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Level 1 FAQs

How is the new edition different from the current one?

Like all of our language arts courses, the following subjects are integrated into the course: reading, writing, literature, spelling, geography, art appreciation, art instruction, grammar, usage, and punctuation. 

The Level 1 course set comes with three items: The Level 1 course book, Reading Booster B Cards, and Reading Booster B Books Set. A Level 1 Answer Key is available as a free download above and on The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool app. This answer key includes answers only to select pages (not every page).

Lessons have been streamlined to take less time but to be packed with even more learning presented in a way that is not overwhelming.. The course encourages you to work with the child on reading booster cards or books for 6 to 10 minutes. Level 1 focuses heavily on phonics and reading and requires one-on-one time with a parent or teacher each day.

This course includes a total of three units and three unit reviews. The assessment includes extra practice for any principle the child does not pass so you can check the child’s progress and assign extra practice as needed.

You are welcome to download the entire course (for free) on our website to see if it is a good fit for your family. There is also a flip-through video of our amazing new Language Arts Level 1 above.

How long will it take to complete the Level One Course Book?

The course consists of 120 lessons divided into three units and three unit reviews. To complete the course in one average school year, the child should complete one lesson daily, four days a week. This allows for five weeks of vacation days and/or sick days in addition to normal school breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break.

Is there an Answer Key?

An answer key is available on The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool app or as a free download above.

Are PDFs free to download?

The PDFs are free for all items that are part of the course set. You can purchase a PDF of the optional My First Nature Reader under Recommended Resources on the Level 1 product page.

Does my child need to master the subject before moving on to the next level?

All of our levels have a lot of review. We do not expect children to retain everything learned the first time concepts are introduced. Therefore, we build review into our courses in a spiral method. All concepts taught will be covered again, usually multiple times.

I am teaching more than one child. What do I need to purchase?

Each child will need their own Course Book. The Booster Cards and Booster Books Sets can be shared. The Booster Cards do have only one set of stickers the child gets to use to show completion so each child may benefit and enjoy having their own set of Booster Cards.

When will the Nature Readers (for Levels K-2) be released?

My First Nature Reader and My Second Nature Reader are available now. My Third Nature Reader will be released later in the summer of 2022. My First, Second, and Third Africa Readers will be released after that. At this point, we have not decided if we will have other My First, Second, and Third Readers series after that.

When do I use the My First, Second, and Third Nature Readers?

The Good and the Beautiful My First, Second, and Third Nature Readers are designed to give the child extra independent reading practice at exactly the level the child is on, which boosts confidence and makes reading less overwhelming and a more enjoyable and positive experience.

These wonderful books to read are not integrated with the courses, but all they all follow the exact scope and and sequence of the Reading Booster Cards as follows:

My First Nature Reader: Reader Booster A Cards

My Second Nature Reader: Reader Booster B Cards

My Third Nature Reader: Reader Booster C Cards

What is dictation? How is it done?

To dictate a sentence or a word means you say the sentence or word out loud and the child writes it down. After each word or sentence, give any correction needed. Have the child write the sentence or word correctly if it was incorrect the first time.

Why aren’t there spelling lists in the new course?

This course does not focus on spelling lists or memorization of spelling words. Rather, the course teaches how to segment and decode words in order to spell them based on known phonics principles. In addition, children practice spelling a small number of high-frequency and irregular words right in the lessons; these are the “Unit Spelling Words.” Children will naturally know how to spell many words after learning the phonics principles behind the words. Teaching children to memorize a lot of decodable spelling words is time-consuming, frustrating, and ineffective. Children learn and practice spelling rules in higher-level courses.

Language Arts FAQs

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

As we create new editions of language arts, we are aligning the instruction methods and layouts more toward grade level. We are focusing the lower levels more on reading, writing, and spelling.

Many concepts are still considered advanced but they are introduced in lessons that are easier to follow for both the child (in the self-guided levels) and the parent (in levels 3 and under). We now save some of the more complex grammar concepts for higher levels, but grammar is still covered thoroughly. Our courses have increased, rather than decreased, in how thorough and rigorous they are for children as there is more learning woven into each and every lesson. If your child is advanced, they may be able to move through the lessons more quickly. 

