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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

Morning Work: How We Transition from Home to School

Morning Work: How We Transition from Home to School Dear Families, Our first full week of second grade was busy and productive. This weekend,  for the first time, your children brought home their yellow “Friday Folders”.  The folder contains work that your child has done over the last few weeks, as well as drawings or

Sequence, Sort, Count: How We Learn Math in Preschool

Sequence, Sort, Count: How We Learn Math in Preschool Our classroom is one big learning environment where strands of mathematical discovery are woven throughout the day. At any given time, the potential for a “math moment” exists. Children learn to make sense of their world through everyday experiences. To stimulate a math moment, we use

What Does it Mean to be an Ally?

What Does it Mean to be an Ally? Hello KA families, This week we began to explore the incredible symmetry found in monarch butterflies. We also talked about friendship and what it means to be a good friend. As you know, it was Ally Week at Baker, and for us that meant thinking about what

What the Water Taught Us

Dear Families, Last week while pumping water through PVC pipes we watched as it went down a storm drain in the parking lot. This led to us developing some new “wonderings” such as: What is a storm drain? Where does the water go? What is pollution? How does pollution change the water? Who needs clean

Purposeful Learning through Cooking

Hello Families- Last week we spent two days cooking with the children.  Noah made banana chocolate chip muffins with the children on Wednesday and on Friday the children made their own little pizzas.  All of the children loved the muffins (even without the forgotten cup of sugar!)  I have added the recipe below for you

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

The Wonderful Ways We Learn at Baker

September 15, 2018 Dear Families, It was wonderful to meet with you at our Back to School Night last Thursday. I hope you all found the evening to be informative and enjoyable. Emma and I loved showing you a bit of our first grade life. I sent home packets for those of you who were

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