Thursday, February 7, 2008

Managing Children's Behaviour In The Pool

We can help children to become separate, independent and more responsible little people in the water if we allow them to do things for themselves.

The following strategies in your swimming teaching can help to reduce children's feelings of dependency and encourage independence:

1. Let children make choices
"Which kickboard would you like to use? The green or the yellow one?"

2. Show respect for a child's struggle
"It can be hard learning to breath. It may help if you blow more bubbles under the water before you turn your head."

3. Don't rush to answer questions
"That's an interesting question. What do you think?"

4. Don't take away hope
" So you're thinking of trying out for the school swimming team! That sounds like fun."

Encourage autonomy by allowing children to do things for themselves.

Adapted from the book "How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk"
by Adele Faber and Elain Mazlish

Enjoy
   Richard

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