You can download our Language Arts Levels K-8 free. By downloading the free courses, you will be able to see exactly how concepts are introduced and taught.   

Does my child need to take the Placement Test?

Not necessarily. Most children can start on their corresponding grade level for their age if they do not need extra reading help. We suggest taking the Placement Test if you are unsure whether or not the child needs extra reading help. 

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 lower than his or her corresponding grade level. What should I do?

Do not worry about starting an older child at 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.

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

We highly suggest placing your child based on the Placement Test suggestion. Please also see the placement test FAQs, found on page 4 of the placement test document, for additional suggestions for advanced readers.

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?

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.

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.

My young child placed at a high level. Is he/she really ready for it?

If your child can pass the reading assessment for a course level higher than his or her corresponding age/grade, we do not suggest skipping to the higher level course. There are many spelling, grammar, literature, geography, and reading concepts taught in each level. There is no benefit to the child being ahead of a level and missing all that information. If you want your child to move to a higher level course more quickly, we suggest doing one-and-a-half or two lessons a day and/or doing lessons five days a week to get ahead, and skipping parts of the course the child already has mastered.

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

Even advanced readers benefit from reviewing and cementing foundational phonics principles, which will help them know how to sound out challenging words when they encounter them. Advanced readers usually go through the courses quickly until their spelling, grammar, and writing ability catches up to their reading. In the meantime, you can help your child continue to develop as a reader by doing the following activities:

  1. For children in levels K, or 1, if a child completes the Booster Cards and Books that correlate with the course book they are completing, they can simply begin the next set of Booster Cards and Books while completing the course book.
  2. Supplement with books from The Good and the Beautiful Book List that are on your child’s reading level. The book list has a separate Placement Test to assess just reading level.
  3. With your child, read books that are two to three levels higher than his or her personal reading level, switching off every paragraph or page. When reading on their own, children often skip through challenging words. Reading aloud with a parent or teacher encourages the child to sound out challenging words.
  4. Have your child listen to audiobooks (from The Good and the Beautiful Book List) that are two to three levels higher than his or her reading level.
What if my child is a slow reader?

Since reading literature of high moral and literary value is one of the best uses of time for children, our courses incorporate a good amount of reading. This improves reading fluency and speed, comprehension, spelling, writing, vocabulary, focus, analytical thinking skills, character, and more. If the child is a slower reader, consider reading with the child, alternating each paragraph. You could also read two paragraphs and then have the child read one paragraph.

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 finishes.

Can we use the courses without the app?

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 so a smart phone is not required.

How do I transition from the old edition to the new edition?

You can move straight into the new edition. The new edition courses are adjusted to be more on grade level, but we still teach almost all the same concepts and topics just as thoroughly, and in many cases more thoroughly. The difference is that we teach the concepts in a more gentle way that is age appropriate for the child, so that the child does not get overwhelmed.

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.

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

Our curriculum does not follow Common Core standards, but it does match or exceed most national public school standards. The academic spine of our curriculum was developed by compiling national state standards and then determining which ones match Good and Beautiful moral standards and the abilities of our pilot families. We believe that children who work on The Good and the Beautiful curriculum consistently each day will find that they are far above public school standards.

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 the 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.

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.

New Edition FAQs

When will the new editions be available?

Language Arts New Edition Schedule (Schedule Last Updated June 2022):

Preschool: A new edition of our Preschool Course (which replaced our Pre-K Language Arts course) released on August 30, 2021.
Kindergarten Prep: Kindergarten Prep (which replaced our Level K Primer course) was released on April 19, 2022.
Level K: A new edition was released on June 7, 2022.
Level 1: A new edition was released on June 14, 2022.
Level 2: A new edition 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 was released on March 8, 2022.
Levels 6 and 7: We plan to release new editions of these levels in 2024.
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.

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. Language Arts Level K-8 are free to download.

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

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

We have also released 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: 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. If you finish the new Level 2 before the new Level 3 comes out, it is no problem to start on the old Level 3. Reading, phonics, grammar, and punctuation are all on about the same level with the old and new Level 3. The writing in the original Level 3 is more difficult, so you just might need to take that more slowly. 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. 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!