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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!

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

How to Have an Awesome Year. 2019

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

Graduation Speech: What is Your Responsibility to the World?

Baker graduates, parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, alumni and friends, Welcome to Baker Demonstration School’s 2019 Eighth Grade Graduation. It is an auspicious year for this annual ceremony. Graduates, your graduation occurs within Baker’s Centennial Year. You are a part of a school that began one-hundred years ago. Baker Demonstration School was a radical departure from traditional

Cross curricular learning

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 through cross curricular learning. I have been using this daily routine (during the last few months of school) for the past three years with our Early Childhood students. Have

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

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 about these important individuals and  explained

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