Thursday, February 17, 2011

Counting Beans

Lately we've been counting beans. I have a jar on the piano and a container for each child. I give them 15 beans for practicing the full time without complaining, 30 if it is done before school. They get beans for picking a part tricky measures and thoroughly working them through multiple times - 1 bean for each repetition. I give 100 beans for memorized pieces, double if they are more than 2 pages long. Beans can also be taken out of the jar for complaining or cross words. They use the beans to shop my candy store or save up for something special, i.e., new dance shorts. We've agreed that they can only earn beans if I am in the room - thus promoting a happy practice with mom:)

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