Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Swim Lessons Begin

This week Allie and Zach began summer swim lessons!
So, for the next two weeks we are up and out of the house by 8:15 every morning to make it to the pool in time to learn how to do something other than the doggy paddle. 

Although Allie is a seasoned swim lesson veteran...
...this is Zach's first year of swim lessons.

We had to remind both of them not to act too crazy and make sure to listen to the teachers.

Thankfully, when we got to the pool, they were both a little more mellow, but still excited to begin. 
I was most nervous about Zach.  He hasn't had a lot of "classroom" experience other than Sunday School and ECFE, so I was curious as to whether or not he would listen and follow the teacher's instructions.  Plus, one of the requirements for enrollment in his swim level is the ability to jump into the pool...a skill that he only decided to try on his own during our last day of summer vacation.

To help him out, we have definitely been talking up swim lessons like crazy.  So, I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised that he was the first one to jump into the pool before the lifeguards even finished giving instructions.  I think he heard the words "jump in," his excitement took over, and before he and even his teachers knew it, he was in the pool.  After day three of swim lessons today, Zach LOVES it.  He has been working on his floating, kicking, and arm movements.  He also really likes to talk to his teachers...LOTS. 
I knew Allie would do great and wasn't worried about her at all until I noticed that she was the littlest kid in her class!  I thought this may bother her, but when I asked her about it, she told me she hadn't even noticed and already had herself a friend.  She is pretty excited that she has graduated to the deep end where she can't touch.  Her teachers have been working with her to combine arm and leg movements for the front and back crawl. 
We are supposed to get rain and possible storms tomorrow morning and I already know the kids will be bummed if that means no pool time.  We have one more week after tomorrow for this session, a two-week break, and then I signed them up for an additional two-week session in August.  They just might turn into fish by the end of the summer!

What does Olivia do during swim lessons?  Well, she mostly naps away in her stroller where everyone who walks by comments on how cute she is...and how big her thighs are. 

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