There are so many things from Desert Swim School that work well:
Class sizes are kept small so teachers can focus as much attention on each student as possible.
I also enjoy the progress reports you pass out at each session. It’s helpful have those notes to see what we could work on at home. Also, it’s fun to compare more recent reports to past ones to see how far the kids have come! I know they are probably a big job for the teachers to put together, but I appreciate them.
Though substitutes may have a different style of teaching or different “tricks” to teach the kids, they have lesson plans from our regular teacher and the kids stay on track! Plus they treat the kids with respect and strive to help them improve in the short time they are there.
The songs/rhymes, games and repetition of class activities/structure makes it easy for kids to remember and learn!
Janice seems to instinctively know when to push a kid further without scaring him/her. I’ve seen many kids go from being very timid of the water to going underwater and starting to swim in a few short lessons. She has a way of getting children to trust her and want to do well, even with kids younger than two. She meets kids where they are in terms of swimming ability, development and personality. She also has unending patience and is always very respectful when talking to all kids from 10 months on up.
The gym locations and the option of classes at home make it very convenient for most people in the East Valley.