Talk to anyone who’s homeschooled a while about options for studying science, and it is likely that you’ll hear Apologia mentioned as one curriculum provider. But, did you know that in the past year Apologia has branched out into other areas? Last February, I was blessed to attend the first Apologia Live! in Baltimore. During that event, I had the opportunity to hear fabulous talks to help ‘recharge my mommy batteries.’ Along with the talks, though, was a little education into the changing face of Apologia. They are now publishing several homeschool books under Apologia Press, a division of Apologia Educational Ministries. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell is just one of the books they are now publishing.
While I had checked out an older edition of this book when beginning my homeschool journey 4 years ago, this was not one I had added to my bookshelves. I can now say with pride that a brand new copy of the latest edition is in my possession as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. And, it is fully updated and revised.
Debra Bell was one of the speakers at Apologia Live! last year and I was thrilled to hear her speak. She brings not only years of homeschool experience having educated her children at home through high school, but also the experience of having taught in the public schools. Having someone been in the trenches in both settings can really help to better explain the pros and cons when it comes to the decision to homeschool.
While this book might appear to be best suited to the new homeschooler, I did find it beneficial for me as well. I might be ‘slightly seasoned’ when it comes to homeschooling as we are in our fourth year. But, if there is one thing I have found, it is that the homeschooling lifestyle can be best described as a state of flux where you need to be adaptable. Not only do you have multiple subjects and multiple ‘grade levels’ if you have more than one homeschooled child, but you also have different learning styles. And, what you need to know to educate an elementary student is different from homeschooling a teenager. So, while I didn’t bother looking at the sections on homeschooling teens when I checked out the older edition four years ago, I am definitely paying much closer attention now as P is in seventh grade.
One ‘feature’ of The Ultimate Guide to Homescholing is that chapters are broken down into small, easy to digest sections. This really makes it easier to pick up and read for a few minutes when you have the time (e.g. nursing the baby in my case) and not worry about loosing any continuity of thought when you pick it back up. Also, there are fantastic resources (print and internet) sprinkled throughout the chapters as well as a large resource guide including homeschool organization, publications, and suppliers.
You can purchase The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling directly from Apologia Press for $20 plus shipping charges.
I was provided the copy of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling at no cost in exchange for my review. No other compensation was provided to me and the opinions expressed in this review are my own. Links in this review may be affiliate ones.