Date added: 09/18/2014 Teaching Kids How to Ride Pt. 2
Imitation is going to be the second part of the teaching process. After you have given a demonstration or shown your child a video of how to walk with the bike, the beginning of the balance bike process, it’s time to take the balance bike by the handles and learn to balance on your own. Teaching the skill of balance requires participation and it can’t be learned sitting down, it demands to be utilized on a physical level.
The imitation process is where the child takes the reins and begins experimenting with the bike. As this is their first try, mistakes are bound to be made and their form is certain to be wobbly. However, this is their first opportunity to get acquainted with the bike and to bond with it, it’s an important moment and it deserves some respect. Allow your child some uninterrupted time going around the track once or twice to get familiar with the balance bike.
Observe your child and watch what they’re doing. See if they are going too fast for a beginner, and if it’s making them loose their balance prematurely. Is their seat set at the correct height? Are they struggling to reach the ground, or is their seat too low, and they’re having a tough time running/walking while seated? Check for how comfortable your child looks on the bike, and then check their form. See if they are moving their feet and holding the handlebars correctly. Verify that they are gaining familiarity with the balance bike, and having a positive experience.
Offer up suggestions after they’ve had a chance to get comfy with the bike and used to the terrain. Did you notice some things that could be improved upon during your time of observation? After getting the hang of the balance bike do they need to make some adjustment in how they are riding? Should something be altered on the bike for the best bike riding experience?
Once you’ve given your suggestions and offered help and your expertise to your child, it’s time to give them some space. This will allow your kids to experiment with the newly discovered information you have provided for them, and will encourage them to keep growing their skills and abilities. With input from you and a little time to grow your children will be well on their way to perfecting the balance skills they need to be confident riders.