My 9 year old nephew learns the piano at primary school and is playing some Grade 1 pieces (one from the current list and the famous (or infamous??) Vampire Blues). But he still doesn't know well - after several years - the names of the notes and seems to learn the pieces by memory and by watching a demonstration. I can tell from other threads that this is quite common. When I started (to teach myself) the piano I could already read music so the learning process was quite different.
Now I can see it's limiting his progress and his enjoyment. Learning a new piece is very tortuous and sight-reading is a no-go area. This is a great shame.
The teacher thinks some theory would help as I do, but the lesson is so short that there isn't really time. What materials are there for theory for 8/9 year olds that are FUN and appealing? It just mustn't look like more Homework. The ABRSM Grade 1 stuff just looks - sorry ABRSM - unappealing for that age group. One person has suggested the "Theory is Fun" books by Maureen Cox.
Any suggestions welcome!