I've tried a few differnt ways of organizing out afterschool/ after supper time, but nothing has really worked well yet.
When and how many times/week do you do homework? When do you do music or other practise. why does it work for you then?
do you do homework right after school or have some down time first? What time do you have supper? What do you do on the nights you have activites?
We're a family of early risers.
DS practices the violin before school. He gets up, gets dressed, eats breakfast, and goes off to play at which point we set an alarm for 7 am. He then practices from 7-7:30.
DD does something similar, but her task it to practice typing. She sits down at the computer by 7:15 to type for 15 minutes.
DD has about 75 minutes of work each afternoon, mostly math, and DS has the random worksheet and reading. He also does 10-15 minutes of extra work on spelling and handwriting each day to catch him up to his classroom peers.
The kids need downtime after school as much as possible. They get home (with a sitter), eat snack, and chill until 4 pm. They start homework at that time. For days with evening after school activities, homework shifts earlier, so will start at 3:30 or 3:45 if necessary. For activities right after school, the kids try to work ahead when possible (DD gets her math assignments for the week now), or otherwise clear out time on other days.
Only things that don't feel like work (reading, in our house) is left to after dinner, as they are both wiped by that point, having been up since the butt-crack of dawn.
I limit homework to three nights a week, not more than 30 min each time. If it takes more than that (very rarely) I discuss it with the teacher, and let her know ds might not finish his homework.
The other evenings are free for other activities.
We have supper first, then do homework.
We had a bit of issue with guitar practice, which should be done daily, so I might steal Geofizz's idea; ds might like practicing in the morning.
The age of the child matters a lot. DD is taking prealgebra in an accelerated class. The landscape is very different now than when she was in early primary grades.
Transylvania_mom, I grew up playing the piano, practicing as much as an hour every morning before school. I did that for 8-10 years, I think.
I meant to note that as I'm looking ahead to high school years and beyond, I'm not allowing any homework to be left to the morning that it's due. Last year DD did some work on extended school projects in the mornings, but daily assignments are done in the afternoon or evening so that there's no risk of running out of time. We're doing this for habit creation reasons, not for any worry that she won't finish that spelling worksheet in 3 minutes flat.