A Chemistry in the Kitchen “Testimonial”

Guest Hollow Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling mom L.S. shared this recently about her kids’ experience with our Chemistry in the Kitchen curriculum (shared with permission):

“I went to public high school and took Chemistry 1 & 2, but nothing in those classes would have actually helped me to pursue a science related career. My kids are learning so much more than I ever did in those classes and have retained it all! I memorized formulas, vocabulary words, methods, and all the other traditional chemistry concepts, but it meant nothing because it was all for a test and a grade. The things my kids are learning with this program are being learned organically and the concepts are coming up in everyday situations. They know their stuff!!!

Both my kids have issues, my son has mild cognitive issues (epilepsy) and my daughter deals with ADHD although she is ahead cognitively. For BOTH of them to grasp the same material and for it all to make sense is HUGE!!! ”

Her comment is exactly what I hoped for when I created this curriculum (and the other Guest Hollow programs as well)! I get so many comments about kids who are learning, retaining, and enjoying the material in our curricula – whether it’s chemistry or grammar or one of our other programs!! 

Please share with others about your experience(s) with Guest Hollow and consider leaving a comment below and/or a review in our store (http://guesthollow.com/store/). We need everyone to spread the word so that other students can benefit from the Guest Hollow style of learning! Share the love for GH! 

A mom shares her experience with Chemistry in the Kitchen

homeschool chemistry curriculum review
A mom recently shared her teens’ experiences with Chemistry in the Kitchen. I’m sharing what she wrote here, with her permission! I get a lot of emails that describe this type of transformation of a student’s attitude toward science. These stories highlight what my goal for Guest Hollow curriculum is: to engage students, get them thinking, teach them practical things they will actually use in their lives, and spark an interest in learning by using a creative approach. If you have a story to share how Guest Hollow has changed your school day or your child’s view of a particular subject, please feel free to share in the comments! Your sharing will help other families better decide if Guest Hollow is a fit for them or not! 🙂
 
The excerpt from the email I received:
 
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.

A book in our botany and biology curriculum is on sale for 1.99!

The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms is currently on sale for 1.99 in Kindle format. This interesting book is a required resource in our botany curriculum and also as an extra non-fiction title in our biology curriculum. I have no idea how long this title will be for sale, but this is a terrific buy! Grab it while you can, if you plan on using our botany program in the future, or if you want an extra title for biology!

Happy Homeschooling with Guest Hollow!

 

Knowledge of Nature Curriculum is finished!

I’ve just posted my new Knowledge of Nature curriculum in the online store!

Homeschool science curriculum

Knowledge of Nature is designed for grades 1-4, but is adaptable up to grade 6.

Topics for this curriculum:

Topics for this curriculum are interrelated and cross-curricular. This makes a robust learning environment that helps build retention and interest!

  • Chemistry (subtopics not listed)
    • matter
    • atoms
    • elements
    • crystals, plastics, etc.
    • acids & bases
    • chemical reactions
    • mixtures & solutions
  • Physics (subtopics not listed)
    • Newton’s laws
    • Friction
    • Gravity
    • Energy
    • Sound
    • Light
    • Thermal energy
    • Electricity
    • Magnetism
    • Simple machines
  • Stories about real people & scientists
    • Archimedes
    • Isaac Newton
    • Wilson Bentley
    • Marie Curie
    • Buzz Aldrin
    • Galileo
    • William Kamkwamba
    • Thomas Edison
    • Albert Einstein
    • Nikola Tesla
    • George Ferris
  • Some history
    • The gold rush
    • Flying balloons
    • The story of salt
    • History related to famous people and scientists
    • Coal miners
    • Chicago Fire of 1871
    • Castles under siege (physics related)
  • Animals
    • Dinosaurs
    • Cows & cattle
    • Bats
    • Animal eyes & vision
    • Sea turtles
  • A bit of art
    • Kandinsky
    • Basic color theory
    • Drawing assignments
    • Crafts
    • Rube Goldberg
  • Other
    • Earth’s atmosphere
    • Water cycle
    • Ice Cream
    • Geography & timeline assignments
  • Fiction (literature links) – There are various stories to read or listen to for fun that tie into specific subjects in the curriculum.

homeschool science curriculum

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 older students. Click on the image above to take a look!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and encouragement as I stock the Guest Hollow store full of goodies like Knowledge of Nature!

I’ve got more curricula in the works, so keep checking in!

Click here to read more about Knowledge of Nature!

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! 😉

Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum is finished!

I just finished level 1 of my 3 level anatomy curriculum: Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum.

This is a gentle, literature approach to science with simple experiments and activities.

This curriculum is designed for preschool through about 2nd grade or for older children with special needs who would benefit from books that are more “gentle” and are scheduled at a slower pace. You can also substitute some of the books for a younger student who is using Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum. Just choose from the two programs to get the best fit.

Topics for this curriculum:

  • All about the human body
  • How some animal parts are different than human parts
  • Teeth
  • Nutrition & Food
  • Germs and Getting Sick
  • Going to the Doctor
  • Sleep
  • Where babies come from (age appropriate)
  • Smoking is bad for you
  • Keeping safe from inappropriate touch
  • Safety
  • Stories & videos about famous people and animals, like Fanny Crosby, Louis Pasteur, Helen Keller, Buddy – the first seeing eye dog, and Balto who delivered medicine to children in Alaska

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 several items to enhance this year’s studies that incorporate art and imaginative play.

Click here to read more about Little Otter’s Anatomy Curriculum. It’s $5 off in my store for one week!

I’m getting ready to work on updating /revamping the next curriculum. It’s been a lot of work converting my site over to a business (instead of a hobby), but well worth the effort. Thanks to all of you who are helping make Guest Hollow a success!

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!

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!