We are currently teaching my 2-year-old to swim. We knew we had to start her in swim lessons after a painful summer of her shrieking “BY MYSELF MAMA!” whenever we were in the pool as she tried to squirm away from us in the water when she wasn’t wearing a floaty, which she had refused to wear.
As parents we have high expectations that she will learn to swim. And not just learn to swim, but learn to swim without us holding on to her and without using a floaty. But she is only two so we certainly are not going to drop her in the water and expect her to swim (despite her pleas) because we understand that swimming has to be taught. We fully expect that one day she will be able to swim independently so we are putting the building blocks now.
I have been thinking about my daughter's swimming ability a lot lately and how it applies to how we differentiate and accommodate students with disabilities.