Teaching a child is different from teaching an adult. They are still tender and have no idea of what they are about to learn. In this regard, they often require special effort, attention and tutoring methods.
Teaching a kid to write a bike is not as easy as it seems. You want the child to gain real time experience, but you cannot afford certain risks. Below are some tips on how to teach a kid to ride a bike.
Pick a Less Busy Area for Teaching
When teaching a kid to ride a bike, it is best to stick to areas that are usually less busy. The first experience of a child while learning how to ride a bike will affect his confidence and learning progress. You do not want your kid to keep apologizing for riding into people.
A parking lot, your backyard (if it is big enough) or parks are good places for practicing. As the kid gets better, you can now move out to more challenging places.
Do Not Set a Pace for Learning
No two individuals are the same. We are all unique in our different ways. You should take this into consideration when teaching a kid to ride a bike. Although the lessons should be progressive, do not allocate a time frame for each lesson.
You should allow the kid to dictate the pace. Move to the next level only when the child has mastered the current level. Do not rush the process.
Ensure the Lessons Are Progressive
The worst way to teach a kid is to jump right into the middle of everything. The child may end up confused and even be slower to learn. Before you start teaching a kid to ride a bike, ensure you have a schedule.
It does not have to be a written document. It can be a mental note. Gliding is always a good start. When the kid is comfortable starting and stopping the bike, you can now progress to pedaling.
Do Not Push the Bike
Most adults learned how to ride this way. Your dad will probably push you halfway and assure you he is with you. He will then let go of the bike, expecting that the momentum will carry you on.
This method is not the most efficient. Pushing it can cause the bike to wobble. Suddenly letting go of the bike can also cause the child to panic. Long story short, the chances of a crash are very high if you use this method.
Ensure That Bike Lessons Are Fun Filled
Bike lessons should not be like some boring arithmetic class. Worse off, some instructors act like it’s some drill. This is a child you are dealing with. He or she is already under pressure to get it right. Acting all authoritative will only make things worse.
Instead, try to be goofy and laugh together at the mistakes before trying again. Even when correcting them, do it without making the kid feel sorry for him/herself.
Use Bikes That Suit the Kid
You do not need special bikes. A fitting bike where the legs of the kid will touch the floor while sitting on the saddle is good enough. Remember to wear the appropriate safety gear for the kid. Also, remove the pedals before teaching the kid to glide.