Almost done with our first week of L2R at a new set of schools. This time around one of the schools is a primary school in Maronka and there are already some significant differences between working with primary school vs. secondary school.
Aside from the fact that secondary school students have yet to spontaneously star singing “If You’re Happy And You Know It” (like the Maronka kids did), these younger students demand some changes to the L2R way of doing things. Most secondary school students are quite nervous to get on a bike for the first time and, consequently, go very very slowly as they are learning to balance and pedal. No such problem with the kids in Maronka.
As soon as we had arrived, the students grabbed the bikes and literally ran up the steep hill to the field where we practice. By the time we had caught up with them, we were greeted with the sight of the children (most of whom had never been on a bike before) excitedly climbing aboard the bikes and recruiting their friends to push them around. Their enthusiasm was infectious and that first day in Maronka was probably the most energetic L2R class we’ve had yet. I can’t wait to see how excited they get when they’re able to ride all by themselves!