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Cross curricular learning: Literacy and Math

Math happens at school every day, but I want to tell you about a new way we are building math and literacy skills in the classroom. I have been using this daily routine (during the last few months of school) for the past three years. Have you noticed the new check in method at the

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

Discover, Inquire and Wonder: Social Justice

Author: Jane Rothschild, 2nd grade teacher Dear Families, As part of our observance of Black History Month, we talked about the Black Heroes and Leaders we have studied as a class thus far: Wangari Maathai, Isatou Ceesay, Emmanuel Yeboah, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Ruby Bridges.  Second graders talked about what we have learned

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’

What Does Morning Meeting Look Like in First Grade?

By Melissa Makagon, 1st grade Good Morning Everybody! Dear Families, Many of you have expressed interest in what a Morning Meeting is and what it looks like in our first grade classroom. During our morning meeting, children and teachers gather together to greet each other, share information, and engage in an activity. The goals of

What We Learned From Making a Tree

By Jane Rothschild, Second Grade Dear Families, The highlight of our week in second grade was the construction of the ‘Great Kapok Tree” on our hallway bulletin board. In small groups, the children created the components of the tree itself: the enormous trunk, giant buttress roots, thick vines, and lush canopy of leaves. Once the

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