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Smart Fish Method Using Math Skill Games as a Reward for Good Effort

* Smart Fish Method (Baby Swimming Lesson) GRADE 6 students, (Learn-To-Swim graduates under the age of 4), may not progress in Stroke Skill Development as quickly and with as much refinement as students who are older.

* Therefore, blend in time at this level helping them learn non-swim educational skills & other useful lessons that all fall under the heading of “LEARNING HOW TO LEARN.”

* ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCE is a foundational math skill for preschoolers …and they learn that the number goes with the object, or the number goes with the time.

* … so you can ask them how many Train Whistle Pulls they want or assign them a certain number of points for a good swim. Then help them count that exact number as they “toot their horn.”

* When they count “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10”, they first learn it by rote memory. They are just learning THE SEQUENCE OF NUMBERS or SEQUENCING….not the significance of each number.

* Many young children have memorized the number words in the proper order, but sometimes do not yet understand the concept of one-to-one correspondence. For example, they might say “1,2,3,4,5″ but skip an object. Or, they count an object twice.

* When teaching an actual lesson… divide up these ideas of teaching math skills as a series of short rewards throughout the lesson… or throughout a series of lessons.I am not suggesting that you take this much time for it during one single lesson.

* These young pool prodigies typically need frequent reward breaks while repetitively practicing their stroke drills. It is ideal if you can link activities like this with what they are practicing in the pool… like counting their laps with the number of puzzle pieces they put on the board or with beads on a counting frame.

* Notice that Eli accidentally miscounted on the ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCE game of matching the count with the object. This is an example of the usefulness of this activity.

* Interaction like this will enhance your relationship with the child. Preschoolers enjoy this subject and think of it as play, so they are happy to have this as a reward for good swim lesson effort. They also love to show-off how SMART they are.

* When you praise them for it, you build their self-confidence and self-esteem. The positivity from this will help in your efforts to inspire them to cooperate with you when you teach them swim skills, as well.

* If the kids can stay engaged and focused on learning during their breaks, it will be easier to reel them back into the next swim drill you ask them to do. Play activities like jumping and sliding are good, but they can also be distracting to the structure of the lesson. It would be wise to save activities like that for the end of a good lesson.


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SmartFish Mehtod Parent Tot Name Introduction Song, by Miss Karen

* Use the melody for “Frère Jacques”
* This can replace “The Kids In The Pool” song … (the one using the melody of “Wheels On The Bus”)
* “Where is _________ Where is ________ ? There she is. There she is. Splashy, splashy, splashy. Kickie, Kickie, Kickie… Up and down. Up and down.”
* For the babies who allow the teacher to touch them, the teacher can help them to splash their hands and kick their feet.
* From about 11 months or so, babies like to point, so explain to the parents that the idea of pointing is a natural behavior that can be encouraged.
* This is also a good way to learn the names of the students. Ask parents to repeat their child’s name throughout the class, as you come around to help them teach.
* NEXT SEGMENT: Submersion Instruction & Practice
* NOTE: Before taking a baby under the water, ask the new parent if their child has ever experienced water washing over the face in the bath or shower. If not… the child is not yet ready for submersion in the lesson. Use the pitcher to pour water over the back of head and maybe over the face.
* Homework for new babies who have never experienced water over the face: practice pouring water over the face during bath time before returning the next week.

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Yoga Asanas (Poses) To Swim Better

Yoga exercises and meditation help reduce negative stress, provide both physical and mental strength, and also improve your body flexibility and ability to recover efficiently. All of these benefits also help to improve your swimming performance. As a swim instructor in Watersafe Swim School, I do practice yoga 4-5 days a week.

There is absolutely no doubt that swimming, and swimming fast, requires several different skills and attributes. Flexibility, core strength and focus are some key points for optimizing the performance as a swimmer, and all of these attributes do improve by practicing regular yoga.

 Here are some yoga exercises to improve your mental and physical faculties so that you can reach next higher level of swimming performance. If you want to boost your ability to recover, be stress free and be a more flexible athlete, then practice the below mentioned yoga exercises regularly:

1. Cat-Cow Stretch (Chakravakrasana): Cat-Cow Stretch is a classic yoga asana and for good reason. It improves abdominal strength and spinal flexibility. It does wonders for lower, middle and upper back stiffness.


2. Shoulder Stretch: This yoga asana increases the flexibility of your shoulder muscles and augment range of your shoulder movements. It improves your body posture, lung functioning and blood flow in the area.


3. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): Dhanurasana consists of two words. Dhanu means ‘bow’ and Asana means yoga poses. Bow pose is my favorite because it is good for heart and kidney. It is also helpful for blood cleansing and weight loss.


4. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose): Bridge Pose opens the chest, heart, and shoulders. It stretches the chest, the back of the neck, spine and the hips. Bridge Pose also calms the brain, reducing anxiety, backache, headache, stress and depression. It is helpful in asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.


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