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Language Arts: Level 1

This course is being discontinued and will be replaced with a brand-new version with completely new components. It will be released in July 2022. Please see our New Edition FAQs below and here.

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Level 1 FAQs

What do I do if my child finishes all of the Sight Word Ladders?

That’s great! Have your child spend extra time reading.

You can also review all the mastered charts occasionally. It is helpful to choose the same day of the week (such as Mondays or Fridays) to be your review day.

What is dictation? How is it done?

When the course asks you to dictate a word or sentence, it means you say it aloud, and the child writes the word or sentence. Gently explain any errors and have the child make corrections.

Is the reader required to complete the course?

The Level 1 Reader was previously an optional resource. It is now an integrated and required part of the updated 3.0 edition of the course. If your child is reading at a higher reading level, you can supplement with good books on your child’s reading level. 

I'm teaching more than one child at a time. What do I need to purchase?

Each child will need their own course book. The reader and phonics cards are non-consumable and can be shared.

Language Arts FAQs

How do your Language Arts levels compare to public school grade levels?

Our grade comparison chart for Language Arts is as follows:
Level K: Advanced Kindergarten/Regular 1st Grade
Level 1: Advanced 1st Grade/Regular 2nd Grade
Level 2: Advanced 2nd Grade/Regular 3rd Grade
Level 3: 3rd Grade/4th Grade
Level 4: 4th Grade/5th Grade
Level 5: 5th Grade/6th Grade
Level 6: 7th Grade/8th Grade
Level 7: Advanced 8th Grade/9th Grade

Why do the levels not match public school grade levels?

The homeschool experience usually allows children to progress at a faster rate. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is carefully designed to pack a lot of learning into a short period of time while keeping difficult subjects understandable. Thus, our curriculum tends to progress at a faster rate than public school curriculum. Children going from public school to The Good and the Beautiful tend to start at a lower level than they would expect, but they also tend to progress very quickly.

Does my child need to take the placement test?

The placement test is highly recommended in order to determine the appropriate level for your child. You may also download Levels 1-5 for free, and the other levels have samples which include all the benchmarks and many sample pages. You can look through these samples and use your own judgment to decide the course level with which to start your child, but the placement test is very helpful in determining the appropriate place to start.

How do I get started and what do I need to order?

We are so happy that you chose The Good and the Beautiful to be part of your homeschooling journey!

This is one of the most common questions parents have when they first visit our website. Our Getting Started Guide will help you navigate what products are needed and what is typically used for each age group. Once you’ve received your order, this same guide will walk you through your new courses.

My child placed much lower than his or her corresponding grade level. What should I do?

This is extremely common for children just starting The Good and the Beautiful curriculum. Our curriculum fills gaps and holes that either your child didn’t retain or were not taught in their prior curriculum.

Do not worry about starting an older child in a lower level. He or she will likely go through the courses quickly and catch up to his or her corresponding grade level without missing any important foundational principles. Also, when the child reaches high school age, he or she can jump right to the high school course, which reviews all grammar principles, regardless of what levels he or she has completed.

My child is an advanced reader but behind in grammar and/or writing. What should I do?

Levels 1, 2, and 3 review all the grammar and spelling principles taught in the previous courses. Thus, advanced readers can usually start one or two levels higher than they place if they only place in a lower level because of grammar and spelling. Levels 4 and above are mainly self-directed. If the child does not have a good foundation in spelling and grammar, consider starting with Level 3. Advanced readers will naturally go through the courses quickly. Also, your child can continue to improve reading skills by reading higher-level books on our book list.

Will starting my advanced reader on a lower level slow down his or her reading progress?

Even advanced readers usually benefit by reviewing and cementing foundational phonic principles, which will help them know how to sound out challenging words when they encounter them. Advanced readers usually take less time to go through the courses and quickly reach higher levels. In the meantime, you can help your child continue to gain reading progress by completing the following:

  1. Supplement with books from The Good and the Beautiful Book List that are on the child’s reading level. The book list has a separate placement test to determine his or her reading level.
  2. Read aloud with your child books that are 2–3 levels higher than the child’s personal reading level, switching off every paragraph or page. When reading on their own, children often skip through challenging words. Reading out loud with the parent or teacher encourages the child to sound out challenging words.
  3. Have the child listen to audio books (from The Good and the Beautiful Book List ) that are 2–3 levels higher than his or her reading level.
My young child placed in a high level. Is he/she really ready for it?

