Next week, we begin our Swimming program. Most of our students love this opportunity to get outside the classroom and have a change of routine for a few days and it certainly burns some energy!
Sometimes, this change in routine, participating in new and challenging experiences and dealing with new situations can be hard for some students. The biggest hurdle many of our children face with the swimming program is getting dressed at the end of the lesson and organising their belongings. This new situation is a great opportunity to encourage independence in our children. Independence is important so that children feel they can tackle new challenges and adventures but know that adults will be there to support them if things go wrong.
Independence over our swimming weeks would be:
Children getting dressed for school each day, with their swimming costume under their uniform, by themselves
Packing their own swimming bag with a towel, fresh underwear and socks
Drying themselves and combing their own hair after a shower each night
These skills will be extremely important over the next two weeks as school staff and parents are not allowed into the school allocated change rooms to help students get dressed and changed.
For more information on building independence, take a look at this great resource from Beyond Blue
Have a wonderful week,