The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
by Linda Dobson
I read this book a while back, but just reread it so that I could put it up here. It's a really great book. The author has a section that's all about different methods, and even has real families who use these methods relaying what a week was like for their family. There is a ton of advice from real-live homeschooling families, and throughout the book, there are little ideas for learning opportunities.
The book is really encouraging and inspirational. Reading it again made me feel more confident than ever. She includes some stories about families who experienced real crises during the first year of homeschooling, but made it through and are now better off for it.
I think this would have been a good first book to read. It gives all the how-tos and encouragement that you need.