Red Cross Swim Preschool Program.

The Canadian Red Cross provides a number of programs and safety instruction courses to Canadians. The Red cross is extremely popular for CPR training (click here to register) and first aid courses. However, the Red Cross is also the leading provider of swim programs for youth and adults. This page focuses on the swim preschool program provided through the Red Cross.

RED CROSS SWIM PRESCHOOL

6.5 hours (2 hours class; 4.5 hours pool)
Definition: Seven-level, stand-alone program that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability.
Designed for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.

OBJECTIVES
1. Identify the content item and match it to the observation or performance criteria for each level of the Red Cross Swim Preschool program.
2. Demonstrate the ability to apply the Red Cross Swim Preschool program progressions in a peer teaching
environment.
3. Identify strategies to teach through a caregiver in the water, for parented levels.
4. Identify effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics.
5. Demonstrate effective supports, holds, and body positions for participants in the Red Cross Swim Preschool
program.
6. Identify the program support materials and use for the Red Cross Swim Preschool program.

Evaluation Criteria

-Demonstrates the ability to plan activities appropriate for the age group and level of Red Cross Swim Preschool program
-Identifies the content item and matches it to the observation or performance criteria for each level of the Red Cross Swim Preschool program
-Demonstrates the ability to apply the Red Cross Swim Preschool program progressions in a peer teaching environment
-Identifies strategies to teach infants and toddlers through a caregiver in the water for parented levels
-Identifies effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics
-Demonstrates effective supports, holds and body positions for swimmers in the Red Cross Swim Preschool program
-Identifies the program support materials and use for the Red Cross Swim Preschool program

Dry Portion: 2 Hours

Activity: Age Characteristics

Objectives: Identify effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics.

Time: 30 minutes.

Materials: Magazine clippings of children in the following Age category

a) 0 – 12 months
b) 13 – 24 months
c) 22 – 36 months
d) 36 – 50 months
e) 48 – 60 months

And cut out of paper listing ball and cookie.

Flip-chart
Felts

Activity: Divide class into five groups and assign each group an age characteristic:
a) 0 – 12 months
b) 13 – 24 months
c) 22 – 36 months
d) 36 – 50 months
e) 48 – 60 months

Give each group a piece of paper with ball and cookie written on it and the magazine cut out relating to there age group. On a flipchart have the group write down the characteristics associated with that age group. Have the groups take turns presenting the characteristics and have the class discuss them.

Once the have completed presenting the characteristics have the group prepare to act out for the class how there age group would play with a cookie and a ball. After 5 minutes of prep time give each group a turn presenting.

Finally, after these presentations have each group list what considerations or activities should be incorporated into lessons, taking account the listed characteristics. Have each group share their findings with the class.
Activity: Safety Supervision
Materials: Paper and pen provided by each student, Flipchart and felts

Objectives:
Identify strategies to teach through a caregiver in the water, for parented levels.
Identify effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics.

Time: 1 Hour

Wet: Have the class observe a preschool class with parent (Parent n’Tot) and a preschool class without a parent. While observing have the learners list all possible class management and safety concerns observed. List all concerns

Dry: Place the class into appropriate groups and have them combine there answers onto a flipchart. After they are done there group discussions have them present to the class what they have learned. Questions up for discussion in groups and in class setting.

What safety concern are brought up and how, as an instructor, would you eliminate or address these concerns?

Activity: Communication (Enthusiasm)

Objectives:
Identify effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics.

Materials: Flipchart, felts.

Time: 30 minutes

Dry: Divide the class into two teams. Have them list out a number of different emotions relevant to teaching onto a flipchart. Then have a person from each time, one by one, run to the other end of the room where the list has been placed, and get an emotion from the list. S/he then must go back to his/her team and act out the emotions until the team guesses it. Play continues until the list is finished. Relate this to teaching preschoolers.

Discuss how body language and facial expression can affect communication with preschoolers?

On a flipchart, in your group, list the ways that instructors can use their bodies to communicate.
How does our body language influence the emotions and feelings of preschoolers in our classes?

Wet Portion:

Activity: Communication Scenarios

Objective:
Identify effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics

Materials: Laminated Sheets with the following scenarios written on them

  • 1. Speak to adults as if speaking to infants
  • 2. Speak to infants as if to adults
  • 3. Be completely unenthusiastic
  • 4. Be overly enthusiastic
  • 5. Be very quiet
  • 6. Be inattentive, mind is elsewhere
  • 7. Be upset / angry
  • 8. Be unprepared, stall, don’t know what to say
  • 9. Be overly frustrated over lack of progress with candidates

Time: 1 Hour

Activity: Hand out a laminated sheet of paper with one of the scenarios written on them and hand out to the students. Give them 5 minutes to prepare a segment of a starfish class and incorporate there scenario to the class. After teaching with there scenario for a starfish class have the class determine the problem with the instructor and why it is an issue. Allow for time for questions comments and concerns.
Activity: Teaching Time

Objective:
Demonstrate the ability to apply the Red Cross Swim Preschool program progressions in a peer teaching
environment.

Materials: Prepared homework of lesson plans.

Time: 2.0 hours

Wet: Assign each student one of the 5 preschool levels to teach. If there are more than five have a few groups of two. They are to prepare prior to this activity a lesson plan of twenty minutes focusing on the main progressions of the level and creative ways to teach, critique and incorporate the progressions into there lesson plan. After each presentation have them explain the progression they included and how it fits into the entire preschool program.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Does this make sense?

Keys: Go through the lessons in the correct order.
Activity: Experience the Canadian Red Cross Preschool Program

Objectives:
Identify effective teaching strategies to meet the needs of the preschool age groups and characteristics.
Demonstrate effective supports, holds, and body positions for participants in the Red Cross Swim Preschool
program.
Identify the program support materials and use for the Red Cross Swim Preschool program.

Materials: Instructors P&T lesson plan, Starfish lesson sheet.

Time: 1.5 Hour

Activity: Using a lesson plan lead the class through a P&T preschool class using dolls and infants actars. Lead the learners through songs and games for infants and candidates. Lead the class through a thirty minute class. Go through the holding positions appropriate for infants and preschoolers.

Give the class the starfish lesson sheet and give each student 5 minutes to prepare a unique 5 minute lesson segment of a parent and tot lesson. Allow time for discussion and comments after every presentation.
Their communication should include instructions that are simple for the kids to understand as well as include explanations of physical principles, common errors and ways to correct for the parents.

Have them each select two criteria from the preschool program to teach the remainder of the class. Have the class act out as best they can and be as realistic as they can as they are acting as parents with children taking a preschool class.

 

 

 

 

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