While there is an expectation that 1st graders will demonstrate more responsibility than they did in Kindergarten, I still think that a few basic rules apply. The one that I have in mind today…
If there isn’t a note from the teacher about it, then it likely isn’t true.
No, I don’t expect the teacher to send home notes about everything, but the most important, critical information definitely does come to us in writing and not by word of mouth from a 6 year old.
Last night at dinner, my son said something about school lunch today. It went something like this…”Mommy, the teacher said that we have to bring something for lunch tomorrow that we don’t have to throw away.” I admit, I dismissed the comment at that time. We were trying to get dinner on the table, but Tommy was still struggling (big time) with completing his homework. I thought perhaps he was just trying to run a diversion so that he might get out of finishing his assignment. I had fully intended to go back and try to decipher it. Unfortunately, I forgot.
This morning, his statement popped into my head again, but it was one of our more chaotic mornings. We were very crunched for time, so I didn’t mention it to him. After all, I pay for him to get school lunch, so what he “brings” for lunch is non-issue in our house. But, as we raced into the circle drive a mere 3 minutes before the bell was to ring, he said it again. There was a sense of panic in his voice, that seems to have stuck with me today.
Tommy: “Mommy! The lunch thing!”
Me: “There wasn’t a note in your folder, so you’ll get school lunch like you always do.”
Tommy: “but Mommy…the teacher SAID!!!”
Me: “What Tommy, what exactly did she say?”
Tommy: “She said that we’re supposed to bring something for lunch that we don’t have to throw away.”
Me: “Well…I didn’t have a note, so I don’t know what that means. I’m sure you’ll have lunch today.”
The fact that he said the exact same thing both times is a bit troubling to me. I’m very curious to see how this little story ends. Anyone else fluent enough in 1st grader speak to venture a guess as to what the teacher might have actually said?? Did I make a fatal mommy mistake??