We're Looking to Hire.

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Hello. We're growing, and we're looking for someone to grow with us. We have a unique culture here at Baan Dek. We think it's a pretty special place. We also think you can help us make it better. Interested?

We want people who imagine things differently, individuals who want to be a part of something bigger than any one of us. Yes, that BIG. We don't want employees. We want passionate, hard working optimists. Of course, rigor and precision is important, but so is joy and attitude.

We strongly believe that quality teachers are our best assets. Qualifications? We're thinking at least one year of experience is a good starting point, but if you're just starting out, please contact us just the same. Perhaps Apple says it best, when they welcome their new dreamers.

It can be different. It can be better. Join us! Email us: join@baandek.org.

Lost and Found

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We've long been fans of the work of Oliver Jeffers. As a matter of fact, one of our very first students gifted the school a copy of one of his original titles. From that moment on, we've been absolutely hooked to his work. With that in mind, we're pleased to announce that we'll be showcasing his film, Lost and Found, at the Washington Pavilion on June 1st, in the Belbas Theater. We'll offer two showtimes, 11 am and 1pm. We only ask that you please register for a ticket. Watch the trailer! Thank you!

Letter Work & Number Work

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Opportunities don't always present themselves. Sometimes you just need to follow your passions, and try to realize your dreams. It sounds melodramatic, we know, but that's exactly what happened. That's also, exactly what children aspire to do: to become whoever they wish to become.

From the very start, then, before we even opened our school, we wanted to write a series of children's books. The books that we envisioned were primarily devoted to bringing a new found awareness to Montessori. Not only would they aim to highlight some of the many beautiful and wondrous insights that Maria Montessori herself discovered, they would also offer children a new way in which to learn.

Books, perhaps more than anything, have magical powers, powers that lend themselves to experiences and memories, to exploring the past and to thinking about that which remains to come. If we close our eyes, and listen very closely, we can even hear our mother, or father, reading aloud our favorite books. What enchanting thoughts! We can also picture ourselves, at that age, knowing, with 100% certainty, that nothing was impossible. We waited, almost desperately, only to grow up to chase down our ambitions. With Letter Work & Number Work, which will be published by Abrams new imprint, Appleseed, we've tried to achieve just that: a fun, interactive and memorable experience. We hope you enjoy! The books are now available for pre-order! Check them out! Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you.

Ribbon Cutting

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Yesterday, we had our official Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. Note the giant scissors, and a timid London, peering out to the crowd from behind the scenes. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the ceremony, and share some of the words mentioned for those who were unable to attend.

Here's our little celebration speech: "Thank you for your support of Baan Dek! It's been quite an adventure so far, and we're just getting started. Sioux Falls is such a great community, and we feel humbled to be a part of it. We love what we do, and we hope that it's reflected in everything that you see. At the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, often considered the inception of modern education, a single inscription was posted on the entrance to the school, 'Know Thyself'. Well, for us, here at Baan Dek, our motto would read something like this: "You did it." Which simply means, absoluting nothing is impossible. Thank you to the Van Buskirk's for making this transition to a new space such a painless process, and a special thanks to our family, Darlene, Jennifer and Dave, for their tireless support and enthusiasm."

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As of today, January 3, 2012, we opened at our new location. Hooray! We thought you might like to take a short tour of some of the many architectural things that make Baan Dek unique.

Baan Dek was designed specifically with children in mind. It's their home, where everything, and we mean everything, is just for them.

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Note the small windows, and the carefully placed, different heights of the windows, illuminating the classroom at various times of the day.

Not only will the children learn from their Montessori experiences, they'll also take great delight in learning from the building, as it accentuates and compliments their environment. 

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For a more thorough look, please visit our Flickr page: http://flickr.com/baandek By the way, did you know our chief inspiration of the builing was a binomial cube? More soon.