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Second Grade private school students community learning project

We Are Community Minded Second Graders

From sign making to policy making, second graders have been community minded activists this week. Our week began with a walk to a historical marker on Ridge Road, about a five-minute walk from school.   The marker explains that this area (where our school is located and where many of us live) was once the

Kindergarten learning from Wandering Wednesday in Wilmette

Wandering Wednesday #13

Today’s Wandering Wednesday was shorter than usual (thank you Chicago weather), but we were still able to pack in some wonderful moments. Before heading out this morning, we read two books about animal homes: Mama Dug a Little Den and Over and Under the Snow. These books gave us beautiful insight into the hidden worlds of
Preschool students demonstrating executive function

Executive Function & Young Children

“Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize

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 at Penny Park in Evanston dynamic learning

Wandering Wednesday #12

It felt good to be back wandering again! With our Thanksgiving break it felt like a long wait for this Wednesday. Today’s Wandering Wednesday was about two things: learning about architecture/building and picking out all the places we could play with the letter P! Today we took the CTA 201 bus again, but this time

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. Students

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

Baker Demonstration School elementary class outdoor learning during Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday # 10

I have to start today by saying thank you to each of you for your trust in us as we took your children outside in the 18 degree weather.  On a day that us adults don’t really want to be outside, it is hard to knowingly send children outside for an extended period of time.

Wandering Wednesday #8

As predicted, today was our toughest weather by far!  If I’m being totally honest, it was tough out there.  I mean, how often does anybody willingly go out into the rain? Especially when it’s 38 degrees outside. But, here’s the beauty…on the way out the door, nobody was complaining! Everyone was very well prepared; both

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 of