Ok I can admit, I am a little eccentric when it comes to my home-schooling techniques. I don't always go the brick and mortar route and cram textbooks down my kids throat. Not always :) Sometimes I like to sit back and let nature takes it course and watch how much they learn, without ever even realizing they are learning till after the fact. That is how they learned about 4 Wheeler (ATV's). Ok first thing you should know is I have an aunt and uncle who teach ATV safety and run simulation testing and safety drills for kids. So, obviously this is a passion that runs in my family and I kinda inherited it. So bear with me on this one. Here are some things I wanted my daughter to learn:
PROPER CLOTHING & PROTECTIVE GEAR
- Sit on ATV.
- Keep eyes straight ahead while you slowly push the vehicle from behind. This was to give her the “feel” of riding a moving vehicle.
- As I push the ATV, I had her to steer straight ahead and perform operations such as stopping the vehicle and turning OFF the engine switch while moving. Watching closely to make sure she is operating the controls correctly and without looking at them.
- As you approach the end of the practice area, stop the vehicle. You should drag the rear end of the ATV around so you can push it straight ahead in the opposite direction.
- We practiced with the engine OFF until she got the
“feel” of using the brakes and can stop the vehicle and turn OFF the
engine switch without hesitation and without looking at the controls.
Grandpa taking over for me
- Opens the throttle gently when starting off.
- Releases the throttle and applies the brakes in sequence when stopping.
- Becomes aware of the distance it takes the vehicle to stop when the engine switch is turned OFF while the vehicle is moving.
After I tossed them off the sled! TEHE
|Drake riding with grandpa|