First grade is a learning process for me and will be for J.R. Here are my random thoughts about it all.
He has a desk -- oi! It's only the third day, and I've had to clean it out for him. He had four or five papers jammed in the corners of the desk all with different drawings on them.
He has three folders, one notebook (for spelling), one binder, one grammar notebook, and a pencil box shoved into his little desk. I sense confusion and disorganization this year.
So far, I've already had to thin out his materials in his pencil box. The simpler, the better.
We had to drive back to the school to get his homework folder, and then I had to tell him to turn in his homework from last night because he didn't do that this morning.
If you were to walk into his classroom, you might think he is out of control as he rolls around on his exercise ball/seat. However, if you know him, you realize that he is over-stimulated, and this is his way of calming down. This is how he puts the world back in order. I'm grateful his teacher is willing to let this happen in class.
I think all Kindergarten and First Grade teachers deserve an all-paid vacation just for surviving the first week.