You will have to use your best judgment, especially taking into consideration the child’s handwriting and writing abilities. The biggest struggle for younger children in higher levels is usually the writing assignments. In addition to this, our placement tests are limited and cannot test all grammar principles; consequently, there may be gaps in learning if younger children start at a high level. It is recommended that you do not start any child more than one level above his or her corresponding grade level (allowing the child to move through the levels as quickly as he or she is able).

My child finished early. Do I wait until next year to start the next level?

No, you can continue straight into the next level when your child their current course.

What if my child took the placement test after finishing the course and he or she didn't pass to move on to the next level?

This is not common. However, if this is the case after you followed instructions, completed the entire course book, and feel that the child made progress, move to the course for the next level. If you feel that the child did not make good progress, or if the child does not pass the placement test after finishing the NEXT course (two course books in a row), it is suggested you have the child tested for a reading or learning disability.

Note: Usually you do not need to have your child take the placement test after finishing each course. Simply move to the next course level.

Will my child ever be able to catch up?

Start your child on the level for which he or she tested and be consistent each day with doing the recommended time for the course (see the “About this Course” section at the beginning of each course book). Then, do not stress! If a child does not have reading disabilities, he or she can start with the first high school course as soon as they reach fourteen years old. It is not necessary to complete Level 7 beforehand. For example, if a child completed Level 5 and just turned 14, he or she can jump to the High School 1 course. This is because our standard high school courses review the principles and rules learned in the lower levels.

Do The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts courses follow Common Core standards? How does it compare to public school?

The Language Arts courses do not follow Common Core standards. Each course strives to teach everything moral and sound that is being taught in public schools while going above and beyond many public school standards, but not necessarily in the same order.

Does the curriculum include doctrines specific to any certain Christian denomination?

No. The goal of The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is not to teach doctrines specific to a particular Christian sect, but to teach general principles of moral character such as honesty and kindness. The King James Version of the Bible is used when quoting Bible verses.

What educational philosophies does the Language Arts curriculum follow?

The Language Arts courses are not based on one specific educational philosophy or method. Rather, the creators of this curriculum intensely studied many different philosophies over a period of years and compiled what they felt were the best elements from several different philosophies, pulling mainly from Charlotte Mason.

How do I report a typo/error?

Please email our customer support team ([email protected]) if you find a typo in the curriculum. If you are using an edition that is older than two years, the typo has most likely been fixed and will not need to be reported.

New Edition FAQs

When will the new editions be available?
Language Arts New Edition Schedule (Schedule Last Updated January 2022):
Preschool: A new edition of our Preschool Course (which replaced our Pre-K Language Arts course) released on August 30, 2021.
Level K Primer: A new edition (renamed Kindergarten Prep) will be released in April 2022.
Level K: A new edition will be released in June 2022.
Level 1 and 2: New editions will be released in July 2022.
Level 3: We are currently working on creating a new edition of Level 3 that will be released in early summer 2023.
Level 4: A new edition of Level 4 was released on October 12, 2020.
Level 5: A new edition of Level 5 Language Arts will be released in spring 2022.
Levels 6 and 7: We do have plans to do new versions of these levels, but they will not release until 2023 or later.
High School LA Courses: We do not have plans to revise these courses. We will not be releasing any more high school classes in 2022 or 2023.
Will you be discounting the current levels?

Yes. Levels K Primer, Level K, Level 1, and Level 2 Language Arts are being discontinued and are currently available for 50% off while supplies last. Discount subject to change at any time, all sales for discontinued items are final and items may not be returned or exchanged.

Has the scope and sequence changed? Are the courses advanced or on grade level?

Yes, the scope and sequence for the entire scope and sequence of Kindergarten Prep through Level 2 have changed. 

These new courses have been aligned to be on average grade levels. We had a huge piloting group, and that was an immense help in making sure the pacing, interest level, and academic level were just right for each age group.

How long will the current editions be available?

Our current editions will only be available until they are sold out. PDFs will likely be removed at that time as well so we suggest downloading any free courses you would like to access now.

How are these editions different from the previous editions?

The lessons have shortened and the pacing has become more gentle, but the effectiveness with which children learn to read, write, and spell has improved and increased. The sequence is much more streamlined, focusing on principles in a very sequential way and building upon prior knowledge. The lesson formats have been improved. Many more geography principles are integrated. The new courses use a new optional Letter Tiles app to assist with spelling practice.

Will any current pieces/products be used with the new courses?

No. All items in our new courses will be completely new. Phonics cards and our current mini books and readers will not be a part of the new program.

Can you tell me more about the components that will be used with the new courses?

We are introducing a more robust and engaging phonics approach with reading booster cards and reading booster books, which we are excited to show you in the near future. These brand-new resources, which are used in correlation with the course book, perfectly align with the child’s progress and greatly increase reading confidence and fluency in a sequential, ordered way.

