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A Recap of My First Week As a REAL SLP :)

If you're wondering why you haven't heard from me this last week, it's because I've been getting home and crash landing into my bed every night. I've been sick, plus getting up at 4:45am every day is rough, but thankfully by the end of the week I was used to it - and feeling better! I am taking you all on this journey through my CF with me, so I wanted to give you a detailed report of what my first week was like! Plus, show you my room and what I am working on transforming it into!

SO, Monday was my first day. It was also the first day for all of the city schools and many of the long island schools - enter in massive amounts of traffic heading towards NYC. I wasn't shocked, I had expected a rough commute. It's 42 miles from my house to my school - no worries, it's totally worth it. I showed up to my adorable new school and met everyone. I seriously wish I was able to snap a quick picture of all the teachers and write their names down to study them. I consider myself to have a great memory for faces/names, but when you're meeting hundreds...well, I could use a refresher. Everyone was lovely, and the two other SLPs in the building could not have been more welcoming!

I was walked to my room and when I entered - well, talk about space! The picture is the view from my door. I am SO lucky to have a SMARTBoard!!! I can't wait to use it!

I also have a sink - which is unique - I'm definitely going to be loving it once the winter comes and we're washing off our germs before speech! You will notice that I ended up with some pretty high chairs and desks for my little ones. The custodial staff rocks and brought me a kidney table (I just learned those things had a name LOL) and kindergarten chairs! Like Chrismukkah in September!

I ran home the first night and hit every dollar store around, Target, Michael's, Walmart, etc to stock up on classroom things! I started decorating the next day. Lesson learned about putting up bulletin board paper, that is something they really should teach you in grad school. Took me 20 minutes to get it right! Lesson learned. I decided to make my first bulletin board my "What My Sunglasses Saw This Summer" activity. The blue and yellow are nice and summery!

I went with an owl theme for my door, I thought it might take me into Fall, but still looked summery enough to hold me through October. I love the "Speech is a Hoot" wording! I found giant purple owls at Walmart for $1.97!

I have two computers in my room that I'm so lucky to have. I'm excited to use them with my kids! Since my room is so expansive, I decided to make each part of the room a "station" with the computers being a "lab". You can see my sink in this one too, I'm going to put bubbles all around the "wash up" sign!

I have a bookshelf and bulletin board next to my desk that I decided to make the "book club". As you know, I like to do a lot of children's literature lessons and I thought it might be nice to display the books we do and the work associated with it. I also wanted the kids to have a place to grab a book if they finished with their work early and wanted a 2 minute break.

Check out my kidney table! I also came back from lunch to find a ginormous delivery of paper from the PTA! Score! Thank you awesome PTA! :)

I added these little items to my desk to make it homier. I found this lamp in Target (of course) on clearance for $11, and this desk organizer at Homegoods for $6. I think they add a nice touch to my room! Also, sometimes the lights in the room are harsh. Lately during lunch I've been turning them off and turning on my lamp, super cozy!

My last item that I added - this week at least- is my dry erase calendar, also from Target, also on clearance. It's super cute and came with markers, magnets, and ways to hang it. However, I hung it up with duct tape - a trick I learned in college! LOL

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