Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.
About two years ago, we experienced a major change in our homeschool...instead of homeschooling with the help of a cottage school -where my kids went to school two days a week and where teachers chose all of the curriculum for me and did all of the lesson planning and grading - I would be bringing my children home full-time and homeschooling them all on my own.
It was at that time that I began reading every. material. available. on homeschooling. I simply couldn't get enough of it so I researched and researched. It wasn't that I was scared or not confident in my ability to teach my kids - though I was. It was that every time I read another book or article about homeschooling, I was inspired all over again.
Still, somehow I never got my hands on a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell. I don't consider that much of a shame, though because I really think this book is a great resource for the new or seasoned homeschooler.
Along with sections for the new homeschool - like "Homeschooling: is it for You?" and "Choosing a Curriculum"...you'll also find "Organization and Planning", "Preventing Burn-Out", "What to teach- When and How", "Homeschooling Teens", and so much more.
Debra Bell writes like she's talking to her best friend, which makes this thick manual an easy and delightful read. In my opinion, she includes the perfect mix of inspiration and practical tips and information.
If you've been homeschooling any amount of years it's likely that you've come across The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling before. But you'll be interested to know that the copy that I received came straight from Apologia Press and is a New and Revised edition!
This new edition includes up to date contact information on additional homeschool resources such as "Academic/Athletic Contests and Competitions", a guide to using computers and Internet in homeschool, and more. Plus, like other resources that Apologia offers this book has a link on the Apologia site with book extras.
You can order The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling from Apologia Press for $20 and you'll find more reviews of this product at the TOS Crew Blog. Pin It Now!