Swimming: Taking Homeschooling to the Water

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, and for homeschoolers it can be much more than a “fun-in-the-sun” afternoon at the pool. Learning to swim provides the opportunity to practice physical fitness, self motivation, water safety, and more. 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. Homeschoolers have the unique opportunity to incorporate any subject into their curricula. Ensuring your homeschooled child learns to swim proficiently could be a lifesaver, and could bring lifelong joy as well as physical fitness.


Learning Swimming

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

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

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.

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 a triathlon. Even if a triathlon is not in her near future, this might be a great workout.

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. Biography.com has an up-to-date list of great swimmers that might be a great jumping off point for a writing biography assignment about a famous swimmer.

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.

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?

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.

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.


Loving Swimming

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

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. (Note: some reader comments may contain objectionable language.)

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.

Explore eight great things to love about swimming with these eight health benefits of swimming from Jen Reviews. (Note: this article contains at least one reference to evolution.)

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

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

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 Virginia.org.


Safe Swimming

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.

This guide to swimming safety from Mom Loves Best includes safety tips for supervising children around water and recognizing the signs of drowning.

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

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