Social & Emotional

Kids Need to be Kids

Author and early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige makes the case for authentic educational experiences, less concerned with assessment and more concerned with experiences that give kids what they need - opportunities to be kids. Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige knows a thing or two about childhood development. For 30 years, she trained teachers at Lesley University [...]

Love and Music: A Magical Connection

"It is the special province of music to move the heart."Johann Sebastian Bach I've said it before: music is magic. It's the strangest thing...something you can't physically touch can have such a tremendous impact on your emotional state. And it's pervasive. Marketing folks and film producers know this magic. They effectively use music to tug [...]

Book Review: Pete the Cat – I Love my White Shoes

We love children's books. Also - and this should be no surprise - we love children's books that get people singing. Oh! One more thing! If that children's book teaches some really fantastic aspect of childhood development, well, that's a home run. Dr. Boyle takes a peek at Pete the Cat - I Love my White [...]

Melody Magic: Music Strengthens Social Bonds

What can't music do? It makes us laugh...makes us cry. It can make us get up and can make us sit perfectly still. But did you know that it can strengthen social bonds in some very specific ways? Dr. Boyle brings us the details. I watch people for a living. Okay - that's a [...]