Happy Independence Day!

At Guest Hollow we are proud to be Americans and we are proud of our country and our heritage. This weekend our country will be celebrating Independence Day or as many refer to it, “The Fourth of July”! Though fireworks have been canceled in many communities, ostensibly because of the current virus crisis, we want to give you something to celebrate and so we are going to let you purchase ANY items from the Guest Hollow store for “76” percent of their normal price! That is 24 percent off!
Just enter the code 1776 at the time of checkout and you will receive a WHOPPING 24 percent off of your order!

This sale is strictly limited to July 3rd until July 5th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We won FIRST place in SIX categories!

Practical Homeschool Awards - 1st place winner

GUEST HOLLOW SWEEPS **SIX** CATEGORIES IN THE 2020 PRACTICAL HOMESCHOOLING MAGAZINE READER AWARDS !!!!!!!!!!!!
– We want to THANK YOU!!!!!!
It is with a great sense of gratitude and deep honor that GuestHollow.com announces that we have been selected for not one, not three, not five, but SIX awards by the readers of Practical Homeschooling Magazine!
 
A few weeks ago we received a surprise call from Mary Pride over at Practical Homeschooling Magazine. She was requesting an interview with us and some photos… She shared the AMAZING news, (news that we have had had to keep under wraps for weeks), – that GuestHollow’s WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS voted SIX of our curricula into FIRST PLACE in SIX categories for Practical Homeschooling Magazines Homeschooling Reader Awards!
 
Receiving any ONE of these awards would be no small thing for ANY homeschool material producing company, but for a little literal mom and pop company like GuestHollow to earn SIX?!?! Well, this is just way beyond what we would ever have expected, and we truly have YOU to thank for this!

As I have sometimes shared, GuestHollow is such a tiny company that we do not even have an advertising budget. We rely completely on YOU, our customers, to let other people know that GuestHollow.com even exists! So imagine the utter jaw-dropping and giddy celebrations that happened here at the GuestHollow home-office when we got Mary’s call!

 

We just cannot thank ALL OF YOU enough for believing in us enough to nominate GuestHollow for these awards and for voting a multiplicity of GuestHollow curricula into the FIRST PLACE slot of six awards!
 
Grab a copy of Practical Homeschooling Magazine’s Summer 2020 edition and open it up! I would like to direct your attention to page 12 where there is an article titled “Be Their Guest”. The article starts out with the sentences:
“Guest Hollow came out of nowhere to be one of 2020’s biggest Reader Award Winners. “Why had we not heard about this company before, we wondered. So our publisher Mary Pride, tracked down Jennifer and Charles Guest to hear their story.”
 

The article/interview then devotes 3 / 4 of a page to detailing who we are, where we came from, what we do, and what some of our future plans are. Practical Homeschooling also posted a photograph of Jenn holding up some of the GuestHollow curricula in our home/office library.

 

Again, we have all of YOU, our truly loyal customers, to thank for this. It is only because of YOU that Mary Pride at practical Homeschooling – https://www.practicalhomeschooling.com/ learned about us. Indeed, almost all of our NEW customers have learned about us from YOU generously taking some time to share about GuestHollow.com with others online and elsewhere.
 
So, would you like to know what it was that YOU voted GuestHollow into winning?
Well, we would humbly like to share with you that we swept some very important categories. And so without any more ado here is a list of the Practical Homeschooling Awards that we were selected to receive:
 
Somehow we tied for PRACTICAL HOMESCHOOLING’S ***FIRST PLACE*** AWARDS for ALL of the following GuestHollow Materials:
 
-> GUEST HOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL AMERICAN HISTORY in the History Category of the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards
 
-> BEOWULF’S GRAMMAR in the Grammar Category of the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards
 
-> GUESTHOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY in the High School Biology Category of the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards
 
-> GUESTHOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS in the High School Physics Category of the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards
 
-> GUESTHOLLOW GEOGRAPHY COURSES in the Geography Category of the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards
 
-> GUESTHOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY IN THE KITCHEN – in the High School Chemistry Category of the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards
 
Again, we want to thank all of you for your support and we are totally humbled (and of course excited beyond belief) to have won so many first-place awards in the Practical Homeschooling 2020 Reader Awards. Thank you for being part of the GuestHollow family.
 
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. 🙂 

Homeschool geography curriculum

The high school geography update is now FINISHED!

In January we released Guest Hollow’s High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum (adaptable for middle school).

As soon as the curriculum was released, one of the main books went out of print. We decided to provide a FREE online book (with embedded videos, maps, etc.) as a replacement. This necessitated changing the schedule and the workbook as well.

All updates are now finished and available as a free update to those who previously purchased the curriculum!

Geography customers can access the new online version of the schedule by logging into the store via:

https://guesthollow.com/store/my-account/

and then clicking on “My Membership.”

You can access the new downloads by visiting the “My Account” page and then clicking on “Downloads.”

There is a new Microsoft version of the schedule, a new PDF version of the schedule, and a new workbook. The old files are still available for those of you who bought that version and want to use them instead of the new ones. That way you will still have access to your downloads if you need/want them.

The online textbook is available to everyone for free:

https://www.guesthollow.com/textbooks

We’ve already received some great feedback about the new online book. Students are loving it!

Check out the main geography curriculum page to access sample weeks:

https://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/geography/geography2.html

Click here to see what terrific books we’ve scheduled in as well as a workbook sample:

https://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/geography/books2.html

Guest Hollow’s High School Geography & Cultures Curriculum is already shaping up to be one of our most popular programs! <3  We hope you enjoy this update that makes it even better!

Don’t forget to join us at the Guest Hollow Geography Homeschool Curriculum User’s Group on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GuestHollow.Geography.homeschool/
🙂

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