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Monday, September 29. 2008
A-girl has been taking swimming lessons the past 3 weeks in a class taught by a colleague of mine, L, at the Y. She comes with me, helps me get ready for my classes and then has her class while I'm teaching my first of three and then after her class goes with a friend to change and into the childcare with the other three. Initially I hesitated placing her in the class as I didn't think she was quite ready to move up a level. L convinced me to put her in and said if she had any problems keeping up she would let me know and we would place her back a level. Just before her first class, while we were in Wpg at a hotel pool she all of a sudden started swimming about 5 feet on her own. I was no longer concerned about her doing alright in the class as she met the basic requirement for that class level. Not only is she doing alright, she is thriving in the class. Today, L interrupted me in my class to show me what my little girl was up to.....she was swimming face in the water, arms reaching alternately out of the water ( a basic front crawl/freestyle) about half the length of the pool. L said she had never seen such change in a day (from the start to finish of the class) and A-girl couldn't have been prouder! Don't think I have ever had any one of my kids swim at that level at that age. L is one of the best teachers I have had the privilege to work with and to learn from at the Y. I am so glad that A-girl is having the chance to be in her class now. Keep swimming girl! You are going to be chasing those older siblings down the pool lanes at the swim team practices in no time!