Short attention spans, desire for motion,
independent choice and engagement, ....
Children in the early years
require a special approach.
If we start at the early years,
children will grow to adulthood
bicycling and transportation safety
is a normal part of life.
Take caution to not confuse short initial duration of activity as disinterest. It takes time to build stamina. Because children are usually so "high energy", running all over, we think that they can ride for a long time. Start with 90 seconds a day.
Riding a balance bike will use different muscles than normally used, ..... a lot of muscles. Just like planning a dinner party, connecting tiny muscles, like details of your event, involves coordination. The more you plan events, repetition, the better you get.the easier the task becomes. "Before I could do little, now I can do more."
With repeated attempts and muscle development, children will develop control. Riding straight then veering left or right. Add a cone or a toy to "circle around", "see if you can ride around the tree, starting on the left side this time." "Are you turning clockwise or counter clockwise?" Talking about control helps children become aware that they are indeed in control!
"I am...able to ride a bike.
able to stop when I want to.
able to explore.
"I will do this..." When learning something new, we all need to convince ourselves first. Start small, lots of animated "so cool" and SMILES!
"I can do a lot of things..." Once we have learned we can add more to that learning because of success. "Before I couldn't, now I can." "Do you recall when you needed help."
to and from school, sports, and errands.
of new places.
"Cyclists fare best when they act as drivers of vehicles." League of American Bicyclists. This phrase sums it up. From day one, every time you are on the road with your children, talk to them about what you see - obstacles, road features, ... driver movements, "Watch, this driver is going to turn left without a blinker." As your children take to the streets or pathways, ride behind them so that they can hear you and you can see what they are doing. Talk as much as you can describing everything you would want your child to know if you were teaching them to drive a vehicle.
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