Spring sale!

Guest Hollow spring sale

Save 10% with our spring sale!

If we were still homeschooling, we’d wish for some curriculum sales right about now, so that we could spend our stimulus check a bit more thriftily. That’s why we’ve made a spring sale to help you save. Use the code: springSTIMULUS at the Guest Hollow store and save 10% off your cart until May 18th!

https://guesthollow.com/store/

<3 Parents and kids love Guest Hollow!Save 10% with our spring sale!

 

How to get books when the libraries are closed…

Coronavirus library closure

Please share this with your fellow-book-lovers!

It seems like the entire country is shutting down thanks to COVID-19! One of the recent shutdowns that is directly affecting me is the closure of my local library system.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! LOL…

I use the library all of the time to create and update curriculum schedules, besides feeding my voracious book addiction! When I was homeschooling, I used it even more (feeding 3 young minds is a full-time job!) and we used to come home with a trunk-load of books on a regular basis. If you are wondering how you are going to keep your homeschool going when the libraries close, I have a few tips for you on keeping the readers in your family happy. 🙂

  • Research the electronic resources your library has access to such as:Hoopla

Hoopla 

Hoopla Digital provides a wide range of digital content and allows library patrons to download or stream media content for free. Hoopla has videos, books, music, and graphic novels available!

Overdrive and Libby – Overdrive gives you access to tons of e-books and audiobooks. Use the free Libby app to sign into multiple libraries or use more than one card for each library.Libby app

Libby can also send books to a Kindle and show you all of your loans and holds on a single shelf (even if you are using more than one library’s access to Overdrive).

FlipsterFlipster – You can check out digital versions of magazines from Flipster. What’s available will vary from library to library, but there are usually some really great offerings like Time, craft magazines, Consumer Reports, Babybug, Cricket, cooking magazines, health & nutrition magazines, and more!

RBdigital 
– This library subscription gives you access to audiobooks, ebooks, videos (including videos from The Great Courses), magazines, and comics.

rbdigitalCloud Library – See if your library has a subscription! You can get tons of popular books to read on your computer, tablet, or phone.

cloudLibrary

A small sample of books taken from the cloudLibrary homepage.

 

The Amazon Ecosystem

 
  • Use a Kindle or other tablet and purchase Kindle books at discounted prices. Ebooks are often less expensive than physical books. Some classic books are also FREE. I shop for books all the time via Amazon and I LOVE my Kindle. Since my library closed down, I’m going to be getting a lot of digital books in the months to come.

  • Kindle Unlimited
     has a 30-day free trial and sometimes has special deals where you can get a 3-month subscription for 99 cents! A subscription gives you access to the Kindle Unlimited Library of 1.4 million titles in eBook and audiobook format. Some of the books in our language arts program are free through this subscription like the books by Brian P. Cleary.

  • Amazon’s Free Time Unlimited gives kids access to books, apps, and videos for an inexpensive subscription. Try one month for free to see if the books available are a match for the program you wish to use. Note: The iOS version of the app only gives you access to books and movies. You need the Android version to access apps/games and other features. Some of the books in our Guest Hollow programs are featured in Free Time Unlimited (at the time of this writing) like An Ambush of Tigers, What do Authors Do?, National Geographic Readers: Sea Turtles, Eye to Eye, The Trojan Horse, and Phineas Gage.
  • Use Audible for audiobooks. Try it out for free for 30 days and get TWO free books you can add to your homeschool library. Audible is great for reluctant readers or for listening to “on the go.”
  • Try the free trial for the Amazon-owned ComiXology app. One of our customers shared that she was able to get two free comics for our American History Curriculum with her 30-day free trial!

