After completing her skating lessons, Elizabeth can skate all by herself! I was pretty impressed when she could stand without support after less than an hour's worth of instruction. In fact, every week she became more comfortable and she pretty much stopped pulling on me for support after the first two or three lessons.
Now she can shuffle around in the direction she wants to go without holding on for over twenty minutes and her speed is picking up every time she steps on the ice. She can touch her toes and pick things up from the ice. She can stop (snowplow). She can turn around in a circle. She can "swim" on the ice.
I am such a proud mama :) The only thing that she hasn't mastered yet is getting up from a fall by herself, but give her time...
At her last lesson we got to show off for Daddy and have a family free skate at the end. Daddy's thinking he might need some lessons of his own; otherwise he reckons the toddler'll be outskating him soon.
We skyped into the free skate with Grandma and Grandpa in Angola so that they could see her "live". Unfortunately it was too noisy to carry on any kind of conversation but at least they could get the idea. Elizabeth was thrilled to show Daddy around and especially wanted to show him the "liddle tents" (aka hockey nets) that she apparently has noticed and wants to play with. It might be time to show her some hockey so that she knows what they are for!
We were very happy with the lessons (Instructor Jen at Jim Durrell Arena was particularly fabulous) and would recommend City of Ottawa lessons to anyone. The adult needs to pretty comfortable on skates though. The city is pretty serious about their helmet requirements - all of those participating must have one. I noticed that even the guy shovelling the last bit of snow off from behind the zamboni had one. I thought this was overkill at first as I'm a pretty strong skater but after a couple of months of wearing one this doesn't bother me anymore. It's not like I object to wearing a bicycle helmet!
I also noticed an improvement in Elizabeth's balance generally and it really is true that skating is good for your core muscles!
Elizabeth enjoyed her lessons so much that we've already signed up for the new year!