Madeline has been learning how to ride her bike slowly over the past year. When we were at the bike store she saw a bigger bike that interested her that had hand brakes and such. Her eyes got really big when I told her that if she learned to ride her current bike really well that this could be her next bike. Up until this point I had been struggling to get her to want to ride her bike outside. She was so afraid of falling. With her new sense of desire to be better at riding her bike, she and I headed outside to learn the last piece of being a good bike rider - starting by herself. Today was the first day that she figured out how to get going on the bike all by herself. It took her several times and a solid 30 minutes to get her feet positioned just right to get going. I loved watching her determination to figure out this last piece of riding a bike all on her own. There were times when she would get frustrated, but I just kept encouraging her and eventually she found her grove.