Writing

Once school’s out, most kids don’t even want to look at a pen and paper. There are three ways that you can ensure that writing is an exciting outlet for your child’s creativity. 1. Write a Letter There are few things in life that bring me more joy than finding a real letter in my [...]

I’ve been in professional development all week and we’ve been talking about designing quality curriculum and instruction that produces literate children in 2010. I’ve been reflecting on my own literacy development as a child and asking myself many question. So, I have a question for you. What does it mean to be a literate person [...]

Here at Tandem Teaching we often give you the “inside scoop” about how to help your child navigate the educational system. But there’s one thing that’s about to come up for almost every kid across America that you don’t need us to fill you in on, because you’ve experienced it yourself on more than one [...]

Whew, can you believe that its almost the end of July? Honestly, I can’t. I’m sitting here asking myself, “Where has my summer gone?” Any-who, I hope that you have had a great summer. What did you do? Did you go to any backyard picnics, summer jazz festivals, or beaches? What about hiking in the canyon, [...]

“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 class [...]

Your Kid Is Not Lazy

by Melissa on April 11, 2010

I had a boy in my class a few years ago, a really smart boy, great storyteller. He would have kids and adults hanging on his every word. But he was a puzzle. He hated writing. It kind of drove me nuts, because he was such a good storyteller, but every time he turned in [...]

Does Your Kid Love to Dance?

by Queenie on March 18, 2010

Do you like to dance? I love to dance. When my song comes on you just might catch me on the dance floor . . . but PATRICK!!!* *(my eyes just got big with excitement) He really loves to dance. You can catch him dancing. As a matter of fact, you can be right in the middle of [...]

When I give an assignment to a child, it is my hope that each child has a natural inclination to study the topic at hand. But sometimes I fail, and I fail badly at it. For the third time in one month Mr. Michael’s had come to talk to me about Little Ms. Sunshine. Apparently [...]