This video shows the first session of a beginner group of 10 children. There are seven boys and tree girls in the class. There are a wide variety of ages in this class.
Unfortunately, children aren’t ALWAYS happy to be at swim lessons! Even Mr. Ed has this happen! During this video, you will see a girl who is reluctant and does not participate in a few of our exercises as well as two to three boys who keep crying throughout the lesson. Watch how Mr. Ed deals with these children in order to not reinforce her negative behavior by giving attention and thus rewarding the crying child. You will see her eventually participate! The boys keep crying although they do participate. Watch how Mr. Ed tries to assist them as often as his time allows and keeps the session going in order to make progress. Observe how he is able to make it a positive experience despite the crying.
You will see Mr. Ed start this first session by doing the warm up procedure and playing theUMBRELLA GAME with the kids and having them say “WE CAN DO IT” and “FUN, FUN, FUN!” in order to promote positive self-talk about the water. The kids BLOW OUT THE CANDLE and then Mr. Ed shows them the BIRD DIP how to DISAPPEAR. These are fun ways to present going underwater to children who are still unfamiliar with going underwater. Next watch how Mr. Ed plays the BOY/GIRL GAME with the children and how eager the children are to go underwater. You will also see how Mr. Ed plays the Color Game with the children. This is a fun game for the children and lets the children show what they have learned that day.
Finally, watch how two or three children at a time get on Playboards and kick around the pool, racing each other to the wall and have a final “huddle.’
Watch as Mr. Ed motivates the children and has them say, “NO PROBLEM”, “I’LL PRACTICE IN THE BATHTUB.” The huddle reinforces our science based system and promotes positive thinking about what they have learned.
Key Points Taught:
- Getting comfortable with and in the water
- Bird Dip
- Blowing out the candle
- Disappearing (going underwater)
- Splashing feet
- Kicking across the pool, keeping their arms straight and chin down
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