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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

Rebecca Wear Robinson's Blog – June 2011 Archive (5)

Toy or a False Sense of Security?

I had the opportunity to read ‘Jabari Makes A Splash’ to a group of preschoolers recently.  You can listen along on YouTube if you like. 

 

When I got to the ‘who should…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 29, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

You don't need food if you're dead.

 

Pretty harsh, but it’s true.  If your child is dead they don’t need food, water, health care, clothing or education.  

 

This harsh truth finally upended a mental roadblock that has bothered me for several years.  How to justify teaching children to swim if they are struggling for even the basics?  Isn’t swimming…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Don't Panic!!!

 

I’m all about innovation.  Not just for the sake of creating new things, but when innovation turns conventional wisdom on it’s head with better results.  Jabari fits into that category - I’m challenging ideas on when and how we involve children to keep them safe.  Jabari’s mantra to parents is:

 

Teach. …

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 16, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Vaccinating Against Death

 

Vaccines save lives.  Vaccines prevent diseases, they don’t cure them.  

 

The concept is simple, introduce a small amount of the disease you are trying to prevent  into the body and allow the body to develop natural immunities.  Teach the body what to do when they encounter the disease so that they never develop…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 8, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

Water Safety isn't Swimming Lessons!

 

Yes, you heard me correctly, water safety is not learning to swim, or at least not ‘just’ swimming lessons.  Time and again when I say that we need to teach water safety to young children I see heads nodding in agreement, “Yes!  All kids need swimming lessons!”  True, swimming lessons are an absolutely crucial element for keeping kids safe in the water…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 1, 2011 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

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