This semester I wanted to encourage repetition in the practice time of my beginners who started in September.
For the first half of the year they’ve been getting the ‘My Piano Practice’ assignment sheets. These track practice by days, and help get students into the habit of practicing regularly.
Now it’s time to starting amping up the practice time!
I love these assignment sheets that Sara Campbell has been making, where the student colours something in each time they practice, so fun!
I wanted to modify this idea so that every time a certain piece was played they would colour something in, and since my worksheet theme for this semester is Fiendish Fishiness, I thought I would use a sea creature theme.
There are three different versions of the assignment sheet in the pdf (just click on the above image to download). Each one has a different mix of sea creatures to add to the fun.
But that’s not all! I had a new assignment sheet, but I also needed a new practice incentive.
My students had filled in all their ice-cream cones last semester, and I was in search of inspiration. Then I found these cute footstep stickers at my local office supply store, and I thought aha! A treasure map!
What could be a better fit for my fishy theme?!
The students get a footstep filled in for every 20 sea creatures they collect. This map will encourage repetition even more – and it’s great fun. 🙂
Their aim is to reach the treasure chest before the end of the semester. They could easily get there long before that. I wanted to make it doable for my slightly less enthusiastic practicers, but still motivating.Click here to download the treasure map pdf. I’ve also included a second page, without the words “Every 20 sea creatures will get you one step closer to the treasure chest!” in case you want to use them in a different way. If you can’t get your hands on footstep stickers, I’m sure you could find another way to fill them in, such as with a marker (perhaps gold to make it sparkle).
If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I’ll get back to you asap!
Keep up enthusiasm for repetitions with Playful Practice
These practice cards have creative, fun and effective ways to practice it again. Students have to mark their scores, cross their hands over each other, and many other fun alternatives to playing it one more time.