We have 4 children, one of them is Down syndrome, she’s in mainstream classes on an adjusted curriculum. But her younger sister will tell you we have tried to raise her just like the others. She gets extra time! But not a lot of people are confident enough to simply get to work with Laila. Colleen Cullen Hammon, however, is the exception! She took Laila straight from sinking to roll over and float! In ONE lesson!
Laila always takes an ex-cr-ut-ia-ti-ng-ly looooonnnnnggggggggg time to learn simple things. So a lot of teaching goes in her direction. But that isn’t fair to the others. Especially her younger sister. Whose skills are exceptional but her technique isn’t all that good. Colleen figured her out Fast and in the first lesson had her breathing right. And positioning her head correctly.
“When Colleen succeeded in this simple life saving skill in the first swim lesson this summer, I was over the moon and beyond!”
Our kids have been swimmers since day 1. But they never learned technique. Just fun and splashing around with a few lessons here and there.
This summer is a summer of learning things. We want to outpace the kind of learning done in the school system. It’s so system-y! And none of us like it all that much. Except the Montessori curriculum! We love that!
Our children love the after school activities, Safety Patrol, STEAM and the awesome school field trips and after school clubs most notably Amanda Ward’s Social Octopus Media Management ‘Media Club’
So in addition to filming and posting everything we do, we are going all out on outdoors adventure, hand eye coordination and skills, board games, free local stuff like the Marlin’s games, locals month in Key West and visiting family for as cheaply as possible.
We are putting more time into teaching the children how to be strong in the water. Swim classes day 1. Enjoy the film. Of course Mom (that’s me) has been a PADI MSDT scuba diving instructor for 28 years so they should be awesome swimmers. They are good in the water but they need techniques.
Next: softball and baseball, then tennis!