I’ve always been intrigued with a more literature learning style but my boys were reluctant. They say they prefer one textbook for the whole course. What I’ve found is when it comes to science a textbook can be hard because they tend to just give the facts and you memorize. There is no practical application (aside from experiments.) When I chose this course I didn’t know if it would be a good fit. It was so different than anything we’ve done before. They liked that they only had one small book at a time, it didn’t feel so overwhelming. If they didn’t like a book they knew it would be over in a week and they would jump into something new. My oldest who is the pickiest loved all the practical learning. He would often pull me into a discussion about what he read that day. Sometimes it would be comments like, “I’m never eating that again” and sometimes it would be, “What do you think about vaccines, my book says this.” Both teens willing do their science daily – that to me is the biggest blessing because with Biology, I had a wonderful and solid course for them but they fought me all year. We ended up doing just the reading part and the microscope sat in the box unopened. I think this course is perfect for the non-traditional learner because it is more interest-led. My boys have already decided that we will be doing Guest Hollow Physics next year.
I finished creating the Kitchen Chemistry workbook / study guide! If you are a chemistry customer and you didn’t get an email with instructions on how to access the workbook at no cost, please email me. Here at Guest Hollow, we LOVE our customers and in many instances provide access to a number of updates and freebies, even after you’ve purchased your product.
This new workbook is now provided as part of our chemistry curriculum “package” and has 121 student pages, as well as an answer key that features all of the questions in their full format for parents to reference. I’ve also updated the chemistry schedule AGAIN, as I needed to incorporate 2 newer versions of a couple of books when creating the workbook.
Next on the runway: grammar!
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms is currently on sale for 1.99 in Kindle format. This interesting book is a required resource in our botany curriculum and also as an extra non-fiction title in our biology curriculum. I have no idea how long this title will be for sale, but this is a terrific buy! Grab it while you can, if you plan on using our botany program in the future, or if you want an extra title for biology!
When I’m not working, I’m looking out the window, because, well…there is a LOT to look at via our new home in the forest! I don’t think a day goes by where my husband and I don’t gawk at something outside. We have plenty of visitors like this guy who decided to lick the salt off our truck:
Then he proceeded to try to eat our truck antenna and ended up bedding down nearby after a dinner of bare winter branches. He (or one of his friends) came back and feasted on my little compost pile just this morning!
We were also visited by a baby and mama moose. Here’s mom nibbling twigs, standing in our driveway.
You lookin’ at me?
We’ve also been visited by a flock of turkeys who decided to roost in our trees a couple of times:
I never saw a turkey FLY until this winter:
There are also a few resident red squirrels. This one is living in the squirrel hotel (logs that came from trees cut down for our homesite). They like to scold us with their incessant chatter.
There is also a downy woodpecker who regularly visits the peanut butter I smeared on a nearby tree. She’s such a pretty bird! I say “she” because she doesn’t have the red head markings of a male. 🙂 I’m having fun learning about all of our new “friends”.
We’ve also seen some ruffled grouse browsing some of the snowberries and such:
Sometimes we aren’t looking at animals, but at the scenery. It’s raw and peaceful, with mountains all around and a forest stretching in every direction.
If I’m not looking at the scenery, I may be watching my husband who has new chores like shoveling the roof. No one told us we’d have to have the roof shoveled!!! Living where it snows as much as it does here is a lot of physical work. Our house is heated entirely by wood (our choice), so there is trekking to the wood pile, digging paths so we can take the dog pee and get to wherever we need to go in our yard, shoveling and snowblowing the driveway, chipping away at 5 inch thick ice that is melting and starting to flood the garage, and so on…Those of you who live in the snow are probably rolling your eyes and thinking, “Yeah, so?”, but this is all new to us.
My husband is my hero with all of the brawny work he does around here. 😉 I help, too, but I don’t do nearly as much as he does!! Yay for husbands, lol!
Check him out on our roof. He had to get as much snow off as possible because of creepy things like ice dams that can ruin your roof and flood your house walls with melting ice.
Don’t think I’m whining about all of the extra work. There is something so satisfying about seeing the results of genuine old fashioned labor vs. sitting around working on a computer. I know my husband doesn’t miss his previous 2 1/2 hour commute (ONE way on a GOOD day). We were made for this.
I can’t describe how much we love it here. It’s like when you are on a vacation and you look around and wish you lived wherever it is you are…well, we are living THAT. We live where we dreamed of living. If you are in a situation wondering if you will ever get THERE, wherever THERE is, don’t give up. You never know what God has in store for you down the road. Just hang in there and keep working toward it. Don’t let dark days and difficulties cloud that distant hopeful view. God is GOOD. Keep trusting Him and you’ll get to where you need to be. <3
That’s a little slice of our new life in the forest. We will be very busy this coming year building the infrastructure for a garden, small orchard, and so on, as well as working on Guest Hollow, which has started to really take off now that we are working on it full-time! I’ll post more about our life here, as time permits, as well as Guest Hollow updates.
P.S. My husband took most of the above pictures. 😉
Our Jr. Anatomy curriculum has been updated!
