Almost half of the American public admits to not knowing how to swim, even though drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for seven percent of all injury-related deaths. Ensuring your homeschooled child learns to swim proficiently could be a lifesaver and could bring lifelong joy as well as physical fitness.

1.1   Article: “How to See God’s Kindness in Your Life”

Karen Allen Campbell shares her insight on seeing God’s kindness in your life. She notes that “it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance” and we are to pour out that same kindness on others, including our children.

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1.2   A Family that Swims Together

Most YMCA’s or local swim facilities have classes and private tutors to teach adults to swim. You can find your local YMCA on this webpage.

Ensuring your family is safe in and around water is the first priority when thinking about swimming. You can teach your children water safety with this information from the Red Cross.

This infographic from Safe Kids includes common misconceptions about water safety.

These lessons and activities could be helpful in teaching your students about swimming and pools. You will find lessons and activities for children in grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12, that focus on math, history, and science. A few of the lesson titles include “The Physics of a Cannonball Splash,” “Algebra 1: A Draining Pool,” and “Swimming and Math Skills,” among others.

Finding a state park that has swimming facilities is easy with this Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation web page about swimming pools, lakes, and beaches.

If you live in northern Virginia, this guide to public pools can help you find a place to cool off and get a bit of exercise this summer. This guide includes the contact information, location, prices, facilities, and operational hours.

Water parks can be great family fun. You can find the closest water park in the Old Dominion at this web page by

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1.3 Getting Wet

Reading books about swimming can prepare your preschooler for the pool this summer. This list of books might be a great jumping in point.

These coloring pages might help build excitement for a trip to the pool or beach.

You can use these pre-swimmer games to acquaint your preschooler with the water and create joy for playing in the water.

Once your toddler is comfortable in the water, you can use these activities to teach him swimming skills.

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1.4 Mastering Swimming

Safety comes first. Before your students get in the water, you can teach them water safety with these coloring pages.

Your child can learn all about swimming freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and the butterfly stroke, as well as breathing techniques and advanced swimming techniques at the Enjoy Swimming website.

A good dive can take seconds off your time in competitive swimming. You can teach your child to dive with the instructions found at Swimming Ideas.

Swimming is great exercise and it is fun. This article discusses the benefits of summer swim teams.

For information on all things having to do with swimming, visit the USA Swimming website. They also have a search engine to locate local competitive swim teams.

Games are a great way to build skills and have fun. Your students might enjoy these skill-building water games.

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1.5 Swimming: The History, Science, and Methods for Training

This training plan to swim your first mile in four weeks might help your teen set and accomplish a goal, as well as improve his physical conditioning.

A more difficult goal might be completing a triathlon. A triathlon consists of a 0.9-mile swim, 24.8 miles of cycling, and 6.2 miles of running in a single race. Your teen can use this beginner’s guide to structuring a swim workout to train for his next triathlon. Even if a triathlon is not in his near future, this might be a great workout.

What is the history of swimming? When did it become a competitive sport? This short history of swimming will give your students the basics of the history of swimming.

The names and stories of the people who were on the top of their game throughout time are part of the history of any sport. has an up-to-date list of great swimmers that might be a great jumping off point for a writing assignment about a famous swimmer.

This article on the development of modern swimming strokes will add to your study of the history of swimming.

Your swimmer can learn about the forces that act upon the body as a swimmer pushes, pulls, kicks, and propels his body through the water. What laws of physics play a role in swimming?

This explanation of the science of swimming and how to apply that science to produce a faster stroke to increase speed may encourage your swimmer to study a bit of science.

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