Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Whitewater Unified School District.
The Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD) has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) Early Childhood Education Program and PremierBank to create free enrichment sessions for children ranging from birth through age five. We are extremely excited about this new opportunity! The enrichment sessions, or Partners in Play, are open to any children birth through age five and their caregivers, from all of our surrounding areas. The curriculum for these sessions was created and will be taught by WUSD staff and the Early Childhood Education Program faculty and students from UWW.
There will be two sessions/week offered for birth to two year olds and two sessions/week offered for two and half to five year olds. The sessions for the younger children will be 30 minutes long. The sessions for older children will be 45 minutes long. The sessions will run for eight weeks. Parents/guardians will stay with their child during the sessions. Sessions will be fun and interactive for all involved. All sessions will be in English and Spanish at the University Community Engagement Center (1260 W Main St).
Fall Sessions begin September 28 and run through November 16. Sessions for children birth to two years old will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Sessions for the children ages two and a half to five will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sessions are now full and we have a waitlist available. If families sign up and a spot becomes available, families will be notified. To sign up, please go to the Whitewater Unified School District’s website at wwusd.org and click on Partners in Play on the top of the screen. We will be having a spring session and sign up will be available in January for that session.
The weekly themes are as follows:
Week 1: Rainbow of Foods (exploring healthy foods by color)
Week 2: Crunch and Munch (exploring healthy foods by texture)
Week 3: If You are Happy and You Know It (exploring emotions)
Week 4: Moving and Grooving (big body movements)
Week 5: Roll Baby Roll (exploring things that roll)
Week 6: Into the Light (light and shadow explorations)
Week 7: Cool as a Cucumber (relaxing our bodies)
Week 8: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (body awareness)