Lately I have began to appreciate the advantages of teaching many little things around one simple concept. It lets students feel familiar with some of the material while introducing new things that would seem complex if learned separately. Teaching ‘ukulele like this seems to help beginners see the possibilities of music instead of just notes on a fretboard while reinforcing the basics of the simple concept at the core.
One such thing is as simple as a C major scale, which I like to introduce to beginners fairly early on. Here is a chart I made showing several things you can do with a C major scale. All examples use the same notes, but some things change with each. This helps the student get beyond focusing on the location of each note and instead thinking about what you are doing to the notes. (It tricks them into thinking that the new thing is harder and makes them put “remembering the notes” on autopilot.)