Our Geography Curriculum has been completely updated!

Our geography curriculum has been completely updated & revised!

http://www.guesthollow.com/homesch…/geography/geography.html

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!

http://www.guesthollow.com/homesch…/geography/geography.html

New, FREE, Updated Chemistry Curriculum Schedule

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:

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

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!

The Physics Curriculum is Posted!

homeschool physics curriculum

Our literature-based, conceptual (math-free) high school physics curriculum is ready to be purchased! Click here to read more about it.

Links are being updated!

I’m letting everyone know that my husband has now joined me in working on Guest Hollow curriculum and materials in a much more active role. He is working on updating all the curriculum schedule links to make sure every link is working, or replaced, if necessary. This will be done every year to make sure our schedules stay fresh and updated. We’re working hard to make Guest Hollow better than ever!
 
For those of you who are purchasing curriculum now, you will have access to the NEW printable versions of the schedules via the online schedule home page(s) for several months. Just use the login from your purchased curriculum schedule(s) to access. No need to worry about missing out on the new changes! New versions will be posted over the next few months. We’ll keep you updated here and via my blog.
 
Also, the physics curriculum is about 1-2 days from being finished. I’m really excited to share it and add it to our beloved high school science programs.
Students who’ve HATED their other science curriculum(s) really do love the switch to Guest Hollow!

Physics Curriculum Update!

Homeschool physics curriculum

I’m finished creating the (math-free!) high school physics schedule and am now working on finishing up the accompanying study guide (due to popular demand)! You can take a look at the curriculum in more detail here:

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/highschool_p…/physics_home.html

You can also look at the scheduled books and resources here:

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/highschool_…/physics_books.html

I’m up to week 17 in the study guide and furiously typing away to get it finished up! After the guide is finished and the online version of the schedule is posted, the curriculum will go live in my store – hopefully sometime this month! Please contact me via PM if you need it before then.

Happy homeschooling and a big thanks to those of you who voted for a physics curriculum! Grammar and American history are coming up next!

Physics Curriculum

physics curriculum

Just a heads-up: a math-free, text-book free high school physics curriculum is being worked on and should be released sometime in January! I’ve posted a small teaser of some of the books that are going to be included, above!

This has been a crazy year for my family. I “retired” from homeschooling in May when my youngest graduated, and then we moved to another state this summer. We finally moved into our new home in the forest just a little over a month ago, and are still getting settled. We are enjoying all of our new experiences of life in-the-middle-of-nowhere, including daily visits from wild turkeys, learning how to use a wood stove properly, and SNOW – something we never even had a flake of back in CA, as well as sub-zero temps for the first time. There are a few challenges to get used to, like satellite internet data caps (lol), chopping wood (thank you husband!), driving on dirt roads to get to our house, and hearing wolves howl at night. We LOVE our new life, though!

Despite all the moving-craziness, I’m back to work on curricula, so expect lots of goodies coming down the pipeline! 😉 The first release will be the high school physics. Subscribe to my blog or like my FB page to receive updates on what’s next!

I’ll be sharing more in the weeks to come!

Happy homeschooling!

 

The printable biology textbook is ready!

I’ve posted the printable PDF copy of Guest Hollow’s Biology textbook!

Guest Hollow’s Biology textbook was designed to be used / read online and is formatted for online use. I recommend using the online textbook, but realize that some families would like a paper copy of the book. That’s why I adapted the online pages into a PDF – because I love my customers and listen to your requests!

This adapted PDF version doesn’t provide the best viewing / formatting experience. It also contains some minor formatting errors. But, hey, it’s free! 😉

You can take the PDF file (all 596 pages!) to your local print shop and have it printed and comb bound or hole punched, to place in a binder.

Visit this page to access the PDF textbook link:

http://guesthollow.com/biology/textbook-table-of-contents/

Happy homeschooling!

 

A Printable Biology Text is Coming!

Homeschool Biology Curriculum

Due to popular demand, a PRINTABLE copy of my biology textbook will be made available in the next few weeks. I am currently converting the online textbook to a printable PDF that you can take to a local copy shop to have printed out double sided and bound. The PDF copy will be free. You will just have to pay for your local print costs.

Happy homeschooling!

 

Access Cambridge Latin Online for Free

For a limited time, you can access the Cambridge Latin course, online, for free (link is at the bottom of this post). This is a terrific opportunity to take an in-depth look at their materials. Cambridge Latin is one of the Latin resources I used with Otter, and I really liked it a lot! It’s very easy to understand and has lots of resources to help you learn Latin, even without a Latin background. The textbooks are designed for schools, but I found the online course perfect for our homeschool. I love the interactive online practice items that really help you retain the material. I also really like how the online program has an audio narration, to help you with pronunciation (classical style).

A yearly subscription gets you access to terrific materials like an online version of the textbook. Here is a screenshot of one of the very beginning pages from Unit 1 / Stage 1:

cambridge latin

The online textbook is a mix of comic-book style stories, reading passages (immersion style learning), history information (with photographs), and exercises / explanations.

Immersion style learning means you are almost immediately reading longer passages of Latin and naturally learning the language without drowning in all the grammar rules. You pick up Latin “naturally” and learn a lot of the grammar just by reading and listening to it. You actually start reading and comprehending Latin right from the start!

You also get access to online exercises. The screenshot below shows the “Listen, Read, Think, and Derive” panel:

Cambridge Latin

With this panel you can read the story, listen to it read out loud, do the think exercises where you respond to questions about the passage, or study the words and phrases in more depth via the derive tab.

There is also a vocabulary tester:

Homeschool latin program

You can also play around with the word sorter to practice vocabulary and check your understanding of words & concepts:

Latin for homeschool

Homeschool Latin course

Another resource is an interactive digital version of the student workbooks with plenty of exercises to practice the textbook material:

Homeschool Latin The entire site is being restructured, so the new version that’s coming out may be even better than what I’ve posted above.

Click here to take a look! I can’t find a price for the online course subscription listed at this time (probably since they are in the process of restructuring their website), but I remember it was very reasonable.

Cambridge also offers online distance courses and other materials which are available via their official site: http://www.cscp.educ.cam.ac.uk/ . They even have webcam lessons!

If you are interested in teaching or learning Latin, Cambridge Latin is one of my favorite resources!  I really enjoyed it and benefited immensely from the immersion style of learning. Cambridge Latin, in my opinion, is most appropriate for high schoolers or adults, although a motivated middle schooler could probably use it successfully with a parent’s help . I used it in combination with a few other programs (when learning languages I find I learn best with a multitude of resources), and still have it on my shelf for myself, even though I am now officially “retired” from homeschooling. wink

Happy homeschooling!

 

The Oops Sale!

For the first time in years, parts of my website were down this afternoon/evening. Due to the inconvenience caused to potential customers and because it’s back-to-school time, I’m offering a coupon code of 15% off of your entire cart on anything in my store. Have fun shopping for back-to-school! This coupon code will expire on Sunday the 21st.

Just enter in the following code when making a purchase:

serveroops

http://guesthollow.com/store/

Thank you for your patience and thanks to everyone for supporting Guest Hollow!