Chemistry in the Kitchen Review!

Lisa used Chemistry in the Kitchen with her two boys this past year and wrote a terrific review of their experience. Take a look at her post here:
 

Salt A World History is on sale today!

If you ever plan on using Chemistry in the Kitchen, one of the books is on sale today (Kindle version) for 1.99!

http://amzn.to/2sYpSzm

Happy homeschooling!

Guest Hollow News

If you are using Chemistry in the Kitchen, you may wish to join the 2017-2018 Chemistry in the Kitchen User’s Group. This group GH is open to all Guest Hollow Chemistry in the Kitchen users and students. This group was started by Jessica L. and is designed for students to interact, teachers to share thoughtful ways to engage their teens and much more!

Check it out if you are already using Chemistry in the Kitchen this summer, or plan on using starting it up this fall!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/184565455402947/

If you’ve purchased Chemistry in the Kitchen, Physics, Knowledge of Nature, High School Anatomy, or Biology, you can now access a free printable books & resources list for your curriculum to help you with your planning / shopping.

The printable book lists are available as a download via your store account (just log in and grab them):

http://guesthollow.com/store/my-account/

You can also find them on the ONLINE schedule homepage(s) in both Microsoft Word format (so you can highlight / cross things out, etc.) and PDF format (just print and mark things up the old fashioned way with a pencil, lol).

The only exception to this is the Biology curriculum book list. The printable book list is available to those who have purchased a schedule and is only accessible via the store account downloads. It’s an added benefit / bonus for those who’ve purchased a printable schedule for this FREE curriculum. Everyone else can still see the books and resources via the website page.

Here’s a small screenshot of what the books and resources lists look like:

The rest of the curriculum schedules will also have book lists. They will be added as they are completed.

I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to Heather Garson for creating these and sending them to me, so that I have more time to work on curriculum.

In other news, grammar is coming right along. My proofreaders are going over the pages I’ve already created, and I’m working on finishing up the rest, as well as the built in review pages and teacher’s guide. I’ll post updates here and on my FB page!

The Biggest Homeschool Sale of the Year!

Today is the first day of the Build Your Own Bundle sale! There are only 8 days left, and then the bundles will no longer be available. The bundles are offered at a HUGE savings. For example, you can build a bundle by picking 5 items that normally would cost about $129 and pay only $39. I have 4 items featured in the sale AND I’m offering a 15% off coupon in the Bundle of Bonuses book every BYOB customer receives for free. Check out the sale before it’s gone! This is truly a great deal! If I was still homeschooling, I’d be purchasing a bunch of stuff from this sale, lol.
 

Chemistry Workbook / Study Guide is Finished!

Homeschool Chemistry Workbook

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!

A drawing for 50% off one item in my store!

I’m holding a random drawing for a 50% off coupon for one item in my store! The coupon will be good for 1 year! If you’d like to enter, please like and/or follow our Facebook Guest Hollow page (if you haven’t already) and then leave a comment in the contest thread on Facebook.
 
Happy homeschooling!!

Our high school biology curriculum is updated!

We’ve completely overhauled our biology curriculum! It has a new name, a FREE online textbook that no longer requires a login to access and is hosted on OUR website, textbook updates (new videos, explanations, humor, etc.), and more!

Click here to see the new biology landing page.

Here’s the new virtual textbook cover I designed.

I used the spectacular photo my husband took of a butterfly on one of our family trips to this butterfly exhibit:

If you recently purchased a printable biology curriculum schedule and would like an updated copy, please contact me via the contact form at the bottom of this post and I’ll get one sent to you at no extra charge!

If you’ve already used our biology curriculum, please consider leaving a review at our store page via the review tab. We really need YOUR comments and reviews to help other families become part of the Guest Hollow family!

Click here to write a review!

We offer our biology curriculum for FREE as a ministry to homeschoolers. I know that budgeting for homeschool curriculum is sometimes a tough thing to do, and finding an affordable high-quality biology curriculum is almost impossible. We hope to help solve both of those problems and also to give you and your students an amazing introduction to our high school curriculums (or a welcome change)!  We’ve had a lot of students love biology so much that they want to stick with Guest Hollow science courses until they graduate!

It’s not very profitable, though, to offer something so spectacular for free. Please help spread the word about our website and share a bit of the Guest Hollow love on your homeschool boards, blogs, Facebook, and wherever else you can let someone know about the resources we offer. It will help our small home business stay in business! I have a lot of things I’d love to create, but it’s going to hinge on the level of support our website receives, whether or not I can do so. Do I sound like a PBS pledge drive, yet? LOL….It’s true though, without YOU, Guest Hollow would not be able to continue to function.

Check out our support page, to find out ways you can help our website thrive!

