How does water make you feel? Have you any great pics to share?
This month, in our aquatic classrooms we’re developing our emotional intelligence as well as our physical skill.
- We’re learning to wait, to dare and to shine while lots of eyes are watching me too.
- We’re learning to put pool toys away but that I also have the freedom to choose
- We’re learning to wait for our turn because I’m swimming with others too.
Fear, frustration, joy, apprehension, shame, embarrassment, anger, overwhelm, excitement, shyness, determination, emotional pressure are some of the emotions we witness daily in the pool.
Are there any others that stand out for you?
Emotions and children
Children feel emotions physically before they are able to express them verbally. Physical cues are a sign of internalized sensory and emotional responses. By paying close attention to them rather than whizzing past them we are learning to understand what our children are saying.
With every new experience comes a whole new set of sensory and emotional cues.
We Wait, Watch and Wonder so that we can respond to our children’s needs accurately.
To be able to read a child’s emotional cues we need to be aware of our own.
Am I reading my child’s emotional cues correctly or am I projecting my own?
When we are aware of our emotional needs we can be attentive to those of others including babies and children.
Children speak emotions, do we?
We’re often told not to pull funny faces, but often we simply are shutting down our emotions in learning to not express ourselves.
Are flat screens creating flat faces?
Facial expressions are so important for babies and children to understand our cues.
As adults, we tend to stick to the main emotions we have become used to and avoid sensing all the amazing nuances in between. What we deem acceptable will become the emotional palette of the child.
Water is transparent and will pick up what lies just beneath the surface. If you say “I’m fine!” but feeling anything but inside, babies and children feel it.
Water is the natural element which helps our emotions flow.
At Aqua Sensory we appreciate the value of emotions in our aquatic classrooms as much as we do the physical value of swimming. We acknowledge the learning curve involved in sharing our own and our child’s emotions in front of others which is why we promote an ethos of understanding and care.
The way we hold and touch our babies and children in the water will show up emotionally as well. Our intention here at Aqua Sensory isn’t just to float our babies and children or get them to swim but to provide a positive multidimensional learning experience.
We would love to hear from you about how water makes you feel and if you share the importance of the emotional side of swimming.