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. 

Simply Good and Beautiful Math Levels 4–6 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 rave 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 that 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 are 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 K–6 are always completely free! Click the button below to learn more. 

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  • Kelli Blackburn

    Are there plans to do higher level math courses? My daughter and I are really enjoying level 5 and have both learned a lot I’m not looking forward to having to switch after next year!

    • Customer Support

      Hello Kelli! Yes! Simply Good and Beautiful Math 7-8 will be released in the coming years! More information about our math program can be found on our website.

  • Diane

    This is our second year using G and B math. We’re currently using grades 4 and 5. I like the curriculum very much and especially like the mental math book as that’s so often left out of math these days. I wouldn’t describe it as a hands on curriculum at these levels yet kids still need concrete learning even in 4th and 5th grades so I often use manipulatives to show concepts. My grandsons are good in math and enjoy it and each lesson takes them around 75 minutes, including the video.

    • Customer Support

      We’re so glad you’re enjoying the courses, Diane! All of our Math Courses include fun games and activities; however, you will not find a Math Box for Levels 4 and above. Simply Good and Beautiful Math Course Set Levels K–3 include a box of manipulatives to be used with both the parent-led lessons and the independent practice for the child to complete on their own. We appreciate the time you took to share your experience and hope you enjoy Math 6 when the time comes!

  • Chantelle

    Do you have a suggested math course for level 7 this fall that would be comparable to TGAB curriculuum. (Since it isn’t available yet)?

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest, Chantelle! The Good and the Beautiful team does not have a recommendation for any specific Math curriculum for grades higher than we offer. Customers who have children needing an upper level of Math, will need to find another program to use until our new Simply Good and Beautiful Math 7 and above is released. We hope you find a great fit for your family and encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter and text notifications for all the latest updates for new releases and promotions.

  • Ally

    Hello! We are about a month away from finishing math 1 but we still need more to finish our school year. Is there a review book or anything between math 1 and math 2 we could do? Thank you!

    • Customer Support

      Congratulations, Ally! You can find free Certificates of Completion on our website to celebrate this exciting accomplishment! If you feel your child still needs more practice before moving on to the next level, you could repeat any lessons already completed with the free download on our website. You can also add games, such as Anteater Addition. If your child is ready to move on to Level 2, you can move on to the next level, depending on any state requirements you may have in place. Other options are to add Musical Multiplication or Multiplication Flashcards to prepare your child for the multiplication they will be introduced to in Level 2. This may also be a good time to complete a Science Course, such as Little Hearts and Hands or Safety. We hope you find a solution and invite you to email Customer Support if they can help you in any way.

  • Megan Towner

    Hello! I received our Level 4 Math set and am wondering.. why are the pages perforated? Are they meant to be ripped out before or after completing? Thanks!

    • Customer Support

      Hi Megan! Thank you for your interest in Simply Good and Beautiful Math! The pages of the Math Course Book are perforated so they can be torn out, if desired. You also have the option to keep them in the book without removing the pages. We hope you enjoy the course and appreciate the time you took to reach out!