In Joelle's class, the parent starts out in the pool with the child and then phases out depending on how the child is doing. After the first class, Joelle made it clear that she did not need me to come in the pool with her next time. So she has been flying solo and is having a lot of fun.
She has a great teacher and she responds really well to her. She can put her face under water for several seconds, and can even float on her back on her own for a few brief seconds. Joelle grins from ear to ear for the entire half hour lesson and I just love watching her.
Malia is in the very beginner's class where a parent needs to be with her the entire time. Les has been assigned that duty -- although I think I'll take one or two turns just to get the experience -- and so far that has also been going really well. The do a lot of singing, splashing and blowing bubbles, etc and anytime I look over to their side of the kiddie pool, Malia is giggling and having a great time.
I'm so glad that this has been a positive experience for them, and I'm looking forward to watching them continue to grow in their swimming abilities.