Baan Dek

When It All Comes Together

Thoughts & Reflections

Amazing things happen every day. Some days, we’re lucky enough to capture them. All the pieces come together, and a child is suddenly reading. It’s as though they have always read. It comes so naturally, the decoding, the recognition, the wresting with phonetics, the “aha” moment. But it’s not all-of-a-sudden. It’s been building. We wrote […]

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Principles

Thoughts & Reflections

It’s a big responsibility, raising a human. We fall into rituals and routines, we make overt and unconscious decisions, based on how we were raised, a reaction against something we didn’t like about our childhood or how it serves us as adults, based on research and best practices and unsolicited advice. And then, there is […]

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Noticing

Thoughts & Reflections

A change is in the air. We’re moving deeper into Fall, and some of us can feel Winter blowing in, just around the corner. Every time there’s a change, a calendar page turning over, a birthday, even just Monday, we’re reminded of things — reminded how incredible the world is, when seen through a child’s […]

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How Children Learn Vocabulary

Thoughts & Reflections

If you’ve ever been in a language class, you know how exciting and frustrating and brain-rewiring learning a new language can be. Arguably the best way to learn a language is total immersion, where the instructor rarely, if ever speaks in our native language, but instead is adept in repetition, careful acting-out, explanation of phrases […]

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Conferences

Thoughts & Reflections

We love conferences. We schedule conferences twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring, and look forward to talking with parents about the progress their child is making. We love this opportunity to sit down with the families of our mutually favorite people and gush about all the ways a child is thriving, […]

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