If you’ve purchased this curriculum in the past year, check your email for instructions on how to get the newest version for free! The online schedule has also been updated and is accessible to ALL past purchasers.
Our 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 (a.k.a. unit type study) and is perfect for science-loving children with plenty of practical information and a variety of materials to appeal to different learning styles.
Topics for this curriculum:
●All about the human body
●Stories about real people & scientists
●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
Our anatomy curriculum has 3 different levels that follow the same topics, so you can teach a multitude of ages from pre-K through high school!
I’ve really enjoyed seeing students working on Jr. Anatomy projects via customer’s blogs. You can see a bunch of posts that’s show a bright young lady using Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy at http://learningathomewithme.blogspot.com!
If you have a blog that shows a student using our materials, we’d love to share! Feel free to post the url below in the comments.
We’ve updated our botany curriculum. This is our biggest overhaul, yet! Not only did I update the schedule links, I also totally revamped it with new books, videos, recipes, activities, and more. The updated version is appropriate for 6th grade through high school, with lots of new books added in for older students, and new, better titles added for all ages.
Why study botany? I think botany is an overlooked topic that gets shoved into a chapter of biology and then forgotten. Plants affect and enrich so many parts of our lives! Our houses and clothes are made of plant materials. We eat plants. We enjoy their beauty. They provide us with medicines, fuel, perfume, dyes, paper and a variety of other products. They are tied to history and even our future. They are an integral part of our lives!
This course is for any student who has a love for nature and plants. It’s also perfect as a pre-biology course. Students will learn the science behind plants and to appreciate the myriad contributions plants make to our lives!
The goals for this course:
▪To understand many scientific concepts concerning plants
▪To understand and appreciate many practical applications of plants
▪To learn how to identify many different plants, flowers and trees
▪To learn some history and geography as it pertains to specific plants or plant discoveries
▪To be involved in the natural world on a more frequent basis
▪To hone observation skills, nurture an interest in the natural world and encourage reflection on beautiful and interesting things
▪To see the hand of our creator in nature (although almost all of this year’s resources are secular)
▪To keep a nature journal and learn some artistic skills that will help students reproduce their observations via drawings
▪To learn how to grow, cook, and use plants in a variety of ways
▪To learn about bees and worms as “side topics” (creatures that are beneficial to plants)
If you were using the free version, you can still access it. Here is the link to the archived version:
Check out our botany curriculum page for more info, a list of topics covered, a list of books & resources used, sample weeks, and more!
If you purchased a botany schedule in the past year, look in your email for a notice about how to get your FREE updated version. The new schedule also has login information for a password protected online version of the schedule. Feel free to contact me, if you need assistance accessing the new schedule!
Our much-loved biology curriculum has been updated! If you purchased a schedule within the last year, just log into your account at our store
and download a new copy. The FREE online schedule is also completely updated.
Our geography curriculum has been completely updated & revised!
Why study geography?
I believe this is an often overlooked subject that sometimes gets short shrift in our homeschools. Geography is squashed into our history studies or quickly glossed over with a workbook or song. Our kids often spend a great deal of time learning the cultures of ancient civilizations, but they don’t usually spend as much time learning about the current cultures, people and places that exist all over the world. That leaves them woefully unprepared to understand our world’s politics, world-wide needs or even that there are people who live very different lives from themselves. Learning about the world can open their eyes, mind and heart concerning others and excite their imaginations with animals, cuisine, landscapes culture and stories from different regions.
We made geography and cultures an important part of our homeschool and as a result, our daughter (who is now an adult), became very involved with the international community. She’s fluent in reading, writing and speaking Japanese and has a degree in International Studies. She married a Japanese citizen and is living permanently in Japan working in Christian missions & ministry work via teaching and other venues like music. She and her husband will be starting a home church in a very rural Japanese area, in the future! I remember her as a kid cooking up lunches from our Kids Around the World Cookbook and playing dress up in an Indian scarf. She cares about worldwide politics and loves other cultures. I think all of my kids have fond memories from studying other peoples and lands, and hopefully I’ve left them with a better understanding of the world, an appreciation of other cultures and a knowledge of just how blessed we are.
Geography & cultures should be something we as homeschoolers don’t neglect. In this ever-expanding global community, our kids NEED to know this material to understand so many of the things going on in our world that directly affect us as Americans (or whatever nationality you happen to be, lol).
Check out our geography curriculum! It’s chock full of great books, interesting videos, and fun activities for a variety of ages!
If you’ve purchased our chemistry curriculum at ANY time in the past, look in your email for a NEW, updated, FREE schedule we’ve sent out. We’ve recently updated the curriculum with new links, etc. Please let us know if you don’t get your copy.
You can also access the new copy via your store login, if you created an account when you made your purchase:
Just enter in the email address you used to make your purchase, along with the password you created when setting up your account.
We’ll be posting updated schedules for the other curricula in the next few months and letting you know how to access them!
Everyone who has made a purchase of a curriculum that is updated will have access to a NEW copy with this set of updates, even if your purchase was over a year ago.
Thank you so much for being part of the Guest Hollow family!