****This post was sponsored by Verizon FIOS as part of the #FIOSPhilly Campaign. All opinions found here are strictly my own.****
Returning from my morning walk, the peace I obtained was shattered by the sound of a the school bell from the elementary school across the street from my house. The Mister and I exchanged looks of glee and I punched air: the start of school is coming sooner than later.
While I’ll miss the unstructured days of summer, I look forward to the routine of back to school. Crisp air ushers in boot weather, meals are now creations from my crock pot rather than something from the local take out joint, and this year my daughter has decided to return to school joining myself and her brother in the study grind.
Having a reliable service like Verizon Fios will squelch any excuses I have for my online course. I have a weekly deadline of homework, papers, or exams and the angst of slow WiFi from the past would have me using my mobile device as a hot spot to complete an assignment. I no longer have to fall on the mercy of my professor and beg for an extension. The same with The Boy. Entering high school (a moment for my grown up baby!) most of his assignments will be posted on a school issued iPad. Once the device is configured to the settings here, he also won’t have any excuse for missed assignments.
Before the school year began, I was able to download summer reading books for my son. He completed and submitted the assignment in the beginning of the month, and used my Kindle to download books from the public library for leisurely reading. We’ve also begin using Duo lingo to prepare for the Spanish classes we all have scheduled. The kids are ambivalent about the upcoming school year, but I’m excited for the start of the new year.
A feature I really enjoy about Verizon Fios is the ability to disable access to WIFI to devices to make sure a full night’s rest. Even though my husband and I are diligent about collecting devices before bedtime, The Boy likes to create his Twitch videos when the house is quiet and he should be asleep. Beginning high school means an earlier start time and I am not the one for the morning arguments or fights about who is taking too long in the shower when it’s time to leave.
The Mister might be the happiest of us all. Even though The Boy and I take time out to play Mario Kart to blow off steam, we limit our playing time.
The Mister is free to vanquish enemies all evening while the rest of us hit the books.
In three days my daughter and I head back to class. I have my music study mix downloaded, Quizlet set up so I can practice Spanish during my morning walks, and The Boy has his calendar set so he can study, continue to advance in Boy Scouts, and fit track practice with little stress.
The start of the school year has always been an exciting time for me. With Verizon Fios, I anticipate that this is going to be the best year yet.