Colorful Fingers

Maybe you have some young beginning students taking  time off for the summer and you would like to send material home so they won’t forget everything they learned.

Or maybe you have some  new K-2  students signed up to start in the fall and you would like to give the parents something to work on before lessons begin.

Here is an idea. Make a binder for them and put in some easy worksheets they can do at home with their parents.  Get a binder with a see though vinyl front, and slip in a personalized cover.

To get you started, you can download Colorful Fingers, which I have completely redone in primary colors. On my website, there are a lot of other pre-school material you can print out. Check the Preschool Music Resources category on the right of this page. Also, in the next week or so, I am going to post some material from my files that I made several years ago  specifically for beginners. I am not too worried they will learn bad habits over the summer. I am much happier that they are interested in the piano and get in the habit of working with Mom and Dad.

If you would like some imput on material to put in the binder, take this poll.

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7 thoughts to “Idea for the Summer

  • Leann @ Montessori Tidbits

    I stumbled on your blog today, after seeking additional resources to teach my 5 year old son and purchasing MFPA. What a wonderful wealth of information, printables, etc! I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading all of your posts this afternoon, and I will DEFINITELY be mentioning you on my blog.

    At some point, can you please post what materials you put in your summer binder and preschool binder?

    Thanks so much, and I am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  • Alison

    Hi Susan,
    your ideas for summer sparked off an idea. How about putting in a sheet that lists achievments from the past year. For example, a list of pieces they learnt, any exams, concerts played in, or what they have improved on most during the year. You could even put in their own sheet to fill in, with things like their favourite piece, what they enjoyed most in the lessons…. would you, by any chance, be tempted to design a sheet and make it available!?
    Thanks for all your wonderful resources,

    • susanparadis

      That’s a great idea and certainly something that would not be too hard. I’m not quite sure how to design it, however. I’ll have to think about it!

  • Marissa

    Thanks for all the wonderful material you post. I am teaching my first student (last night was her second lesson) and am really finding your website helpful. Thanks again 🙂

    • susanparadis

      Welcome to the wonderful world of piano teaching!

  • Heidi N

    Great idea! I compiled “lab” binders for my students to do occasionally at lessons during labtime. I put the worksheets in sheet protectors with dry erase markers so that I don’t have to reprint them for every student and I can have them redo it if they need some extra practice. Thank you for posting so many colorful & fun resources for younger students.

    • susanparadis

      So many teachers use sheet protectors and it is such a good idea. I always forget about mentioning it, so thanks for the comment!


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