Monday, November 4, 2013

Daily Schedule for a First Grader

About 1/2 of my kids attend not just a full day of school at Ayeyarwaddy International School, which is based on an American curriculum, they also attend Chinese school.  Here's a typical schedule.

5:00 - Wake up
5:30 - leave for Chinese school.  Sometimes have something to eat in the car
6:00 - Chinese school starts
8:15 - Chinese school ends
8:45 - American school starts
3:30 - American school ends
4:00 - Chinese school starts
6:00 - Chinese school ends
6:30 - Dinner
7:00 - Private teacher for two hours to help with homework
9:00 - Bed

Bed time is varied.  Many of the kids stay up to midnight or later to do homework.  Chinese school focuses on math and Chinese language but covers all subjects.  On Saturdays, they just attend Chinese school.  All day.

This schedule could explain why I have to continually work on keeping students awake in class.  It could also explain yesterday morning.  10 minutes into the day, one of my boys was looking very sad.  I took him outside and asked what was wrong.  His eyes welling with tears, he said plaintively "I wanted to sharpen my pencil but Susie was using the pencil sharpener."

"Why didn't you just wait?"

"She was taking too long!"  That's when the sobs started.

Think you've got stress in your life?

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