Black Friday Sale!

Homeschool Black Friday Sale

I love deals, so I’m sharing the love for Black Friday here at Guest Hollow! Enter in the coupon code: BlackFriday! at checkout and you will get 35% off your cart! This applies to anything and everything. The code is valid ONLY on Friday, the 27th – one coupon code per person.

Happy shopping!!

In other news, my new high school chemistry program is coming along nicely and should be done by January. It’s based on “living books” with no textbook and no crazy traditional labs! Instead, students learn chemistry concepts through cooking real food (you know, the kind you want to EAT) in the kitchen! This curriculum is designed for students who don’t have (or don’t want to use, lol) the math skills for a traditional chemistry course, but still need to fulfill requirements, or want to explore chemistry in a more hands-on and real-life approach. As with all of my curricula, it’s chock-full of videos, activities, and great books that will help spark a LOVE for science. It’s also a great course for teens interested in the culinary arts. I’m really excited about this chemistry course, as there isn’t anything I’ve seen out there in the homeschool world like it. I’ll be sharing more in the next month!

Modern Educayshun

My daughter sent this to me today. I’m glad we are homeschoolers!
You may not want to watch this with the kiddos around, as there is some mature content.

Grapes…and New Printables

This is what was on my counter recently:grapesNow we have a ton of Ziploc bags full of frozen grapes in the freezer (for snacks) and bags of raisins I made with my dehydrator! The raisins taste so much better than the ones you can buy in the store. They also have little, tiny, crunchy seeds left in them. After a bit of research, I learned that grapes seeds are quite good for you!!

My husband was also a sweetheart and processed the last of the plums and two fridge drawers full of peaches for me. I think we literally grow enough fruit now that 1-2 people could eat it all year-long. I’d probably get tired of it all, though! 😉

In other news, I’ve put up some printables in my website store in the new “printables category”:

I plan on adding things over time, between working on curricula. For now there are some excerpts that were adapted from the Science of Seasons Learn-and-Play Activities book and some items that are bundled in the Knowledge of Nature Curriculum. I’ll be creating lots of new goodies, for a variety of ages, as time goes on.

Now I’m off to work on the up-and-coming high school chemistry curriculum! Stay tuned (does anyone still use that phrase? lol) for updates!

High School Chemistry Curriculum Coming Soon!

I’m getting ready to work on a new curriculum for high schoolers. It’s going to be a non-traditional chemistry curriculum done the “Guest Hollow” way with lots of fun kitchen/cooking recipes instead of a chemistry set, a variety of really interesting books instead of a textbook, and lots of practical information that kids can use in their “real” lives, instead of just in a laboratory.

One of the books I plan on including is:

Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking


I’ll post more about it in a few weeks!

Share the love!

I plan on putting a testimonials page up on our website. If you have any experiences you’d like to share about using Guest Hollow, please let me know! Here is a comment from an email I received from Trista (who gave me permission to share). She is using our high school anatomy curriculum AND the botany curriculum at the same time with her daughter. She said her daughter is retaining things more than any other program they have tried. When I asked her what she thinks made a difference she said,

” I think it is between the repetition and your way of presenting things in so many different ways. She has a lot of learning problems and sometimes it seems as though we are merely going through the motions of “school”, but not with her Guest Hollow classes. Your classes are great for her. She doesn’t complain about doing them, even looks forward to them and seems to be retaining most of what is presented. The way the classes is set-up she never knows what to expect each day and becomes excited as she completes daily assignments.”

If you’d like to share your story, thoughts, or reviews) about using Guest Hollow curriculum or materials, please email me at: I would love to share what you write on our website! :-)

Also, for those of you who don’t want to read posts about my garden and vacation pictures and such, lol, you can follow us on our new Facebook page:

We can also answer your questions about using Guest Hollow curricula there! Please head on over to like our page!

Knowledge of Nature Curriculum is finished!

I’ve just posted my new Knowledge of Nature curriculum in the online store!

Homeschool science curriculum

Knowledge of Nature is designed for grades 1-4, but is adaptable up to grade 6.

Topics for this curriculum:

Topics for this curriculum are interrelated and cross-curricular. This makes a robust learning environment that helps build retention and interest!

