May 2010

Tweet Early in my career, I had a student who drove me absolutely bonkers. We were studying urban wildlife. Most kids read books about these animals, or drew or talked about them. But this kiddo would go in circles around the room, imitating her animal. She really had it down. The way she walked paired […]

Tweet Summer is quickly approaching and you are being confronted with the dreaded issue “Where are Jessica and Aden going to go for summer camp?” Summer camps have always been around, but within the last 30years, the way that parents and kids alike look at summer has dramatically changed. Summer is no longer about running […]

Tweet Children’s art is beyond the realm of know language. It lies beneath the skin of language, in other words, there aren’t words to describe the feelings, the emotions, the pleasure, the pain, the reasons for painting, scribbling and daubing, Art helps humans actualize and internalize experience. When adults, however well meaning, interpret and attempt […]

Tweet “That males have many more problems with penmanship than females is not even a question. It is one of the better established facts in the literature.” –Steven Graham, scholar and special education professor at the University of Maryland I was on the phone with a dear friend yesterday. She was telling me that her […]

Tweet Today the secrets behind Tandem Teaching’s Earth Fair Exploratorium Extravaganza booth are revealed (with photos).  The Earth Fair is a zero-waste event and our theme for the day was non-consumer based play. We wanted our space to reflect both of those things. Patrick and Edmund imagined and designed an amazing booth made out of […]

Tweet When we at Tandem Teaching set up for Earth Fair 2010, we had no idea how popular our activities would be.  The Exploratorium kept kids, teenagers, and adults busy for hours. One parent grew tired of waiting and had to bribe his son a dollar to finally leave our booth! An Exploratorium is a […]

Tweet The Tandem Teaching Earth Fair photos have arrived! Those who attended the Earth Day extravaganza in San Diego with us will remember the pure delight and joy bursting from our booth. We will be sharing pics and our reflections on the event this week. One of our stations including the magical and mysterious gelatin […]

Tweet In a perfect world an effective play date happens when two children interact with the world in such a way that reality fades away and they are whisked away into their own special wonderland. Yet, there are times when a play date comes to a screeching halt and disaster arises. Here are a few […]

Tweet The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -Jean Piaget

Tweet You may have noticed our little obsession with non-consumer based play lately. We have been hard at work packing that knowledge into an e-book (which gets more awesome every day).  Today we’re excited to share a sneak peak! Here is an excerpt by Patrick. UPDATE: You can buy it now! All About Inventive Play: […]