Setting the Mood

As I have said before, I have an angel baby.  He is such a good baby and barely cries.  We have however, been using a few tricks of the trade such as swaddling, a pacifier and white noise.  I’ve been reading this awesome blog “The Troublesome Tot.” and feel much more educated as a new parent.  Thank god for the bloggers who post all this new parent info, or I would be totally lost.  So lately, I have downloaded quite a few ambient/ white noise apps to my iPhone and they work like magic with the baby.  I think even I have been sleeping better.

Today my husband enlightened me with a strategy he has used in recent  business meetings and I thought it was pretty genius.  He puts on the white noise app we use for the baby at a low volume during meetings and he swears it sets the tone of the meeting and creates a more relaxed environment.  If these ambient/ white noise apps can soothe babies and make high pressure business meeting more relaxed, why aren’t we using them in the classroom.

Though the studies I have found on the Internet have had inconclusive results when measuring the benefits of listening to ambient noise during work or creative tasks, I point to the fact that listening to this type of noise has an undeniable relaxing effect.  And in a noisy raucous classroom when you want your students to concentrate on a task, I think adding relaxing sounds can’t hurt.

Here are some links to studies:

Here are some apps I have been using for the baby.  Why not try these out in your classroom and see how they work?

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OmVana (the best one in my opinion, but it’s not free).  This is actually a music player.  You can download different tracks and mix them.  There is a huge variety of music and sounds to choose from.

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 8.55.27 PM Relaxing Melodies We have been falling asleep to the cricket sounds on this app.  It works wonders with the baby.

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Sleep Pillow – I have the free version of this that is a bit limited; however, it does have some nice whale sounds.

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