This is a video of the Beginner Group Lesson. There are six children in this class from the age of 4-6.
This is an introductory class for children. Starting off, watch how Mr. Ed takes control and performs warm ups with the students to get them ready to get into the water and take direction. The warm ups are wonderful exercises which help the children acclimate to the water. You will see how Mr. Ed encourages a little girl who is crying. Even though she cries, he follows through with having her participate in class.
Next watch how Mr. Ed plays the Umbrella Game, telling the children to say positive things about water to decrease their fear of the water and to make their attitudes towards water more positive.
Then you will see how Mr. Ed has the children “blow out the candle.” Having the children “blowing out the candle” serves two purposes in this class: first, as an introduction to blowing bubbles, and second, as a calming exercise, and with this exercise, the children who are agitated seem to calm.
Throughout this class, children may cry, but an important aspect of this class is how Mr. Ed still is able to take charge of the class. You will be able to see exactly how Mr. Ed does not give into children who cry, scream, or yell.
Once in the water, you can observe how Mr. Ed begins the process of teaching the children how to blow bubbles by starting to blow bubbles with their eyes out of the water and then with their eyes underwater. He shows the children how to do these exercises through demonstration, practice, and praise.