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Stand-up Comedian Turned Teacher: Alex Haines

Even though Baker is locally situated on Chicago’s North Shore, its history and teaching practices have a national reputation. Many teachers come to Baker early in their career and are deeply influenced by the experience of teaching in such a unique progressive school. In upcoming blogs, we are excited to feature some of our alumni,

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

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

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

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