Sorry had to chuckle at this. I have a crooked little finger on my left hand and it took my organ teacher (and my piano teacher later on) several years before they realised that just because I could fairly easily stretch an octave with my righthand (on a good day I could do a 9th) didn't mean I could do the same with my left - even today with my hands 'fully grown' an octave is a struggle with my left hand.Gill Green wrote:I think you just have to trust the teacher; he/she will be aware of any problems associated with the size of Emily's hands, and you can always ask that they find exercises that are manageable for her.
I still remember being an 8 year old and I couldn't play an octave ( 8 notes) with my thumb and little finger! My teacher used to get me just to play the upper note. Don't worry about Emily's handspan-it's still going to grow and later she will be able to play a fifth easily!
Maybe you could try to get her to practice 4ths to make sure she is still practising her stretching because practising the stretching will help her handspan to grow-just make sure she isn't overdoing it i.e. stop when it gets tiring.