"When you've made a huge mess playing with your Legos, what does your Mom or Dad tell you to do?"
"Clean them UP!" replied Cole.
"When we play the piano, it's just the same with our fingers. Sometimes our hands get messy and into some pretty goofy positions. The best thing to do is to clean up our hands so they're ready to play again the next time."
Sounds simple, and it works remarkably well. Since younger beginners have such a hard time maintaining a solid hand position WHILE they're playing, I suggest that they try to RETURN to a healthy hand position when they've finished their piece.
With enough reinforcement and practice, this hand position will become their new norm.
What's on your wish list this year? Mine has some pretty yummy things.