This past week, I was beginning to think he would “doggie paddle” forever. Countless times the swim instructor had encouraged him to swim with his “head in the water, elbows high”… I just thought he wasn’t getting it. Maybe swimming is not his thing.
At the end of class this week the swim instructor lined the kids up on the side of the pool. Ready…Set…Go! In jumps my son. Head down. Elbows up. Swimming Freestyle! What? Why hasn’t he been doing this all along? I was so happy that he actually had been listening and retaining all he had been taught.
I guess it just takes a little competition to bring it out of him. Just like in the classroom, kids learn in so many different ways. It makes me happy that his swim instructor understands that and is genuinely excited to teach kids to swim. Because they are learning…even if they don’t always show you their best stuff.