Other Subscriptions and Online Freebies

 

  • Epic Digital LibraryEpic! is a digital library for kids 12 & under. You can instantly access 35,000 books, learning videos, and more. They have a 30-day free trial and right now are offering FREE access through the end of the school year (June 30, 2020) by teacher invitation. There is a nice selection of books and comics that can be read via a computer or tablet/phone.
  • FunBrain books
    FunBrain books – You can read a variety of books via FunBrain like Judy Moody, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and more!
  • Storyline OnlineStoryline Online The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. (Thanks to my daughter Hannah for sharing this one!)
  • scribdScribd allows you to subscribe and borrow tons of eBooks, magazines, audiobooks, and various documents (like sheet music). You can get a 30-day free trial. I’ve used Scribd several times to borrow books when creating Guest Hollow curricula. It’s saved me a bundle!scribd
  • Open LibraryOpenlibrary.org lets you borrow hundreds of thousands of books in digital format. You can read the books online or download them in ePub, PDF, text, and sometimes Kindle format. A lot of the books in the Guest Hollow programs can be found at the Openlibrary website like A Patriot’s History of the United StatesColonial LivingThe Cartoon Guide to Genetics, and many more.
  • Internet ArchiveArchive.org has lots of free books, magazines, movies, software, music, and more. You can search and see if it has the book or magazine you need in a digital format.
  • Free books online
    Project Gutenburg
    – Check out this library of over 60,000 free eBooks in a variety of formats. You can read them online, via a Kindle, tablet, phone, etc.

Used Book Websites

There are lots of websites besides Amazon where you can get used books if you need to have a few books in hand vs. digital books. Pay attention to the recent recommendations about virus spread via surfaces to know if this is the right option for you. 😉

AbeBooks.com. Thousands of booksellers - millions of books.

Thankfully, there are so many options for reading that don’t require anyone to leave the house. I’ve already checked out a ton of books for my Kindle and will be settling in for some great reading during this time of family and reflection! If you have any go-to resources for books, let us know by sharing a comment! Please also feel free to share this post!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our free pack of printables to keep your kiddos busy and entertained!
https://guesthollow.com/store/shop/stay-at-home-sampler-pack/

 



FREE Sampler Pack!

Guest Hollow Homeschool Sampler Pack

Dear parents,

We know that dealing with the Coronavirus can be a stressful time. That’s why we are providing this free stay-at-home sampler pack with a variety of activities for your children. Inside you will find:

  • A set of paper dolls and cut-out playsets
  • A write-your-own comics activity
  • Our popular math help sheet
  • A papier-mâché globe project with 2 pages of cut outs
  • A coloring page
  • A Seasons Mini-Book your kids can make and read (You can get the complete book from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3d4aPfg.)
  • An illustrated instruction sheet for making “rain in a jar”

We hope this sample of our materials will help keep your children happy and busy!

GuestHollow.com is committed to helping make your homeschool a HAPPY and productive place. We provide curricula and printables for a variety of ages, from preschool through high school. We also have lots of freebies on our website, like a FREE biology curriculum, various printables such as free handwriting pages, lapbooks, a schedule and chore chart, a printable timeline, copywork, and more! We also offer a free Science of the Seasons curriculum.

https://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/printables/printables.html

We also have FREE archived curricula that may be of help to those of you on a limited budget:

https://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/curriculum_archived.html

Whether you are a family who is exploring homeschooling for the first time or a family who has been at it for years, we encourage you to visit our Facebook groups for help, support, and to get your homeschool questions answered.

https://www.facebook.com/guesthollow
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GuestHollow.HighSchool.Curriculum/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GuestHollow.K8.Curriculum/

Take a look at the rest of our groups listed here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/guesthollow/groups/

You are NOT alone in your homeschool journey. We pride ourselves in being there for our customers the best we can and providing excellent customer service and friendship from our small home-based business. Please let us know how we can help. We are here for you!

Happy Homeschooling with Guest Hollow!

Love, Jennifer & Charles Guest of www.guesthollow.com

Making Irish Blaa for Geography

Irish Blaa

I’m currently working on creating a FREE online “spine” book for Guest Hollow’s High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum. While working on the section about Ireland, I found a recipe for Irish Blaa. I couldn’t resist how these rolls looked via the online pictures, so I had to try making them for dinner.

Irish Blaa

They were so easy to make and turned out great!

Irish Blaa

Look at this fluffy and delicious roll!

Irish Blaa

Geography is yummy!

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!

The current geography schedule uses The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geography as a spine book, but we recently discovered that The Complete Idiot’s Guide is no longer being published. That’s why I decided to make a FREE online spine book to replace it with tons of fun embedded videos and lots of photos to illustrate what students are learning. I think it’s a much more visual and in-depth book than the original spine.

