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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

A Week in the Life of Baker First Graders

Posted by Melissa Makagon Taking a Stand Against Racism with our Buddies First graders joined with our fifth grade buddies to participate in a discussion about racism and make posters for the Stand Against Racism. As you know, these discussions are not just a one time event but infused in our curriculum all year. This

A Love of Learning: Living History at Baker

Posted by Kerah Sandler Progressive Principle #3: We cultivate each child’s inherent love of learning We were so fortunate this week to experience Civil War Living History Day! Students participated in six programs during this immersive experience on Monday: Medicine, Artillery, Infantry, Music, and Photography, and a visit from Harriet Tubman. During the Medicine program,

A Chronicle of Adventure #2

Posted by Tracy Aiden Adventure #2 was a huge success! Here are the highlights from our day: Turkey, cheese, and jelly were the sandwich fixin’s the children asked me to get from the grocery store yesterday. Along with chips and bottled water, the children all enjoyed making their own lunches this morning. They als have

5th Graders and the Beloved Community

Posted by Kerah Sandler Progressive Principle #9: We actively teach community-building skills and concepts that foster collaboration, inclusion, and service to others This week we transitioned from our Baker Business School unit to our Civil War unit, from studying the history of labor movements to the history of the Civil Rights Movement and its pre-abolition

5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Preschool

Posted by Merle Scharmann Early Childhood classrooms are like a symphony to me. The work is both consonant and dissonant – every detail is intricately woven. As a veteran Early Childhood educator, I get many questions about young children and programs that support their growth. As a Progressive Educator, I relish the questions and how

It’s February: A Picture of 4th grader’s Inquiry Work

Posted by Anna Phillips Can you believe it’s about to be February? It feels like the past month since our winter break has just flown by, and this past week was no exception. This week student dove even deeper into our current inquiry unit, generating even more discussion, questions and connections. Students started with a