"Sprouting is simple, and a healthful addition to your diet!"
How I did it: Soaked some seeds and beans for awhile (how long depends on what you are working with), rinsed everything really well, placed in a mason jar with some nylon cloth over the mouth, sat them on a shelf in the kitchen and watched them grow! You need to rinse once in awhile to keep the moisture going (every 6 to 8 hours or so) and you just keep doing this until the sprouts are to your desired growth. A final rinse, and they are ready for eating or dehydrating.
I've got a little routine going, where I almost always have something either soaking or sprouting. I also sometimes freeze a little of the extra sprouts, so I can have them on hand in a pinch.
Lessons & tips: You don't really need to buy an expensive sprouter. A mason jar has yet to fail me.
Resources: Sprout People (http://www.sproutpeople.com) has the answers to any and every question that might come up, and you can order seeds and starter kits from them too.