Everyone who purchases the curriculum will get a FREE upgrade to the new schedule as soon as I finish wrapping things up. 🙂

You can take a sneak peek at the current rough draft of the online geography “spine” book here:
https://guesthollow.com/textbooks/

Let us know what you think!

Join us on the FaceBook Geography Homeschool Curriculum User’s Group and be on the lookout for more posts and pictures of our geography curriculum in action!

More schedule updates!

Guest Hollow Homeschool Updates

We are currently working on our yearly updates! Each year we go through and fix/replace broken schedule links and check to see if we need to replace any books, etc.
 
I’ve recently posted that Chemistry in the Kitchen, Physics, American History Year 1, Jr. Anatomy, and Language Arts have been updated. We now have 3 more updates that have been completed:
 
American History Year 2
 
Biology
 
High School Anatomy
 
No new books were added to these 3 updated programs. Broken links and videos were fixed/replaced.
 
The update for Botany will be delayed because I’m replacing some books and adding in/scheduling a few new books as well. The current Botany schedule is totally usable. If you purchase it now, you will get a free upgrade to the new schedule when it’s ready. 🙂
 
We will continue to work hard to keep our schedules as up-to-date as possible! We love our customers! <3

Please vote for us!

Vote for us!
Guest Hollow has been nominated for the 2020 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards! Please vote for us!
 
We are listed in 6 categories: grammar, geography, history, biology, high school chemistry, and high school physics.
 
The results of the ballot will be printed in a future issue of Practical Homeschooling Magazine. We would LOVE for other homeschoolers to learn about us!! You also could win a Timberdoodle Curriculum Kit worth up to 1,159 for voting in the ballot. Ballots have to be completed by March 20th!
 
Thanks for helping to spread the Guest Hollow love! <3

More curriculum updates!

Homeschool language arts
We are currently working on our yearly updates! Each year we go through and fix/replace broken schedule links and check to see if we need to replace any books, etc.
 
I’ve recently posted that both Chemistry in the Kitchen and Physics were updated. We now have 3 more updates that have been completed:
 
American History Year 1 is updated!
Links and “broken” videos were fixed!
 
Jr. Anatomy is updated!
Links were fixed/replaced. Three books that are no longer being published (or are not easily available) have been replaced:
 
Happy Feet, Healthy Food: Your Child’s First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating
was replaced with free printables that accomplish the same job.
 
You Wouldn’t Want to be Sick in the 16th Century was replaced with Basher Science: Microbiology
 
Skulls and Skeletons: True Life Stories of Bone Detectives was still listed in the book list. It’s been replaced with The Skeleton Book.
 
Language Arts has also been updated!
Links were fixed.
 
We will continue to work hard to keep our schedules as up-to-date as possible! We love our customers! <3

Leap Year Sale

Guest Hollow Homeschool CurriculumGuestHollow’s First Quadrennial Leap-Year FLASH SALE Starts NOW!
Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to announce that GuestHollow is having a 1-day-only LEAP YEAR SALE! Starting right now and ending at 23:59 hours (midnight) on Saturday you can participate in our little bit of silliness and save FIVE PERCENT on your ENTIRE ORDER from the GuestHollow.com store with out “LEAP on it!” sale! LOL! 😀

How do you get GuestHollow materials for 5% off? Simple! At checkout, just enter the discount code:

leapyear2020

All characters are lowercase and the first character is a lowercase “L” as in lincoln or lima.

Please like and share this on your page, or download the graphic and post it on others!

Happy February 29TH!!!!!!!!!!!

Physics has been updated!

Physics curriculum
We’ve just finished our yearly update for High School Conceptual (Math-Free) Physics!
 
Broken links have been updated/fixed.  The online schedule has also been updated.
 
The book Tesla vs. Edison is no longer available to purchase new, so we’ve replaced it with a new book: The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World. The new book is scheduled during the same time-frame as the old book.
 
Check out some reviews of this much-loved curriculum:
 
If you’ve used our physics curriculum, don’t forget to leave a review! <3
 
Want to see pictures and read posts from users of the curriculum? Join us in the Physics FB group: