Benjamin still adores his swimming lessons. He is halfway through his second round of 15 lessons. At the end of this batch, we'll have to ask whether he's proficient enough to join the swim team in September, or whether he needs to have another round of lessons first.
More and more often now, he gets to swim without any flotation devices. But sometimes they still use flotation belts, noodles, or kickboards. They mainly work on breaststroke and backstroke, and recently worked on freestyle (crawl).
Benjamin really lucked out for swimming lessons. Since his one-room schoolhouse preschool included the first graders, who have swimming for PE, he got to to take swimming lessons for 2 extra years through school, and now gets them again as a first grader (plus his extra lessons). Sadly for Noah, with the new class division, he won't get to go with school until first grade unless the class organization changes again and the first graders stay back wih the preschoolers and kindergartners.
Oh yes, and for the "how French is he" segment of our blog... when we bought him the swimsuit he's wearing in these pictures, a close-fitting, shorts-style swimsuit (loose trunks are not allowed in the pool), he didn't like it. He preferred the classic Speedo/brief-style suit.