Woori (우리) means "our" in Korean, and Woori School's approach is to share Korean through imaginative and interactive play that engages young learners and their parents. Classes are immersive in Korean. Vocabulary and concepts are introduced through song, repetition, and creative storytelling. There is no expectation that students or their caregivers have any prior knowledge of Korean language.
Woori School's founder, Nari Kye, was born in Seoul and immigrated to the Bronx when she was five. She grew up speaking Korean at home and learning English at school. She studied Film & Television Production at New York University and is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker. Most recently, she directed WASTED! The Story of Foodwaste, a documentary depicting creative solutions to food waste all over the world. Now a parent living in Prospect Heights, she began convening Korean Sing-Alongs in Prospect Park and other community spaces. In response to the strong desire from other parents who attended to create a more structured class, Nari founded Woori School Brooklyn to provide a nurturing learning environment and cultivate a community.
Each session of Woori School offers a dynamic and engaging set of activities for families. To reinforce learning, every class follows set structures including: singing & dancing, story time and hands-on fun.
9:00-9:20 Greetings and Singing & Dancing
9:20-9:35 Puppet Show: The Ant and the Grasshopper
9:35-9:50 Hands-on Fun: Making Ricecakes
9:50-10:00 Circle Time & Goodbye