Friday, January 1, 2010

ultimate guide to homeschooling

ughs_sm.jpg image by homeschoolcrew

While many experienced homeschoolers are familiar with Debra Bell’s Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling (published by Apologia – you probably know them as the science people), it was new to me. Well, actually, the 2009 edition is new to everyone, isn’t it? We received a review copy of the book as part of the TOS Crew. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to any Christian family thinking about homeschooling. I take issue with some things in the book that I think are more opinion-based, but the vast amount of knowledge and resources included in book far outweigh any tidbits with which I disagree.

This book - all 500+ pages of it – has everything for those considering homeschooling to those who have been doing it for years. I wish I had found the old version of this before we started. It is already proving to be a valuable resource for some concerns I had about our language arts curriculum, as well as questions about the methods of assessment I have been using. In both instances, I received some confirmation and some new ideas – exactly what I hoped for.

Sections include

  • Homeschooling: Is it for you?
  • Choosing a Curriculum
  • Organization and Planning
  • Preventing Burnout
  • What to Teach – When and How
  • Homeschooling Teens
  • Computers in the Homeschool
  • Creative Solutions
  • Measuring Your Success
  • and a great resource guide

At the web site, you can download a sample chapter and the table of contents.

The book is $20 if ordered from Apologia. Just go ahead and add it on to your science order. :)


We received a free book for review. I was not compensated. My opinions are my own.

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