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Simply Good and Beautiful Homeschool Math-Top Questions Answered

Our team has created a homeschool math program that is engaging, exciting, and easy to teach! In this blog and video, we answer our customers’ top questions about Simply Good and Beautiful Math

Are the math lessons parent- or student-led?

Simply Good and Beautiful Math Levels K–3 are parent-led. This means you and your child complete the short lessons—and have fun learning—together. These levels also include a review and/or independent practice section that most students are able to complete on their own.

Even though you teach these courses, no prep time or math knowledge is necessary. Each course book is open-and-go! Simply read along, following the instructions for each lesson. 

Math Levels 4, 5, and 6 are mainly student-led, with the exception of a short parent-led mental math activity each day. At these levels, children watch a video and/or read through a mini lesson then complete lesson practice, followed by a short review section. 

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What do I need to know about the video lessons? 

Simply Good and Beautiful Math Levels 4 and above include short video lessons. These videos are beautiful and engaging—which may not be the words that come to mind when you think of typical math videos! 

Our pilot families gave our math videos raving reviews and say the videos are truly an incredible way to learn math! Math concepts are explained very clearly with graphics to help students understand the concepts better. 

We completely understand some parents are hesitant when it comes to screens. Our homeschool math videos include interactive example problems and additional instruction not found in the written mini lesson. For these reasons, we do not recommend skipping the videos. However, when watching them isn’t possible, the mini lesson is a good alternative. 

How can I teach math to multiple children?

Homeschooling multiple children was a driving force for creating Simply Good and Beautiful Math! We want it to be truly possible to teach multiple children at different levels while still offering an incredibly effective and enjoyable homeschool math program.

Since every level includes independent work, and because lessons are so concise, a parent can teach several different levels in about an hour! 

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With Simply Good and Beautiful Math, your child receives a comprehensive math education without spending hours each day on math!

How much time does a math lesson take to complete?

Lesson times increase gently as your child advances through each level. They are long enough to provide sufficient practice, but also not so long that children become bored or overwhelmed. 

Additionally, the short, powerful lessons are efficient, so students (and parents) do not waste time. Your child receives a comprehensive math education without spending hours each day on math. 

How do I know which math level to start with?  

Simply Good and Beautiful Math courses align with typical public school grades. However, we know that children progress at different paces, so the placement tests on our website provide a better picture of where your child should begin.

We strongly recommend you give your child a placement test before purchasing math based on his or her grade level! 

Placing students in the appropriate math level greatly reduces frustration for both you and them. It also helps children feel more confident and excited about their learning throughout the year when they are able to learn and absorb the information rather than struggle through it. 

Is this a spiral or a mastery program? 

Simply Good and Beautiful Math is a spiral homeschool math program. In each lesson of a spiral math course, your child practices a new concept and then reviews previous concepts.

For more information on spiral math and why it works, click the image below to visit our blog post on this topic.

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Is the math box optional, and can it be used by more than one child?

Students use these components throughout the entire course, so they really do need a math box. The perfectly sized and thoughtfully selected items in the box give children valuable practice in a hands-on way. The math box is non-consumable and can be used again with other children in your family.

If you need to make your own box, you can find a video to help with that here.

What makes Simply Good and Beautiful Math unique?

We’ve taken an innovative approach, showing children the beauty inherent to math. Lessons explain concepts simply and concisely. They are taught in a straightforward (not overwhelming) way, and fun too!

Try Simply Good and Beautiful Math to see for yourself how it can be a game changer for your homeschool. The PDF downloads for Math 1–5 are always completely free! Click the button below to learn more. 

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  • Cindy

    Do the creators of your math programs have math degrees or a math education background?

    • Customer Support

      Hi Cindy! Our Simply Math program was created by a team of experts in various fields. Our math director and the majority of our math writers have degrees in mathematics or mathematics education. In addition, each course goes through extensive reviews, edits, and fact-checking with a panel of math experts who have a Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. in mathematics. We hope you love it!

  • Ashley

    My state says I should homeschool my kindergartener 180 days. If your kindergarten curriculums only provide 120 lessons, what do you recommend for the remainder of the year?

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest in our Kindergarten courses! Lesson length will vary greatly between children. Have the child do as much work each day as the child’s attention span will allow. You do not need to complete exactly one lesson a day. You might do less than or more than one lesson.

      Our Level K courses have 120 lessons. If you complete one lesson per day, four days a week, you will complete the course in a typical school year, with about 4-5 weeks left over for sickness, vacations, field trips, etc.

      You can choose to continue forward to the next level if your child completes a course before the end of the school year. Or, many families opt for other activities for learning. Schooling does not always have to be strictly defined as learning from a textbook.

  • Angie

    I will be teaching twins – do I need two math boxes?

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest, Angie! Each child will need his or her own consumable Course Book.

      If the children are being taught as a group, ideally each child should have their own Math Box. Sharing the manipulatives in the Math Box would render the lessons less effective and cause them to take a much longer amount of time.

      If the children are being taught individually, the Math Box may be shared.

  • Stephanie Lucas

    I know that Math 6 was just released recently, does there happened to be a release date for Math 7? We are enjoying Math-Preschool, 2, 4, and 5 already. My oldest needs a better Math curriculum and I am confident that TGTB will be perfect Match for her. Thank you from first time homeschooler!

    • Customer Support

      We’re so glad you’re enjoying the courses, Stephanie! Simply Good and Beautiful Math 7-8 will be released in the coming years. We do not have any specific information about the release date at this time, but appreciate the time you took to share your experience!

  • Marcie

    When will level 7 be available?

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest, Marcie! Simply Good and Beautiful Math 7-8 will be released in the coming years. Additional information is not available at this time. We invite you to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for updates.