ERIC Number: EJ1135461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
No Need for Training Wheels: Ideas for Including Balance Bikes in Elementary Physical Education
Becker, Andrew; Jenny, Seth E.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v88 n4 p14-21 2017
Although it was invented nearly two centuries ago in Germany, the balance bike is only now beginning to make its presence known in the United States. A balance bike is a bicycle with no pedals- propelled by running or walking--and is designed to teach young children how to ride a bike in less time by allowing them to practice balance and steering with minimal risk of falling. The use of balance bikes is gaining traction as the "new" way to transition children to riding a bicycle without the need to use training wheels. However, the implementation of a balance bike unit is surprisingly lacking in the vast majority of elementary physical education programs. The purpose of this article is to provide an introduction to the balance bike, highlight the benefits of implementing it in the elementary physical education curriculum, and offer a four-lesson, ready-to-use balance-bike unit plan.
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Physical Education, Educational Equipment, Psychomotor Skills, Educational Benefits, Alignment (Education), National Standards, Physical Activities, Curriculum Implementation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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