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Jim Reiser, M.S.

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Swim Lesson Plans for Kids


When developing Swim Lessons Plans for Preschoolers, you want to start your class on the right foot.  Two of my favorite television shows for preschoolers are PBS’s “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” and BBC Kids “Rosie & Jim.” One thing you will notice with these two shows as well as many other successful shows for young children is that each show starts the same way.  This is also a great swim lessons idea!

In case you’re not familiar with the late and legendary Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood television series, each time he began a show he would walk into his television living room at the start of the visit singing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The song is gentle and caring, and features comforting lines like “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood” and ends with “Won’t you please? Won’t you please? Please won’t you be my neighbor?”

For your swim lesson plans , the next idea you can take from these show is to PRETEND!  Preschoolers love to use their imagination and pretend.

At Swim Lessons University, we start each of our Swim 101 classes with a swim lessons activity story called “Your Motorboat’s Stuck in the Mud.”  In this activity, you (the teacher) start the activity off by saying, “Once upon a time, i.e., Johnny was taking a boat ride, when all of the sudden, the boat got stuck in the mud!   Then you really get your students engaged by saying, “now say what I say:”  “That’s okay (that’s okay), I know how to get the boat out of the mud ( I know how to get the boat out of the mud). ”  All you have to do is kick like this (All you have to do is kick like this)!”    And the teacher demonstrates a stationary kick holding the bench or the step.

I look forward to sharing more swim lessons ideas for teaching preschoolers in my next blog.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim is the first American to win the award in 10 years.

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August 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm
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  • April 20, 2012 at 9:34 pmJohnAdled

    Excellent post! Really loved it, havent seen an artice this good in a while.

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