I could use some help with teaching my 6 year old twins to ride without training wheels. I tried about a year ago and they didn't seem ready, so I put the training wheels back on. Now they are ready and they both really want to learn, mostly because other kids their age are riding.
Is it better for them to learn on grass or concrete? The road is out of the question. Since we live in the country, when a car does go by, it's moving at 45MPH or more and we're in kind of a blind spot between a curve and a hill.
Since we don't live in town, we don't have a sidewalk. We do have a large concrete parking area in front of the garage, about 30 feet wide and 40 feet long. I have them put on their helmets, knee and elbow pads, and gloves to protect their knuckles, but concrete doesn't give a bit, so I'm not sure if that's the best place for them to learn. It's sloped from front to back, so they really take off it they go that way. Going from side to side is level.
We're about to get our driveway paved (Yeah!), but until then it's either the concrete or the yard.
So, I've been having them try it in the yard, but it's not real smooth and makes it harder to pedal. I've tried both a level area and a sloped area (so they don't have to pedal as hard to overcome the resistance of the grass).
Sorry about the long post, but anyway, here's what I've been doing. One at a time, I hold onto the back of their seat and they get their feet on the pedals. I get them moving slowly and they start pedaling. I told them if they start to fall one way, to lean the other. At some point, I let go and they go a few feet and flop over. They usually make it about 6 feet, a little more once in a while. Sometimes they get their foot down and don't fall over, but most of the time they end up laying on the ground with the bike on top of one leg. I thought about getting them going faster so the bike would stay upright better, but I'm afraid they'll get their foot caught when they fall and twist an ankle or something.
I'm not sure what to do here. What do I tell them to concentrate on? It's all so second nature to me now, so I don't know how to break it down and teach it!
Thanks for any help you can provide.