Re: Kindergarten questions
We don't spend more than 1 hour doing "school". We don't do work boxes. We split our hour 15 minutes math, 15 minutes phonics, 15 minutes crafts, 15 minutes other (science, social studies, music, dance, etc). And I never plan on grading anything. We will work on each topic until my child gets it 100%. No point in grading if every grade has to be 100%.
Most "schools" spend around 1 hour of actual instruction. Between snacks and lunch, bathroom breaks, recess, handing out worksheets, getting supplies ready and getting kids to sit quietly, I am always surprised any learning happens in school.