I still haven't quite gotten over the fact that my first graders swim for P.E. class once a week. Now that the weather has heated up (today was 91 degrees F), it is the weekly P.E. activity for our class. Ms. Baker is our P.E. teacher and she's absolutely fantastic with the little ones. The past few weeks have been spent in the kiddie pool, blowing bubbles and kicking. Today we started with this and then moved over to the big pool where each student was able to jump into the water. It was fun to see their personalities come out in their approach. Some jumped in with absolutely no fear and huge smiles on their faces, while others were timid or even a bit scared to jump in the water and needed reassurance and a hand to hold as they jumped. I know my students look forward to swimming each week and today they looked forward to it even more as today was the first day I actually got in the pool with them. This is such a foreign concept for me, as I've never imagined swimming with my students in the middle of the school day. However, it is one that I'm starting to enjoy as the days are becoming increasingly hotter and as I love to see the joy on my students' faces as they get in the water. Here's a few pictures from today.
|This is in the kiddie pool. I love the goggles and the toothless grin! The swim caps are also a nice touch!|
|Some of the boys in the kiddie pool. They sure do love swimming!|
|I love the swim caps once they are on. I hate trying to help put them on as it's so difficult to get them over their hair! The one in the middle has pony tails that I had to try and get around. Needless to say, it took a while.|
|Here they are, all lined up and receiving instructions from our P.E. teacher before jumping in.|
|This one has absolutely no fear!|