Hi Everyone, I’m Jen from SLP Runner.
I’m so grateful to have an invite from Lyndsey to share A Day in the Life of! I’m realizing that my days are much too full and that I may have to give up a few things to regain my sanity. Here’s my crazy day:
6:00AM- Coffee! I walk like a zombie to the coffee maker and get it going. My husband and I have about one hour each day without kids so this time is so much appreciated.
7:00AM- The crazy begins! Time to wake up the three kids for school, pack lunches, get everyone dressed, and head out the door.
**If you have kids at home, you’ll appreciate my out the door video clip HERE. This is truly how I start my day!**
8:00AM- I am at one of two sites. I work primarily at a Pre-K to 8 school where I service the middle school students. My other sites are a K-6 school and a school for students with emotional-behavioral challenges. I have to add that I LOVE my many hats!
IEP meetings, eval plans, and eligibility meetings kick the brain into full gear most mornings.
9:00AM- Services begin. I use theme therapy (click for video) to cut my planning time in half. My services are driven by the students’ IEPs. This means that I see students how they are benefited best; pull-out, in class, 1:1, or small group.
12:00PM- Lunch. I have many great co-workers and work next to a beautiful park and walking trail. You would think that I would have lunch with my friends and take a walk, but I must confess that I don’t. I often eat my lunch while checking emails and writing reports. Not too health, but this journaling opportunity brings mindfulness to the fact that I would like to change this habit.
12:30PM- Recess duty 35 minutes outside. It’s great to get outside for the sunshine to consult with my co-workers and see students in a natural social situation. However, it gets pretty cold being outside this long in the VT winters. As long as the thermometer says 15 degrees or above, we’re outside. Our middle school student have recess. Yes, grades 6-8 go outside for 20 minutes each day and they actually play! There are swings, fields for football, soccer, kickball, and baseball, tether ball, basketball courts, and 4-square. I believe that this such an important time for my students.
1:10-3:00PM More service time, consult time, and testing sessions.
3:00PM End of the day hall duty. All staff are asked to be in the hallway to help the transition to buses run smoothly.
4:00PM Head home. This is the time that I need my second wind because my kids certainly have theirs. It’s now time for play practice, soccer, tutoring, play dates, and band.
5:00PM We have an early dinner at my house because everyone comes home super hungry and cranky. I am fortunate that my husband also works in the schools so we can have the after school time for family
6:00PM Homework, downtime, playtime. This is when I can get some exercise in. I may take the dog for a run, play outside with my kids, or get a Beachbody video in.
8:00PM Get kids to bed.
8-10PM Work on blogging, product creating, Pinterest perusing, eye-candy Instagram, and Facebook fun! I will sometimes stay up until midnight when I’m on a product-making roll. It’s a lot of work, but well worth it!
10:00PM Bedtime. It’s a good night when I can actually sleep without disruptions, but those are few and far between. Looking forward to the coffee.
Thanks for hanging out with me!