As the late and legendary TV host Fred Roger’s from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood wrote, “When you help a child enjoy music, you’re also helping a child develop learning skills, like listening, coordination, imagination, and memory.”
Swimming lessons too, are a great place to help a child enjoy music. I have always incorporated songs and music into my Parent & Me and Swim 101 classes, which you can get a free sneak preview of on my Parent & Me YouTube Video. Singing songs the children know can also help alleviate anxiety and redirect a young, potentially fearful child’s focus to something other than what he/she is worrying about.
Here a few of the songs we like and use in our Parent & Me and Swim 101 classes:
As I noted, when we sing “The Wheels on the Bus,” we substitute the words “The Babies in the Pool.” When I sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to my Swim 101 students and I feel I need to encourage them to kick more, I sometimes substitute the actual words of the song with “Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick your feet, splashing in the swimming pool” so they are getting specific feedback/instructions while singing the melody of the song.
One way or the other, when you teach a swim lesson for toddlers or preschoolers, you want to make swim lesson songs a part of your daily swim lesson plan.