This age group needs a lot of manipulative work to get those fine motor skills well coordinated. Keep the parents in the water that way the children are going to get a good half hour swimming lesson.
This interactive will give teachers tips and suggestions that will lift the performance of the class and ultimately create champion swimmers!
Some tips include;
- Communication with all the children
- Use the parents as assistant teachers
- Keep active when teaching
- Keep communicating and encouraging
Preparing for lessons without parents
In order to get a smooth transition from the parent and child swim classes to children being in on their own have sections of the lesson where the children are given activities without the parents help. During these periods where you have no parental assistance it is important to be well organised and maintain good class discipline so that the children learn to listen and follow instructions. A good instructor will group the class close together and position themselves so that they are easily seen by all students. By using one of the class to demonstrate it makes it easier for the class to understand exactly what has to be done.
It is recommended that swimming teachers use the 3-4 year old group teaching product with the standard 3-4 year old learn to swim program.