How To Fit in Extra Practice During School Breaks
The beautiful springtime weather we've had recently has reminded me of the challenge of fitting in extra piano practice when the kids go on break and the sun is shining. Mid-Winter Break is right around the corner for us and while a lot of families will take advantage of this to get out of town, the ones who have a "staycation" should be able to practice more. Right?
Wrong! Most teachers would agree that with the exception of those few dedicated students, most kids use the break from school to take a break from practice, too!
Here are a couple of things I do right before a break, or a scheduled miss week:
1) Get the parents on board with a "holiday" practice schedule. Examples of what some of my families do are: extra electronics time, candy, or if the student practices every day a trip to the ice cream parlor.
2) Give the student a fun calendar or print out for them to track their practice for the week.
3) Bribe the student shamelessly. What I mean by this is offer extra incentives if they hit their practice goals over the break. Some examples of this are: a new pop song arrangement they've been wanting to learn, getting to choose from the office supply goodie box (I don't know if it's all students, but my kids love highlighters, pens, and the little white out mouses), or perhaps an extra sticker or two.
Do you have ways to get your students to practice more during school breaks? Please share them below!
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