When I started using binders with my students, I decided I need an assignment sheet just for the little ones. I wanted to make a colorful one that they would enjoy using. The first one I made listed their music books as “Lesson” and “Theory” like in the big kids’ binders. But the little ones could not remember what that meant. So I started calling it “the book for things you play on the piano” and “the book you write things in”. Since I use several different books depending on the child, as well as things I make myself, that works well. When they are far enough along to use average age books, they look forward to getting the “big girl one” as one of my students said last week!
The keyboard at the top comes in handy. They can label the keys, draw a 5-finger scale, or find starting notes. I also can draw new scales for them, and it is nice and big.
There are two pages to this PDF, because I have a duplex printer, which is a fancy term that means it can print on both sides. I love being able to print on both sides, so by giving this printable two pages, it can print both side easily. If you are not using a duplex printer, remember that every time you print you will get 2 pages, unless you specify to print page one, only. Then you can put them back into your printer and print the other side. It will also print in black and white, with the color turning into different shades of gray. My treble clef logo is not on the PDF version.
I punch holes in both sides of their assignment sheet, so I can turn it over quickly and easily. I like to keep the latest assignment as the first page when they open their binder, and by punching holes in both sides, it is more useful and saves paper. I found that if the assignment sheet is not the first page they see, they (and their parents) can’t find it. I know there is a date listed, but that is my experience. Why not make things easy for busy parents who already have trouble finding time to practice with their children? It also makes it easier for me at the lesson and for children who practice by themselves.
I don’t put a lot of blank assignment sheets in their binder. Rather, every two weeks I give them a fresh, new one. I keep all my assignments sheets close by, holes already punched, so it only takes a second.
One of the best things I bought a few years ago was an electric three hole punch from Amazon. It has saved me so much time and makes my binder system so much easier. It has been very trouble-free and was worth the price.