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WIGGLE-BUTTS & UP-FACES

A Child's Primer for Beginning Swimming
By Irene Kolbisen
Illustrated by Sandy Dhuyvetter

Recommended by the National
Swim School Association


A MUST FOR ALL CHILDREN
THIS SUMMER!

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Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for young children. Near drownings occur every few minutes during warm weather months. With this in mind, parents have come to realize that children must learn to swim at an early age.

For most, the lessons are as palatable as summer treats of lemonade and shortbread cookies. For others, the first visits to the pool provide all the makings of a family crisis - even though they are intended to prevent one.

 

Finding the words to deal with this and knowing the right approach to take is difficult. But you can be a terrific, supportive parent by reading WIGGLE-BUTTS & UP-FACES to your child. Share the illustrations. Discuss the story. Spending this time together will make the transition from crying-to-calm a family victory.

Irene Kolbisen's respect for children and skill in understanding their feelings are the marks of a great teacher and are displayed wonderfully in this book.

Your persistence and understanding will enable your child to discover the exciting world of movement through water. Hang in there!

Steve Graves
President National Swim School Association


INTRODUCTION

The best time for children to start swim lessons is when their bodies are best organized for gross motor skills - the age from infancy to four years.

Water, being a suffocating liquid and a foreign medium, can either be a delightful experience of weightlessness and movement for a child, or one of water discomfort in the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. A good swim program starts with instructors who know and understand teaching and child development. In addition, to being knowledgeable swimmers. this combination enhances the swimming experience for the aquatically inclined and smoothes the path for fussy and fearful children.

 

Parents can be an enormous source of help in this lifesaving process. A firm belief in allowing children to succeed, coupled with love, discipline, and cooperation with the teacher, will result in faster, more positive learning, and  . . . fun!

Irene Kolbisen, Author

". . . Share the illustrations. Discuss the story. This time together will make the transition from crying to calm a family victory. Irene Kolbisen's respect for and skill in working with children's feelings are the marks of a great teacher and are displayed wonderfully in this book . . ."

Steve Graves
President
National Swim School Association

 


". . .Safety around the pool must be supplemented with safety in the pool. Kolbisen's sensible yet sensitive approach demonstrates clearly that young children can and do learn to swim in a warm and supportive environment.

. . .an exemplary program of swimming instruction has moved them to the forefront as advocates for the water safety of children."

Dr. David S. Kasting MD
Associate Director of Nurseries
Ventura County Medical Center

 



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