Perhaps I need to frustrate the mom!
I have had the mom sit in on lessons, and she did yoga poses instead of paying attention!
I have shown her the pages to do, labeled and flagged, color penciled, dated, etc...That is when she says, "Oh, I jsut do not know music at all, so she has to do it all on her own." child is 7. I have junior high students with parents that could not tell a quarter note from a quart of milk, but they read the assignment notebook and check the pages and listen to the child play on occasion!
As for reading notes, the G clef/treble clef looks like a weird old fashioned cursive letter G. It makes contact in four places on one line, the second line up. This marks the G line. ANY note, whether a quarter note, half note, etc...on this line, will be a G.
For the bass clef/F clef, that funny large dot that then swirls out like a comma with two smaller dots next to it mark the second line down on the lower stave. The line it marks is the F line, so any note of any duration on that line will be an F.
There are only seven letters in the music alphabet, so you can count the steps up or down to figure out the rest if you just cannot remember anything else. Yes, there are sharps and flats, and special markings, and fingerings and vocabulary and all that jazz, but...that will come later.
I have taught beginning piano to dozens of students, for several years. This ONE student I just have not found the magical key...yet...
(It may very well be the mom- the girl also takes stylized horse riding lessons, and they left the week before spring break to go on a very fancy ski vacation. Mom did not make it to the Christmas recital because she was hosting a fancy party. I convinced her to have another family member bring the child to play. Perhaps it is a case of "poor little rich girl.")