This is the second session of a Beginner group lesson. In this class, ten children are present, from the ages of 3-5.
Throughout this class, children may cry, but an important aspect of this class that you will see is how Mr. Ed’s takes charge of a class that has unhappy children. He does not give into children who cry, scream, or yell. By not giving into the crying child, the child becomes more open and comfortable as the class progresses.
This is an introductory class for children. Starting off, watch how Mr. Ed performs warm ups to get them ready to get into the water and take direction. Watch how Mr. Ed jumps in the water, making a big splash, and goes under water, showing the children that water is nothing to be afraid of.
Next watch how Mr. Ed plays the Umbrella Game, telling the children to say positive things about water to decrease their feel and to make their attitudes towards water more positive. Next watch how the children “blowing out the candle” serves to purposes in this class first as an introduction to blowing bubbles, and second, as a calming exercise. Watch how the child who seems a bit teary calms down a bit after “blowing out his candle.”
Once in the water, watch how Mr. Ed practices the Disappear with the children. During this exercise, watch how Mr. Ed and the children play the Boy Girl Game and how the children love this game and are always eager to play this game. This exercise and game is played on both sides of the pool since it is an important skill for children to master.
Next, watch the children kick across the pool with the kickboards is the next exercise performed. This reinforces the horizontal swimming position and strengthens the child’s kicking. Kicking across the pool with the kickboards is the next exercise performed. This reinforces the horizontal swimming position and strengthens the child’s kicking.
Next, the children get on the Playboards™. This is especially fun for the children since the children can kick around and race in teams across the pool. On the Playboards™, the children put their face under water for five seconds.
The next game that is played is the Color Game. The children love this game and it is a good opportunity for them to practice the different skills such as staying down for 5 seconds, blowing bubbles, and Disappearing. This game is also good for children to take the initiative in performing tasks.
Watch how Mr. Ed has the children jump from a standing position, climb up to the surface, and kick across the pool. Jumping in and climbing up to the surface is and important skill for children to learn in case a child ever falls into the water while they are unattended. This exercise is performed numerous times back and forth across the pool.
Finally, the watch how Mr. Ed helps the children practice the BACK FLOAT. This is where the children practice floating on their backs by holding onto their swimsuit, letting the water tickle their ears, smiling, and holding their breaths