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09-18-2007, 12:04 PM
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I agree with everyone else, ditch the double blades.

What really worked well for my 4 year old boy was starting out by pushing around a pylon.

First the instructor would have him crawl around to get comfortable with the ice. Then have him crawl to the pylon to help him stand off, and then eventually to push around to get used to skating. When he got comfortable with that, she would have him push the pylon away. This requires quite a bit of coordination and balance so it's a great learning drill.

Once she gets comfortable, have her work on getting up without the pylon.

P.S. Give her elbow pads! My sons little elbows were black from all the bruises he took the first week. I felt really bad about that.

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