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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!