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K4-Ms.-Carr

March has been loaded with A LOT of great learning! We had the arrival of a new student, Lemuel. We are so happy to have you here, friend! That makes K-4 TEN! Hooray!

Our Bake Sale was a HUGE success! We sold out and raised a little over 100,000 won. WOW! I loved watching friends help their BFS community and really take ownership of their jobs. I heard lots of “yummy cookies, yummy cookies, buy here!” I saw friends get and return change. What a great learning opportunity! We are going to ask PK-3 and K-4 friends what we should do with the money we earned? Who could we give it to? Who needs this money for help? I wonder what kind of responses we will get…

This month we’ve focused on the idea of subitizing, or the ability to look at a group of objects and know their quantities without counting. This skill takes time to develop so we will continue focusing on it, as well as measurement. There are so many aspects of measurement: length, volume, and weight -just to name a few! In K-4, we want friends to be confident and comfortable in their math abilities so we will measure in a variety of ways using nonstandard units (i.e. how many paperclips is this pencil, how many bears does a book weight, etc.) With measurement, there will be a lot of comparisons: which is longer/shorter, which is heavier/lighter, etc.

In literacy, we will focus on rhyming. Rhyming is an important literacy skill because it allows children to notice and work with the sounds in each word; in rhyming, there might be a pattern that will help them later on when they begin reading. With many friends still learning English, rhyming can be a little tricky but within one week’s exposure many friends are naturally catching on. It really helps when we read so many silly books with so many silly rhymes!

With only one quarter left in K-4, there are MANY exciting events to look forward to! Enjoy your spring break and see you soon!

Friendly Reminders…

  • As the season begins to change, please have your child dressed appropriately. We want to spend as much time outside as we can -jackets are important!
  • Please be sure to have your child bring a water bottle to school every day.
  • We have P.E every day; remember your running shoes!
  • We have Library every Friday. Make sure to return your books before then.

Songs We Are Singing:

The More We Get TOGETHER!

The more we get together, together, together

The more we get together the happier we’ll be!

Because YOUR friends are MY friends and MY friends are YOUR friends!

The more we get together the happier we’ll be!

K-4 Schedule 

8:20 Arrival

8:30 Morning Meeting

8:45 Story and Song

9:00 Exploration and Play

9:30 Morning Snack and Recess

10:00 Music

10:30 Project Time

11:00 Lunch

11:30 Recess

12:20 Nap / Rest

1:40 Wake up – Wash up – Snack

2:00 PE

2:45 Project Time

3:30 Dismissal

Early Childhood Classroom Supply List

If you have any problems finding the listed supplies, please let your child’s teacher know.

Required Personal Items: (Please label these items with your child’s name)  

  • One backpack large enough to hold an A4 size folder
  • One toothbrush
  • One tube of toothpaste
  • One cup to rinse after brushing teeth
  • Reusable water bottle
  • One blanket
  • One small pillow
  • One pair of headphones (preferably the type that go over ears, not ear buds)
  • One set of extra clothing, including pants, shirt, underwear, and socks (Seasonally appropriate)
  • One copy of a family photo

Hello K4 Parents and Families

Welcome to Busan Foreign School and welcome to Kinder-4! My name is Ariana Carr and I am excited to join the BFS community this year. It is a privilege to be your child’s teacher this year alongside Ms. Son, our K4 Teaching Assistant. Thank-you for entrusting us with your child to learn and grow together.  I know if we work together, it will be the best year yet!

I am originally from Pennsylvania, USA. I received my Bachelors of Education from Westminster College. For the past three years, I was teaching at Brent International School Manila in the Philippines. It was difficult to leave the tropical beauty of the Philippines, but I am thrilled to be surrounded by the beaches and mountains here in Busan. Your child is at a great age of curiosity and discovery. It is my goal and hope this year to  foster this exploration and to create a love of learning. Our early childhood approach  at BFS is inspired by Reggio Emilia. This approach believes by creating a purposeful  environment, children are free to explore, experiment and discovery through play.  Your child’s ideas and risks will be celebrated!

I look forward to working closely with you. It is important to me that your child comes home from school happy and with many new and exciting experiences and stories to share with you. The student information form attached will help prepare me with some of the goals and desires you have for your child this year and will give me insight into valuable information regarding your child’s individual needs and personality. Please complete the form at your earliest convenience and it will remain with me confidentially.

Please also find the attached classroom supply list. It would be appreciated if you are able to send in the supplies no later than Wednesday, August 15. Please do not hesitate to contact me (acarr@bfs.or.kr) when you have a question or concern. I will always be happy to hear from you. Ms. Son and I are looking forward to a wonderful year together with you and your child!

Happy Learning!

Ms. Ariana Carr

Ms. Carr’s email: acarr@bfs.or.kr

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