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Simply Good and Beautiful Math 2

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Math 2 FAQs

How long are the lessons?

For children right on level with the lessons, most lessons take 20–25 minutes.

  • If the child takes longer than 20–25 minutes per lesson but is understanding and retaining the information, don’t worry; complete as much of a lesson as the child’s attention span allows each day. It is OK if this course takes longer than a school year to complete.
  • If the child takes less than 20–25 minutes per lesson and is learning new things, we suggest not moving to Math 3 so that the child doesn’t have holes in his or her math foundations. Rather, consider having the child do multiple lessons a day and move through the course quickly before starting Math 3.
  • If the child takes less than 20–25 minutes per lesson and seems to already know all the information, consider having the child take the assessments in the course (see the Table of Contents) to see if the child can skip any units or the whole course.

Our thorough piloting program proved that most children in Grade 2 thrive with having math for 20–25 minutes a day, as this curriculum is carefully designed to maximize time and effectiveness. If you or the child feels more time is needed, consider doing two lessons a day.

Does Math 2 have an answer key?

Yes! You can find the answer key above. The answer key is a free download. You may also purchase a physical answer key under the “Buy Individual Items” section of the Math 2 page at goodandbeautiful.com. This item is not yet available in physical format but is coming soon!

How do I make my own Math 2 box?

Items needed:

  • Clock
  • Magnetic whiteboard
  • Plastic or real coins including 5 quarters, 5 dimes, 5 nickels, and 5 pennies
  • Paper currency including ten bills each: $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. To download the templates for the paper bills, please click here.
  • 1 ten-sided dice (including numbers 1–10)
  • 2 fraction dice (1 inch cubes) To download the templates for the fraction dice, please click here.
  • 4 metal aircrafts including a rocket, helicopter, jetliner, and biplane (note that size is very important and they should be about 1 inch long)
  • Wooden squares with colored stars on one side and numbers on the other (.75 inches square) To download the templates for the colored stars and numbers, please click here.

Simply Good and Beautiful Math FAQs

How is the Simply Good and Beautiful Math program different from your discontinued math program? Why did you change?

These thorough, academically solid courses align more closely with our mission of 1) making homeschooling more affordable (math course sets are $49.99, including manipulatives) and 2) making homeschool less overwhelming.

Our amazing math team piloted Simply Good and Beautiful Math with over 60 families. With the overwhelmingly positive response from our pilot families, we feel confident this new math line will be able to bless many more families.

Simply Good and Beautiful Math courses are completely new (not just new editions)—not a single paragraph is the same. 

Why the change to a new math line?

1) We have found it is not necessary to take 5-7 pages to teach every lesson and math concept like our original math does (even though it does it so well!). Our new approach is academically thorough but much more concise. It still uses all learning styles and is packed with beauty and meaning. Games, activities, and stories are still included but in less overwhelming and lengthy ways. The new approach will make homeschooling multiple children incredibly more easy and effective in a shorter amount of required parent time.

2) The large amount of moving parts and manipulatives in our original math makes it overwhelming for some families and hard to keep children’s focus as the parent searches for manipulatives, game instructions, place value charts, certain numbered cards, calendars, etc. Simply Good and Beautiful Math has fewer manipulatives, but uses them in very effective and fun ways, and the layout streamlines all instruction into one course book.

3) Our original math is our highest priced K–8 product and our lowest profitable product. It also takes up by far the most space in our warehouse and the most time from warehouse, purchasing, and inventory employees. It is not sustainable, and we determined we needed to discontinue the math in favor of a new, improved product or raise the price (which we know is already outside many family budgets) to $159 per math course set. This cost is not in line with our mission to make homeschooling affordable, but with Simply Good and Beautiful Math, we can offer an affordable, amazing math program for just $49.99 for each course!

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

The scope of the courses have remained largely the same as our discontinued math, but the sequence and lessons vary. Not a single paragraph has remained the same in Simply Good and Beautiful Math. As the scope is largely the same, students can transition between the discontinued math to Simply Good and Beautiful Math with ease. Our development process incorporates numerous math experts to ensure the highest academic standards.

