Dominic the Duckling - Summer
Dominic has made great progress in his swimming lessons since my last blog, he really is coming on leaps and bounds – quite literally! Jumping in is still a big favourite he now tries to leap as high in the air as possible, to make the biggest splash possible!
It was interesting this week when our regular teacher was away and we had a teacher from another pool take the lesson. A slightly different approach is sometimes highly beneficial and I thought all the children got a lot out of the lesson despite not having met the lady before. Continuity is good, and important for this age group, but a fresh injection of ideas and activities made the time fly and personally gave me a boost of renewed enthusiasm.
Continuing with his interest in other sports, Dominic now pretends to be a speedway rider in the pool.
Continuing with his interest in other sports, Dominic now pretends to be a speedway rider in the pool. The large frog shaped float becomes his motorbike, the froggy hands and arms are his accelerator and handlebars. He makes a very good impression of the engine by blowing bubbles under the water and powers his way around the ‘track’ pedalling his little legs as fast as he possibly can. All brilliant stuff! He does like to crash a lot and I have to make sure I am on hand to catch him when he falls off the float, giggling.
No more badges to report this time sadly, we still have to work on being a torpedo or space rocket with his arms over his head pushing off from the side. I should find a speedway or other motorbike related way of encouraging this. Maybe we should watch some Evel Knievel footage together and pretend we are zooming through the air. Mind you his jumping needs no improvement and I don’t want him to start lining up floats and woggles instead of buses!
My other son starts an intensive programme of school swimming lessons next week. I can fill you in next time on how that is progressing, including on how he is integrated into lessons given his special needs with autism. We have had some great support from the local school swimming manager so it all looks good so far!