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School Environments that Support a Healthy Brain

We know from the last two decades of neuroscience research that a healthy brain is essential for humans to thrive. We know through research that our brains are in a constant state of change based upon our our environments, interactions and experiences, and, they continue to change throughout the course of the human lifespan. As

How is My Child Really Doing? A Few Thoughts on Progress Reports

How are they doing? Progress reports will be sent out this Monday, and at Baker these narrative reports touch on all aspects of children’s learning experience – their progress in academic areas, their socio-emotional growth and developing competencies in peer relationships, and challenges that they are experiencing. Baker progress reports are detailed pictures of teachers’

Fall Reading

Many children walk into the red doors of Baker each morning with a book clasped in their hands. I love hearing from the them about the books they are reading – from Greta’s Elephant and Piggy books to Milo’s The Mysterious Benedict Society. There is something especially wonderful about reading in fall. The cooler air

Four Ways Parents Can Support Our School

Kindergarten students reading Piggy and Gerald together during morning choice time   One of the best parts about Baker is the committed, engaged community of parents who go the extra mile to support the school. More than 100 parents attended our September Back-to-School Night/ State-of-the-School events. During these recent gatherings and throughout the summer, parent

Adventurous Teaching: Taking Science to the Next Level

Baker teachers are a curious, adventurous group. In this centennial year, teacher orientation week began with this question: How can we design an integrated science study for the whole school that engages students in a real-world problem and engages students with field study and community partnerships? Four Baker teams head out into the city for

Back-to-School Transitions

 First Graders studied bridges during the first week of school. How did  this week’s back-to-school transition go for your family? Was your child eager to get to Baker every day? Or, has your child  spent the first few days observing their environment, straddling that fence of uncertainty and curiosity? Children, depending upon their age and

How to Have an Amazing Year

On this first day of school, I walked through Baker classrooms where I observed a group of preschoolers   busily creating a meal in the outdoor kitchen, while another group talked about the food they were making by rolling, cutting, and shaping clay. Our 4th graders were planning an afternoon exploration to the lake – complete