"Practice only on the days you eat!" Shinichi Suzuki
Daily practice is essential in order for students to progress. When one does not progress, one will surely lose interest.
A good rule of thumb is that students should practice a minimum daily practice time equal to their lesson length. However, "good quality" practice even for a shorter period is preferable to "poor" practice lasting for a longer period.
The home practice environment must be quiet, free of distractions allowing the student maximum ability to concentrate.
Parents of students 12 years and under should be actively monitoring and guiding their child's practice at home. This means they will actively listen to lesson assignments as they are given.
At the lesson, goals are set and assignments are made. The expectation is that by the next lesson, assignments are to be completed (just like homework).
It is OK if children with tiny attention spans break up their practice into 2 shorter sessions, if necessary.
Parents of Suzuki students will be very involved at home on a daily basis; not only in practice but in creating a positive and successful home learning environment for their child. They will receive Suzuki parent training from the teacher before their child actually begins their formal Suzuki lessons.