All piano teachers struggle to implement a healthy home piano practice and when I say healthy, most of us think back on our own home piano practice, which meant NO FUN, NO PLAY, JUST DREAD. Which was ok for us, I guess. We never knew we had an alternative.
It’s time to change that. I believe teachers should seriously consider BALANCE as an intrinsic element of DISCIPLINE, allowing the child to explore all “childish” pleasures while still maintaining an effective study schedule.
So to keep things fun and playful, but with a certain amount of responsibility added, I recommend creating a HOME PIANO PRACTICE LOG, which can be a notebook or a folder, with personalised items on it (drawings/symbols) that can increase the child’s interest and it also provides a physical record and proof of his improvement. Most kids I know just love to brag about their accomplishments!