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How to Start Homeschooling Mid-Year

Are you jumping into homeschooling mid-year and not sure how or where to start? Or are you switching from a different curriculum to The Good and the Beautiful mid-year? It definitely can feel overwhelming to leave what’s familiar and start something new in the middle of a school year. So, where do you begin? This short video will show you how!

Can I Start Homeschooling Mid-Year?

Yes! Homeschooling is a natural way of teaching and learning and can fit into any family’s lifestyle. It is very easy to begin homeschooling at any time of year. We created a step-by-step page to help each family choose the courses that best fit your family’s needs.

Keep reading this blog for more information about getting started mid-year and then visit our Get Started Homeschooling page for guidance in choosing courses.

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Language Arts, Math, & Handwriting

To start homeschooling mid-year, you’ll need to decide your children’s levels for math and language arts. Math and language arts are the only core subjects taught at your child’s individual levels with The Good and the Beautiful curriculum. The other core subjects, science, and history are taught family style. 

To find your children’s levels for language arts and math, just visit this page where you will find simple placement tests for both our Language Arts and Math courses, as well as reading levels.

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So, if you start mid-year, how do you finish a whole math or language arts course book by the end of the year? Do you start from Lesson 1, or start partway through the book? Here are two suggestions:

  • Start on Lesson 1 and just go through the book at a regular pace if it appears the child does not have the material mastered. It is okay not to finish a full course book by the end of the school year. It is better there are no holes in the foundation of your child’s education. 
  • Another option is to start on Lesson 1 and complete more than one lesson a day. This is a good option if the child seems to have some of the material mastered, but not all of it. In this scenario, do the parts of each lesson you feel your child needs and skip the others. This can allow you to do two lessons.

We also suggest getting one of our handwriting books for each child. Our handwriting courses match public school grade levels or start on Level 3 for an introduction to cursive if the child is not familiar with cursive.

History and Science Homeschool Courses

Our history and science family-style lessons are ideal for starting homeschool mid-year.

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  • For science, choose any science unit study and complete just two lessons a week with your kindergarten through eighth-grade children.

    After the 40- to 45-minute lesson, packed with fun activities and varied learning, your children in grades seven and eight will complete a 15-minute extension lesson that digs into a more complex science.

    Most unit studies last one to two months, so you might want to grab two or more science units to finish out the school year.

  • For history, simply purchase the History 1 course set and go through a family-style lesson twice each week. Again, there are lesson extensions for older children.

    You don’t have to finish the whole history course by the end of the school year: just pick up where you ended the following school year.
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Common Concerns of Homeschooling

Finding the time to homeschool can appear daunting, but don’t worry. We’ve compiled a simple video titled How to Organize a Homeschool Day to walk you through helpful tips and an approach to fit your unique family.

As a general rule, know that homeschooling can fit around your schedule, even for those who are working parents! Some families homeschool year-round and take larger breaks at various times. Others stick to the traditional September through May or June schedule because it’s what works best for them. Weekends or evenings can also be used for schoolwork. It’s up to you! 

We’ve developed sample schedules and a video dedicated specifically to this topic.

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Socializing is a popular concern for many new homeschool families, especially if starting to homeschool mid-year! There are many opportunities for children to spend time with their peers and those of all ages.

Look into homeschool co-ops, community sports and music groups, art classes, and so on. Do a search online for a group or activities near you. There are tons of ways to connect with other homeschoolers in your area, and with the rapid growth of homeschooling, choices and opportunities are increasing more every day!

Lastly, let’s talk about space. One of the biggest pitfalls new families can fall into is thinking they need to replicate a public school classroom at home. You don’t need a dedicated homeschool room to be successful!

Our founder, Jenny Phillips, does not have a homeschool room. She homeschools her children around the kitchen table, on the couch, on the lawn, or even at the park. For some families, a separate room may work, and for others, the kitchen table is the perfect place for lessons! Many of our customers utilize a roll-away cart, small closet, or bookshelf to hold their supplies. 

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Homeschool Help

We will help you every step of the way on your brave new journey to start homeschooling or begin using a new curriculum! We have many resources on this blog and our website, including hundreds of FAQs! The Good and the Beautiful customer support team is always happy to help as well. They can be reached at [email protected].

We are excited for you to join The Good and the Beautiful homeschooling family and can’t wait for you and your family to dive into good and beautiful learning!

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  • Jessica Tingler

    Are answer keys available for levels lower than 5th?

    • The Good and the Beautiful

      Thank you for your interest, Jessica! The Answer Keys for Language Arts Levels 1-3 can be found on our website in the FAQs, Helps, and Extras page for each individual level. Here is the example for Level 2; you can find it in orange: Level 2 FAQs, Helps, and Extras

  • Did you have Math for 6 grades?

    • The Good and the Beautiful

      Thank you for your interest! Level 6 Math is scheduled to released in the summer of 2022. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for updates!

  • My son will be in 7th this year and with there not being 6th or 7th level math do I do 5th? I am so confused.

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest! We’re excited that you’ve found us and are happy to help you navigate all that we have to offer.

      To help you get started, we have a wonderful, interactive guide which is available on the website.  This will help you navigate what products are needed and what is typically used for each age group. To specifically answer your question, we currently offer Math levels K-5. Math 6 is anticipated in mid-2022 but we would highly suggest that you take the placement tests to determine your starting point.

      Get Started Using The Good and the Beautiful

      We understand that not every child will use the suggested level for their age. Because of this, we do not offer grade-specific bundles. By offering items a la carte, it allows you to customize each subject to your child’s needs and abilities. We advise parents to administer our Language Arts and Math Placement Tests before purchasing items as these tests will give you a more detailed look at your child’s needs. 

  • Caitlin Straughan

    Is this program accredited?

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your inquiry, Caitlin.

      Curriculum cannot be accredited, only schools can be accredited and even many public schools are not.

      By design, The Good and the Beautiful curriculum does not follow Common Core or the educational standards of any state. The academic spine of this curriculum was developed by compiling all the principles and information deemed important by The Good and the Beautiful creators. This was a very thorough process that took several months to complete for each subject and had input and review by educators, historians, scientists, reading specialists, math specialists, and grammarians. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is extremely thorough and has high academic standards, many of which go above and beyond those adopted by Common Core.

      We believe that children who work on The Good and the Beautiful curriculum consistently each day will find that they are far above public school standards. We have not had people comment about the academic standards being too low; although, we have had people comment that the curriculum is too academically rigorous for some children.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions and we will be happy to help. You can also email us at [email protected].

  • Kathy Nunan

    I started TGTB LA a couple of months ago after stopping in Classical Conversations. I started my 10 yr. old (almost 11) son in LA 4 even though he could have done LA 5 now that I am looking at the entire LA 4 in person. My question is, should I move him to LA 5 next yr. or skip to LA 6? He tests at the end of this year in the CAT as if going into 6th grade. I think attempting 5th and 6th in LA in one year would be too much. I am torn on what to do. Any insight would be appreciated.

    • Customer Support

      HI Kathy! Thank you for your question. We recommend that you administer our Placement Test and read through the FAQs found there. You can view the placement test here: Placement Tests. We never recommend skipping a course level without having him take the reading level assessment for his corresponding age/grade level and passing it. If he does pass the reading level assessment for his corresponding age/grade level, there are options on the Placement Test for you to consider. If he can pass the reading assessment for a course level higher than his corresponding age/grade, we do not suggest skipping to the higher level course. We hope this helps!