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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

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