What does a CYCLE Kids program include?
- The CYCLE Kids program curriculum guide
- A Student Reference Guide for each child in the program
- 10 mountain bikes
- 25 bicycle helmets
- Teacher training
What are the program requirements?
- Each child in a CYCLE Kids program must have a helmet. In some situations children are not permitted to share helmets. In these cases, the organization teaching the CYCLE Kids program will need to purchase helmets for each child that is in the program. It is sometimes possible to acquire helmets through donations from Police departments or the Department of Transportation.
- Each child in a CYCLE Kids program must have their own copy of the CYCLE Kids Student and Parent Guide. This Guide includes activities to help a child and their family learn basic facts about the importance of physical activity in their daily lives and healthy eating habits.
- Schools or communities must agree to purchase a reference guide for each child participating in a CYCLE Kids program. CYCLE Kids will do its best to keep the cost of these guides to a minimum. They will be sold/distributed in packages of 25 books.
- From time to time CYCLE Kids may want to receive feedback from children and instructors on the program in order to plan for future enhancements. This information will be gathered in the form of a questionnaire, either paper-based or online. We may also ask to hold a focus group session with students and teachers (no more than once a year). We ask the school or community to cooperate with these requests.
Why is it recommended to get the community police involved?
At CYCLE Kids we truly believe the success of our program involves the support of the community. CYCLE Kids strongly recommends organizations contact their local police department to invite community police officers to partner with them to teach the program. Participation in the six or eight class program gives officers the opportunity to build positive, personal relationships with children while having fun biking together. It also gives the police officers a chance to be part of teaching an in-depth class on bike safety. In some communities, this has lead to the police officers taking kids out on bike rides throughout the city or organizing a bike to school day where they escort children to and from school.
Who can implement this curriculum?
The curriculum can be implemented by any type of organization; a public or private school, a community center such as a YMCA or Boys and Girls Club, or any type of after school program or summer camp.
The instructor does not need to be a certified teacher, an expert bike rider, or nutritionist. The curriculum is designed for use by anyone with an interest in helping children understand the importance of physical fitness and healthy eating habits. It is recommended to have one lead teacher and one or two volunteers, such as a police officer or parent, working with the teacher to help as needed.
How many days a week/hours would this need to occur in order for it to be implemented correctly, according to the standards of CYCLE Kids?
- For physical education classes, CYCLE Kids recommends the program be taught for four weeks, twice a week. If physical education classes meet only once a week, it is recommended that the program be taught for at least six weeks.
- In the after school or community center setting, CYCLE Kids recommends the program be taught once or twice a week, for 1.5 hours a session, for a minimum of 10 sessions. The after school environment is one in which you can go into more depth with the nutrition lessons as you have more time to work on both educational components.
What sort of nutritional education is involved in the program?
The nutritional component of the curriculum involves lessons that build on a child’s prior knowledge of nutrition. In working with fourth and fifth grade students we have found that there is some level of understanding about the importance of a healthy diet, but there is very little practical application of that knowledge. Therefore, the reference books are a critical part of the CYCLE Kids program as they encourage the children to learn about nutrition through fun hands-on exercises and direct experience with the foods available in their homes.