And so it begins!

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The end of August has arrived, and so has the start of school for many families. The beginning of a new school year always represents a fresh slate for me. It brings the promise of new learning experiences, new challenges, and the chance to organize our materials and "spaces" for a new season.

Sonlight Instructor's Guides (IGs) are a great organizational tool. Each week I am able to see exactly what books will be used, how much work to expect each day, and teaching notes and commentary to help with instructing my students. The IG also provides documentation of how much work we accomplish each week. A simple check-mark or penciled in date by each assignment helps me easily track our progress. The IG is a great foundation around which to organize the rest of your school materials.

Beyond the Instructor's Guide, I often find other ways to help keep our home and school organized for the school year. One of the best tools I came up with was finding a Rubbermaid-type basket or "tote" for each one of my students. At the beginning of the year I filled their container with new pencils, notebooks and whatever supplies they might need. When my kids were younger, it was such fun to "discover" what mom had put in their basket that first day of school. School books and workbooks also lived here. From a very young age, each child was responsible to make sure that their school materials returned "home" at the end of each day.

You can find other organizational tips in our How to Organize Your Homeschool video. This resource offers ideas based on years of personal experience and interaction with other homeschool moms.

What is the one, most valuable organizational tool or idea that has benefitted your homeschool? Feel free to share here so that others can learn from your experience!

I hope this school year is full of the thrill and excitement of learning and growing!

Still on the journey ...
~Judy Wnuk
Sonlight Customer Champion

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