  • Chemistry (subtopics not listed)
    • matter
    • atoms
    • elements
    • crystals, plastics, etc.
    • acids & bases
    • chemical reactions
    • mixtures & solutions
  • Physics (subtopics not listed)
    • Newton’s laws
    • Friction
    • Gravity
    • Energy
    • Sound
    • Light
    • Thermal energy
    • Electricity
    • Magnetism
    • Simple machines
  • Stories about real people & scientists
    • Archimedes
    • Isaac Newton
    • Wilson Bentley
    • Marie Curie
    • Buzz Aldrin
    • Galileo
    • William Kamkwamba
    • Thomas Edison
    • Albert Einstein
    • Nikola Tesla
    • George Ferris
  • Some history
    • The gold rush
    • Flying balloons
    • The story of salt
    • History related to famous people and scientists
    • Coal miners
    • Chicago Fire of 1871
    • Castles under siege (physics related)
  • Animals
    • Dinosaurs
    • Cows & cattle
    • Bats
    • Animal eyes & vision
    • Sea turtles
  • A bit of art
    • Kandinsky
    • Basic color theory
    • Drawing assignments
    • Crafts
    • Rube Goldberg
  • Other
    • Earth’s atmosphere
    • Water cycle
    • Ice Cream
    • Geography & timeline assignments
  • Fiction (literature links) – There are various stories to read or listen to for fun that tie into specific subjects in the curriculum.

homeschool science curriculum

I’ve scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this human body curriculum informative, interesting and fun! I’ve also included some books that are add-ons for advanced or older students. Click on the image above to take a look!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and encouragement as I stock the Guest Hollow store full of goodies like Knowledge of Nature!

I’ve got more curricula in the works, so keep checking in!

Click here to read more about Knowledge of Nature!

A Sneak Peek at a New Curriculum!

I am getting closer to finishing the Knowledge of Nature curriculum for 1st-4th graders (adaptable up to 6th grade if you want to include an older sibling)! Take a look at this sneak peek that shows some of the resources I’m scheduling for it. It’s a science based curriculum, but full enough to use as a “core” curriculum (think Sonlight style), with plenty of literature scheduled in, and even a touch of history, art, and more!

Click here to take a peek!


Make an Edible DNA Model

I was just notified that a link to one of the activities in the new anatomy program is dead. I couldn’t find a replacement, so I custom-made an activity sheet to replace it. Here is it for anyone who’d like to make an edible model of DNA with licorice and marshmallows! For those of you who’ve recently purchased the anatomy schedule, please update your printable schedules, if necessary. The online schedules have already been updated! :-)

Click here to download the activity sheet.

Have your DNA and eat it too replacement activity
This was a really fun activity I did with my kids, years ago. It really helped reinforce their understanding of the chemical base pairs of DNA, as well as the shape of the DNA molecule. Oh, and we all liked the excuse to eat candy during science time! 😉

Gold Country

Just sharing some pictures of our visit to “gold country”…

Some friendly horses:


A vein of quartz poking up out of the ground like the back of a sleeping dragon:

A curious and furry face:


I hope everyone is having a great summer! Ours has been busy, but productive. In a couple of weeks I’ll post a sneak peek of a new curriculum in the works: Knowledge of Nature!

Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum is finished!

I just finished level 1 of my 3 level anatomy curriculum: Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum.

This is a gentle, literature approach to science with simple experiments and activities.

This curriculum is designed for preschool through about 2nd grade or for older children with special needs who would benefit from books that are more “gentle” and are scheduled at a slower pace. You can also substitute some of the books for a younger student who is using Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum. Just choose from the two programs to get the best fit.

Topics for this curriculum:

  • All about the human body
  • How some animal parts are different than human parts
  • Teeth
  • Nutrition & Food
  • Germs and Getting Sick
  • Going to the Doctor
  • Sleep
  • Where babies come from (age appropriate)
  • Smoking is bad for you
  • Keeping safe from inappropriate touch
  • Safety
  • Stories & videos about famous people and animals, like Fanny Crosby, Louis Pasteur, Helen Keller, Buddy – the first seeing eye dog, and Balto who delivered medicine to children in Alaska

I’ve scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this human body curriculum informative, interesting and fun! I’ve also included several items to enhance this year’s studies that incorporate art and imaginative play.

Click here to read more about Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum. It’s $5 off in my store for one week!

I’m getting ready to work on updating /revamping the next curriculum. It’s been a lot of work converting my site over to a business (instead of a hobby), but well worth the effort. Thanks to all of you who are helping make Guest Hollow a success!