This week’s discussion question…

This week’s discussion: Would you allow your high schooler to play an M rated video game that is history based (like Assassins Creed III)? Click the link if you aren’t familiar with the game. It’s set during the American Revolution and is fairly well-researched history-wise.

Our family had policies that varied over the years with different children. We had games we would not allow in the house and others we didn’t mind (example: our daughter enjoyed playing Age of Empires). We never forbid games outright (unless one of our kids “needed” a break from technology *cough* or was grounded, lol). I enjoy gaming and sometimes would play with the kids (or would hog a game on my own PC, lol).

This conversation isn’t to judge anyone, but to get a discussion going. 😉 What is your family’s policy about video games? What exceptions do you make (if any)?

This post is also cross-posted on the Guest Hollow Facebook page, the Guest Hollow High School Curriculum group and the Guest Hollow High School History Group. 🙂 Feel free to comment here (via the comments) or one the above linked FB pages.

The biggest homeschool sale of the year!

The biggest homeschool sale of the year has started! Go now – Save up to 95% on your favorite publishers. Hurry, the sale ends 5/14/18!

When I was homeschooling, I was always on the lookout for a great deal. The Build Your Bundle Sale is one of those things I would have LOVED due to the huge savings.

This year we’ve entered in Guest Hollow’s Language Arts into the sale, which can be found in the Elementary Bundle #3:


There are also other great bundles for every age group!

Have a middle schooler or high school student? Check out these 2 bundles geared for upper grades. Full of history, math, literature, language arts, science, Bible and more – all for 89% off!

The Thematics Units Bundle is the biggest one and was super popular last year. You will find a plethora of awesome resources for your homeschool: science, history, geography, language arts, math, writing prompts, a book report pack, several holiday lapbooks with study guides, and more!

Save 95% and spend only $10 bucks!

There are tons of other great bundles. Check them out here:

Don’t forget, the sale ends on the 14th! You won’t find the same items offered next year, due to the way the sale is structured. Grab the goodies now at the discounted price while you can! 

We’re having an Easter giveaway!

We’re having an Easter giveaway! Leave a comment to be entered. One winner will be chosen and notified on Monday, April 2nd. The winner gets to choose one item of his/her choice from our store (or can choose to get a coupon code for the up-and-coming high school American history curriculum)! Happy Easter!
P.S. The artwork is my daughter as a fairy-tale character. 

Cyber Monday Sale!

We are having a Cyber Monday sale! Get 25% off your entire order by entering in the coupon code: cybermonday2017

Happy shopping!

My Grown-up Girl

Teaching English

That’s Emily in front of the dry erase board teaching students English! She loves teaching. Must have gotten that from her mama. wink

Moms, give your kids a hug. They won’t be leaving dirty fingerprints on your fridge or crying over math assignments for much longer. Before you know it, they will be all grown up and that page of messy handwriting that upset you today just won’t matter at all.

New Plans for Guesthollow

I finally know what I want to be when I grow up….

I’ve been homeschooling for a looooong time. I was homeschooling back when people still gave you weird looks when they found out your kid didn’t attend public school. I was homeschooling back when there was only a couple of catalogs to browse and Mary Pride’s Big Book of Home Learning was like a Bible. All this long time I’ve been focused on doing things for my kids. I’ve stayed at home the entire time and focused on them and their needs…diligently, passionately, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year, over and over again.

Always in the back of my mind there has been the question of what in the world I am going to do when I’m DONE. I still don’t have it all ironed out (I have 3 more years to go and being a parent never really truly ends), BUT I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. 😉
I want to be a writer, illustrator and curriculum maker.

I’d also like to find something my husband and I can do together…still working on that one, lol. Anyone have a job like that that makes lots of money and has good insurance, just let me know, lol!

Anyway, you do not know how good it feels to have in mind something more concrete and actually taking the steps to DO it. I’ve been scraping together Amazon gift cards from my birthday and Christmas and so on to save up for some of the tools I need. I was finally able to get the saved up for pièce de résistance – a tablet monitor you can draw directly on. Now I feel like a carpenter who finally has a hammer, lol.

I started my first project because I actually have a little time to work on it now that I am homeschooling one instead of three. I’m working on the first of a series of science books for children with homeschooled siblings as the main characters (the youngest is an adopted toddler). The books will be very visual and best suited for 2nd through 6th graders (but I learned a thing or two researching the first one myself, lol). They are going to be wholesome and also incorporate my faith, but not in a way that secular families can’t benefit or enjoy the books. I figure for those families (if they are interested) it will be like when we skip over stuff in many books that doesn’t mesh with our beliefs because the main content itself is worth it.

Each book will have a packet of juicy downloads to accompany it that will be sold on my website with a variety of resources for different learning styles. I’m thinking about things like handwriting booklets, comprehension questions, Greek & Latin root activities, language arts & math printables, crafts and maybe even printable playsets so kids can play with the characters and expand on the stories with their own imaginations. Everything will be tied to the books.

Once I’ve created enough of the books, I will probably make a FREE schedule for them (and other appropriate books & resources / activities) and offer it online like I do all of the other stuff currently on my website.

The books are going to be published in both a print and Kindle format.

Anyway, I’m enjoying working on all of this. It’s a lot of work and I don’t expect to make a lot of $, but I feel like I’m finally getting to be ME instead of MOM. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom…but I love where this is taking me too.

Here’s a screenshot of one of the illustrations (which isn’t in it’s final format). The dog’s name is Beowulf. 🙂


Stay tuned to my blog for project updates! It will be awhile, but when I’m finished with the first book, there will be a free copy give-away for reviewers!

The Secret Door…Your kids are going to love this.

My daughter showed this to me and we can’t stop clicking…
This would make the perfect starter for a creative writing assignment. You’ve got to check it out. Step through the door…

The Secret Door

The Secret Door is presented by Safestyle UK

Happy Thanksgiving!

My husband took this picture of a turkey in Horintos, CA

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


Tim Hawkins – Homeschool Blues (LOL)

I got a chuckle from this 🙂 :

P.S. If you want to set YouTube to not show comments and to screen for inappropriate material then scroll down to the very bottom of the YouTube page and turn the safety mode on. You have to do this for EACH browser. See the screenshot below: