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Baker and You: What is Your Story?

Baker and You: What is Your Story? This fall I have had the pleasure to meet with so many new-to-Baker families, hear their stories and learn how their transition is going. Our new families are a diverse cohort from Chicago, Evanston, Wilmette and surrounding areas, each with their own story about what initially drew them to
Kindergarten students walking outside during Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #3

  Today was the perfect day to wander.  We’re getting spoiled with all this beautiful weather.  My hope is that we’re building up enough love and excitement for Wandering Wednesdays to carry us through the more difficult weather days. We began our day by stopping for a snack near the gardens of the Baha’i Temple.

Wandering Wednesday #1

It was a wonderful Wandering Wednesday! Our first adventure was everything we hoped it would be! We gathered in the morning to greet one another, to talk about what to expect for the day, to use the potty, and to read a book about the joy of being outdoors.  We walked over to Lighthouse Beach

Middle School girl in chemistry class

Making a Better World: Nurturing a Child’s Love of Science

  Children are natural scientists: they are curious about how the world works; they ask big questions; and, they find great joy in observing the natural world. All students should enter classrooms where this natural proclivity toward science is integrated into the curriculum Yet often when children go to school, their love of science diminishes.

Creating Your Own Great Thanksgiving Listen

When I was in college, I kept a notebook of interviews that I had with my grandparents over various holiday visits to their California home. During quiet moments together, I would ask them questions about their life experience. In one of those moments, my grandfather’s story about his travels to South America emerged. He’d trained

Preschool students outdoor learning in Evanston park

Experiential Learning: Why It’s Essential to Your Child’s Education

Children learn deeply and cultivate a life-long love of learning through experience. At Baker, children master grade-level reading, writing, and mathematics skills, as well as inquiry-based skills through the Next Generation Science Standards. The vehicle for their learning is experience, rather than completing worksheets, memorizing, or listening to a lecture. Let me paint a picture

Is Pink Just for Girls?

Dear Families, Last week I wrote about our new thinking routine, where children are paired together in order to speak and listen to each other as they talk through a problem or question that has been posed. This speaking/listening routine is part of what is termed oracy and is the first step in acquiring reading and

Bridges

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway The World’s Longest Beam Bridge Over Water This week we began our study of bridges in earnest. We began by giving the children some challenges to build a variety of bridge structures with limited materials. One challenge was to see who could make the longest bridge. After some reflecting, the children realized

Design Thinking: Helping Children Approach Problems

“It’s Optimistic. Design Thinking is the fundamental belief that we all can create change—no matter how big a problem, how little time or how small a budget.” -Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit As I shared in my Back to School Night welcome, our theme for this 2019-2020 school year at Baker is Design. Each year

Back to School Transitions

Dear Parents, I hope that last week’s back-to-school transition went well for your family. Children and young adults, depending upon their age and disposition, experience transitions in different ways. There is no right or wrong way for children to transition; some test the waters slowly, while others jump into the deep end ready to go!