This week we’ve tried to focus on riding a bike. It’s a useful life skill and one that H has yet to master. A friend’s son got to 8 years old and hadn’t learnt to ride and then didn’t want to learn, I guess because of embarrassment. I don’t want that to happen to H.
H can be reluctant to go out on his bike and he does seem to lack confidence. Partly, this is our fault for not going out riding regularly enough with him. Also, he can be quite cautious physically and tends to ride too slowly to get enough momentum. Once he’s learnt the art of riding a bike, it’s up to him whether he continues with it, but I feel he needs to learn first.
So operation learn to ride a bike began. H went out with Daddy at the weekend and was set a target. When he can cycle along a certain stretch alone without stabilizers, then he can have a reward (probably a Lego Bionicle). Daddy took him out without the stabilizers and nearly did his back in. On Monday after school, we went out on the bike (with stabilizers this time) to get some more practice in. H is definitely getting stronger physically as he’s getting better at pedalling up hills, which is a relief as we have quite a few hills round here. We had a fun time cycling to the playground in the park; playing for a bit; and then cycling home.
The rest of the week wasn’t so great weatherwise after school so we didn’t get round to going out on the bike again. So we spent our after school time playing and drawing. Sadly, we had quite a lot of homework this week, which took up more time than we’d like. We still kept up our reading though and H continues to work his way through Reading Chest’s large library of reading books.