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Apr.1st, 2022

In March, K4 continued to explore many different biomes and habitats of animals in the area. We were very curious about birds!  Students researched a variety of birds and decided to create bird wings to feel what it was like to fly. They each identified with a specific bird and set off on an adventure to fly through the forest together. Students observed many different nests and asked a lot of questions about these nests. Through their wonders and their personal flying experience, they collected natural resources from the forest to create their own nest.

Students had a theory that nests need to be strong and safe to protect the birds from the wind, other animals, and from falling. Students created their own nests using natural materials and tested the strength of their nests.

Students decided they wanted to make a nest big enough for themselves since they enjoyed the experience of becoming birds. They collected branches in the forest and together we created our own human-size K4 Nest.

One student suggested we need to add eggs, because that’s where the eggs are kept. We then researched eggs of different birds. We created eggs to go with our birds and nest. We are currently inquiring into how birds protect their eggs, and how they care for baby birds.

At the end of March, we started inquiring into what plants need to grow and survive. We have started to plant our very first Early Childhood garden. In addition, we have started our K4 recycling and compost program. K4 students are sorting out waste, reusing their recyclables and trying to become a more sustainable waste-free class. Students in K4 are extremely excited to be caring for all living things and making the Earth a greener place.

Dear Parents/Guardians of K4,

 

Welcome to the start of an exciting year in K4 at Busan Foreign School. My name is Stephanie Smyth, and I along with Ms. Sujin, are both looking forward to working closely with the K4 students, parents, and the BFS community this year. We believe that this year is going to be a great year filled with new learning experiences.

 

I am originally from Montreal, Canada. I received my Bachelor of Education, and my M.A in Education and Society from McGill University. I have taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in Canada, Australia, and China prior to coming to Busan. I love to travel and have new experiences, and I look forward to teaching K4 this year at BFS!

 

Pre-Kindergarten is a special time in a child’s life, where they are free to use their imagination and explore through their own curiosity, the environment around them.  The Early Childhood program at BFS is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach that promotes a rich environment encouraging students to wonder, explore, experiment, discover, and create relationships through Inquiry-based experiences and play.  Every day will be a special day in Pre-kindergarten inspired by learning and creativity. 

 

The first day of school will be on August 17th.  Our School day begins at 8:20am and ends at 3:30pm. We will be using Bloomz to communicate and to keep you informed about matters relating to your child and their classroom. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email at ssmyth@bfs.or.kr. If you would like to schedule a time to meet in person, please contact the front office to make an appointment.

 

 

We look forward to a wonderful year of learning!

 

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Stephanie Smyth and Ms. Sujin

Ms. Smyth’s email: ssmyth@bfs.or.kr

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