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How My Preschooler Is Learning His Numbers At Swim Class

By Naomi Odes |

lockersShnook has been taking swim classes at the YMCA for the last six weeks. It took a while for him to get comfortable with it, but in the last two weeks he’s made huge breakthroughs. He holds his breath under water like a champ and he can even float on his back unassisted for 12 seconds or something!!

He’s moving right along. He’s still a Pike, but he’ll be an Eel in no time!

Now, we have an added bonus to our twice-a-week ritual.The other day, our swim lessons became math lessons, too.

Math is everywhere. Sometimes you have to get creative about it, and sometimes, it just stares you in the face…

…like the numbers on the lockers at the ‘Y.’

Every day before and after swim class we get changed in the girls locker room (naturally). There are 30 small lockers with their little number labels on each one.

It all started when I absent-mindedly shoved our stuff into locker number ’18′ last Monday.

Instantly, Shnook asked me:

“Which one did you put it in?”


And then came the rest of the questions…

“What does twelve look like?”

“Where’s twenty?’”

“What is two-two?”

I was happy to answer all his questions on number recognition, but our swim class is only thirty minutes long so we had to get out of the locker room.

Meanwhile, he’s already planned that next time we’ll put our stuff in number 19, and after that 11, and after that 20.

It wouldn’t be so bad if by summer, he knew how to float on his back, do the doggy paddle…and identify numbers 1-30.

How does your toddler do math on the fly?

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0 thoughts on “How My Preschooler Is Learning His Numbers At Swim Class

  1. Anoosh says:

    Someone gave us a set of those foam numbers to use in the bath, and now S is quite a counting champion. I’m so terrible at math, I’m desperate for ideas how to teach her math concepts. I went up to calculus in school, but had an awful time of it, and I think I only remember up to geometry. I’m scared that I won’t be able to help her after long division.

    1. Naomi says:

      @Anoosh- you can send her over to my house for some tutoring after 4th grade. (PS it won’t be me doing the tutoring)

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