The wealth of Dr. Tonya’s research can be found HERE. Tonya Bergeson-Dana is the Co-Founder of The Urban Chalkboard Enjoy a snippet before diving in!
Take a moment to reflect on your kindergarten year. Mine goes back many years but the happiness of it is still so easily accessible. Remembering how excited I was to [ . . . ]
There are many reasons why a child may be a poor reader, both genetic and environmental. What if there was a test that could predict if a child is at [ . . . ]
Congratulations to The Indianapolis Children’s Choir and The Urban Chalkboard – love seeing a ‘marriage’ of our friends, especially when it means such a great benefit to the Indianapolis community! From their [ . . . ]
I remember my son’s first day of kindergarten. Wearing one of his many Star Wars shirts, he fearlessly entered his new classroom, running when he saw his buddies Trey and [ . . . ]
Is she a good sleeper?” It’s one question new moms and dads hear over and over again. We know that how well an infant sleeps is one of the primary [ . . . ]
When I sing my favorite songs to my 8-year-old son, he lovingly tells me, “stop it, Mom.” But there was a time when he would stop everything he was doing [ . . . ]
Nearly every culture has had a special category of songs sung exclusively to babies, whether they are lullabies, nursery rhymes or some of our own creations handed down through the generations. We sing some songs to babies to calm them down and help them get to sleep (e.g., Rock-a-bye Baby in a Treetop) and other songs while playing with our babies and to get them to giggle (e.g., Skinnamarink a-Dink a-Dink). If you’re a parent (or a soon-to-be parent) who just read those song names without any recognition whatsoever, don’t stress out. You will be surprised at the songs that come out of your mouth that you had no intention of singing before you became a parent! In addition to your own tunes, corporations have created CDs with classical music designed to make babies smarter (e.g., Baby Einstein™ might play Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik) and music classes for parents and babies have also been introduced to the market (Kindermusik, Music Together®). Do these products and services actually work? Luckily, researchers have been following these trends to see what works and why.