Daily Practice is Important!  Try to never miss a day of practice. There will be times that you are tired, in a bad mood, or maybe you can sympathize with Alexander.
Click the cover to have a look at the book.
He wakes up with gum in his hair. At breakfast, Alexander's brothers Nick and Anthony pull amazing prizes out of their cereal boxes, while all Alexander ends up with is cereal. Things get even worse at school, so Alexander decides that he wants to move to Australia! In Australia, everything is upside down, so maybe a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day can become a wonderful, terrific, really good day.

Maybe you can do that with practice. A backwards practice! Do everything exactly backwards (except for rosining the bow, tuning, and cleaning off the violin at the end of the practice). If that won't work, remember that even 15 minutes is better than nothing!  And make those 15 minutes something fun!
This is a great practice reminder. A refrigerator magnet that frowns before practice, but turns into a smile when your student turns it around after his practice and proclaims "Practice Done." Click either picture to have a look.
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Alexander's Day--Inspiration for Violinists
Violin Tip of the Day - February 11
* Violin Tips for Practice and Rehearsals.

* Violin Technique and Exercises.

* How to Care for Your Violin.

* Inspiration and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers, or
   Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Violin Tip of the Day -- Violin Student Central -- February 1
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Today's Tip in a Nutshell:
     Sometimes doing something different...
     ANYTHING Different...can save a practice!