If you haven’t already, you can head over to my Facebook page and vote for the next curriculum you’d like to see developed! Circumstances are keeping me from working on anything big for a while, but hopefully sometime this fall I will start working on either a NO-math high school physics curriculum, or a 3 level American history course. I have lots of other plans I’m hoping to get to, as well, but you’ll have to subscribe to my blog and/or follow me on Facebook to be one of the first to know!

Happy homeschooling!

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!

 

Happy New Year!

Most kids want to party for New Year’s, but Otter wants to go on a ride-along and bust the drunks, lol. What a way to bring in the New Years – sitting in a police car! 😉
His favorite Christmas present this year: a campaign hat just like the CHP wear (and Boy Scouts too). He said if that was the ONLY thing he got this year, he’d be happy. Needless to say that’s the last thing he opened, lol. I’m such a mean mom!

We had a wonderful Christmas. Here’s a picture of Gracie in front of presents under the tree. She was visiting on Christmas day and was a cute and fun ball of fluff!

Happy New Years to everyone! Hope you have a safe and happy week and a blessed new year!

gracie

Still plugging away at school…

It’s been awhile since I posted a homeschool post. I’m just letting everyone know that yes, we’re still plugging away at school!

Sonlight’s Core 300 has been going great. It’s not Otter’s favorite thing to do because it takes a ton of work, but he has enjoyed many of the books and he also really does like the subject matter (20th century history). In science he’s been learning about anatomy but is getting ready to move into the first aid portion of the study I made for him. Here he is working with a kit I bought him to learn about enzymes and the process of digestion:

lab

While it was fun for him, the kit was not worth the 59.95 I paid for it. Basically Otter exposed carbohydrates, proteins and lipids to different digestive enzymes. Chemical tests were performed to see if the enzymes were effective in digesting the different nutrients. I think the guide was not instructive enough and didn’t teach what was going on in clear enough language. Otter spent about a couple of hours with it (that works out to 30 buck an hour for that kit!!!). Now I have to find someone to give it to (as there is still plenty of materials left to repeat the experiments), as we won’t be using the rest of the chemicals a 2nd time. In fact, in the next couple of years I’m going to probably get rid of most of the contents of our “school closet” – specifically lots of chemistry equipment and other science kit remnants, especially if I decide not to tutor students in the future. Otter is wrapping up his years of hands-on science! Next year we’ll be doing forensics with a dash of chemistry and then? I haven’t decided what he will do for 12th grade.

The biggest hit this year has been our recent subscription to WriteGuide.com.

writeguideOtter’s been assigned a writing consultant who corresponds with him daily (during the weekdays). The lessons are totally individualized and the teacher we are working with does a FANTASTIC job. Every day Otter looks forward to seeing his teacher’s feedback and has really been enjoying the lessons which are broken down into pieces that are not overwhelming at all but very instructive. It’s the perfect match. He also lucked out getting a teacher who was an Eagle Scout and whose brother is a police detective! LOL… That’s another plus. His teacher is a male – which seems to be more rare in the homeschool world and something I am glad for. Boys need men to teach them and while my husband does teach a ton of practical things, he doesn’t really have time to teach much in the homeschool realm. I think we’re providing a good balance for Otter (all of his police instructors are also male) so that he’s not just having to deal with “mom” all the time but has a variety of people in his life, all with the goal of helping him to become more accomplished and well-rounded!

The best thing…Otter actually told me he was having FUN writing. Now for someone who has almost always treated writing like getting teeth pulled without anesthetic, Write Guide is quite the deal and worth every penny. I love getting a break teaching writing and he loves working with his instructor. I highly recommend Write Guide if you are looking for an online program that is totally customizable and while it let’s someone else do all of the teaching, you as the parent are still in charge of what is covered and how it’s covered. Want to use a specific curriculum? You still can. Write Guide will do things your way or the consultants will come up with individualized assignments with zero input. It’s up to you! I like how Otter is writing every single day (without a single complaint and I’m not even kidding about that) and that the process has been enjoyable and informative.

As far as Spanish goes, we dumped out of Avencemos. It’s a great program but very hard for a non-Spanish speaking mom to implement. We went with The Learnables instead – something we’ve used in the past that is super easy to use and doesn’t require a ton of writing, etc. I also like it because it doesn’t gobble up a bunch of time but gets the job done. Sometimes a curriculum lures you in with all the extras (hello Avencemos), but it’s the one that is simple that actually gets done and does a better job (hello Learnables). Otter isn’t into learning Spanish so we may not continue with it next year.

Everything else is going along great. Otter’s been going on ride-alongs and still learning tons in the Explorer program. He saw a big, bang-up accident not too long ago while riding out with the CHP that happened because an older teen driver was likely texting and driving at the same time (or reaching for a phone). He said it makes him totally get why you should NOT mess with a phone while driving as he’s seen the results first-hand.

So, that’s our homeschool update! Busy, productive and looking forward to Christmas! 😉

Happy homeschooling!