Month: June 2013

Weekend Reading: Music and the Brain

We’re fascinated with music. We’re fascinated with how it makes us feel, how it helps us learn, and how it relaxes our minds. We’re not the only ones. These articles and programs on music on the mind stirred our imaginations this week. We hope you’ll check them out and take a moment to think about… Read more »

Frère Jacques Around the World

This is a guest post written by our friend, Lisa Yannucci. Her website, Mama Lisa’s World, is one of our favorites and is the internet’s go-to site for children’s songs and rhymes from around the world. Parents and teachers often write me asking for suggestions about activities they can perform with kids to stimulate their… Read more »

Weekend Reading: Music’s Effect On Learning

Plato said, “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” Scientists seem to agree. Scientists have discovered much about how music affects the brain and where in the brain all of this is happening. The research is… Read more »

Felt Boards in the Young Learners Classroom

This is a guest post from our good friend, Bob Pensak, owner of the English language school, Bob’s English, in Okazaki, Japan. “Felt boards” are an exciting, fun way to tell a story by combining music, movement, and visuals. Felt boards can be purchased or made very easily. Go a hardware or art supply store… Read more »