This video is of the third session of a Parent/Tot group lesson.
This video begins with parents taking charge using the Mini Playboard and Barbell with the children. You will see how these products are used to encourage the child to work their arms and legs in order to move, build endurance in kicking, and give them a sense of independence.
You will see how Mr. Ed guides a child to swim to her parent. Important aspects of this exercise is getting the head down, kicking, and moving the arms. With this exercise, repetition is important. You will see how Mr. Ed patterns the child’s arms and reinforce it with saying “dig dig dig!”
For children who are not as happy to be underwater, this video demonstrates how the Mr. Ed and the parents take control by hold the child from the back. Reassurance to the child saying that they love this, they can do it, and that they are okay is an important component of this class. You will see how the children who are still somewhat uncomfortable in the water gradually grow less fearful as the classes progress.
Next, you will observe how Mr. Ed helps a child swim to her parent from the boxes (raised platforms underwater). This is an important development to have the child willingly jump from the boxes, put her head under, move her arms and kick.
You will see how Mr. Ed helps children do the backfloat using the Circular Fun Mirror to provide a focal point which helps young swimmers build confidence and awareness in the water. Mirrors can also be used to distract children when they are doing something that they are unfamiliar with, such as the back float.
Circle songs are a fun way for both child and parent to enjoy the water by pairing exercises in the water with commonly known songs. Watch as Mr. Ed leads the parents in this fun exercise singing “Pop goes the weasel,” “Ring around a Rosy,” “In and Out,” and “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean.” Watch how the children clap their hands, smile, and laugh.
The ramp is used for children to jump off and swim to either their parent or a Swim Bar™ (barbell). Watch how Mr. Ed leads eager children down the ramp and into the water. Each child is now has made incredible progress that can be seen in this final session, and shows that this program is an effective introduction for young children to the water.
You will see a child that was initially uncomfortable, jump of the ramp at the end of the class and swim to his mother.
Key Points Taught:
- Teaching parents how to teach their children
- Being comfortable and having fun in the water
- Jumping in the water and swimming towards the parents
- Kicking feet
- Crawl stroke motion
- Back float
- Staying underwater for five seconds