The 3 P's: Practice, Patience, & a Positive Mindset
Whether we are teaching kids to ride a bicycle for the first time or working with them to create deeper skillsets it's really not much different than teaching any other subject in school.
It takes an introduction, an understanding of what's being asked, and Practice, Patience, and Perseverance - we will not give up until we achieve our goals.
We are teaching students the skill of bicycle riding and how bicycles can positively impact our lives on multiple levels. Students take these skills home to their families and engage in a healthy form of exercise, transportation and enjoyment that they can do their entire lives. Whether they are brand new to the bicycle or already have proficient control, we can find skills, drills, and ways of thinking differently that will challenge their minds and abilities.
Giving a child the assurance of knowing that they can ride a bicycle, providing the arena, and encouraging the student to go home and practice is very fulfilling. Many people remember the moment when they learned to ride. Sometimes those stories are filled with joy and others have horror stories with tears.
Our job isn't to take that moment away from the Parent or Student. Rather, this program facilitates that connection between child and parent in a positive way, at least for some. The curriculum we implement empowers the student with self belief. It teaches life skills, creative thoughts, adds focus and instills confidence within the first class. This makes the life changing experience of learning to ride a bicycle fun, and having fun while learning creates a stronger likelihood that they may ride long into the future.
During our Bicycle Skills and Drills Clinics, students learn the basics of riding, learning to ride if they haven't yet, and how to ride more confidently and safely. We will focus on bicycle, road and rider safety through various "on and off the bike" drills. The goal is to establish good control of the bicycle including stopping, turning, accelerating, overcoming obstacles and one handed operation. The safety components focus on hand signals, road signs, and what to look for and think about before entering a roadway, crosswalk, or trail system.
During The Science of the Bicycle, we use Bicycles to introduce concepts in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Math, Mechanics, Energy production/conservation are only some of the areas we can touch on. For a lot of kids, simply being introduced to a hands-on understanding of how things work opens up a huge capacity to look at things differently. The name suggests that it's solely the science of the bicycle, and while that's a large part, some of these are concepts in science through the bicycle.
We will learn how to remove and patch our tubes through vulcanization, compare compressibility of a gas vs. a fluid, learn the gyroscopic effects of the wheel, create our own electricity, and discuss energy conservation. Students will get hands on interaction with use of real tools while creatively thinking and implementing experiments using the scientific method.