Learning to Pedal Bike (Age 5, Month 8)

This month, we started a star (incentive) chart for Todd riding his pedal bike without training wheels. After 5 stars, Todd earned a personal pan pizza. (He likes the sauce-only pizzas from Pizza Hut.)

There were 3 different skills on the chart for earning pizzas: 1) Keep peddling with eyes forward; 2) Peddling while turning in circles; and 3) Working on starting and stopping. After earning 3 pizzas, he earned a Lego set (he picked the Hidden Side Wrecked Shrimp Boat).

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
SUNDAY, MARCH 29

We walked to St Joe’s while Eric drove Todd’s bike over with his van. Todd practiced riding on the paved area by the basketball hoops and the covered strip by the playground equipment.

MONDAY, MARCH 30

We drove to St. Joe’s and Todd practiced riding on the street for the first time, with me riding as a model and motivator.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

We went back to St. Joe’s to practice biking on the street, with a specific focus on Todd using his brake. Todd earned jelly beans for successful ‘jelly bean stops.’

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

All of the bike riding must have gotten into Todd’s head at night, because he woke up and told us about his bad dream– about riding his bike too close to an edge and he fell off (then woke up)!

We took a day off from our usual St Joe’s outing, but later in the evening Eric and Todd went down to the tennis court to practice bike riding in circles. Afterward, Todd said, using an imitating voice, “Dada said ‘Bwa, bwa, bwa, do this”” (about bike riding).

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

First time riding from our home to St. Joe’s!

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 – MONDAY, APRIL 6

We continued our afternoon routine of bike riding from our home to St. Joe’s. By April 6th, he was starting/stopping/turning with greater ease.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

We biked around the parking lot at the elementary school on the 7th. Eric and Todd biked a short section of the Apple Capital Loop Trail on the 8th.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

We went to East Wenatchee and parked at the portion of the Apple Capital Loop Trail that spurs off from the main loop (at the Hydropark). Todd mostly practiced biking in the parking lot, but he was willing to ride a short section of the paved trail.

Todd was drawn to the river to look for fish, and he played on the grassy/rocky embankment with another boy his age. He wanted to wear his cloth mask, but insisted that it didn’t need to cover his nose (…oh well…).

Todd & Eric – April 12, 2020
Elisa – April 12, 2020
April 12, 2020
Jumping! – April 12, 2020

MONDAY, APRIL 13

We rode our bikes around a church parking lot and then ventured over to the middle school. Before heading back, Todd wanted to play his own version of “Scary Teacher” in the grassy field.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 – FRIDAY, APRIL 17

We biked to the St Joe’s grassy area on the 15th and 16th. Todd rode around the tennis court on the 17th.

SUMMARY–

By the end of this month, Todd was able to peddle without training wheels, turn, go in circles, slow himself down, stop, and start himself. He was able to ride on quiet streets with our guidance. Success!

Skills for development for future months will be…

Improving endurance for longer rides, increasing reaction times for all skills, going up/down curb cuts and driveway cuts, and feeling comfortable riding within a defined width (i.e., sidewalk).

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