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 the 4th graders dove even deeper into their current inquiry work unit, generating even more discussion, questions and connections. Students

4th grader Entrepreneurs and the Baker Business School Market

Posted by Tiffany Rampey Progressive Principal of the Week/Theme: We cultivate each child’s inherent love of learning What an exciting event yesterday’s BBS Market was for all of our students. This culminating experience was a celebration of the long weeks of diligent work required to prepare for this day. The fourth and fifth grade students

4A News: Wonder!

It was a busy and fun week of school in 4A! As each day passes we continue to learn more about one another and create a safe and warm classroom community, which is right in-line with one of Baker’s Progressive Principles: We actively teach community-building skills. Each week I will start the newsletter by highlighting

The Power of Puzzles: Four Ways Puzzles Develop Learning

Posted by Kim Johns I couldn’t resist ordering two new snowmen puzzles last weekend to add to our extensive class collection. The puzzle table is a place that isn’t always found in preschool classrooms today, but it is alive and well in Pre-K C. We have puzzles ranging from the 8 piece wooden frame variety

Studio Habits of Mind in the Baker Art Studio

Posted by Julie Toole The guiding forces in Baker’s Teaching for Artistic Behaviors (TAB) Art Studio program are the Studio Habits of Mind (SHoM) from Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by Lois Hetland. A group of researchers analyzed successful art programs to discover what skills students were learning in these

A Sneak Peak into Fourth Grade Goings-On

Posted by Anna Phillips Progressive Principal of the Week: We actively teach community-building skills and concepts that foster collaboration, inclusion, and service to others This week was a week where students really had to come together as a community in order to get things done, but that is also what made this week so inspiring:

Woodworking, Tire Swinging, and Person of the Week: Baker Preschool Learning

Last week Erickson was the person of the week and the children really enjoyed learning more about their friend. We learned so much about Erickson as he told us the story and history of each thing he brought in. Thank you to his family for coming in to read a favorite book, Steam Train, Dream