Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I used to take Billy to swimming lessons when he was a toddler and then in preschool. I think we both suffered through about 3 years before I called a halt. Let's just say, he's never going to be Ian Thorpe... He'd had enough by the time we finished and wasn't advancing much. This was obviously prior to my discovery that kids learn things at their own pace, and nothing you can do will change that :)
I just let things go and decided to see if he'd improve on his own. However, I don't swim and we don't go to the pool enough for him to get a lot of practice. So I asked him again this term if he wanted to do lessons and he was very enthusiastic about it. I ended up paying extra for a 15 min private lesson rather than a 30 min lesson shared with 3 other kids.
The difference has been amazing. Now that he's older he can comprehend what's being asked, understand the reasons behind it and pays attention. He also practices what he's learnt after his lesson. He has come on in leaps and bounds in the 6 or so lessons he's had so far. And I think its a combination of wanting to learn it and his body finally being ready.
Once again it proves to me that every kid has their own timetable!