IN THIS POST YOU’LL FIND THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM REVIEW.
WHAT WE WILL BE USING GOING FORWARD:
A BRIEF NOTE REGARDING THIS POST
This blog post was an honest review written two years ago (you can see the post I wrote last year here). You can see my The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum Review below. We used The Good and the Beautiful curriculum this past year, but plan on branching off and trying something new with this next school year. The thing I love most about homeschooling is that you’re never chained to any one type of curriculum. Homeschooling is about learning to be flexible and taking time to reevaluate each year. A curriculum that was a good fit for your family last year, might not be the best fit the following year. The season of life that you’re in will change, you’ll discover that certain children learn best with other curriculum and you might even find that you’re ready for a new change of scenery. All of that to say- we have had a lovely experience with The Good and the Beautiful curriculum, but I feel that it’s time for our family to try something new this next year (I’ll share in a later post).
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Below you will find my The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum review. There are several The Good and the Beautiful reviews out there, I hope you find this one beneficial.
This past year we started our sixth year homeschooling! If you haven’t read our homeschooling journey you can read more here.
One of the questions that I am asked the most when it comes to homeschooling is what curriculum we are using. In years past I have primarily used the Horizon curriculum. You can see a little review of curriculum from a few years ago here. One of the reasons that I have always been drawn to Horizon curriculum is because of how straight forward the lessons were, the workbook style of the curriculum and also how nicely the lessons built on each other. Because the lessons were so structured, it freed up our time to do additional unit studies.
So why the decision to change?
The older my big kids got, the more I felt like we were just needing something more when it came to language arts and writing. Because while the Horizon workbooks were wonderful for teaching Math and Phonics, we were lacking in additional language arts, writing skills and creative writing. So, I began the hunt for new curriculum. Everything I was finding looked wonderful, but the amount of planning overwhelmed me. This year I have a 5th, 3rd, 2nd and Kinder. I know my limits and planning something extensive for each grade would just be setting myself up for failure. The search continued and I began to think that the curriculum I was dreaming about wasn’t even out there. UNTIL… I stumbled upon The Good and the Beautiful.
I remember gasping when I started scrolling through The Good and the Beautiful site. It was an absolute answer to prayer. It is a faith-based (more on this below), high academic literature that has a strong emphasis on building character. I thought I would type out a few questions that I have received below to help simplify this post.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL CURRICULUM
The thing that intrigued me the most with The Good and the Beautiful was that they combined and condensed several subjects into each child’s curriculum. Instead of finding curriculum for each individual subject, they combined reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, literature, geography and art. It basically covers all of the important subjects (minus math) right into one curriculum. The lessons are absolutely beautiful and I have been blown away by what my children are learning! Each grade has their own language arts course book that you can purchase as a digital download or a high quality printed version. It is a beautiful language arts curriculum that is well thought out. We tried their math program for a month and quickly realized it was a little more hands on than I prefer as a homeschool mom teaching multiple grades. We also tried TGTB history and I found it to be a little bit on the drier side for my young kids. It is designed to be family style , but I had a hard time keeping everyone engaged.
No! This is an incredibly affordable curriculum and quite a bit cheaper than most homeschooling curriculum. The Good and the Beautiful’s goal is to strengthen children and families, which is why they keep their profit-margin low. You can purchase the PDF for a small cost or purchase the curriculum printed and bound. Because the curriculum is very affordable, I have unfortunately found that the spiral binding on the books isn’t the best quality. Almost every one of our course books this past year has lost quite a few pages because of weak spiral binding. My suggestion would be that you open to the daily lesson for each child so that you can ensure that the book stays bound.
It is written by Jenny Phillips who is a Mormon and no it is not Mormon influenced. I am a Bible Believing Christian (Southern Baptist for reference) and DO use and love this curriculum. We are NOT Mormon, member of the church of Jesus Christ or latter-day saints.
I thought I would give a little back story about finding this curriculum and why I chose to use it. Like I mentioned above, when I discovered The Good and the Beautiful curriculum I was overjoyed. It was exactly what I had been looking for and it felt like such an answer to prayer in our homeschooling journey. After ordering the curriculum I hopped on the internet and starting googling reviews on The Good and the Beautiful because I couldn’t wait to find other mamas who were loving and using it. I of course found mamas who raved about The Good and the Beautiful. But I also found several reviews from Christian mamas who said they were no longer using The Good and the Beautiful because the author was Mormon. Their concern was that the author might have put Mormon influences throughout the curriculum. After watching the videos I gathered their decisions were based purely off of personal choices and not because of something they found in the curriculum. You can read what I believe as a Bible Believing Christian here. After receiving the curriculum, looking through it thoroughly and praying about it… I knew that The Good and the Beautiful would be a wonderful fit for us. I have been vigilant about reading through every lesson to make sure it aligns with what we believe. And I can honestly say that after having used the curriculum for half a year (5th, 3rd, 2nd and Kinder) I have yet to find anything that contradicts with what we believe as Christians. The Good and the Beautiful does a wonderful job of emphasizing high moral character and basic Biblical principles.
I have found that the curriculum teaches UP in grade. I would highly suggest taking their placement test that they offer on their website. The language arts level definitely does not match up to a traditional grade level. I’m not entirely sure why they have set it up this way. It definitely makes things a little confusing for first time homeschoolers when purchasing the curriculum. Again, take the time to do the placement test if you’re unsure what grade levels match up to the course book you’ll need.
It is no more difficult than teaching multiple grades with any other curriculum. It took us a few weeks to get into a good rhythm and for me to figure out how long each child needed for certain things. My older kids are in 5th and 3rd grade. The majority of the TGTB curriculum they can do on their own. I will help them with spelling tests, dictation and also working through things that are a bit trickier. First thing in the morning they will cover everything that they can work on independently. During this time I am able to work more one on one with my Kindergartener and 2nd grader. I’ll be doing a separate blog post and Youtube video later on with what a normal homeschool day/schedule looks like for us. I do love that the daily prep time is minimal for their language arts programs. The math box did take a bit more time to prep and also to work through with the child. I found that their Language Arts books worked super well when trying hard to juggle multiple grades. The math program felt a lot trickier to work with multiple grades at the same time. It was very hands on for the teacher which might work better when it is just one student at a time.
Absolutely not! It’s designed to just open and go! However, I prefer to have written weekly schedules for each child so that they know what needs to be accomplished each day. Going through each grade and typing everything out would be a bit of a hassle. I was thrilled when I found Homeschool Planet! It’s an amazing online homeschool planner that you can use for the majority of homeschool curriculum out there (not just TGTB!). I will do a separate blog post and Youtube video specifically on Homeschool Planet and how to use it. . If you’re wanting to simplify your homeschool year, you’ll definitely want to look into it.
*Unfortunately Homeschool Planet no longer works with The Good and the Beautiful. This feature on Homeschool Planet no longer exists. I have since started using the planning pages from the Home and Haven Homeschool Planner. It is INCREDIBLE and worth every penny! They have created a homeschool planner that has space for up to 6 children per family. I have included photos of it below for you to see a few of their sample pages. They offer the Homeschool Planner as a digital print that can be brought to your local printer. They also have limited amounts of physical Homeschool Planners that they ship right to you. Make sure to get on their email list to be notified when the Homeschool Planners will be back in stock.
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I am so grateful for The Good and the Beautiful’s printed materials over the past several years. They were a perfect fit for our family for the past few years. While I will be using other curriculum and different courses this next year, we have nothing but wonderful things to say about The Good and the Beautiful.