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Preschool Category Archive

Dynamic Learning: First Graders Making Connections

  “… They started dreaming of all the Invisible Strings they have, and all the strings their friends have,and their friends have, and their friends have,until everyone in the world was connected by Invisible Strings.” (The Invisible String by Patrice Karst) First graders at Baker Demonstration School have been immersed in some really big ideas

Black Lives Matter at Baker Demonstration School

It is important to know that learning about diversity, equity and inclusion is not something that happens at specific times of the year – it happens all year! Though we are taking special time to emphasize Black Lives Matter Week in Schools and Black History Month, the majority of learning happens in response to children’s

Three Ways that Independent Schools Contribute to the Common Good

“Schools with the most freedom to act and the greatest power to affect change must not be fortresses and silos. They must be laboratories and lighthouses. And all of us, wherever we send our children, must begin to see ourselves as caretakers of all that the light can shine upon.” -Jack Schneider, How Private Schools

Early Childhoods students view of Erickson Woods Skokie Lagoon in Winnetka

Wandering Wednesday #16

Today, we were joined by a group of middle school students working to make a movie about Wandering Wednesdays. That’s pretty cool, so we were planning for a memorable day. And, if you’ve talked to your kindergartner, I’m guessing you’ve heard about the big event of Wandering Wednesday #16…but before we get to our adventurous

Preschool students demonstrating executive function
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 #5

Well, we were hoping for rain and it finally happened! Rain provided opportunities for our Kindergarten class to jump in puddles, play with mud, and get nice and dirty! New weather brings new experiences! Today was our first experience taking public transportation to our location.  This week it was the 423 Pace Bus to Erikson

Kindergarten students walking outside during Wandering Wednesday
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

How do Pumpkins Grow?

During the month of October, Pre-K students are always busy with pumpkins. Not only is this around the time that this autumnal squash becomes fully developed, but Halloween is at the end of the month, holding the pumpkin as one of the holiday’s most recognizable symbols. Each year, they look at the seeds. They take