Tweet When I was growing up, mom had this book called “Let’s Make a Memory!” Looking back on it, it’s hard to tell why we didn’t love that book. It was filled with different activities that were authentic, engaging, and developmentally appropriate. But I can distinctly remember when we heard mom call out, “Guys! Let’s […]

The Power of Play

by Melissa on August 16, 2010

Tweet I know you might be thinking, “Ah! The school year’s approaching! Time to brush up on Math Facts and Spelling!” At Tandem Teaching, we definitely believe there’s a place for that. But we’re also begging you  to take these last few, carefree days, and use them very wisely. It might be the last opportunity […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on July 14, 2010

Tweet I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do. And that enable you to laugh at life’s realities. -Dr. Seuss

Let Them Swing

by Patrick on July 13, 2010

Tweet Next time you’re sitting on the playground, take a minute to watch your child swing. There is a lot going on behind the seemingly simple movement. Swinging requires a precise coordination between the mind and body. Even more important it requires balance. Theses exact skills learned on the playground are needed in the classroom. […]

3 Summer Break Tips

by Patrick on June 29, 2010

Tweet It’s been about a week or two now and it’s the point where summer break is really sinking in to their little minds. This isn’t like those tiny winter vacation or the barely noticeable spring breaks that goes by with a blink of the eye. This is summer vacation. This is the long haul. […]

Tweet Last week I visited a progressive charter school in San Diego. It was their family art night. There were musicians playing music, 3D tempera paints, stained glass windows and sculptures. There was even a restaurant where the children were taking and delivering orders. The place looked amazing. But what caught my attention most was […]

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 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 […]