- Why did The Good and the Beautiful switch to a new math line?
- To reduce the cost of the course set to $49.99, making it more affordable for families. To continue offering the original course, the price would have to increase to $159+ to make it sustainable for us to continue to sell.
- To make the course less overwhelming (with fewer moving parts) and more simple and quick to teach, all while being more academically effective.
- To make review and cementing of principles much more robust.
- To make it easier for parents to teach math to multiple children with shortened lessons. Parents no longer lose time or the child’s focus trying to find manipulatives and set up more complex games and activities.
- When will Simply Good and Beautiful Math release?
Simply Good and Beautiful Math K through 5 will be released by August 2, 2021 with Math K anticipated in June and Math 1 likely releasing early as well. Level 6 will be released in summer of 2022 with Math 7 planned to release in 2023 and Math 8 in 2024.
Preorder is not available.
- How is the Simply Good and Beautiful Math program different from your current math program?
Why the change to a new math line? Here are the main reasons:
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!
With the overwhelmingly positive response from our pilot families, we feel confident this new math line will be able to bless many more families.
- Has the scope and sequence changed? Are the courses advanced or on grade level?
The scope of the courses will remain largely the same as our current math, but the sequence and lessons will vary. Not a single paragraph will remain the same in the new math courses. Our current math boxes, calendars, etc. will not work with the new courses as we will have entirely new manipulatives. As the scope is largely the same, students can transition between the current math to Simply Good and Beautiful Math with ease. Our development process also incorporates numerous math experts to ensure the highest academic standards.
- Is the new math just as thorough? Are stories still used? Is it still hands on?
Simply Good and Beautiful Math is very hands on and uses stories. However, the lessons are shorter, the stories are shorter, there are fewer stories (although it has just as strong a connection to real life), and fewer manipulatives are used. We did not find it necessary to go through a longer story, pull out ten frames and numerous manipulatives, and go through such long lessons to teach many of the principles. We found that many principles could be taught just as effectively and thoroughly in a less involved way. Some families may want to add additional pattern block activities if their children especially enjoy them. There are many pattern block activities that can be purchased and used on Amazon.com.
- How long, on average, do lessons take with Simply Good and Beautiful Math?
Math K: 10-12 minutes
Math 1: 15-20 minutes
Math 2: 20-25 minutes
Math 3: 30-35 minutes
Math 4: 35-40 minutes
Math 5: 35-45 minutes
- How are the videos used in Math 4 and above for Simply Good and Beautiful Math?
Each lesson in Math 4 and above has an engaging video lesson averaging 10 minutes that the student watches. There is a portion of the video where the student is told to pause the video and do the Video Section portion of the lesson in the course book. The student then unpauses the video and sees if he or she got the work right. After watching the video lesson, there is a mini lesson in the course book that outlines briefly, clearly, and concisely the concepts taught. The student then does the lesson practice in the course book. The child can refer back to the video and/or the mini lesson when needed.
- Can we use Math 4 and above without using the videos?
The videos are the primary teaching of the course. If you are not a fan of your child learning through videos, we suggest you watch some of the videos before deciding not to use them. They are unique and were powerful for our pilot families, creating a deep love and enjoyment of math. If you don’t want to use the videos, and you know math well yourself, you can use the mini lessons to teach the child yourself. The mini lessons have concise information and if used by the child alone they are not designed to replace full lessons.
- Will I be able to stream or download the videos for Math 4 and above?
At this time, we plan to have the videos available to stream online or download; however, we’ll be conducting a survey in the next month to see how many people would like to have the option of having a DVD. We’ll make the decision at that point based on the results.
- Which courses need a Math Box? Will I need a new Math Box for each child?
Math K, Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3 each have their own unique Math Box. They are non-consumable. If you are teaching multiple children on the same level, you will only need one Math Box.
- Are the Math Boxes optional?
No, the items in the Math Boxes are highly integrated with the courses.
- Is the new math still faith-based in the same way as the original math?
- Is there still a Daily Dose?
No. We didn’t feel the Daily Dose offered enough review. The review in Simply Good and Beautiful Math is much more robust than our original math and one of the main reasons for switching to a new math product line. This review is not labeled or organized as the Daily Dose was.
- Are games still included?
Yes, but not as often, and when games are included, they correlate directly with what is being learned, are super simple to set up (usually within just a few seconds), and are super fun to play. You will no longer lose time or your child’s focus while you hunt for all the right numbered cards and game mats and read longer game instructions.
- I’m halfway through a level in the original math. Can I switch to halfway through a level in Simply Good and Beautiful Math?
Unfortunately, you cannot do that very easily. The principles covered in each level are almost exactly the same, but they do not go in the same order.
- My child has completed the current math courses. Will I be able to switch to the new program?
Yes! The scope for our math courses will remain largely the same. If your child completes a current math level, he or she can move into the next level of our Simply Good and Beautiful Math program. For example, when your child completes The Good and the Beautiful Math 1, he or she can begin Simply Good and Beautiful Math Level 2.
- Will the courses still have many moving parts?
A huge focus of our new courses is increasing the simplicity and ease for children and parents. Simply Good and Beautiful Math will have fewer items in the math manipulative boxes and fewer moving parts. The lessons are also concise while maintaining the highest academic standards.
- What will the cost be for each course in the Simply Good and Beautiful Math line?
Physical math course sets will be $49.99, including manipulatives.
- Should I buy the current edition courses or wait for the new releases?
It’s up to you! You will be able to seamlessly transition to the new Simply Good and Beautiful Math courses from after completing levels of the current math.
- Is there diversity in your courses?
Yes! Our new Simply Good and Beautiful Math Courses feature more diversity than our original math courses.
- Will 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. Watch the video at the top of this page for an amazing announcement about the PDFs for Simply Good and Beautiful Math!
- 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.
- Does Simply Good and Beautiful Math include mathematician biographies like the original math?
No. It was our intention to put those in, but our pilot families overwhelmingly preferred not to include these until higher level math courses, so we did not include them in K–5 (and the upcoming Math 6) Simply Good and Beautiful Math.