Thursday, August 13, 2009

Swimming Lesson Plans:-Toddler (1 -3 years old)

Teaching children from 12 months to 3 years varies dramatically from pool to pool.

The big difference between teaching 6 months to 1 year old's is that it is in this age group that children begin to actually start to do things that resemble swimming.

By the time the children hit 2 to 3 years old they may even be dog paddling.

Don't hold your breath however (pun intended). It is not unusual for my students to start to swim, using more or less   standard swimming strokes before they learn to dog paddle. I'd say I have maybe one in 30 students doing dog paddle before I promote them to the next level.

Factors that contribute to whether a child will dog paddle are:- how much exposure to the water a child has and how much they enjoy the water. Other factors ... who knows. Some children just do it and if it makes me look good who am I to argue.

The result is that I've stopped trying to teach toddlers to do dog paddle. So much has to do with physiological and social development that it just makes much more sense to teach a child how to respect and enjoy the water. After all even if they are proficient dog paddlers they are not safe in the water alone and you have to supervise them strictly and usually by the time they have mastered it I'm already trying to teach it out of them.

To this end my lesson plan for teaching toddlers is exactly the same for a 12 month old as it is for a 3 year old.

What you should teach a child and what can they be expected to learn?

Lesson Plan Age: 1 - 3 years old :-
The following link will take you to a Google Document. I had to do it this way because the blog will not allow me to do tables. I think you will agree that this is one of the better ways to do a lesson plan. I mean in terms of appearance.

Parents or carers may not be interested in the entire plan but you can glean from it a number of ideas that will help you work out one more personally suited for you.

Enjoy
Richard

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