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 review and/or independent practice sections that most students can 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 4–7 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, complete lesson practice, and finish with 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 first 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 lessons. For these reasons, we do not recommend skipping the videos. However, when watching them isn’t possible, the mini lessons are good alternatives. 

How do I teach math to multiple children?

Homeschooling multiple children with ease 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! Watch our video “Homeschooling with Multiple Families” for more ideas on teaching multiple children.

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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 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. When children are able to learn and absorb the information rather than struggle through it, they feel more confident and excited about their learning throughout the year.

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. 

Free Printable Homeschool Math for Kindergarten to Grade 7

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  • April

    I was wondering if there is a suggested curriculum for 8th grade level that is comparable to the curriculum style of TGTB? My children work well with this curriculum and I am in need of level 8 learning curriculum. Thank you for any suggestions

    • Customer Support

      While we do not have a specific math curriculum for grades higher than we offer, we are currently working on Math Levels 7 and 8. 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 in the coming years. We do offer Language Arts and History for 8th grade if you are interested. Please let us know if you need any additional assistance. Thank you for your interest!

  • Ashley

    What age is math level K geared towards?

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest, Ashley! Our math is extremely thorough and academically strong, but it is not considered advanced, meaning Math K is kindergarten level. Many children start kindergarten at the age of 5.

      We recommend that you look at the extensive samples and free downloads on our website, taking note of the Preschool and Kindergarten Prep courses that prepare a child for Kindergarten coursework. Parents love the instructional videos on our main YouTube page as well where you will find product flip-throughs, learn how to get started homeschooling, find instruction for teaching math to multiple children, and much more.

  • Tessie

    Do you think Math Level 7 will be available for 2023-2024?

    • Customer Support

      Great question Tessie! Simply Good and Beautiful Math 7 & 8 will be released in the coming years. Math 6 was released in June 2022 and we will continue with the development of Levels 7 & 8 as fast as we can complete them. We plan to explore the possibility of high school math after the release of Math 7-8. More information about our math program can be found on our website.

  • 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!