How to Pogo by SJ

SJ is a brilliant 5th grade writing student of mine. They are creative, imaginative, and a great writer when given the proper encouragement. She is the same writer of The Christmas Thief which we wrote together mid-July. This piece is an expository writing piece and the first five-paragraph essay we wrote together. There are a few minor edits which can be made, but overall, she did a fantastic job! Keep it up, SJ!

Mr. Mohammad
Have you ever seen someone on a pogo stick and wondered what it was like?

Have you ever seen someone on a pogo stick and wondered what it was like? Maybe you thought it was scary or dangerous. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s none of that. Actually, riding on a pogo stick may seem dangerous, difficult, or unfun. But, if you keep a few points in mind, you will find learning to pogo is fun and easy.

The first step to learning how to pogo is finding an appropriate location. The ground you plan to pogo on should be firm, but not hard. If the ground is too soft, you will have trouble bouncing, but if it’s too hard you may risk injury. Playground turf or trimmed grass would make ideal spots to pogo on.Later on, once you feel comfortable, you can move to pogoing on harder ground. The ground should also be flat and level. If the ground is bumpy or sloped, you will have a hard time bouncing straight, but if the ground is flat enough, you won’t have any trouble. Once you find firm, flat ground, ensure that there is enough open space. It’s a good idea to clear out an area of at least fifteen feet to pogo safely. Keep away from cars or curbs that you might fall onto. Finding a good location isn’t the only important thing.

Also, while pogoing, safety is very important. You might consider wearing a helmet while you pogo. If you fall without a helmet, you could hit your head, but a helmet will protect you from potentially serious injury. You could also wear knee and elbow pads and wrist guards. This way, you are less likely to hurt yourself, since these will protect the places you normally fall on. Wrist guards are especially good at first because your first instinct is usually to catch yourself with your hands. You’re probably going to fall, so be ready for it and learn how to fall correctly. When you feel like falling, curl yourself up a little bit, bend your knees and your elbows, cover your head, and relax. If you are falling forward turn your face to the side so you don’t land face first. If you are falling backwards tuck your chin to your chest so your head doesn’t hit the ground. Learning to fall properly is as important as learning how to pogo, so take time to learn this before the next step.

Technique is a very important part to pogoing and a very easy one too. You have to start by getting on to the pogo stick. You will need to put both hands on the handlebars and get one foot on the pedal then your other foot on the other pedal. Immediately after getting both feet on the pedals, you will need to start jumping. Try to keep the pogostick under your feet. The harder you jump, the higher you will go. It’s going to take some practice, but you will get the hang of it eventually. If you need to steer in any direction, just lean and point your body the way you want to go and keep moving. Be careful not to lean too hard though, or you might lose control and fall. You only need to lean a little bit to get yourself steering. Soon, with enough practice, you will become a pogo master and will be teaching others how to do it, too.

At first, pogoing may seem risky or challenging. If you haven’t tried it, you are probably afraid to fall or look silly. But, if you play in a fitting location, stay safe, and practice often, you may be surprised. Pogoing can actually be really fun! Don’t be afraid. You’re probably going to fall a few times, but you have to be determined. So, if you think pogoing might be fun, get out there and try it!

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