what to do... Music to [...]

Book Review – Fidget Wisely

Fidget Wisely: 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness Skills to Kids Who Can't Sit Still by Kirsten May Keach MA, MFT is available at your favorite local bookstore or online in both digital and paperback editions.   A Wonderful Resource... Does your child fidget? Perhaps he has a hard time sitting in one place. Let's face it...we've all [...]

Children’s Book Review: Music Is…

With its bright, colorful cover, Music Is..., wonderful board book, grabs your attention even before you even open it and read it. In many ways, it is a simple book with very few words on each page, but it is a wonderful teaching book – the perfect at-home library complement to the concepts children are learning and [...]

Everyone Can Sing

A recent article, written by Northwestern music education professor, Steven M. Demorest, over at The Conversation, an "independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public," explored the idea of musical talent. The most telling fact, one that I have been aware of for most of my [...]