Yesterday was Rachel’s last swimming lesson. It was a good experience and she had a lot of fun. They gave her a report card. There were 3 grades. A meant that a skill was introduced (meaning she didn’t really do it well). The letter S meant that the skill was completed in a satisfactory way. A meant that the skill was completed in an outstanding way.
Know pool and class rules –
Walk away from wall, turn & grab wall with assistance – S
Back float with float belt for 20 seconds – S
Recover from back float – S
Secure and take off an IDF (flotation device) – S
Participate in activities for self-confidence –
Participate in discussion about core values (caring, honesty, respect & responsibility) –
Show enjoyment –
Paddle on front for 10 yards with float belt –
Paddle on front 2 yards without float belt –
Paddle on back 10 yards with float belt – S
Paddle on back 2 yards without float belt – S
Paddle on side 10 yards with float belt –
Paddle on side 2 yards without float belt –
Know when to yell for help – S
Be able to go to an adult for assistance – S
Know how to dial emergency number (911) – S
Know first and last name –
Perform a reaching assist –
Water Sports & Games
Climb up and down pole in shallow water – S
Dribble ball 15-20 feet – S
Pass and catch ball with one or two hands – S
Listens to instructions –
Follows direction –
Demonstrates caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility –
Instructor’s Comments: Rachel does well in her swimming when she tries to focus. Continue to practice skills.
Overall, she loves swimming. Listening and focusing are not her strongest skills, at least at this point. It could be because she’s 3. I wasn’t sure if taking swimming lessons was going to be worth it, but I think she really did learn some things. At the end of the last lesson all of the kids got to go down a water slide. Here she is right after she landed.
She wanted to go again, but after going to the top she changed her mind. She told me it was too dark in there.
Yesterday in the afternoon we went to the pool to beat the heat. I watched Rachel on her own float on her back and kick.
When I took Gabi to the pool for the first time this year she really loved the water. With a little life jacket and arm rings she can manage pretty well in the pool herself. In spite of the look on her face, she was really having fun. The only bad part is she really doesn’t like it when I put her arm rings on. Once they’re on, though, she’s fine with them.I expect that we’ll be going to the pool a lot this summer.