It feels like we haven’t been swimming for ages, although because we finished later than usual, it’s only been around 4 sessions over Summer that weren’t on…oh and then we missed the first 2 lessons of term.
I did manage to take N swimming in the holidays once at the outdoor pool – he was really excited walking out of the changing rooms to see the wonderful pool in the sun, but once in the pool wasn’t keen and wanted to get out pretty much straight away. It might have helped if we’d remembered to take his woggle, but I only had a float and me, so we couldn’t do anything unsupported by me really.
I was really hoping that the break over summer would let us start afresh in the autumn at our new class, having had about 6 weeks of not brilliant lessons prior to the summer break. I know now that N’s moans and groans at that time were due to his 2 month growth spurt, so I was definitely confident that he’d have passed that stress out period and he’d be back on form in the pool.
We’re still swimming with Water Babies (not for much longer as N will be ‘graduating’ once he’s 4), but have switched class into the oldest/most advanced one on our day. Makes me laugh as N is nowhere near swimming on his own confidently yet, he can do a few strokes under a tunnel before grabbing me, but has a long way to go yet compared to some of the others in the class who used to be in our class, but were moved up as they could swim alone for a reasonable length. One in particular made me almost cry – you can read the post on that here. Hopefully it’ll make N try a bit harder. All those left from his old class have moved up to this one, so it is nice to be reacquainted with the previous people from the class as well as the others we’ve not seen since before the summer holidays.
Amazingly, N had a ball this week. He jumped from the side with no problems, he tried everything in the class that we were told to do. He still does get distracted with what he wants to do, but is giving things a go.
The one thing he still isn’t keen on is being on his back, but he did amaze me. Usually at the end of the class, we all sing Twinkle Twinkle round in a circle. The children are often encouraged to star float during the song. Fat chance with N, who previously has occasionally agreed to try…for all of a second, before wanting to climb on my back and move round the circle. But this week, he was straight onto his back with no complaining, head back, arms and legs stretched out. Not just a quick try, but for the whole song! Ok, so I still had to support him, but with him actually being willing to do this of his own accord, it’s definite progress and something to work on.
Of course he waited for a different teacher to show off and do this (he was one of the only ones in the class as most wanted to ride on parents backs), so poor Lynsey his old teacher, missed seeing it.
So, it was a totally different lesson (again) to what we’d been experiencing in the summer, and one that I hope continues through any further growth spurts. Damn those developmental stages that children go through to put them out of sorts.
Disclosure: We swim with Water Babies, all thought and words are my own.