From a young age, children live to ask why. “Why is the sky blue? Why do farts stink? Why? Why? Why?” One of the best things to do with the question of why is to teach children to find answers through the Scientific Method. A few of my friends and I have put together a fun homeschool co-op. We plan all kinds of fun for them. This time around we decided it would be fun to have a Messy Science Day. I thought it would be fun to take a few minutes and share with you how we set everything up and made it work for everyone.
I am probably the worst possible person to teach a child to ride their bike. I just don’t have the patience. That being said, R can now ride her bike without training wheels! About two weeks ago my husband left for the week for a work thing. Can you guess when my daughter decided she was ready to ditch the training wheels for good? That’s right! That weekend. I decided to head to youtube and find an easier way to teach it.
I stumbled upon this video and I was sure it was too good to be true.
I decided we would try it with R. I will say that I left the pedals on and taught her to just ignore them. If you are not good at removing the pedals this is a possibility.
R worked for about thirty minutes a day for three days. There were a few falls. There were some moments of frustration on her part but she kept at it. Below is a video of her progress in just 3 days.
It has been two weeks. R now begs me to take her out to ride her bike daily. She zooms up and down the street with extreme confidence and smiles as she rides. The beautiful part of the whole thing is that I did not hold her bike or touch her at all. She learned this with only my words of encouragement. Your child can do it too.