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Guest Hollow Wins AGAIN!

We are overjoyed to announce that Guest Hollow has, for the second year in a row, won SIX Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards!  We are SO very honored and SO happy about this that we are overjoyed beyond words.    The 2021 Practical Homeschooling® Reader Awards™ will be announced in the Summer 2021 issue of Practical Homeschooling[…]

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How do I assign grades?

How to assign grades in your homeschool

I’ve received a lot of questions about assigning grades, so I’m writing this blog post to share some suggestions. Ultimately, how you assign grades is up to you 😉, but here is how *I* did it. My philosophy about grades I never made grades the focus of our homeschool. Learning in our house wasn’t about[…]

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How to Save Money When Using a Literature-Based Curriculum

Literature-based curriculum

Using a literature-based curriculum is one of the best ways (in my opinion) to engage students. It steers clear of boring textbooks, adds variety, and builds retention. While it may be one of the best ways to engage a student’s interest, it can also really engage your pocketbook! I homeschooled my children for 20+ years,[…]

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Kids Have Their Own Timetables

As homeschool parents, we sometimes measure our success in educating our children based on where they are according to grade level (or other man-made categories). Let’s face it, it looks good when our kids do well based on test scores, perform at or above grade level and ace other measurements of their progress. We beam[…]

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Hands-on Art Lesson: Color Theory Cupcakes

Hands-on color theory lesson

Years ago my son learned about color theory. This is a repost of that lesson. We made a color wheel featuring primary, secondary and tertiary colors out of cupcakes and frosting! I liked scheduling in activities like this into our homeschool, especially on Friday. It was a great way to wrap up the week and something[…]

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When Your Kid Doesn’t Like Math

Homeschool math curriculum

Back when I was paving the way with my oldest (Hannah), I worried about my children’s futures in the context of my homeschooling choices. There is a lot of responsibility placed on a homeschooling parent’s shoulders. Like, if you don’t get the BEST, PERFECT, MOST WONDERFUL curriculum, you will destroy your child’s love for learning[…]

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Book Review: Drawing School

Drawing School - Learn how to Draw

I’m a sucker for art books. When I was homeschooling, I had quite a few on the shelves for my kids like Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad and various Klutz Art books, among others. I have always felt that basic art and drawing skills are important to teach! I recently had the chance to review Drawing School. (Thank you Quarto[…]

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Big Bag of Science Kit Review

The Big Bag of Science gets 5 stars! My teaching philosophy when it comes to science is to make topics as hands-on and engaging as possible. When my kids were younger I invested in TONS of science kits and have always kept a closet stocked with hundreds of different science related items (as well as[…]

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StartWrite: Handwriting & Worksheet Wizard

Handwriting fonts

It’s not often that I ever found one item that could literally last me years, but Startwrite is one of the exceptions. I certainly got my money’s worth from it! I hope my sharing this review will help some of you who are looking for an affordable handwriting solution. Startwrite is a handwriting “worksheet wizard” that has so many[…]

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Geography is Yummy: Irish Blaa

Irish Blaa (white rolls) recipe

Is your student interested in cooking his/her way around the world? Guest Hollow’s High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum is chock-full of more delicious and ethnic recipes, great books, videos, art, music, activities, and more! One of the recipes I added to the FREE Guest Hollow’s Geography & Cultures Online Textbook is Irish Blaa. I couldn’t resist[…]