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How long are the lessons?

The average time to complete a lesson is 35–45 minutes. This includes time to watch the video, complete the practice and review sections, and practice multiplication facts.

  • If your child takes longer than average but is understanding and retaining information, don’t worry. You may want to break up the lessons. Complete the video and lesson practice at one time and the review section at another time.
  • To avoid holes in his or her math foundation, we suggest not skipping entire levels if your child works more quickly than average but is learning new concepts. Consider having your child do multiple lessons a day to complete the course faster.
  • If your child takes less time than average and seems to already know all the information, consider giving the Unit Assessments to see if he or she can skip any units or move on to the next course. Remember, the first few lessons of the course are review from Math 3, and it’s expected that most students will know the information already.
How many lessons should my student do each week?

There are 120 lessons in the course. If your student completes four lessons per week, he or she will complete the course in a standard school year with typical breaks for vacation or sickness.

Does Math 4 have an answer key?

Yes! You can find the answer key here. The answer key is a free download. You may also purchase a physical answer key under the “Buy Individual Items” section of the Math 4 page at goodandbeautiful.com.

Does my student have to watch the videos?

The videos contain the bulk of the teaching and are highly recommended. However, if your student feels confident in the topic being taught, he or she can skip the video and read the mini lesson instead. A student who struggles with the lesson practice should be encouraged to go back and watch the video.

Some families prefer to have the parent/teacher teach the child using the mini lesson rather than have the child watch the video lesson independently.

Is Math 4 completed independently by the child?

Yes, Math 4 is designed for your student to mostly complete independently, though at times children may need parent/teacher assistance to understand a concept. Parents/teachers will need to grade their child’s work and should do so on a daily basis when possible, providing immediate feedback.

What if there isn’t room to complete the work?

Students should always keep scratch paper on hand while completing the lessons. The Simply Good and Beautiful Math Scratch Pad is available for purchase.

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 less than $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 did (even though it was done 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 makes 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 made it overwhelming for some families and hard to keep children’s focus as the parent searched 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 was our highest priced K–8 product and our lowest profitable product. It also took up by far the most space in our warehouse and the most time from warehouse, purchasing, and inventory employees. It was 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 was already outside many family budgets) to $159 per math course set. This cost was 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 less than $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 K-3 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 are not 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 Level Assessment found here:

Math Placement Test

We also encourage you to review the extensive sample pages on our website. The sample pages for each course include the table of contents.

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 and Math 4 Mental Math Map Mysteries.

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]