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Happy New Year and Welcome Back to K-4! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful holiday. We are ready to begin our learning again -now with more friends! We are happy to have Artyom and Andrew in our K-4 circle of learners!

As we begin settling back into our school routines, K-4 will begin talking about the market. We have many friends during free exploration play gravitating again and again towards our kitchen; after some play, they make a FEAST on the table to share with their friends. Since this newfound interest, we have set up a “market” with a cash register. We have some questions for our K-4 smarties: what does a grocery store look like, how can we organize or sort the food, how much “money” do you give to the cashier, along with many more questions to come. This new unit is inspired by our students -only time will tell where it may lead next!

As the third quarter begins, many of our friends have a wonderful foundation of letter recognition. We will work towards building letter sound recognition. For example, when I say “BBBBanana” what letter do you hear? We have many friends anxious to read and write. WOW!

In math, we will focus on building number sense. Again, many friends have a great foundation of recognizing numbers 1-10 but what does it look like to match the number with its quantity. For example, what does seven look like with bears? Let’s build number sense by comparing numbers, putting them in sequential order, and writing them. Our math brains will certainly grow!

I am so happy to back at school with your little learners, who aren’t so little anymore! As always, thank you for entrusting me with your child and for your continued support.

Friendly Reminders…

  • As the season begins to change and we enter autumn, 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:

Teddy Bear Song 

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground!

Teddy bear, teddy bear shake your hips

Teddy bear, teddy bear blow a kiss!

Teddy bear, teddy bear jump up high.

Teddy bear, teddy bear see me smile :)

Teddy bear, teddy bear lots of love

Teddy bear, teddy bear give a hug!

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 ( 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

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