I have to admit that a book called The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is NOT what I think of when I think of Apologia. If you feel the same way, you probably haven't checked out Apologia's offerings lately, and you might want to!
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling was written by Debra Bell, although she has several contributors from around the country who add their input as well. The book has 10 parts that run the gamut from how to figure out if homeschooling is for you to what to teach and when to how to homeschool high school (and beyond) to using computers in your homeschool. The author is obviously Christian, and that faith come out in the guidance the book offers.
The pros: This it TRULY an "ultimate" guide. Everything you need to know to decide if homeschooling is right for you and then everything you need to know to proceed is included. It is resource rich, with detailed lists including state by state information. At $20, it is a bargain. And with chapters on preventing burnout and information about homeschooling beyond high school, even seasoned homeschoolers can benefit from it. In fact, I was convicted and inspired within the first few pages. And I LOVE that her advice is Biblically tempered.
The cons: There aren't any. Trust me. As someone who leads a homeschool group with over 200 families, I can PROMISE you, this book is moving to the top of my recommendations.
The bottom line: Everyone who homeschools or is considering homeschooling can benefit from this book. It is an amazing deal for $20, and could easily SAVE you that much and more with the wisdom you will glean from these pages.
To order The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, or to see the Table of Contents and a sample chapter, go HERE. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.
Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling so that I could review it. That book was the only compensation I received for this review.