Tuesday, February 16, 2010

the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling [Apologia Press]~TOS Review

Apologia Press sent each member of the Homeschool Crew a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell, to review. And all I can say is , "Wow, wow, wow!"...where was this book when I first started down my homeschool journey?

This new version has been revised and updated and includes 500 pages of everything you could possibly need to know about homeschooling! A '*must* have' for newbies (or those curious about homeschooling) and a '*must* have on the shelf' resource for veterans.

I must admit that I have not read a 'how to' book on homeschooling in many years. When I see a book like this I usually think it is for those beginning homeschooling, so I did not think this 'homeschooling guide' would benefit me much, being that I am a 7-year homeschool veteran. ;) Boy, was I wrong about that! From the very first chapter {Determining Your Destination} I was hooked and it was hard to put the guide down. I've learned SO much! Part 4 of the guide: Preventing Burnout really spoke to my heart and refreshed my soul. This is truly a guide that belongs on every homeschooler's book shelf.

SO what does it cover? the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling includes 10 parts:
  1. Homeschooling: Is It for You ~ looks at the challenges and advantages of homeschooling and also includes information for single parent families along with tips for success.
  2. Choosing a Curriculum ~ "How do I decide?", learning styles, curriculum fairs
  3. Organization and Planning ~ learning environments and daily schedules
  4. Preventing Burnout ~ examines 5 ‘Burnout Busters’
  5. What to Teach ~ When and How ~subject-by-subject guidelines
  6. Homeschooling Teens ~ "Should you do it?",course study, college admissions
  7. Computers in the Homeschool ~ Hardware and software
  8. Creative Solutions ~ toddlers, reluctant learners, transitions [school to home]
  9. Measuring Your Success ~ assessment methods and targets
  10. Resource Guide ~ products/supplies, academic contests and competitions
Go see a sample chapter [Six Ingredients of a Successful Home School] and the table of contents.

This incredible guide can be purchased directly from Apologia Press [$20.00] or from Amazon [$20.00].

Go HERE to read more great reviews on the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog!

*Apologia Press gave me a free copy of the Ultimate Homeschool Guide to review, in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. I'm grateful for the opportunity!

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