I bought the Step by Step books (1A and 1B) with the CD's - and I have to say that I am amazed.
I printed out the practice chart, and figured out what would be appropriate things for review pieces for Delta (who is playing "monkey song", and CAN play twinkle variation A, but strongly resists it, and hasn't been officially taught it from Miss A - but has been taught it in group class - and she said he can practice it...)
Now, I must say that first off it is only day 2 of using the books - so it is probably just the novelty (but if it can bring in a good new habit of happy practice). Delta's practice has gotten a lot better for these 2 days. Instead of practice being play the monkey song, and maybe play twinkle, and possibly 1 "review" item.... often (but not always) through coaxing or games. (some days happy - a lot not).
Anyway, the last 2 days, he has played Var A on E, on A, on E & A, 3 fingers (1/2 of monkey song), on E and 1, on E and 3 fingers on A. Almost all done happily. And today he did the "star section" (or bread) of Twinkle.
He loves playing with the CD, and I love that his playing seems to have gotten even better with the CD, and I love that the practice is a lot more business like (no time wasted on picking cards or rolling dice, etc...) - and hope it will help with his problems in his lessons.
And update on teacher situation - we have a trial lesson with my son's group teacher (Mrs. J) later this week. This week and last week have been spring break, so no lessons. If the lesson goes good with Mrs. J, we will probably switch. The one other teacher that has an opening is over an hour away, so I don't think we will try it. If the trial lesson ends up similar to Miss A's (with Delta not co-operating) , we won't switch.