6:00 - wake up to alarm, get dressed, watch a little tv
6:45 - find mommy, get Anand his clothes, go downstairs and start her breakfast (she makes herself oatmeal in the microwave)
7:20 - shoes and coat and off to the bus
2:55 - school ends
3 - 4 - after school sports activity
4:20 - get home, have a snack, watch one short (22 min.) show
4:45 - 5:30 - math homework (I think this is too long, and frankly, would cut it entirely)
5:30 - 6:15 - work on culture box homework (kind of a fun crafty project, but still, time-consuming -- I would have spread all the work for this over three weeks, not two)
6:15 - relax, have dinner
7:00 - was supposed to do her 30 minutes of reading -- she's starting to like reading some, but it's still work for Kavi, which I think a lot of people forget when thinking about kids and reading, and also, she's reading a book assigned by the school which she finds boring. This is where she started to lose it a little; overtired from having a cold. Told her she could just watch tv instead, and catch up on her reading tomorrow. Kavi didn't want to do that, because then she'd have to do an hour tomorrow, and she had more culture box work to do tomorrow (drawing a flag, taking photos, printing them out, attaching them to the box for Thursday's big presentation). She was stressed out and teary about not finishing her homework. I reminded her that tomorrow is early day, and she wouldn't have afterschool activities, so she'd be home by 2:15, so an hour of reading would be okay. After some discussion, she agreed it'd be okay to put off tonight's reading and catch up tomorrow. Curled up on couch and watched tv.
8:00 - bedtime.
If you count up how much playtime / relaxing time she gets, you'll see it's shockingly little.
The big problem, we think, are the parents who are so anxious about their kids getting a leg up / not falling behind that they pressure the schools to assign the homework. We need a vast social movement pushing back against those pressures.