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Hello K4 Families! We are having a wonderful start to the year. In August we began our inquiry into “ourselves,” looking at: who we are, where we come from, where we live, and our families. Through our inquiries, projects developed which included, exploring loose materials to create self-portraits, while experimenting with design, texture, and shape. We also inquired into “what is a home?” K4 looked at homes, both conventional and unconventional designs from around the world. Students asked questions about the design and structure of a variety of homes they viewed in images. Students then explored the kinds of homes they lived in and designed homes using wooden sticks. Students placed images of their families within their homes.

In our early literacy program we focused on the letter sounds of “s” and “a,” and will continue to explore the sounds of p,t,n, and i. We also learned our ABC Boom codes “plop,” “vroom,” and “snore,” as a way to help create letters and exercise our fine motor skills.

In September we will continue our inquiry into self, as we explore change over time, and how we express ourselves through feelings, emotions, movement and the arts. We will also begin exploring paper as a language. We will inquire into the texture, function and transformation of paper through experimentation.

We are excited to continue to explore, experiment and discover through play within our outdoor and indoor environment.

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 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!




Ms. Stephanie Smyth and Ms. Sujin

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