Our team has created a homeschool math program that is engaging, exciting, and easy to teach! In this blog and video, we answer our customers’ top questions about Simply Good and Beautiful Math.
Are the courses parent or student led?
Simply Good and Beautiful Math Levels K–3 are parent led. This means you and your child complete the short lessons—and have fun learning—together. These levels also include a review and/or independent practice section that most students are able to complete on their own.
Even though you teach these courses, no prep time or math knowledge is necessary. Each course book is open-and-go! Simply read along, following the instructions for each lesson.
Math Levels 4 and 5 are mainly student led, with the exception of a short parent-led mental math activity each day. At these levels, children watch a video and/or read through a mini lesson then complete lesson practice, followed by a short review section.
What do I need to know about the video lessons?
Simply Good and Beautiful Math Levels 4 and above include short video lessons. These videos are beautiful and engaging—which may not be the words that come to mind when you think of typical math videos!
Our pilot families say the videos are truly an incredible way to learn math! Math concepts are explained very clearly with graphics to help students understand the concepts better.
We completely understand some parents are hesitant when it comes to screens. Our homeschool math videos include interactive example problems and additional instruction not found in the written mini lesson. For these reasons, we do not recommend skipping videos. However, when watching them isn’t possible, the mini lesson is a good alternative.
How can I teach multiple children?
Homeschooling multiple children was a driving force for creating Simply Good and Beautiful Math! We want it to be truly possible to teach multiple children at different levels while still offering an incredibly effective and enjoyable homeschool math program.
Since every level includes independent work, and because lessons are so concise, a parent can teach several different levels in about an hour!
With Simply Good and Beautiful Math, your child receives a comprehensive math education without spending hours each day on math!
How much time does a lesson take to complete?
Lesson times increase gently as your child advances through each level. They are long enough to provide sufficient practice, but also not so long that children become bored or overwhelmed.
Additionally, the short, powerful lessons are efficient, so students (and parents) do not waste time. Your child receives a comprehensive math education without spending hours each day on math.
How do I know which course to start with?
Simply Good and Beautiful Math courses align with typical public school grades. However, we know that children progress at different paces, so the placement tests on our website provide a better picture of where your child should begin.
We strongly recommend you give your child a placement test before purchasing math based on his or her grade level!
Placing students in the appropriate math level greatly reduces frustration for both you and them. It also helps children feel more confident and excited about their learning throughout the year when they are able to learn and absorb the information rather than struggle through it.
Is this a spiral or a mastery program?
Simply Good and Beautiful Math is a spiral homeschool math program. In each lesson of a spiral math course, your child practices a new concept and then reviews previous concepts.
For more information on spiral math and why it works, click the image below to visit our blog post on this topic.
Is the math box optional, and can it be used by more than one child?
Students use these components throughout the entire course, so they really do need a math box. The perfectly sized and thoughtfully selected items in the box give children valuable practice in a hands-on way.
If you need to make your own box, you can find a video to help with that here.
What makes this math program unique?
We’ve taken an innovative approach, showing children the beauty inherent to math. Lessons explain concepts simply and concisely. They are taught in a straightforward (not overwhelming) way, and fun too!
Try Simply Good and Beautiful Math to see for yourself how it can be a game changer for your homeschool. The PDF downloads for Math 1–5 are always completely free! Click the button below to learn more.