Homeschooling mom L.S. shared this recently about her kids’ experience with our Chemistry in the Kitchen curriculum (shared with permission):
“I went to public high school and took Chemistry 1 & 2, but nothing in those classes would have actually helped me to pursue a science related career. My kids are learning so much more than I ever did in those classes and have retained it all! I memorized formulas, vocabulary words, methods, and all the other traditional chemistry concepts, but it meant nothing because it was all for a test and a grade. The things my kids are learning with this program are being learned organically and the concepts are coming up in everyday situations. They know their stuff!!!
Both my kids have issues, my son has mild cognitive issues (epilepsy) and my daughter deals with ADHD although she is ahead cognitively. For BOTH of them to grasp the same material and for it all to make sense is HUGE!!! ”
Her comment is exactly what I hoped for when I created this curriculum (and the other Guest Hollow programs as well)! I get so many comments about kids who are learning, retaining, and enjoying the material in our curricula – whether it’s chemistry or grammar or one of our other programs!!
Please share with others about your experience(s) with Guest Hollow and consider leaving a comment below and/or a review in our store (http://guesthollow.com/store/). We need everyone to spread the word so that other students can benefit from the Guest Hollow style of learning! Share the love for GH!
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!
I’ve always been a big believer in using maps while studying history. 🙂
This is what it looks like as I’m working on a curriculum! The people at the library know me by name, lol….This pile doesn’t even show the books I’ve already returned or the books I’ve managed to get on my Kindle (my reading preference).
I’m reading through TONS of books for the future high school American history curriculum to decide what I want to use and what I don’t! I’ve already culled quite a few and have added others to the YES list.
I’m glad I’m a fast reader. Usually I can read an average of 400-500 pages a day (give or take). I’m making sure every book choice meets my standards and has that “interest” factor. My husband and I will also be watching quite a few movies in the weeks to come. Let me know in the comments if you have any early American history favorites!
I’ve also started working on the study guide! YES, there will be a study guide with this program as there is with chemistry and physics. I plan on putting some comics in this one to add a little humor and to help students remember concepts. I can’t wait to share more!!
I’ve always been intrigued with a more literature learning style but my boys were reluctant. They say they prefer one textbook for the whole course. What I’ve found is when it comes to science a textbook can be hard because they tend to just give the facts and you memorize. There is no practical application (aside from experiments.) When I chose this course I didn’t know if it would be a good fit. It was so different than anything we’ve done before. They liked that they only had one small book at a time, it didn’t feel so overwhelming. If they didn’t like a book they knew it would be over in a week and they would jump into something new. My oldest who is the pickiest loved all the practical learning. He would often pull me into a discussion about what he read that day. Sometimes it would be comments like, “I’m never eating that again” and sometimes it would be, “What do you think about vaccines, my book says this.” Both teens willing do their science daily – that to me is the biggest blessing because with Biology, I had a wonderful and solid course for them but they fought me all year. We ended up doing just the reading part and the microscope sat in the box unopened. I think this course is perfect for the non-traditional learner because it is more interest-led. My boys have already decided that we will be doing Guest Hollow Physics next year.
We’ve updated our botany curriculum. This is our biggest overhaul, yet! Not only did I update the schedule links, I also totally revamped it with new books, videos, recipes, activities, and more. The updated version is appropriate for 6th grade through high school, with lots of new books added in for older students, and new, better titles added for all ages.
Why study botany? I think botany is an overlooked topic that gets shoved into a chapter of biology and then forgotten. Plants affect and enrich so many parts of our lives! Our houses and clothes are made of plant materials. We eat plants. We enjoy their beauty. They provide us with medicines, fuel, perfume, dyes, paper and a variety of other products. They are tied to history and even our future. They are an integral part of our lives!
This course is for any student who has a love for nature and plants. It’s also perfect as a pre-biology course. Students will learn the science behind plants and to appreciate the myriad contributions plants make to our lives!
The goals for this course:
▪To understand many scientific concepts concerning plants
▪To understand and appreciate many practical applications of plants
▪To learn how to identify many different plants, flowers and trees
▪To learn some history and geography as it pertains to specific plants or plant discoveries
▪To be involved in the natural world on a more frequent basis
▪To hone observation skills, nurture an interest in the natural world and encourage reflection on beautiful and interesting things
▪To see the hand of our creator in nature (although almost all of this year’s resources are secular)
▪To keep a nature journal and learn some artistic skills that will help students reproduce their observations via drawings
▪To learn how to grow, cook, and use plants in a variety of ways
▪To learn about bees and worms as “side topics” (creatures that are beneficial to plants)
If you were using the free version, you can still access it. Here is the link to the archived version:
Check out our botany curriculum page for more info, a list of topics covered, a list of books & resources used, sample weeks, and more!
If you purchased a botany schedule in the past year, look in your email for a notice about how to get your FREE updated version. The new schedule also has login information for a password protected online version of the schedule. Feel free to contact me, if you need assistance accessing the new schedule!
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
and download a new copy. The FREE online schedule is also completely updated.
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:
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!
Our literature-based, conceptual (math-free) high school physics curriculum is ready to be purchased! Click here to read more about it.
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:
You can also look at the scheduled books and resources here:
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!