Why swimming is a good idea for a complete home school physical education program.
If your child can swim it lessens the chance of accidental drowning. Important!! Even if your child knows how to swim, don't assume there is no chance that he may get into trouble and risk drowning. Kids must always be monitored when around water.
It is quite an accomplishment for a youngster to gain the confidence to do this. Your littlest ones will feel that accomplishment when they can simply dunk their heads under. Especially if they are a bit fearful of the water.
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Water adds 12 times more resistance than air, so it takes more work to move through water than air. Your boys will come out of the pool tired and happy. Swimming is so fun you don't even notice you are getting a good workout.
Try to see if there are other homeschool families who would like to meet once a week or even once a month for a home school physical education swim day. If there is an indoor pool available this can continue all year round.
I must confess I have not been very diligent at this. Yet with the lessons that my boys did have, and a few summer vacations at grandma's house (where she lives a few blocks from the pool) they have learned to swim well. It is a relief to me to know that they can swim.
A swim team can teach teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, and be a great social outlet. Challenging each other, and encouraging each other makes swimming a great way to spend time with friends.
In our case it would also have taught time-management, self-discipline, and goal-setting. Our town has a swim team for the local high school that meets every morning before school. Rising at 7:00 each day for swim team practice would build diligence.