Language Arts Placement Test
The Good and the Beautiful language arts courses thoroughly cover reading, writing, grammar, spelling, literature, geography, and art for each level. However, when choosing which level to place a child in, we strongly suggest the child start on the course level that corresponds to his or her grade level, unless extra reading help is needed.
About Grammar Principles
For levels 4 and below, grammar principles are reviewed in each level, so no specific grammar knowledge is needed to start. For levels 5, 6, and 7, there is an 8-lesson Grammar Prep Unit (free PDF download at goodandbeautiful.com/prep,) which you can use to get your child up to speed with the grammar principles needed to start the course levels if your child has not had a lot of grammar experience. Please note that there is only one Grammar Prep Unit, and it serves as a preparation for any of these levels: 5, 6, or 7.
Additional details found in the placement test below.
Reading Level Placement Test
The placement test will help you know if a child needs remedial reading help by starting on a level lower than his or her grade level. If the child reads at or near his or her grade level, it is recommended that the child starts on the course that corresponds to his or her grade level.
Likewise, if the child is an advanced reader, it is recommended that the child starts on the course that corresponds to his or her grade level. The child can be kept challenged with reading books on his or her level from The Good and the Beautiful Book List, and all the reading materials in the courses are valuable and of the highest literary quality, even for advanced readers. Not skipping levels ensures that no foundational learning is missed in spelling, literature, writing, grammar, geography, and art.
Parents Know Their Children Best
As always a parent’s views trump our assessment. While we have our suggestions, parents will often know which level is best for his or her child. If you feel it is best to start your child on a lower or higher level course, we suggest you do so. Always remember that if a child needs remedial reading help or just finds a course too hard, it is much better for the child to start on a lower level course for his or her ultimate academic success.
Click here for the Reading Placement Test to assess your child’s reading level for independent reading.
Simply Good and the Beautiful Math is mainly a spiral math curriculum, constantly reviewing concepts the child learns throughout the course to ensure he or she understands and retains the information.
While Simply Good and Beautiful Math contains the highest academic standards, it more closely follows grade levels and is not considered advanced. Levels Math K through Math 7 are currently available. Math 8 will be released in upcoming years. Use this placement test to help you determine which level best fits your child.