Learning biking means not only learning a kind of skill for children but also realizing the self-value. Here are some techniques to teach children to ride a bike.
Forster interest of riding a bicycle
Interest is the best teacher. Forcing a child to learn what he dislikes is ineffective. First things first, parents can cultivate their children's interest in riding. For example, you can take them to an amusement park. Excite their curiosity. Children are always full of curiosity. And ride a bicycle with them, show them how to ride, thus they can enjoy the happiness. If blissful, they are likely to get interested and then try to learn.
Acquire the sense of balance
For a beginning learner, the most difficult thing is to keep balance. Use a spanner to take the pedals off. If two small wheels are fixed at the back wheel, remove them, too. Then lower the seat. Make sure everything is fine. Let them scoot and coast around till they develop the proper balance. Of course, coast for a long time and try to ride a straight line. Once the sense of balance is acquired, add the pedals, and let them ride.
Use an auxiliary wheel to experience riding
This is applied to the children without riding a bicycle, lack of sports cells, or with a sense of balance. Before beginning, use an auxiliary wheel to ride. After a while, having been familiar with riding, take the auxiliary wheel off, and start the real riding.
Learn to brake
Once acquiring the skill of long-time coasting without both feet landing, parents can encourage them to learn to turn, turn around, and curve coast around. Teach them to control the direction and stop on hearing the command. The new learner usually forgets to brake at the crucial moment. From the point of safety, baking is as important as riding.
If children are proficient in keeping the balance, control the direction, and brake, train a downhill slide. Children push a bike uphill and slide from the high on a slope. Start from the short distance, add up the height and distance every time slide. For example, the first time push a bike uphill to the half of the slope, slide from it; then push the bike again uphill to two thirds of the slope, slide again. On the process of sliding, teach them to brake to slow down and even stop. Impart them the security knowledge. For instance, use the rear brake not the front brake on the downhill. At the time, children are more confident and more interested. Parents should be responsible for the coming cars. And give them some instructions at times.
Assure the right gestures
Riding gestures (hold the handlebars, for example) and motions must be correct. For instance, a child will get nervous to ride a bicycle for the first time. So he holds the handlebars tightly. This is wrong. As we know, children are under the age of bone development. Sitting posture is very important. Make sure all the postures are right.
Let it go
There is no doubt that parents are worrying their children. Parents love them and don't expect their children get hurt. But, sometimes it is good to let them fly freely. A little eagle learns to fly by means of being thrown from the high by an old eagle. This is absolutely cruel, but the little eagle acquires the flying skill in the end.
Don't always hold the back of a bike
Parents will hold the back tightly the first time their children learn to ride, for fear of them falling down. A coin has two sides. If you are always holding on, it is not beneficial for children to acquire the sense of balance. Once letting go, they will fall down rightly. What's more, children are more dependent with the help of their parents. And they will lose the courage to ride. It doesn't seem to learn to ride for lack of courage.
Don't be afraid of falling down
It is undeniable that fearing falling down is the nature of human. Try to conquer it. Before learning to ride, you must overcome the two things first, that is, fear and reliance on your parents. If you worry about your children, use the precaution such as wearing a helmet, elbow pads, and kneepads. Learn to ride on the soft open space.
Learn to pedal
Children can slide for couples of meters, control the direction freely, and stop right away on the sudden command. These mean that they have probably learned to ride a bike. Install the two pedals (but still lower the seat for safety). Tell them the skill of pedaling. Raise high one pedal, then kick the pedal to go, meanwhile, backward push. Children can ride successfully after training it a few times.
Practice makes perfect. When children grasp to ride, ride often. Ride on the open space, or on the road. In particularly on the road, children should be careful. Facing the crowded cars, don't be nervous. Calm down, and ride away. A bicycle is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. Riding a bike is kind of taking exercise, which is beneficial to health. No matter whom you are, a child or an adult, you can ride it often. It is not bad for you.
Ten Effective Ways of Teaching Children to Ride
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