In the last two weeks, our oldest two have learned to ride a bike. Yes, Jack did not know how to ride a bike. Back when he should have learned, I had a new baby, a two-year-old and Matt was transitioning from a contract position (with a huge commute) back to his previous job. Jack totally fell through the cracks. He also never really rode his bike. EJ has put in miles and miles on those training wheels, but Jack never did. And then he got older and stuck in his head, and we thought it might never happen. When Matt told him that this summer was it and he was going to learn to ride, he was not on board! That being said, since he started riding, he has ridden every day and I've honestly forgotten that he just learned.
As with our shoe-tying experience, we knew we needed some outside help on this one and who ebtter to ask than the Internet? We found this method and it was so helpful! Jack took about 3 times out (about 30-45 minutes each) to get it completely on his own and then another mini-session on braking and coasting (remember, he never rode on training wheels, so it was like starting from scratch). EJ took two 30 minute sessions and she took off on her own without even knowing it. The challenge with her on this (and most things) is getting her to continue to feel confident. She is doing awesome, she just doesn't believe it herself.
this book (clearly, I'm using the older edition from the library as this is my last child). Why didn't I know about this book with the other two???? It is so much easier this way! It's about 20 minutes a day and incorporates sounds and words and then short passages that all build on each other. By lesson 30, I would say that Livie was officially a reader. We're about halfway through and I could easily stop and just work with books from this point on, but I'm planning to stick with it. The format is quick and predictable (so Liv knows what to expect each day) but if we finish the book, her progress will be kind of crazy. Best part of this book was that it helped us make the jump from a girl who knew all her letter sounds but could not blend them into words, into a girl who could read. I'm sure I'll recommend this book in the future as I know I would use it again (if I had more kids, that is).
So, thank you Interweb! I don't know how I'd make it without you!