Its funny how exciting bringing out new equipment can be. Students clap and cheer at the beginning of new activities. That’s what is great about kids. They are willing to try new things, and they often surprise themselves by what they can personally achieve.
Our grade 1-2s were invited to the Talisman Centre to participate in the Aquatic Literacy program. This one-day event was the highlight of the year for many of these students. The students were excited to attend, but slightly nervous too.
Once there, The students’ fear of water quickly disappeared. The students that were holding on to the edge of the pool at the beginning were now diving for balls in an attempt to get a goal. The students that were moving slowly in the water because they were nervous at the beginning where now jumping and using their arms and legs to help them get away from the “shark”. The laughter and screeching quickly over took the “I can’t do its” and the “I’m too scareds”. This program allowed children to do what they do best: play. Through this playing they gained confidence in the water and even surprised them selves a little bit!
Jennifer Emilsson, Elementary Teacher. Passionate about Life long learning, learning through play and taking time to celebrate.
Allison Millar teaches Grade 2 at Douglas Harkness School. She is an enthusiastic traveller, hiker, and reader who loves to explore new places and ideas.
Diane Dron, Elementary Teacher. Believer in the uniqueness, strengths and future of every student!