"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life;
to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Swim Lessons

Swim season is upon us! Although it still feels like winter outside and likely will for several more weeks, the kids started their first session of swim lessons for the season today. Yup, one more activity to add to the mix of an already CRAZY time of year for us. But, Cody and I feel that the kids becoming strong swimmers is a crucial life skill, so we don't mind the ongoing sessions. Luckily we got them all into the same time slot for their classes every Saturday morning for the next several weeks. It's a little tricky this time because Ethan is in one pool, and the girls are in another pool across the rec center. But that's just how it is!

Lauren has been looking forward to her chance for swim lessons for at least a year. They can't start until they are three years old, and since she turned three at the end of last summer, she had to wait a whole six more months! She took to it as soon as she stepped foot in the water. It helps that her buddy and neighbor friend, Jack, is in her same class. But even if he wasn't, I think she still would have been fine. She has been dragged to the older kids' lessons for over three years and she's had a lot of exposure to the experience. Since this is her first session ever, she started out in the preschool level 1 class. She is a little fish!

Hailey is doing preschool level 3 again. This is the last session she finished, but since it has been six months she is doing this level again as a refresher. She too has been overly excited and jumped right into it, quite literally.

Ethan is doing level 4 again for the same reason Hailey is re-doing her level. But his level is much more advanced than the preschool levels and it's normal for a kid to have to do the upper levels two or three times each. Today he proved to be very rusty, and I'm going to make an effort in the next week to have a swimming date with him. My body will appreciate the water, and I want to work on some skills with him. His class is much bigger than the girls' classes and I hate for the teacher to feel stressed for one on one time with him. In his class they are mainly working on breathing techniques and stroke development. They have to pass off level six before they are elidgible for swim team, and Ethan really wants to try it next year when he is eight. So, I'll be working a lot with him to make that goal a reality.

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