Our biology curriculum has been updated!

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

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

and download a new copy. The FREE online schedule is also completely updated.

In other news, I started researching American history spines for high school! I’ll post an update about our progress with that after more has been accomplished.

Happy Homeschooling with Guest Hollow!

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!

 

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!

Biology Workbook Pages Uploaded

Homeschool Biology workbook Christian biology curriculum workbook

New high school biology workbook pages have been uploaded for Otter’s Christian High School Biology curriculum. Click here to access them. More will be uploaded throughout the week as I finish working on them.  Happy downloading!

Science Update

Just a quick science update for those of you who subscribe to my blog for that purpose…I will be creating the next set of biology workbook pages next week. We are getting over a cold so I didn’t get to them yet! Hopefully I’ll have them finished before too long!

Also, I’ve started the early planning stages for next year’s science. After consulting with Otter, he will be studying human anatomy & physiology during the 2014-2015 school year.  I will be creating a NEW curriculum and sharing it here!

Happy homeschooling!

Otter’s Christian High School Biology is Posted

I’ve finally finished posting the homeschool biology curriculum I put together for my son! I’m still working on a few things like:

  • Making more workbook pages for the later chapters
  • Creating some lab printables
  • Continuing to edit the textbook
  • Working on Greek & Latin root vocabulary

Even though I will be tweaking the program over the 2013-2014 school year while we use it as well as creating additional components, it’s completely usable “as is”.

I hope it helps some of you out there! Feel free to snag the graphic from this post if you want to spread the word.

Otter’s Christian Biology Update

I’m making a quick post to keep you updated on my progress with the Otter’s Christian High School Biology  program. I pretty much finished the schedule and have researched and scheduled lots of extras like “living books”, a huge variety of labs for different budgets and interest levels, videos, activities and more. Now I’m putting most of my efforts into the textbook itself. I’ve already edited and changed some of it. I’m continuing to work through the chapters slowly but surely. One of the things I’ve added are custom graphics. One thing I really like about this textbook is how graphics intensive it is. I’m a very visual person and appreciate lots of pretty stuff in books, lol. I also think pictures and illustrations really help students connect to the material being taught.

Here are a few examples of some of the graphics I’ve made for Otter’s Biology:

I’ve added in graphics that explain vocabulary words by breaking them down into Greek and Latin roots:

homeostasis

I’ve also added in custom graphics to explain specific concepts.

By the way, Mr. Carrot is sort of a personal joke between Otter and me. I first introduced Mr. Carrot on one of the notebook pages I made for Otter on nutrition. Mr. Carrot then appeared on a math worksheet (hand-drawn), wondering how he ended up there and thinking he was in perhaps the wrong place. He’s since decorated many of Otter’s worksheets and other creations I’ve made for him. He’s like a recurring character that ends up all over the place. 😉

I replaced the very “unfriendly” illustration about diffusion that was in the text with this (Hello Mr. Carrot!):

Diffusion

 

This graphic helps illustrate what an enzyme does and introduces a simple experiment:

 

enzyme experiment

 

This one below helps make ATP more memorable. The caption in the textbook explains how the character below is actually ADP and why. 😉

ATP

 

Besides all of the work in the textbook, I’ve also started working on editing (actually redoing) the CK-12 biology workbook to better reflect the new textbook content (as well as to only feature creationist beliefs) and to also be more visually engaging. I will be adding some interactive notebooking activities to the workbook pages as well, but haven’t gotten around to that yet.

Here are a few screenshots of some of the workbook pages. They are pretty basic adaptations of the current CK-12 workbook although I’ll be adding my own stuff after I’ve adapted the rest of CK-12’s work (gotta love that open source creative commons license!!). When I’m done with it, it won’t be all this true/false, multiple choice, blah blah blah. LOL. That kind of thing has its place, but I don’t want it to be the only sort of activity to help retention.

There is also an answer key being developed at the same time.

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You’ll notice in the screenshot below that there is a Bible verse for students to fill in some of the blanks. That verse is featured in the textbook and so I took the opportunity to reinforce it.

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I like to add a little humor to some of the sheets. The deer in the picture below is commenting on one of the true/false questions…

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A graphic of a hummingbird and flower help students think about question number 5…

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Otter enjoys jokes, so I’ll be putting a few on some of the worksheets to liven them up a little.

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So, that’s it for now!

Everything is coming along and I’m devoting a HUGE amount of time to this project. If you’d like to get involved and help out, I would love to hear from you. I need help “dumbing down” and/or sprucing up some portions of the text to make them more accessible/interesting, researching vocabulary roots, adding Christian material and/or Bible verses that are tied to some of the concepts, etc.

Stay tuned to my blog for more updates!