Guest Hollow’s Botany is totally revamped!

botany curriculumWe’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.

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/…/botany/botany_curriculum.html

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:

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/archive…/botany_curriculum.html

Check out our botany curriculum page for more info, a list of topics covered, a list of books & resources used, sample weeks, and more!

http://www.guesthollow.com/…/…/botany/botany_curriculum.html

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 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!

High School Chemistry is finished!

Chemistry Curriculum

Check it out by clicking here!

 

 

New Chemistry Curriculum Sneak Peek

It’s taken me a lot longer than usual to create the high school chemistry curriculum due to several unforeseen circumstances, but I’m almost finished now. 🙂 I have some printables to make, and then I’ll post everything in the online store! Here’s a sneak peek of the banner graphics:

Chemistry CurriculumThis curriculum doesn’t use a thick and boring chemistry textbook. Look at some of the “living” books your student will get to read instead:chem-books

I haven’t seen any high school chemistry curriculum like this before, and I feel it fills a real need for students who would be better served by a non-traditional chemistry course. Keep an eye out for updates, as I’ll be posting more about it soon!

Make an Edible DNA Model

I was just notified that a link to one of the activities in the new anatomy program is dead. I couldn’t find a replacement, so I custom-made an activity sheet to replace it. Here is it for anyone who’d like to make an edible model of DNA with licorice and marshmallows! For those of you who’ve recently purchased the anatomy schedule, please update your printable schedules, if necessary. The online schedules have already been updated! 🙂

Click here to download the activity sheet.

Have your DNA and eat it too replacement activity
This was a really fun activity I did with my kids, years ago. It really helped reinforce their understanding of the chemical base pairs of DNA, as well as the shape of the DNA molecule. Oh, and we all liked the excuse to eat candy during science time! 😉

Our new Jr. Anatomy Curriculum is finished!

Our new anatomy curriculum has loads of great books, fun activities, fascinating videos and even online games and free printables scheduled in. It’s meaty enough to be a “core” curriculum (if desired) and perfect for science-loving children with plenty of practical information and a variety of materials to appeal to different learning styles. We even have a high school anatomy curriculum that follows the topics in the same order, so you can make life easier teaching multiple ages the same subject at different levels!

Topics for this curriculum:

  • All about the human body
  • Stories about real people & scientists
  • Nutrition
  • Germs and diseases
  • Saying no to alcohol and smoking
  • Keeping safe from inappropriate touch
  • Puberty (optional – with separate books for boys and girls)
  • Survival and what to do in emergencies

I’ve scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this human body curriculum informative, interesting and fun! I’ve also included some books that are add-ons for advanced or middle school students.

Click here to read more!

The Jr. Anatomy Curriculum schedule is on sale until June 27th in my online store!

New High School Anatomy Curriculum

I’ve finished my new high school anatomy curriculum!

Homeschool anatomy science curriculum

Click on the image to take a look!

Otter has requested to use it starting this fall, and I’m really looking forward to it. There are lots of interesting books I think he’s really going to enjoy learning from.

High School Anatomy Curriculum Preview!

I’m really close to finishing my brand-new high school anatomy curriculum! Click here for a preview of some of the books and other resources for the year! I still may add in a couple literature selections. 😉 There are also lots of goodies in the actual schedule that are not listed in the resources to purchase – like free videos, printables, interactive games online and more.

Guest Hollow’s High School Anatomy curriculum is going to be a great year full of fascinating books, hands-on labs & activities, videos and more. This anatomy curriculum goes way beyond a textbook and makes learning about the human body something that is not just informational, but entertaining, and even inspiring. Your students will not only learn about how the body works- they will read captivating and true stories of what happens when the human body isn’t working right. I’ve also included books with potentially life-changing and very practical information. This is knowledge your students can carry with them for a lifetime and not just forget as soon as they’ve moved on to something else.

Tired of history cores? Read most of the literature and nonfiction books I’m including and you’ve got yourself a SCIENCE core. Want to pare things down? Guest Hollow’s High School Anatomy is flexible. There will be a printable schedule you can adjust and change as much as you’d like. You can even swap out resources to take advantage of what’s available in your local library or home book shelves.

For those of you with younger students, this curriculum tracks right along with the brand-new Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy curriculum (also coming out soon), as well as the current Otter’s Anatomy schedule, so that your kids of ALL ages can learn together.

I’ll be posting an update soon!

The Science of Seasons is published!

Science booksI’m so excited to announce that The Science of Seasons set of books is finally published and available for purchase! They are available on our NEW online store and also from Amazon.com! I’ve also created a FREE science curriculum to go with them!

If you are a member of Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited you can check out The Science of Seasons for free via the Kindle lending library! The Science of Seasons Activities book is also on sale for a limited time in honor of our book launch! You can get the PDF of the activity book for only $7.50. That’s HALF off the normal PDF price and even more than half off the softcover price. Visit our online store for detailed descriptions of the books as well as a free handwriting paper pack, and a set of  printable paper dolls with a set of outfits.

Take a peek at some of The Science of Season’s pages (thumbnails do not enlarge):

 sample1  sample2
 sample3  sample4

Here are some pages from The Science of Seasons Activities book:

 

 sample5  sample6
 sample8  sample7
 sample9  samplefall

There are over 100 pages of activities and lessons in the activity book that expand on topics presented in The Science of Seasons.

Some of the activities and lessons include:

  • Greek and Latin Root Cards, Vocabulary CardsArt projects
  • Copywork assignments
  • Cutout playsets and figures
  • Dot-to-dot
  • Geography
  • Greek & Latin roots
  • Lapbook style cutouts
  • Language & culture study
  • Make your own comic book templates and cutouts
  • Mazes
  • Sciencestuff
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary activities and cutout cards
  • ..and much more!

Click here for a list of topics and learning points.

I’ve really worked hard to create books that will teach, but that are also lots of fun. Many of the kids who’ve tested these books are especially fans of Beowulf, a lively and cute fox terrier whose face can be found on quite a few pages!

The Science of Seasons books have been a labor of love and I’m so grateful to everyone who helped make them possible! A huge thank-you goes to my husband for making this all possible, my mom & dad for all their encouragement, and my friend Beth for her hawk-eyed proofreading! I’m also so thankful for all my testers – the moms and kids who read and worked through the books before they were available to the public and gave their wise suggestions with a huge dose of enthusiasm!

Now here comes the hard part: spreading the word!

I need your help to make this series successful so that I can write and illustrate more books. Please tell your friends and share our happy news of the books on your blogs and social media. If you read either of the books, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com, Goodreads, and/or my store.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for more books in the series!

A Sneak Peek!

I’m getting close to finishing The Science of Seasons Learn-and-Play Activities book!

Here’s the rough draft front cover:The Science of Seasons Learn and Play Activities book

 

Here is the rough draft back cover:

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It’s 142 pages long, so I’m going to change the “Over 100 pages!” quote to something bigger like “Over 140 pages!”, lol.

It’s chock full of fun activities and will be sold in both a softcover and PDF format. In fact, I just finished testing my new online store that will be up-and-running sometime next month! I’m so excited to share all of my hard work with you! I’ll post more sneak peeks very soon!

In other news, I started an illustration blog that will be dedicated to illustration, art and self publishing topics. Those topics are a little different flavor than this blog, so I decided those types of posts needed their own home. You can take a look here! If you want to follow my work as an illustrator and read about me babbling about Photoshop or Prismacolors or some such, feel free to subscribe to those posts at the link above. 🙂