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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: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com. 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:

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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:

horses

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

A curious and furry face:

horse

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!

A book in my high school anatomy curriculum is on sale!

Alex The Life of a Child

Alex: The Life of a Child is a Kindle daily deal today! For just today, you can get this book for $1.99 by clicking on the link above. It’s a book I schedule in my high school anatomy curriculum. Here’s the description:

“In 1971 a girl named Alex was born with cystic fibrosis, a degenerative genetic lung disease. Although health-care innovations have improved the life span of CF patients tremendously over the last four decades, the illness remains fatal.

Given only two years to live by her doctors, the imaginative, excitable, and curious little girl battled through painful and frustrating physical-therapy sessions twice daily, as well as regular hospitalizations, bringing joy to the lives of everyone she touched. Despite her setbacks, brave Alex was determined to live life like a typical girl—going to school, playing with her friends, traveling with her family. Ultimately, however, she succumbed to the disease in 1980 at the age of eight.

Award-winning author Frank Deford, celebrated primarily as a sportswriter, was also a budding novelist and biographer at the time of his daughter’s birth. Deford kept a journal of Alex’s courageous stand against the disease, documenting his family’s struggle to cope with and celebrate the daily fight she faced. This book is the result of that journal.

Alex relives the events of those eight years: moments as heartwarming as when Alex recorded herself saying “I love you” so her brother could listen to her whenever he wanted, and as heartrending as the young girl’s tragic, dawning realization of her own very tenuous mortality, and her parents’ difficulty in trying to explain why.

Though Alex is a sad story, it is also one of hope; her greatest wish was that someday a cure would be found. Deford has written a phenomenal memoir about an extraordinary little girl.”

This is a heartbreaking and inspiring story. I was so happy to see it on sale today and snatched it up for Otter, who requested to start our new high school anatomy curriculum this fall, when he saw all of the great books!

K-2 Anatomy Curriculum Sneak Peek

I’m almost finished with the 3rd level of Guest Hollow’s Anatomy Curriculum for Kindergarten through 2nd grade! I will probably post it sometime next week! Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum is also appropriate for a preschooler who wants to start homeschooling.

Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum is a gentle study of the human body with anatomy and health topics that line up with the Guest Hollow Jr. Anatomy Curriculum and the High School Anatomy Curriculum. Now you can teach multiple ages the same topic, and everyone can get in on the fun at their own level! You can mix and match books between the three levels to customize the curriculum for your learner(s). It’s easy to plug books from a different level into each schedule, as they are listed by week on the book & resource pages.

I’ve scheduled in lots of great books that are perfect for a young child’s home library into this curriculum, as well as plenty of fun, age-appropriate hands-on activities to make learning stick.

You can get a sneak peek by looking at the scheduled books & resources. Just click on the image below!

Human body books

The Heralds of Summer

I always know summer is getting ready to start when I see these in my backyard:tomatoes

I picked our first real, red tomatoes this weekend as well as a handful of Sungold cherries with their cheery, golden skins.

I also heard the first cricket of the season singing outside my window last night. I love crickets!! When I was a kid and lived in TX, they used to get in the house and chirp in the kitchen. I know that would creep some people out, but they always sounded so happy. I’d either leave them alone to sing all night, or would gently scoop them up and take them outside.

Maybe I was influenced to love crickets by the book The Cricket in Times Square , a childhood favorite.  My mother brought it home to me to read when she worked in a library. I attribute my love of books to her!!

Anyway, I love tomatoes and crickets – the first heralds of summer!

Our new Jr. Anatomy Curriculum is finished!

Our new anatomy curriculum has loads of great books, fun activities, fascinating videos and even online games and free printables scheduled in. It’s meaty enough to be a “core” curriculum (if desired) and perfect for science-loving children with plenty of practical information and a variety of materials to appeal to different learning styles. We even have a high school anatomy curriculum that follows the topics in the same order, so you can make life easier teaching multiple ages the same subject at different levels!

Topics for this curriculum:

  • All about the human body
  • Stories about real people & scientists
  • Nutrition
  • Germs and diseases
  • Saying no to alcohol and smoking
  • Keeping safe from inappropriate touch
  • Puberty (optional – with separate books for boys and girls)
  • Survival and what to do in emergencies

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 middle school students.

Click here to read more!

The Jr. Anatomy Curriculum schedule is on sale until June 27th in my online store!