Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to celebrate and ease into your family routine again – which should include swimming lessons! At Goldfish Swim School, we’ve designed our curriculum to not only help your child learn to swim, but to aid in learning in school, too!
How kids learn
There’s a reason why we do the things we do at Goldfish Swim School, and why we focus on teaching the same skills over and over again.
“We’ve done a lot of research on how kids learn and repetition is key,” said Jenny McCuiston, Co-Founder of Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC. “Adults can get bored with that but that’s how kids learn.”
As a result, the same skills are reviewed each week during your child’s lesson. It may sometimes seem like your child is just doing the same thing each week, but in reality, that’s because these are the building blocks that will make it easier to learn new skills. In other words, the skills progress through one another.
And as parents we know practice makes perfect, so repeating skills each week helps them to become second nature and easier to perform! Just like in a classroom setting, kids see how repetition brings success and provides extraordinary results.
Plus, we have developed a visual aspect to our curriculum because in our research, we discovered that many people – especially kids – are visual learners. That means every lesson within each level has a specific outline of the skills we teach, and those are displayed in images that our instructors keep at each lane. That way, kids can actually look at the techniques in order to help them learn!
For example, one level may include mastering kicking on a kickboard while the next level up will have your little swimmer kicking without assistance. Talk about a GOLDEN experience!
Think of swim levels like grade levels
There’s a game plan in school, with a set standard of skills to learn in each grade. The same goes for our levels at Goldfish Swim School. In order to advance to the next level, swimmers must master the skills outlined.
To do that, our instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach our curriculum of 10-12 skills each week. Those skills are the same each week, and in the same order, at every Goldfish Swim School location throughout the country.
“We keep it consistent so the kids know what to expect,” said Jenny.
Each skill has an end goal, and once swimmers pass those they will move on to the next level.
Swimming lessons are a fun extension of school
Kids put a lot of effort into school: Learning, focusing, appropriate behavior, etc. Having swimming lessons after school is a great release for all that energy that’s been building up all day – and it keeps the learning going in a fun way, while teaching kids a lifelong skill!
By taking swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School, kids learn even more skills that are important in school as well. Like what? Waiting for their turn, being patient, following directions, comprehension, listening to teachers, and even more!
“I think it’s really important that not only do they learn in a classroom, but also with a sport,” said Jenny. “They’re still learning, using their brain, and learning skills that will translate into a classroom as well.”
Make swimming part of your routine!
Find the Goldfish Swim School location near you and sign up for swimming lessons today! Our WOW! customer service is only one of the reasons why Goldfish Swim School is a fin above the rest.