Do you have the scope and sequence available for the new courses?

We do not yet have a scope and sequence available but will have more details at the time of release.

Will you offer the new courses in printed and PDF format? Will the PDFs for Levels 1 and 2 still be free?

Yes, they will be offered in PDF format. On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2022, Jenny Phillips will be making a huge announcement about changes on our YouTube channel. These changes will affect more than just language arts. We will be changing what is free, but maybe not in the way you would guess. As always, our mission is TRULY about bringing light and strength to the world, and our world has never needed light or strength more, so be prepared for a pretty exciting announcement on Valentine’s Day.

Do I have to use the apps to complete the courses?

We will be introducing a free Letter Tiles app that can be used in correlation with the lessons, and which has been a favorite with pilot families. 

We will also be releasing a homeschool app which will be a tremendous resource and make it easy and quick for you to access resources. 

The app resources are highly recommended to enhance learning and pilot families, even those who do not use screens in their homes were raving about the videos, video books, and spelling resources. Most parts of the courses can be completed without the use of our apps, but some parts, especially geography, and some highly effective spelling rule videos require the use of the app, but those parts can be skipped if desired. The apps can be accessed and used on the computer if desired.

I am partway through the original course of Level K Primer, Level K, or Level 1. Can I stop where I am at and start using the new edition of the course?

Because there is a totally new scope and sequence, switching partway through a course is difficult. If you do want to switch, we suggest starting on Lesson 1 of the new course edition and, if desired, you can skip lessons or parts of lessons that contain concepts in which your child is already confident. This assures your child will not miss any foundational concepts.

Can I switch from a current level to a new level with ease? (For example, from current Language Arts Level 1 to new Language Arts Level 2).

Because there is a new scope and sequence for levels preschool to Level 2, you will notice these changes when transitioning from the old curriculum to the new curriculum:

Original Level K Primer to New Level K: The new Level K moves much more slowly at the beginning of the course. Your child should have no problem moving from the original Level K Primer to the new Level K course, although some children may find the first 20 lessons or so easy and will be able to move through them quickly.

Original Level K to New Level 1: If your child completed the original Level K, there will be no problem moving to the New Level 1, although much of the first unit of the new Level 1 will be review for the child, and the child may be able to move through the lessons more quickly. 

Original Level 1 to New Level 2: If your child completed the original Level 1, there will be no problem moving to the New Level 2, although much of the first unit of the new Level 2 will be review for the child, and the child may be able to move through the lessons more quickly. 

New Level 2 to Original Level 3: The NEW Level 2 does not transition well to the current level 3 as there is too big of a jump in difficulty between the new Level 2 and the beginning of the original Level 3. Thus, we are currently working on creating a new edition of Level 3 that will be released in early summer 2023, and it will be the perfect bridge between the new Level 2 and our current Level 4. If you take a full school year to complete the New Level 2, the new Level 3 will be ready for you when you need it for the next school year. We will not be redoing Level 4 as it is already aligned to an average Grade 4 level.

The shift in scope and sequence to be more on grade level allows for children to easily transition from current editions to our new editions. 

What will the cost be for each course?

We have not yet released course prices and will do so at the time of release. We work hard to keep our prices low to give every family a discount every day.

Should I buy the current edition courses or wait for the new releases?

This is a decision to be made by each individual family based on their needs and finances. However, some may want to get the hugely discounted course sets just to get the readers and mini books, which will no longer be available once they are sold out, if you feel these would be great extra resources to have on hand in your home.

Can I pre-order the new courses?

We do not offer pre-orders.

Is there diversity in the new courses?

Yes, a big focus was placed on adding even more diversity in our new courses. In fact, we bought expensive original paintings and commissioned other detailed, beautiful paintings in order to better feature diversity, above and beyond the limited, appropriate paintings that feature diversity that are in the public domain.

Will there be answer keys for all levels? Will the answer key for the old levels still be available?

Yes, there will be answer keys for Level 1 and Level 2. Level K Primer (which will be renamed Kindergarten Prep) and Level K will not have answer keys as the answers are very basic. Old answer keys will also remain available in PDF format.

Do the new LA levels contain assessments?

Yes, there is an assessment after each of the 3 units in the new Levels K–2 Language Arts course books.

My question wasn't answered in the FAQs. Where can I find out more details about the new program? When will you have more information?

More information will be released at the time of the release of our new courses! Stay tuned for samples, flip-throughs, a full scope and sequence, new level assessments, and much more!