A few weeks ago, after an Easter candy sugar fueled meltdown, my six year old daughter learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. In about 20 minutes.
Here’s how it went down:
“Hey, let’s take off those training wheels and see what happens…”
“Really, mom? OK…”
I held onto the back of her back a couple of times and then just let go. She was off. A few weeks later, she’s zipping up and down our street like an old pro, a face full of wild exuberance. It’s good to be a kid.
Some thoughts from her experience:
- She started at the beginning and went through the paces. A tricycle for a few years, then training wheels. (scaffolded learning support)
- She had my support and encouragement when we took off the wheels. I held the back of her back and quietly let go when I could tell she had balance on her side. (a gentle guide)
- She was motivated. Her older brother has been riding for awhile and she likes to keep up with him. (Note: he did not learn this whole bike riding thing nearly as quickly). (social learning)
- Plus, bike riding is really FUN. (intrinsic motivation)
- She was ready. (learner readiness)
What have you learned lately? And how did you learn it? How is her experience different from yours?