HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

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Re: HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

Hi Kip,

I offered my 6 years old son a big chocolate cake, and that he can go to the
school’s Halloween party on a uni. I only showed him the basics, and he has
learned the rest himself in about two months…

Imre

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Re: HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

>Also, I think riding together holding hands helped the learning process.
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>Rusty

When Tess and Joe were learning to ride, when they about 8, we found riding
together holding hands was a big breakthrough. It meant we could all ride longer
distances up and down the sea front and they were soon riding on their own
without realising it…

Tim


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RE: HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

My Just-turned-Nine-year-old has just really started riding. She has had her uni
for 1 full year, and was very excited at first, then the interest wained.

But, late summer she decided to try it again, and after a couple hours, she
started going all by herself. I can’t express how she beamed after really
riding 10 ft by herself! I still have to help her mount, but she’s really
progressing now.

This is how I approached teaching her- I started by walking in front of her
holding both hands (with shin guards on), then progressed to holding her hand to
the side, after she showed a little control. Now we ride frequently holding
hands. I help her up and when she gets stable, I mount while holding her hand
and off we go.

My advice is keep at it, but don’t push them to the point that they come
to hate it.

Enjoy! Hugh

Re: HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

Our six year old solo’d last week on a 12" inch modified zephyr. We really
didn’t work on technique, as John of Unicyclesource related about his kid,
motivation was the key factor. We’ve allowed her to ride, at will, in the house.
She began by spending time in a doorway learning to stay in the saddle while
idle, then moved on to “cruising” furniture and walls, eating snacks and drawing
at the table while mounted. Last week she solo’d across the family room and
hasn’t stopped since.

Also, I think riding together holding hands helped the learning process.

Rusty

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Re: HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

As others have said, all that matters is motivation. For whatever reason, my son
decided when he was 6 that he wanted to learn to ride. The 16" Semcycle XL we
had was perfect for him. He wouldn’t really accept “coaching” - just worked it
out on his own. One thing that helped him when he was going from 10’ to 100’ was
that my wife was learning and was right at the same level. For a while she was
actually ahead of him. It wasn’t a big deal, but the competition probably
helped. Also we had “unicycle practices” as a family down at the school yard.

—Nathan

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Re: HOW TO TEACH A SIX YEAR OLD??

Kip Koski wrote in message …
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I’ve wondered about this too. My 7 year old daughter was initially very
interested in learning and I got her a 16" unicycle, which she enjoyed for a
little while, but didn’t have enough interest/motivation to really learn to ride
it. Perhaps the rewards of progress came a bit too slow for her, or perhaps I
was just too busy to devote enough time to helping her, I don’t know.

She says she’s still interested, so I’m confident that she’ll get back to it
again sometime before too long. But it’s wintertime now and somewhat less
pleasant to be outside, so it may be a few months.

FWIW, I was attempting to take her through the steps outlined in Jack Halpern’s
book. She seemed to be making some progress on it using that teaching technique.

Greg