Posted on: September 23, 2013

PWF Accepting Enrollment for Upcoming SeaWees Programs for Preschoolers

 
Pacific Whale Foundation is now accepting enrollment for its educational SeaWees program for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers. 
 
"Preschoolers are curious about the ocean, and this curiosity is a powerful catalyst for science learning," says Karen Molina, Youth Education Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation and the director of the SeaWees program. "SeaWees offers a child-centered environment where preschoolers participate in developmentally appropriate discovery about the marine environment through music, movement, demonstrations, guided exploration and field trips."
 
This SeaWees program helps preschoolers develop skills of inquiry, which provide a lasting foundation for their science learning through all years of school. Through the SeaWees program, children also practice other important learning skills, such as working cooperatively, using large and small motor control, and employing language and creative expression. 
 
The SeaWees program takes place on Wednesday mornings, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea. The children are accompanied by their parents or caregivers, and the program is led by Karen Molina, a professional educator. 
 
The program is organized into four-week sessions, which meet on Wednesdays. There are three classroom sessions plus a "SEAfari" session that includes an outdoor field trip. 
 
The first session begins on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and is titled, "Dive into the A, B, Seas." This session focuses on the alphabet as a framework for learning about the ocean. The children and parents will explore concepts such as similar and different while observing and investigating the biodiversity of the ocean. Over the course of the session children will create their own "A-B-Seas Book" and will also enjoy a SEAfari field trip to Maui Ocean Center. 
 
The next SeaWees session begins goes from October 30 to November 20 and is based on the theme, "Slow, Faster, Fastest." 
 
"In this program, the children will explore speed -- and what it means," says Molina. "Is it better to be fast or slow? When would you need speed on land and in the sea?"
 
"We'll explore these questions through song, movement and rhythm, learning about the motions of the many animals living in the deep blue sea," she says. "We will learn the role of body shapes and body parts to reveal the secrets behind the speedy and the slow, the hiders and the seekers."
 
The cost of each four-week session is $70. Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay just $60. A second child in the same family can attend for 50% off. 
 
For information and to register, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 8 pm daily. To reach the SeaWees Program Director, please call (808) 856-8341. For additional information, please visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/seawees-preschoolers
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