Guest Hollow’s High School American History Year 1 is finished!

American history curriculum

I’m so thrilled to announce that Guest Hollow’s High School American History Year 1 is now ready for purchase! If you have a middle-schooler, you’ll be happy to know we’ve also included instructions and book substitutions for this age group in our curriculum guide!

I started working on this project in February… and during these last 5 months I’ve read/previewed 170 books (many of which were thrown into the reject pile!), watched well over 400 online videos (and culled out the best), visited hundreds of websites, and created a 194-page workbook/study guide with custom artwork and maps! This has been a nearly all-consuming project with a lot of very late nights. I’m excited to get it into your hands in time for the 2018-2019 school year! Good thing I can read fast, or I wouldn’t have made the deadline! 😉

This is the American history program *I* always wished I had when I was homeschooling! The homeschooling moms who helped me proofread were so enthusiastic after taking a look:

“…this is an AMAZING curriculum! I love how well rounded it is. Not one sided. Very clearly laid out. That is SO hard to find in a history curriculum. Everyone is going to love it. I’ve searched high and low for a great history curriculum for high school.”

“I loved it SO much! I think my favorite part is the workbook…it’s meaty without being overbearing. And I love the project elements. It isn’t too crafty or elementary-ish. You have made it to being my #1 curriculum publisher!”

I’ve endeavored to create a history curriculum that is meaty, that will get students enthusiastic about the topics, and that is designed for them to not only understand the material, but to RETAIN it. I also split American history into 2 years as I believe one year is NOT enough time to study all of the important events and people. Our history curriculum doesn’t crush everything into one year, and it doesn’t skimp on important issues.

One of the things I think students will love are the book choices. Take a look at the resources list and you’ll see tons of graphic novels as well as lots of fresh, new book choices. When creating this curriculum, I wanted to avoid scheduling the titles you seem to see in every homeschooling American history curriculum. I’ve taught a lot of American history over the years. Let’s just say I got tired of the “same ol’ stuff.” I searched high-and-low for the BEST books. These are books that are going to engage your students. Even reluctant readers will likely love many of the choices.

American history curriculum books

There’s another benefit to many of my book picks. Lots of them are available for FREE, and many are also are available via audio books. This will help your budget and will also give you options for students who have difficulty reading (or just need a change)!

I spent a lot of time searching for the perfect spine book. The one I chose was written by real history professors & historians (not a textbook committee) and specifically avoids the “politically correct” type of viewpoint. I wanted a balanced, academic book and that’s exactly what I believe I found. Here’s a quote from a review that sums it up terrifically:

“This book is certainly meant to be an alternative to the Leftist propaganda by Howard Zinn and others that passes for school textbooks these days but it does not insult our intelligence by substituting Rightist propaganda for Leftist propaganda. If it had been conservative propaganda, for instance, we might expect it to stress the central importance of the Pilgrim fathers and their Christian faith in the American founding. And double that if you are aware that Schweikart is a committed Christian. In fact, however, the book glides over this small group of blown-off-course religious renegades as the relatively minor event in the British settlement of North America that it was. The Mayflower Pilgrims get in fact less than two pages out of 928. Even Africans arrived in North America before the Pilgrims! If any of that jars you, you need to read the book.” Quote from John Ray in his review of A Patriot’s History of the United States

Students will also love the recipes in the schedule! Our Chemistry in the Kitchen Curriculum is a HUGE hit with students. I’ve received so many comments from parents who tell me how their students LOVE the time spent cooking and creating great foods of all kinds. American history students will get to learn about historical methods of making & preserving foods and also hone some old-fashioned cooking skills to boot!

I could go on and on about the curriculum and how amazing it is, so I’ll stop here (or I’d take up about 10 more pages, lol), but I invite you to look at the curriculum FAQ:

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/history2/highschool_american/index.html

…and also to look at the books and resources list to see some of the great things that are scheduled in:

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/history2/highschool_american/american_history_books.html

Here’s a 2-day coupon celebrating our American History Curriculum’s release:

 

 

 

 

If you plan on purchasing the curriculum, this is a great way to save a few $$!

Guest Hollow’s High School American History Year 1 is a labor of love, and we think it’s going to be one of our biggest hits yet. We invite you to join the Guest Hollow family and see why both parents and students LOVE our curricula!

We also invite everyone to post your comments and questions and to join our High School History Curriculum User’s Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1020183814779100/

Happy Homeschooling with Guest Hollow!

Cathy Duffy Reviewed Beowulf’s Grammar!

Cathy Duffy reviewed Beowulf’s Grammar!

https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/ungraded-multi-level-resources-grammar/beowulf-s-grammar

“Author Jennifer Guest’s goal is to make grammar more enjoyable for children to learn. For Beowulf’s Grammar, she has created a family that is featured throughout the book: siblings Abigail, Henry, and Grace plus the family dog, Beowulf. Lessons incorporate sentences and stories involving the family, all within the context of normal family life. The content is much more relatable for homeschooling families than the typical content of grammar books designed for classroom use. In addition, cartoons, colorful illustrations, fun graphics, cut-and-paste activities, games, puzzles, drawing activities, and occasional silliness make the course more appealing than traditional grammar courses.”

…so says the venerable Cathy Duffy Cathy who is best known as a curriculum specialist. Ms Duffy is the author of the two-volume Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual where she researched curriculum and methodology for all subjects and all grade levels.

We are very pleased that Cathy said so many nice things about Beowulf’s Grammar and the attendant curriculum and workbook.

Please check out Ms. Duffy’s review as linked below, and remember, for a few more days you can still take advantage of our special Easter discount by using our 15 percent off coupon for purchases of anything in the GuestHollow Store (http://guesthollow.com/store/)! The coupon code, (which will be good ONLY for this week), is:

easterdiscount2018

If you enter “ easterdiscount2018 “ when doing a checkout on the GuestHollow store anytime during the next week, you will receive a 15 percent discount on your ENTIRE order!

Check out Duffy’s review below!

https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/composition-and-grammar/ungraded-multi-level-resources-grammar/beowulf-s-grammar

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. 

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!

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!

What do you want to see us work on next?

I’m trying to figure out my work “queue” based on what YOU would like (or need). Right now I’m working on a high school American history Year one. Year one will cover early American history up to about 1900. Sometime after that I will be making a year two that will cover 1900-modern times. Year two will be completed in time for users of year one to jump right in when they finish year one. I do have enough time to slip something in between year one and year two work-wise. Anyway, please vote in the comments which curriculum YOU want. If you’d like more than one thing, please list them in the order you’d like to see them.

Here are the options:
American history for elementary grades (that tracks with the high school level)
American history for middle school (that tracks with the high school level)
High school geography
Earth / physical science (please specify if you’d like it for high school or a lower grade)
High school elective: psychology
High school world history
High school language arts
Phonics program with cute readers
Math packets (comics and such to teach elementary grade math concepts)
Other: Please share any other things you would like or need in the future.

Thank you for participating!! Your comments will help shape my future projects!

 

High School American History Update

Civil War map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know which states were aligned with the Confederates, which were aligned with the Union, and which were considered border states during the Civil War? Your students will after using Guest Hollow’s up-and-coming high school American history curriculum! 😉 I’m hand drawing maps for the workbook / study guide! Civil war map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always been a big believer in using maps while studying history. 🙂