With 6-months of swim lessons under our belt, I thought I’d share a little bit about what Emily’s been learning at Goldfish Swim School!
Can you believe Emily has already been taking swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School for 6 months? Where has the time gone? It’s amazing to see how much she has learned in such a short amount of time – honestly!
With fall now here and our schedule getting a little overwhelming, we’ve made the tough decision to take a short break from our lessons. Don’t worry, we’ll be back once things calm down a little bit around our household. I’m sad to see our lessons (temporarily) end, but I know they’ve given her a strong base on which to build on. We’ll be practicing these skills any time we can until we’re back at Goldfish again!
Today I thought I’d share a little about what Emily’s learned in her 6-months of lessons!
Emily has learned all sorts of techniques to help keep her safe in and around the pool. This ranges from walking (not running!) on the pool deck, to floating on her back to being able to walk her arms several feet along the side of the pool wall. Although I’d probably say floating on her back is one of Emily’s best skills she’s learned. She can float on her back without help from her teacher for almost 10 seconds – way to go E! This skill is oh so important should she fall into the pool and need to wait until someone can come to her rescue.
Getting Along with Others
In Emily’s Mini 3 class, for ages 2-3, they have their lesson without parents. This means all three students need to sit along the wall of the pool and get along, while their teacher works with each one. Emily loved getting to know the little girls and boys from her class. At this age it’s so important to have them interact with each other and I love how Goldfish has classes for 2 year olds without parent involvement!
Since Emily is without me in this class, she has to learn to take instruction from her teacher, as well as the life guard. Emily spends a majority of her time around me, since I stay at home, and it’s important for her to learn to listen to other adults and not just mommy and daddy. I have to say that while Emily didn’t always listen (what 2 year old does?) she did a pretty good job at taking direction from others during class and her time away from me.
Once again, I love how Goldfish has classes for 2 year olds, which don’t require parental involvement. I haven’t found a lot of activities around town which have parent-free classes for two year olds. As a stay at home mom, Emily is with me daily. I wanted to make sure she was having time without mom around to work on independence and this was just what we needed! The first class was a bit rough and we had hiccups here and there, but for the past few months she’s gone right in the pool to her teacher without a second thought!
Sometimes you see kids who are skittish around the water or hesitant to go in. It’s not that this is necessarily bad, but I think it’s important for children to be confident around the water and as they get older, know how to swim. Swim lessons at Goldfish have given Emily confidence around the water. They don’t only teach water safety skills, like floating on your back, but they also teach you how to be safe around the water – walking on the pool deck, listening to your teacher and not hanging on the swim lane dividers.
Disclaimer: We have received swim lessons in exchange for sharing our experience with Goldfish Swim School. As always, all opinions are my own.