Notebooks, 3-ring binders, and glue sticks are all purchased and two out of three sets are already in their owners’ lockers waiting for the start of the school year. Teen DD being a senior this year, she won’t know for sure what she needs until her actual first day of class, but she made her best predictions. Our first school supply shopping was from a bin in our house where I’ve collected an assortment of supplies when they’re on sale each year. I marked each of those items off on the list for each of my kids, before looking up each of the remaining items in the weekly sale fliers on WalMart’s and Target’s websites. I recorded the prices at each website and developed my shopping list from there using Cozi. My list from https://cozicentral.cozi.com/ syncs with the Cozi app on my IPhone, as it did with my Droid before that, and I can check the items off at the store as I find them.
This has also been a time of preparing for the start of my teaching year. I’m trying out a new-for-me app called Astrid to keep track of my to-do list for starting the school year. It allows me to prioritize each item by due date as well as importance and check them off as I go. This is especially important for me, since I’m teaching in two districts. I actually entered most to-do items twice and labelled them for each district, so I can could check them off in each place when completed.
With the organization I’ve had both in preparing my kids for school and myself for teaching, I’m feeling much more relaxed than I normally do at the start of a new school year. Not that I’m totally anxiety-free. But I feel a significant measure of control over both situations which is a freeing feeling.
Now my Labor Day weekend is being spent posting items for sale on E-bay and our local Buy and Sell group and finding apps for my school-owned IPad. Oh, and watching movies with Teen DD between her segments of work and cleaning her room. Life is good.