Well, it certainly was an interesting week here in FS 1/2. With rainy days and a lot of absences, we didn’t have a typical week. We still did lots of rich learning, however.
Continuing in our IEYC unit, Brainwave, Professor Spark sent us some video messages and set us some challenges. We learned about Knowledge, Skills and Understanding and how they come together. Professor Spark promised us some magic in one of his messages and that was shown with our 3D glasses. We also designed our own obstacle course and tried it till we had the skills to do it successfully. Finally today we brought our learning back to thinking about the brain and made a mini-book about what makes a healthy brain.
In our Math we’re expanding beyond simple counting and into subetizing and writing our numbers. Today we played a game where we rolled a number cube, counted the dots, and wrote the corresponding number.
In Phonics we continued with our letter sounds, one letter one day at a time. This week we did letters C-F.
And as always we’re strengthening social emotional learning through developmental play. Some new scenarios played out this week and some familiar ones. Some students are taking on the role of teacher and insisting I sit on the carpet and listen to their lesson. Other times they’re playing firefighter and saving our classroom. And sometimes they’re just stretching their brains by building block towers as high as they can.
Don’t forget about our special Chuseok program on Monday and our trip on Tuesday. Clubs will be as normal after those 2 special days and classes and clubs will be as usual on Wednesday before the break.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Try to stay dry! We’ll see you next week!
As you have seen in your child’s backpack today, a pink folder containing homework was sent home. This is work your child should be able to do nearly independently and is a review of work we’ve done in the last week.
Every Friday homework will go home in the folder and should be returned, in the folder, by the following Wednesday.
If you have any questions or concerns about homework, please let me know.
We’re starting this year off with a bang. We’ll be going to the Ulju Mountain Film Festival on Tuesday September 10. The bus will leave the school promptly at 9:05am and will return by 3:10. Students will still be able to attend clubs.
At the festival we will make some upcycled cars out of boxes, watch a short film, and do some (age appropriate) climbing.
Please make sure to pack a snack, lunch, and water bottle for your child.
Here is the permission form. Please have it signed by Tuesday September 3.
Hello! As you may have noticed, your child came home with a library book in a blue book bag today. In order to cultivate a love of reading, your child has been allowed to choose a book that they wish to read or have you read to them this week at home. The book stays home all week and should come back next Thursday for their library class. On that day and every subsequent Thursday during library, the children will choose a book to bring home for the week.
Being read to is an integral part of a child’s literacy development. Try to make time for reading every day. Make it a fun and stress free time to help foster lifelong reading habits.
Greetings! Welcome to FS 1/2 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
My name is Marie McClellan, or, as my students call me, Ms. M. I am very excited to be starting a new year here at HFS as the FS 1/2 Class Teacher. We’ve got a lot of great things in store this year. I am thrilled to be using our new IEYC curriculum which is play-based and full of hands-on enquiry and exploration.
Just to tell you a little bit about myself, I am from New Brunswick, Canada along the Atlantic coast. My father still lives there but my brother is in Japan. I have been teaching for 13 years – beginning my career in Korean hagwons, then Korean public school, an international school in Indonesia, a bilingual school in China, and finally returning to Korea where it all started to work here at HFS. My undergraduate degree is in Multimedia Studies from the University of New Brunswick and my B.Ed. is from Queen’s University.
In my free time I love to travel, knit, and cook. I have been all over Asia – Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines. Just this summer my family went to Thailand. It was a wonderful experience because my brother-in-law was able to join us travelling all the way from his home in Ohio. I cook a variety of foods from Indian to Ethiopian, to comfort food from Canada. I’ve been knitting since 2003 and love to make hats and mittens. I love the autumn when it’s time to wear all that knitwear again. I also spin my own yarn. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and getting to know some new friends over the upcoming academic year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. My door is always open.