5 Reasons to Start Swimming Early at Goldfish

I never thought I would take my daughter to her first organized swim lesson before she could walk. This past summer, my girl was so interested in water and swimming pools that she seemed almost fearless. So, when the opportunity for swim lessons became available, I decided that enrolling her at Goldfish Swim School would help her not just enjoy the water, but also learn how to actually swim. Looking back, I am so happy she had her first swim lesson shortly after turning a year old (your child can start as young as four-months old at Goldfish). Below, I am sharing five benefits my family has gained because our daughter started swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School at an early age.

Bonding Time: My daughter is enrolled in the Goldfish Mini 2 swim classes. In these classes, it is expected that one parent be in the water with their child for the entire lesson. Each week, my husband and I alternate swimming with our daughter. During dinner the other night, we recently discussed how much we look forward to the 30-minutes in the pool with our daughter. It is one-on-one, uninterrupted bonding time where she sings songs, practices her swim skills, and checks in for lots of hugs.

Bathtime Ease: Before we started swimming at Goldfish, baby girl had a hard time in the bath. She loved splashing around in the water, but when it came to getting her hair and face wet, she  refused. In the first few swim lessons, we learned tips and techniques to help baby girl become comfortable in the water. We then implemented these same tips and techniques from the pool into the bathtub. She loves bath time now! She willingly dips her face in the water and allows us to pour on her head without a fuss.

Water Safety: Goldfish instills the importance of water safety from the very first swim lesson. At just a year old, my daughter began learning how to “walk” her hands along the edge of the pool, climb out of the water, and fully submerge under water. With all of the water hazards a young toddler could encounter, I am grateful my daughter is learning to respect the pool, and be safe in and around water.

Coordination & Strength: Each week my husband and I are so impressed by how well our daughter is doing in her swim class. Each week, we have seen improvements in her leg kicks and arm strokes. She has even begun to do both at the same time. It is amazing to watch her strength and coordination increase as she continues with her swim lessons.

Following Directions: Each swim lesson is a great opportunity for your child to develop language skills. I have noticed my daughter’s biggest area of language growth is her ability to follow directions. Throughout the lessons, she follows simple directions from our wonderful instructor that involve a combination of actions and spatial concepts throughout the swim lesson. These one and two step instructions improve her attention and processing skills.

Starting swim lessons with my daughter at an early age has been a wonderful experience for our entire family. I truly cannot believe the growth she demonstrates daily both in and out of the pool. I attribute a lot of this growth to the lessons she has learned at Goldfish Swim School.

The Details: We are currently in the Goldfish Mini 2 class at Goldfish Swim School. We attend lessons at the Goldfish Swim School in Dublin, Ohio. Check out this link for location, address/telephone details and how to sign up for lessons.

Disclaimer: We were provided free swimming lessons by Goldfish Swim School in exchange for collaborating blog posts. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Columbus Winter Outings, With a Toddler, Pt. 1

The first 3 months of the year are generally the longest for me, as I’m sure they are for everyone else. Now that our daughter is 17 months old, we have a full-blown toddler in the house, and our house is feeling even smaller than actually it is.  At 17 months, baby girl enjoys outings; with a lot of places around town, I find the activities may be a little too structured, the space may be a little too dangerous, or the other children may be a little too big for her. Below, I have listed some great places in Columbus for a young toddler to play, explore, and learn, where we will be blowing off some of that extra energy this winter!

AHA! Children’s Museum: We recently took a trip to the AHA! Children’s Museum in Lancaster, Ohio. For more details on the experience, click this link. The museum is an easy 45-minute drive from Columbus, and admission is only $6, which makes it a very manageable and worthwhile day trip. The museum’s mission statement is “Educating children in a world of discovery, curiosity and imagination through hands-on play.” The museum is designed to educate and accommodate children ages six months to eight years old. Baby girl had a wonderful time exploring and interacting with the 33 on-site exhibits and the other children, and we will be back this winter.

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series: PBJ & Jazz concerts are “1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families.” Concerts are held in the ballroom at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St, Columbus, Ohio). Admission is $5 per person, with a family max of $20 at the door, and each child receives a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, juice, and a cookie upon arrival. This winter, concerts are January 14, February 11, and March 25, with two performances at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. We started taking baby girl last winter, and we had such a good time. During the concert, children are encouraged to sing and dance, while being introduced to jazz music.

Baby/Toddler Story time: You will find us at baby/toddler story times often this winter. Story time is a wonderful way to promote early literacy skills through short books, rhymes, and movement. Each library system in Central Ohio offers a variety of story times for different age groups. Be sure to check the schedules at these library systems, The Columbus Metropolitan LibraryWorthington Libraries, Bexley Library, and Upper Arlington Library, to be sure they have an age appropriate story time.

Dublin Preschool Open Gym: The parks and recreation department in Dublin offers open gym for young children, ages 6 months to 6 years for $3 per child/per visit. “The gym is set up with age appropriate toys and equipment for you and your child to play and have a safe, fun time. This is a drop-in program, with no registration necessary.” The program is offered on Mondays and Fridays, January 6 – May 19, with some days off for holidays (Click this link to find the days NOT in session). Open gym is located at Dublin’s Parks and Recreation Department (5600 Post Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43017).

Scioto Audubon Nature Center:  Even though it is cold outside, we are still taking advantage of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. The Grange Insurance Audubon Center is a beautiful facility located in the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. A few of the features include bird viewing windows,  a small library, and a children’s playroom. The playroom offers both climbing opportunities, dress up clothes, and interactive activities on local birds and bugs. The center also offers Pre-K story time on Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Baby girl enjoyed climbing and investigating the playroom and then enjoyed walking around the center to find all the bird feeders.