Homeschooling with The Good and the Beautiful: What It’s All About

Once there was a homeschool mom who loved books and nature and God.

She created her dream language arts curriculum for her own kids. And then she shared it for free online.

She called it The Good and the Beautiful.

People loved it because it was filled with nature and beauty. 

It used wholesome literature and was academically thorough, open-and-go, and easy to teach!

Eventually, hundreds of thousands of children across the world used the curriculum.

And it’s still free!

Learn more about the unique philosophy and mission of The Good and the Beautiful!

Jenny Phillips explains how our team of directors, creators, and reviewers with differing Christian backgrounds work together to uplift and strengthen children and families.

Homeschool is not just about checking off all the subjects to be taught each day—it’s about shaping the hearts and minds of children and, above all, leading them closer to God. The character children develop and their relationship with God are the most important parts of education. 

Our Christian homeschool curriculum is faith-based from a completely nondenominational Christian viewpoint that focuses on basic principles such as kindness, faith, honesty, and an acknowledgment of God’s majesty—these are things that unite all Christians. 

Thus, our curriculum is rich with nature, beautiful art, and literature that supports faith, character building, and strong families. 

Our curriculum creators and reviewers have backgrounds in over 20 different Christian denominations, and each one of our six directors of curriculum development has a different Christian background. 

The Good and the Beautiful is an example of how Christians with differing backgrounds and beliefs can work together on common ground to do good in the world, uplifting and strengthening children and families.

We take education seriously at The Good and the Beautiful. It is important that learning is fun and creative while also being academically solid and thorough. 

We find that children thrive on structure and that intentional and planned curriculum which is thorough and academically robust, when done in the right way, does not lessen creativity or individuality. Instead, it strengthens it, leaving no holes in your child’s academic foundation. 

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Our large piloting programs help us determine what works best for most children to excel academically. The Good and the Beautiful courses do not follow common core, but they do have a comprehensive list of standards to meet for each course. These standards meet or exceed most national and state standards. 

Real parents and children guide our curriculum development process rather than established rigid philosophies or extreme approaches.

A wonderful thing about The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is that you do not need teaching experience or knowledge in any particular area to give your child a strong academic education.

Our lessons are open-and-go, so you aren’t overwhelmed with so many things to do and prepare. We maximize learning by teaching multiple concepts in each activity or lesson, reducing busywork and teaching time. We want you and your child to have time for the many other opportunities that homeschool brings.

Some subjects a child completes individually, and other lessons are done family style. For example, each child does his or her OWN LEVEL of language arts and math. This allows each child to progress as fast or as slowly as needed in these foundational subjects.

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History and science are designed to be quick but effective family-style courses, which allows the family the precious opportunity to learn, explore, and discuss TOGETHER. It also eliminates the time, cost, and energy of teaching a different science and history course to each child. 

No one should be kept from homeschooling with a top-quality, faith-based curriculum because of a limited budget. 

All of our thorough, high-quality K–8 math and language arts courses are free to download or inexpensive to purchase. Many homeschooling families switching to The Good and the Beautiful homeschool curriculum find that they save over $2,000 a year compared to other popular companies. 

If we were to explain our approach in two words, those two words would be: “WHAT WORKS!” We use pilot families to refine and discover what REALLY works. 

What works to make learning joyful? What works in teaching strong academics? What works to help children become good writers and good thinkers? What works to help children appreciate wholesome, top-quality literature? What works to bring children closer to God and to their families? The answers to those questions are how we form our curriculum.

Join us in our mission as we make faith-based homeschooling easy and inexpensive and help children learn to recognize, appreciate, and seek out what is good and beautiful in literature, learning, and life.

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  • Lauren Portus

    I really appreciate the YouTube video explaining the story behind The Good and the Beautiful and the non denominational Christian approach. It’s nice to be able to just drop a link when people are curious or insist it’s a specific denomination’s curriculum.

  • Brandi Jackman

    So thankful for TGTB and Jenny Phillips. TGTB has been an answer to prayer for our homeschool. Beautiful, pointing my kids to Christ, teaching an appreciation for art and nature, while academically solid AND affordable. Thank you TGTB.

  • Sierra Tessendorf

    I absolutely love how quickly we can get through lessons when learning so much!

  • Sharon

    I really love the Good and Beautiful! I had it for my 4 year old, but then needed something for my older students for language arts and writing. I didn’t know G&B had it for older levels. I switched halfway through last year and haven’t looked back. I am so please and thankful for this well put-together program. It teaches writing little by little and that’s exactly what I needed. And I love that is adds in the Bible and uses the King James Version:). Thank you G&B! I am grateful mom for your hard work!

  • Kayla Eilmas

    I always extensively research everything and The good and the beautiful is no exception. When my friends told me about this curriculum, I was very interested. But what the company stands for and the pillars of its foundation, is what really sold me.