Little Hen is such a squirrel. He is always grinning when he's in the water and frequently makes his teacher crack up. He is not swimming on his own yet, but, well...he is only 3. He does jump off the edge of the pool though into pretty deep water and thinks it's great fun! He seems to think the goal is to make the biggest splash possible.
Cricket is another story. He is always making the teacher laugh too, but is so hesitant to try things in the water. In the fall, when we were at Fort Wilderness, he fell out of his kayak into water that was just a bit deeper than he could stand and it really shook him up. So his goal this semester was to just learn to be confident in the water. His body is changing so much just now. He's grown so tall and slender. I sometimes wonder what it must be like for him to be moving around in such a long body. He is after all only eight years old. I sometimes forget that! In the picture above you can see his teacher has wrapped some noodles around him so he can focus on kicking those long legs with more coordination. I am so proud of this kid. He isn't totally swimming on his own yet, but he has learned to do several different strokes, how to jump in, and has the start of a good dive.