Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bye Bye Shrimps

I think I'm going to have to keep taking Reid to the Y pool each week.  He really loves swimming, and I don't want him to lose that comfort he's gained from class.

Last night was one of the most fun evenings I've had with my boys, ever.  On the last night of classes (there was a 3 to 5 year old class going on at the same time, and a class for two autistic brothers) the instructors turn on the slide.  This is the biggest indoor pool slide I've ever seen.  It's serious water park material. The last 15 minutes of class are always play time, but play time with the slide on is just what the kiddos wanted. Both big kids and little kids.  Seriously, the moment our teacher said she was going to go turn on the slide, Ben was out of the pool climbing the ladder. Naturally, I was a little nervous, but I wasn't going to stop Ben from taking Reid down. Reid's his son too (I have to remind myself of this often).

Words can't describe the cuteness on my boy's face when they came out of that slide.  Reid was a little shocked and confused, but Ben was ADORABLE! I actually think I heard him "Weeee!" as they hit the water. Their second time down Reid seemed a little more relaxed.

I have to chuckle. Ben only came swimming (as in, in the pool) with us twice. He came for the class where we dunked the babies and the class where they opened up the slide.  Seriously, it's like he called ahead. Talk about perfect timing (for all three of us).

As for the report card, my mother must have missed the most important line in my last post:
On the surface, I'm not as bothered by (the report cards) as I may sound, but down in my core, I'm deeply disturbed.

I know that explanation makes no sense, so I see why she over looked it. Of course the report card doesn't really bother me. Whatever. It's just, well, it's one of those things that causes my left eye brow to connect with my hairline.

The card was really just a check list of the skills we practiced. They use the same card for three different classes (6 mos to 5 years) and Reid had all but two skills marked off, so clearly he is doing well. I just think the whole concept of constantly "evaluating" children under say, 10-years-old is a little ridiculous. Sadly, he didn't graduate. They recommended we take shrimp again, but let's be honest . . . that's just cause they want us back in the fall and he won't be old enough for the next class.

I definitely think swim classes will be a summer tradition for our kids.  At least until they are old enough for some T-ball.


Scott and Claudia said...

I beg your pardon.I did not miss your most important line!Evauluation bug you, deep down to your core they disturb you!So are you going to do the fall class? I would say the evaluation serves a purpose. Let's them know his skill level. Would not want him to drown. Sorry honey ,but I see the use of evaluations on children. Shows where they start at, progess they are or are not making, let's us know what to work on with them. But I kindly agree to disagree. Love ya! All the way from my core!!! Deeply disturbed or not!

Anonymous said...

Okay you two! It's almost like Lizzie is a teenager at home again! Knock it off!

I did want to ask -- Reid didn't pass two of how man skills? Three!! Sorry, couldn't resist.

Grandpa loves you!!! (all three)

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