Perez Halpern May 2019 - English

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May 2019

LIKE LEARNING TO RIDE A BIKE Do you remember the day you learned to ride a bike? I remember my experience clearly. I was about 10, and my dad taught me. I’d been given my first big kid bike that Christmas, and since we lived on a quiet street, Dad guided me and helped me steer for many runs until I caught on. I remember cruising down the street them animal strides they can easily imitate. They’re really great at teaching the kids. If they notice the kids getting frustrated, they suggest taking a snack break before trying again. Their methods work; about 99 percent of the kids leave the class knowing how to ride a bike. THE JOYS OF THE WORLD FROM A BICYCLE

for the first time by myself: Suddenly, the distance from our house to the end of the street became a whole lot shorter. The whole world opened up around me. It’s amazing what learning to ride a bike can do, isn’t it?

Jacob absolutely loved it. He thought it was so cool that park rangers were his teachers. Ever since he learned how to ride, he’s been waiting for warmer days so he can ride again. He wants to ride his bike everywhere. We’ve learned that even when it doesn’t seem that cold outside, it can feel much colder on a bike. A few months ago, we rode to a local park and soon regretted it because of how cold it was! Jacob knows that no matter how near or far he’s biking, he always needs to wear a helmet. The park rangers also taught Jacob the bike safety ABCs: The park rangers showed the kids how to do an ABC safety check. Look inside this edition for more info on the bike safety ABCs. The park rangers reminded the kids that even if there was air in their bike tires the day before, that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be the next day. I really appreciated the lessons and reminders that encouraged Jacob to ride safely. If you’re curious about signing up your kids for the Learn to Ride program, you can find more information at the National Park Service website: We’re looking forward to getting on our bikes a lot this summer and riding around as a family. Enjoy your bike and outdoor adventures this month, and wear your helmet! Stay safe out there! A is for Air B is for Brakes C is for Cranks and Chain

At the beginning of fall last year, we taught Jacob how to ride a bike. Well, truthfully, the Virginia park rangers taught Jacob. Josh and I tried, but Jacob wasn’t interested in learning from Mom and Dad. When we found out that the Virginia park rangers teach kids in the Maryland/D.C./Virginia area for free through the National

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He’s getting the hang of it!

Park Service, we signed him up. It was amazing. The park rangers are patient and effective at helping young riders learn to balance. We showed up with the training wheels still on Jacob’s bike, and within two hours, they were off and Jacob was riding all by himself.

Jacob shares his excitement with his dad

They held the class in a park underneath a bridge overpass, and the protected area meant it didn’t matter if it was sunny or raining. The park rangers take the kids through engaging activities meant to help them learn how to balance, like showing

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