More updates!

The Science of Seasons Curriculum and Little Otter’s Anatomy have both been updated. We’ve updated the schedule links and replaced some books. We’ve also created printable book and materials lists for planning and shopping purposes due to popular request! 

Did you know the Science of Seasons curriculum is a prime example of our teaching philosophy? It’s cross-curricular (covers more than just science topics) and is full of great books, literature, activities, and videos. Check out the topics list:

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/sc…/seasons/seasons_topics.html

Since it’s just 14 weeks long, it makes a great “light” program to do over the summer, or to jump in and start if your younger kids need something a bit refreshing to liven up the last of the school year.

Little Otter’s Anatomy is a gentle program for preschoolers through 2nd grade that tracks with our other two anatomy programs, so you can have ALL ages studying the same topics. It also makes a great introduction to science for little learners with topics they can relate to.

If you purchased one of these programs within the last year, you can access the new schedule via your downloads by logging into your store account. See this page for help:

http://guesthollow.com/store/help-section/

If you use the online version of the schedules, you don’t need to do anything as those are always kept up to date!

We’ll be uploading new schedules for the other curriculum programs soon!

Botany has been updated!

 

We’ve just updated the Botany Curriculum Schedule.

botany curriculum

 
 
Links in the schedule have been updated, and we’ve scheduled in a newer version of the Worms Eat My Garbage book. We’ve also replaced the Plant Propagator’s Bible with the book: American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques. We’ve removed some that are no longer available new: Molds, Mushroom & Other Fungi and the book Skunk Cabbage, Sundew Plants, and Strangler Figs: And 18 More of the Strangest Plants on Earth. We’ve also added a printable book and resource list for planning purposes with a nifty shopping checklist.
 
Did you know our botany curriculum features tons of great recipes for budding student chefs? Students also study bees and worms and are encouraged to create nature journals.
 
If you purchased this program within the last year, you can access the new schedule via your downloads by logging into your store account. See this page for help:
 
We’ll be uploading new schedules for the other curriculum programs soon!

Biology has been updated!

The High School Biology Curriculum is now updated! We’ve fixed any broken links and also updated the scheduled Biology Coloring Book pages with the new 2nd edition. There is also a printable book and materials list to help you with your planning and shopping.
 
If you purchased this program within the last year, you can access the new schedule via your downloads by logging into your store account. See this page for help:
 
http://guesthollow.com/store/help-section/
 
The online biology textbook also now has comments enabled, so students can report broken links or leave a comment about the material they are studying. Comments must be approved, so there will be no “spam” comments.
 
We’ll be uploading new schedules for the other curriculum programs soon!

A Chemistry in the Kitchen “Testimonial”

Guest Hollow Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling mom L.S. shared this recently about her kids’ experience with our Chemistry in the Kitchen curriculum (shared with permission):

“I went to public high school and took Chemistry 1 & 2, but nothing in those classes would have actually helped me to pursue a science related career. My kids are learning so much more than I ever did in those classes and have retained it all! I memorized formulas, vocabulary words, methods, and all the other traditional chemistry concepts, but it meant nothing because it was all for a test and a grade. The things my kids are learning with this program are being learned organically and the concepts are coming up in everyday situations. They know their stuff!!!

Both my kids have issues, my son has mild cognitive issues (epilepsy) and my daughter deals with ADHD although she is ahead cognitively. For BOTH of them to grasp the same material and for it all to make sense is HUGE!!! ”

Her comment is exactly what I hoped for when I created this curriculum (and the other Guest Hollow programs as well)! I get so many comments about kids who are learning, retaining, and enjoying the material in our curricula – whether it’s chemistry or grammar or one of our other programs!! 

Please share with others about your experience(s) with Guest Hollow and consider leaving a comment below and/or a review in our store (http://guesthollow.com/store/). We need everyone to spread the word so that other students can benefit from the Guest Hollow style of learning! Share the love for GH! 

Jr. Anatomy has been updated!

Homeschool anatomy curriculum

Jr. Anatomy is now updated! We’ve fixed any broken links and also removed a book from the resources that is no longer available new (The Truth about Poop and Pee). It’s been replaced with the book: Poop Happens. We’ve also added a printable book and materials list to help you with your planning and shopping.

If you purchased this program within the last year, you can access the new schedule via your downloads by logging into your store account. See this page for help:

http://guesthollow.com/store/help-section/

We’ll be uploading new schedules for the other curriculum programs soon!

 

The High School Anatomy Curriculum has been updated!

High School Anatomy Curriculum

 

 

The High School Anatomy Curriculum Schedule and the corresponding printable shopping/book list has been updated. We’ve fixed any broken links and also removed a book from the resources that is no longer available. If you purchased this program within the last year, you can access the new schedule via your downloads by logging into your store account. See this page for help:

http://guesthollow.com/store/help-section/

We will be updating the other two levels of the anatomy curriculum in the next couple of days!

Happy Homeschooling!

A mom shares her experience with Chemistry in the Kitchen

homeschool chemistry curriculum review
A mom recently shared her teens’ experiences with Chemistry in the Kitchen. I’m sharing what she wrote here, with her permission! I get a lot of emails that describe this type of transformation of a student’s attitude toward science. These stories highlight what my goal for Guest Hollow curriculum is: to engage students, get them thinking, teach them practical things they will actually use in their lives, and spark an interest in learning by using a creative approach. If you have a story to share how Guest Hollow has changed your school day or your child’s view of a particular subject, please feel free to share in the comments! Your sharing will help other families better decide if Guest Hollow is a fit for them or not! 🙂
 
The excerpt from the email I received:
 
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.

A book in our botany and biology curriculum is on sale for 1.99!

The Earth Moved

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!

Happy Homeschooling with Guest Hollow!

 

Jr. Anatomy is updated!

Homeschool anatomy curriculum

Our Jr. Anatomy curriculum has been updated!

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/ana…/jr_anatomy_curriculum.html

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
●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

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.

Happy homeschooling!

Guest Hollow’s Botany is totally revamped!

botany curriculumWe’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.

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/…/botany/botany_curriculum.html

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:

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/archive…/botany_curriculum.html

Check out our botany curriculum page for more info, a list of topics covered, a list of books & resources used, sample weeks, and more!

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/…/botany/botany_curriculum.html

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!