A week ago, Abby and Norah had swimming lessons in Montgomery. We tried out the New Prague pool last summer for lessons, but weren't too impressed...this year, I mainly signed up for the ones in Montgomery because they were back-to-back and had the baby and me class that I did with Abby as a baby. We were so happy with the lessons this year, and will definitely go back in the future! We were supposed to start a week ago from last Monday, but there was a "sanitation issue" so lessons were canceled and rescheduled for this past Monday. We started Tuesday instead. Abby's lessons were first, and she was one of 8 kids in the pool with 2 teachers. She could touch on her tiptoes, but hung onto the edge when she wasn't doing an activity with the teacher. She worked on her back float, front float, front crawl, jumping, etc. one-on-one with the teachers--they demonstrated and then went down the line with each of the kids. They played games like "Red light, green light" and sang songs. Abby loved jumping in the most, and I thought the "train" they made with the pool noodles was really cute. Her confidence in the water was definitely built up with this week of lessons.
Norah's lessons were next, and she wasn't as much of a fan. After about 5 minutes in the pool, she'd say "all done". There were only a few other babies in the class, so it was a small group. It was much less structured, but more for her to get used to the water/swimming. They handed out laundry soap lids to pour water, which was one of Norah's favorite things (she called them "buckets"). Then they played with beach balls and we worked on floating on their fronts and backs. She got to practice jumping in the water and sing some songs (another favorite part--she liked to sing along loudly). She wasn't a huge fan of the songs where I had to dip her underwater. The last 10 minutes were always free time, and she only ever wanted to play with her "bucket" or beach ball. She especially liked having Dave and Abby there watching her--she always made sure to call out for Daddy or Abby to make sure they could see her.
Abby also finished up a fun class this past week--a jump-start kindergarten class at a local elementary school. It was 8 mornings for 2 1/2 hours, and she got a feel for what a kindergarten class might be like. She LOVED the teacher, especially walking at the front of the line and holding her hand. She enjoyed recess time, bringing a snack each day, playing games on the computers, bringing home a special project she had made each day, and the stories they read. She is definitely ready for the real thing! She noticed that a boy was crying when his mom dropped him off on the first day, so I asked her why he was crying. She told me he missed his mom. I asked her why she didn't cry, and she told me, "Because I didn't miss you." Yep--definitely ready. While she was at class, Norah and I found a variety of things to do around town so we wouldn't have to make the drive back and forth...grocery shopping, parks, library, bringing clothes to the consignment store, going for a run, going for a walk, getting our car fixed, etc. That was the last of our "scheduled" summer activities, so now we are ready to enjoy what the next two weeks brings before it's back to school time!