Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Preschooler's Swimming

The Preschool children at the Phelps Ingersoll Center for Children at the Northern Middlesex YMCA have been enjoying there new activity of taking swimming lessons and learning about water safety. For many of the children, this has been their first experience with water and learning to swim. Almost everyone has taken to the experience like ducks to water. The children have been learning about safety around the water and in the water. As the pictures show, Ms. Liz is going over some safety rules with the children and then the children get to practice the skills they are learning in the water. Two of the three classroom have gone through the 5 week session of lessons and the last classroom will start their lessons on January 4th.
This has been a great opportunity for our children, and parents have been excited that the center would offer swimming. A donation was given to the center to provide the initial experience and the center hopes that parents will take advantage of a sliding fee scale to sign up for another round of lessons. Many of the families are on fixed incomes so any discounts are greatly appreciated to offset the cost. For many families this has been the first time their child has been around the water. Helping children feel comfortable and make safe choices around the water will be a useful lesson throughout their life and the center is happy that we could be a part of it.
If you are ever at the "Y" on Monday's from 10-11, come check out the small pool and see us swim!

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