Showing posts with label Learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Learning. Show all posts

Friday, 11 July 2014

Learning to ride a bike

I know that's it's been a while since I last blogged but I just haven't had any urge to.  I take all the photos but can't seem to get any words out.  But then the lovely Fiona from Coombe Mill mentioned me in a Country Kids tweet this morning and I decided to actually write something.

Last year I tried to teach my middle boy to ride a bike.  He did manage some short distances on grass but really wasn't very keen, and then the weather turned and that was the end of that.  He didn't show any enthusiasm for learning to ride his bike, preferring to go out on his scooter, and we never pushed him.  Then yesterday, as he had the day off school due to the strikes, I decided that it was finally time for him to learn.

After a back-breaking hour, lots of tantrums and tears, he did it.  It's one of those moments when I realise that all the effort I put into teaching my children is really worth it.  In just one afternoon he has mastered the skill of keeping his balance, learning to steer, pushing off on his own, and stopping without falling off!  In his own words, the next step is taking part in races!  I am a very proud mummy.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Project 365: Days 47 - 53



Day 47: A day at the park (bottom left) - it was a glorious sunny Winters day so we decided to take the boys to Cyfarthfa Park.  We enjoyed a walk around the lake and then went cross country.  I love this photo of hubby with our youngest son. 

Day 48: Vaccinations (top middle) - Today was the day of my youngest sons booster shots, including the MMR booster.  I was anticipating lots of tears but he was so brave and barely whimpered.  We told him that he was having soldiers put in to fight the bad germs and he liked this idea.  

Day 49: Towel boy (top right) - this is E coming out of the shower.  He loves being all wrapped up in his towel.

Day 50: Gymnast (top left) - Z has gymnastic lessons and really enjoys them.  Here he is waiting his turn to practice jumping over the horse.

Day 51: Breakfast (middle left) - coming back from the morning school run and O insisted on stopping in the shop to get some pain au chocolat for breakfast.  He refused to let them go when he was sat in the car. 

Day 52: Numbers (middle right) - we are in Warrington for the weekend to visit friends.  It was a lovely day so we took the children to the park to play.  O found this counting board and we spent ages going through the different numbers as we've been doing number recognition at home.

Day 53: Science (bottom right) - today we got the train into Manchester and took the children to MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry).  We all loved it there; there was so much to do and see.  We even had a ride on a steam train.  It was difficult to choose a photo from the day but I liked this one of E.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Sunday, 21 October 2012

The perfect weather to ride a bike

Today it was son number two's turn to learn to ride his bike.  We taught my oldest to ride his back in the summer and it took a week of hard work before it really clicked and we're hoping that it's the same this time.

The weather was beautiful today so we packed the car with two bikes, a trike and three children and we set off for our local Country Park.  It's the perfect place to learn to ride a bike as there's lots of straight bits and it's mostly flat.

Firstly, a pep talk from dad.  Let's hope it works.
 And we're off!                                                                                                                                              
He's a bit wobbly, but he'll soon get the hang of it.


Oops! Daddy let go.
The other boys are having fun though.

No help needed here.
No pictures please!


My oldest and youngest boys were my responsibility today while hubby took on the back breaking task of holding on to that bike.  He wasn't allowed to let go as Ethan would panic so, for today, he held on to it.  We did have to take a few breaks from all that hard work.  


Watching the ducks
Can't break for too long though; must get back to the task in hand.  Ethan is doing really well too.  He just needs a bit more confidence and then he'll be off.


Time for another break before heading back, and who can blame him with that view?  I sometimes forget how beautiful my local area is.


 Finally, the best bit.  


Ice-cream!!

Do you think the children look a bit cold though?






There's just enough time for some fun in the park before we go home. 




Just pretend we're on a beach in the sun....
 It's going to take a bit more time and effort to finally crack it, but half term is coming up and I'm determined that Ethan will be riding his bike like a pro by the end of it.  Let's hope the weather holds out so he can learn.

I have heard a whisper about an Indian Summer..... Hmmm, I'll believe it when I see it!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Learning to ride

I decided on the weekend that it was time for my oldest son to learn how to ride a bike without stabilisers. We'd been putting it off and making up lots of excuses (we haven't got time, or the weather's too bad) but it was time to bite the bullet and go for it. Firstly, this involved a trip to the shops to actually buy a bike as he'd long outgrown his old one. When we'd acquired the appropriate (red and cool were his only requirements) bike we could get started straight away. After a second stop to pick up a helmet (he'd outgrown that too - bad mother), we headed to the local country park.

All I can say is that I was glad my husband took the lead (though his first comment was that he should have checked YouTube to find out how to teach a child to ride a bike!  Erm, ok then!!)  I strolled through the park pushing my youngest in his trike, and watching my middle boy riding his scooter, while hubby ran alongside Zac encouraging him to pedal and steer in a straight line.  He managed to pedal but kept steering straight into the bushes, although that was probably a good thing as he had no idea how to brake.  It took a good hour or so to get him to travel a short distance in a relatively straight line before falling off (he still hadn't mastered the art of stopping).

Every day since he's been practising outside the house.  First he learnt to steer and he finally learnt to stop.  I got him to use his feet to stop for now; using the brakes is the next step.  He actually rode his bike up the the park this afternoon and I think he's doing brilliantly.