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Mar 23, 2018

Take a look with me at the 3 year old class I've been teaching for the last 6 weeks. Look at the games we play and how I've been successful getting them in the water when half the class was crying and terrified the first few lessons.

Yes! It is okay to play games with 3 year olds, and I would even say that you should be playing mostly games and singing songs with your youngest participants. When they're comfortable enough to trust you with going underwater, smiling, and having more fun than the wide eyed scared hesitation you can start layering in front glides, back glides, and other horizontal progress skills.

 

This is an overview of the last six weeks of swim lessons I've taught with a group of 3 year olds and the transition we've seen from crying on the side of the pool crawling into their parent's arms, to smiling and laughing as an active participant in the water.

 

*I recorded this episode on Friday, and on Saturday before posting taught the last class. Only one of the initial crying kids cried again this final lesson, but a few minutes later she was smiling and laughing in the water with the rest of the kids playing games and doing front and back glides with ease.

 

Of note, the girl got splashed by an overzealous participant and cried. I wiped her face with her, told her she was okay, had the girl apologize to her, and then when she persisted, I said in a stern voice, "Sally, no more crying. You're fine." She stopped immediately. I was so shocked I couldn't believe it worked! Sometimes the youngest participants need a firm reminder that their reaction is over and it is time to move on.

 

Games we play:

 

Floating Toy and Sinking Toy:

Get 1 of each, and sit on the side of the pool. Put your feet on the floating toy and hold it underwater.

 

Put your sinking toy on top of your floating toy. Use kicks to push it away from you without letting the sinking toy fall off.

 

Buckethead, Bucketshoulder:

My favorite game obviously. Let them choose what to do you to, Bucket shoulder, or bucket head. They only rule is they have to say, "bucketshoulder" or "buckethead" when pouring the water on you.

 

You then give them the choice which one they want, BucketShoulder or bucket head. Then you do it to them. If they choose head, start with having them look up and pouring water on the back of their head.

 

Bake a Cake:

 

Use the hula hoops and make a cake or a pizza. Make sure you really sell this game as they'll love it and get into it with you. This is another round of opportunities to go underwater at their comfort level.

 

Throw a toy and get it:

 

We send our floating toys on a journey with kicks or splashes and then do front glides to go get them.

 

Jumps:

 

"Do you want to go underwater?" Yes or No, and then follow through. Have them hold your hands and then you can control the depth they go when you do the jumps.

 

 

Treasure Hunt:

 

We piled all the toys on the kickboards and then had a "storm" and splashes to knock some off then they got them. Awesome game.

 

Want a full game list? Check them out here: https://swimminglessonsideas.com/swim-lesson-games/

 

What do you do with your 3 year old classes? Comment below or on social media.

 

 

Mar 19, 2018

Finding deliberate practice in your swim lessons and on swim team. Learn how to integrate it into your program and make it the foundation for all instruction.

 

Finding deliberate practice in swim lessons and on developmental swim teams.

 

What is it:

 

James Clear:

 

https://jamesclear.com/beginners-guide-deliberate-practice

 

https://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice-theory

 

Deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic. While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.

 

From <https://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice-theory>

 

In swim lessons:

 

  • Rotation Method
  • Activity, activity, game (resetting interest and play vs. thoughtful time)
  • High volume, constant feedback; always be talking
  • Fun and effective games; approaching practice sideways
    • Games that have a challenge require thought to accomplish task, may be linked to swimming skill, but fun will trick them into trying harder.
  • Standard language
  • Trust
  • Few skills, but deep skills
    • Glides / streamline
    • Crawl, but side breathing

 

Swim team:

  • 3 x SL + something
  • Repetition
  • Focus keys: 3 things for sl, 3 for position 11, 3 for better swimming; goals.
  • Excellence with feedback
  • Looking for thumbs ups.
  • Challenges beyond skill demonstration; question of the day -> engagement
  • Strive for perfection
Mar 12, 2018

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Daily dryland program for the first two groups / considering integrating it into swim lessons as a supplemental class/course.
10-15 minutes
Draws heavily on SIP 064: jeff Grace games, and SIP 061 and Foundations of breathing
General routine
Our "flow"
Lay down on your belly, hands underneath your shoulders
Push up into plank 3x
Chaturanga / Super challenge mode
Down dog
Walk into Lazy puppit or forward fold,
Soldier
Streamline
Position 11
1 free
1 free
Fly
11, Y, Eat, 11
Game / activity

<a href="https://gum.co/practices">https://gum.co/practices</a>

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Mar 4, 2018

Update for 2018! Wow. We have a lot of new material and action ready for you in the next year.

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