Adaptive Aquatics, Swimming for Everyone!

One of the highlights of our jobs as swim instructors is being able to work with students with different abilities. Swimming is a great physical outlet and life-saving skill for anyone, but for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges, it is even more important.

Many times, these children and adults are naturally drawn to water, and swimming can aid in both their safety as well as their physical health, coordination, social interaction, and self-esteem. Swimming can help teach individuals with a number of developmental issues, including autism spectrum disorder, motor planning challenges, auditory processing problems, and attention deficit disorders. It also aids orthopedic, neurological, and congenital issues, such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and Down syndrome. Continue reading Adaptive Aquatics, Swimming for Everyone!

Safer Swimming for You & Your Child with New Red Cross Lesson Program

By Jessica Heller, Aquatics Director at Elite Sports Club-Mequon

All parents need to start their children on a journey to learn how to be safe in, on, and around the water and to swim well. The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program is made up of six levels of swimming and water safety instruction. As participants progress through the levels and develop these skills, they become safer and better swimmers. Continue reading Safer Swimming for You & Your Child with New Red Cross Lesson Program

Quality Summer Camps Foster Relationships & Lifelong Lessons

It is not too early to start thinking of summer camps for our kids. It’s only another month until school ends and then summer vacation is here. Planning now for a fun and productive summer for children is a smart thing to do. Continue reading Quality Summer Camps Foster Relationships & Lifelong Lessons

Day in the Life: Petite Elite Preschool

My name is Christina Garthwait and I am the director and a teacher of the Elite Sports Club-Brookfield Petite Elite Preschool. (Petite Elite Preschool at Elite Sports Club-River Glen opens next Fall!) I have been in education for 11 years and absolutely love my time with the 3 and 4 year olds in Petite Elite.

The Petite Elite school day in the 4 year old class looks a little like this…

Petite Elite Preschool Elite Sports Clubs Children Masks

9:00 a.m.

Kids arrive and free choice playtime.

9:20 a.m.

Carpet time (hello song, counting, calendar and songs, theme of the week, letter of the week activities, travel the map, math skills, story).

10:00 a.m.

Bathroom break followed by snack time.

10:20 a.m.

Rotation of small group learning time with the teachers (when not with the teachers, children work in small groups on theme-based, curriculum-based, or skill-based centers).

11:20 a.m.

Art project.

11:40 a.m.

Music, parachute games, play-dough, scavenger hunts, movement games.

12:00 p.m.

Story and good-bye.

We have karate and swimming lessons alternating on Monday mornings during school time.

Optional Afternoon Enrichment program on Mondays and Wednesdays after the 4 year old class looks a little like this…

Petite Elite Preschool Elite Sports Clubs Children Educational Project

12:00 p.m.

Lunch.

12:30 p.m.

Tennis lesson or swimming lesson depending on the day.

1:00 p.m.

Art project or game in classroom.

1:30 p.m.

Outdoor play.

2:00 p.m.

Pick-up.

About 75% of the Petite Elite students stay for the Afternoon Enrichment program.

Open enrollment for Petite Elite Preschool at Elite Sports Clubs is still open! Start your child’s educational journey with Petite Elite and have your child come grow with us, register today!

Did you, or do you plan to enroll your child in a preschool? What do you look for most in a preschool curriculum? Tell us in the comments!