My child has completed the discontinued math courses. Can I switch to Simply Good and Beautiful Math?

Yes! The scope for Simply Good and Beautiful Math remains largely the same. If your child completed a discontinued math level, he or she can move into the next level of our Simply Good and Beautiful Math. For example, when your child completes The Good and the Beautiful Math 1, he or she can begin Simply Good and Beautiful Math 2.

Do the courses still have many moving parts?

A huge focus of Simply Good and Beautiful Math is increasing the simplicity and ease for children and parents. Simply Good and Beautiful Math has fewer items in the math boxes and fewer moving parts. The lessons are also concise while maintaining the highest academic standards.

Do the new courses contain stories?

Yes! Simple, short stories about children like yours and everyday life are woven throughout the course books, but not as often.

Is there diversity in your courses?

Yes! Our new Simply Good and Beautiful Math Courses feature more diversity than our discontinued math courses.

My child loves the games. Do you still have those in Simply Good and Beautiful Math?

Yes! We want to make learning fun for you and your child. Games, puzzles, and more are included right in the course book, but not as often or as extensive. No need to search for game mats or instructions as they are now part of the lessons.

Do you offer the new courses in printed and PDF format?

Yes! However, our new manipulative items are mainly made from wood and are no longer made from chipboard, paper, or cardstock and will not be offered in PDF format.

Are the PDFs for Simply Good and Beautiful Math free like the Language Arts?

Just like our Language Arts, Simply Good and Beautiful Math 1-5 PDFs are free to download. Simply Good and Beautiful Math K is not free to download.

Does Simply Good and Beautiful Math follow Common Core?

By design, The Good and the Beautiful curriculum does not follow Common Core or the educational standards of any state. The academic spine of this curriculum was developed by compiling all the principles and information deemed important by The Good and the Beautiful creators. This was a very thorough process that took months to complete for each subject and had input and review by educators, historians, scientists, reading specialists, math specialists, and grammarians. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is extremely thorough and has high academic standards, many of which go above and beyond those adopted by Common Core. 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.

I want to switch to Simply Good and Beautiful Math. Where do I start?

Welcome! We encourage you to start with our Math Placement Test found here:

Math Placement Test

Simply Good and Beautiful Math 1-5 PDFs are free to download.

Do any of the levels use the same Math Box?

No. Simply Good and Beautiful Math K-3 each have different Math Boxes. Simply Good and Beautiful Math 4-5 do not have Math Boxes.

Does it follow a mastery or spiral approach?

Simply Good and Beautiful Math is mainly a spiral curriculum, constantly reviewing concepts your student has learned to ensure he or she understands and retains the information.

 

Is the Math curriculum advanced like the language arts courses or do the levels match general grade levels?

While Simply Good and Beautiful Math contains the highest academic standards, it more closely follows grade levels and is not considered advanced.

I’m teaching Math to multiple children. Which items do I need?

Each child will need his or her own consumable Course Book.

If the children are being taught as a group, ideally each child should have their own Math Box. Sharing the manipulatives in the Math Box would render the lessons less effective and cause them to take a much longer amount of time.

If the children are being taught individually, the Math Box may be shared.

How do I get started?

Gather the supplies needed. You are then ready to open to the first lesson and follow the instructions. You do not need to read the lessons before teaching them.

Do you include any specific doctrine?

No, the goal of our curriculum is not to teach doctrines specific to any particular Christian denomination but to teach general principles, such as honesty, hard work, and kindness. All Bible references in our curriculum use the King James Version.

Is there an answer key?

Every level of Simply Good and Beautiful Math has an answer key except for Math K since this level is so basic.

Where can I find support for the previous math line?

The previous math line is no longer available for purchase. Answer keys are still available and can be accessed by clicking here.

For support for prior purchases, please email [email protected]