We have had a great time swimming this summer and the kids have had a chance to take swim lessons from Mrs. Denise. We have had about 6 lessons with her and both kids have made major improvements. Emma is working hard at pointing her toes and doing small bubble kicks. She is also working on integrating her arms, which is proving to be a challenge and diving off the side. Mrs. Denise, who also coaches the swim team, said that Emma is ready for the 6 and under swim team. Unfortunately, they're about ready to wrap up for the season but I think next year will be a go. Mrs. Denise already said she'll swim breast stroke, which is a stroke she has down without much practice. Emma has loved going off the diving board as well.
Josh has proved a little challenging with swim lessons. At a given lesson, it is never clear how cooperative he will be. That being said, his major challenge going in has been getting his legs up behind him so he doesn't sink in the water. Just this past week, on the way to their lesson, Josh said he didn't want to use his shell and it all clicked. He was swimming like crazy and multiple times swam from the steps to the ladder. We've almost got two independent swimmers on our hands. Josh hasn't wanted to go off the diving board yet without the shell but has loved going off this summer with it on. He is crazy and perfecting his cannon ball!
The private lessons have definitely done both kids so much good and I'm sure after being in the pool daily on vacation, they'll make even more strides.