Language Arts Level 5: Quick Start

Welcome to The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Level 5

Spread of Language Arts Course Book Level 5

Before You Begin

Language Arts Level 5 is designed to be open-and-go! This means there is no need to read or prepare anything daily.

It is, however, extremely useful to spend a few minutes getting an overview of the course. Here are a few highlights.

Required Items Needed for This Course

The Level 5 course set arrives bubble wrapped and includes the individual items listed below. Are you missing an item? Compare your packing slip to your order. You may have ordered the “course book” rather than the “course set.”

If something is missing, you can contact our Customer Support Team at [email protected] and we will be happy to help you.

The full-color Course Set includes*:
Level Five Book Box, Level Five Course Book, and Geography & Grammar Cards.

*Answer Key sold separately or download free here

Language Arts Level 5 Book Box

Includes:

Four Full-Length Novels

  • Captured Words by Frances Williams Browin
  • Chico of the Andes by Christine Von Hagen
  • Marjorie by Sidney Baldwin
  • The Clockmaker’s Son by Jenny Phillips
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Spread of Watercolor Around the World from Language Arts Level 5 Course

Watercolors Around the World Set

  • Watercolors Around the World, a 50-page instruction book
  • Template sheets with outline sketches
  • Note: Watercolors and brushes are NOT included.
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Optional Answer Key

A physical Answer Key can be purchased
separately or download it here as a free PDF.

Items Needed

Daily Supplies:

  • Level Five Course Book
  • Geography & Grammar Cards
  • Level Five Book Set
  • Answer Key (optional)
  • Handwriting: We recommend The Good and Beautiful Handwriting Level 4, 5, or 6 two to four days a week.
  • Books for Personal Reading: Visit The Good and Beautiful Book List and Library for suggestions
  • Typing: It is recommended that children in Level 5 practice typing skills often. (Many writing assignments in this course are typed, which allows children to more easily edit their work.)

Art Supplies:

  • Watercolor Around the World instruction book and watercolor pad (included in the Level Five Book Set)
  • Watercolors Set (at least 24 colors),
  • Paint brushes
  • A fine-tipped black pen
  • Paper towels
  • Rock salt (optional)
  • Hairdryer (optional)

Subjects Covered in This Course

This course combines multiple subjects. Connecting learning in this manner provides deeper meaning and interest while eliminating the expense and trouble of purchasing and using many different courses.

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar & Usage
  • Geography
  • Art Appreciation & Instruction

How This Course Works

Daily Routine

This 120-lesson course was designed to be done 4–5 days a week.

The time needed to complete coursework each day will vary greatly according to each child.

Sample schedule for an average child:
5 minutes: Parent/Teacher Section for the child to complete with a parent or teacher
15 minutes: Student Section for the child to complete independently
20 minutes: Personal Reading for the child to complete during any time of the day, not necessarily during the lesson
15 minutes: Spelling Workshop or Writing Workshop for the child to complete, which concludes the lesson

Check the child’s work on a daily basis, giving feedback, and if/when needed, adjust the level of parental involvement. Occasionally quiz the child on Geography & Grammar Cards to assess progress. 

Lessons instruct the child when to use the items in the Level Five Book Box.

About This Course

The “About This Course” pages in the front of your course book provides a full picture of how this course works. Read the complete details unique to Level 5 by clicking here.

Are you looking for the previous edition of Language Arts Level 5?

Please note: This edition is no longer available for purchase. However, if you currently own and are using the second edition of Level 5, we are happy to help you get started with this course. Keep reading for more details.

The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Level 5 Course Set
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Required Items Needed for This Course

Optional Item

There are two readers for The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Level 5. While the Level 5 Shared Reader is a required, integrated part of the course, the Level 5 Personal Reader is a highly recommended, but optional, resource.

Lessons 9–62 include two full-length books written directly in the course book. We recommend using the Level 5 Personal Reader beginning in Lesson 63 as part of your child’s personal reading time.

Daily Items Needed

  • Large index card (for use with the ladders in the Course Companion)
  • A timer (child times himself/herself periodically throughout the course)
  • A watercolor set (dry cakes—not tubes)
  • Paintbrushes and palette (or a white plate)
  • Watercolor paper (9”x12”, at least 16 sheets of 140 lb paper)
  • A blank notebook with lined paper (to be used as the child’s “Writer’s Notebook”)
  • Handwriting: We recommend The Good and Beautiful Handwriting Level 4, 5, or 6.
  • Books for Personal Reading: Visit The Good and Beautiful Book List and Library for suggestions
  • Typing: It is recommended that children in Level 5 practice typing skills often. (Many writing assignments in this course are typed, which allows children to more easily edit their work.)

Subjects Covered

This course combines multiple subjects. Connecting learning in this manner provides deeper meaning and interest while eliminating the expense and trouble of purchasing and using many different courses.

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar & Usage
  • Geography
  • Art Appreciation & Instruction
  • Poetry Memorization & Appreciation

How This Course Works

Daily Routine

This 120-lesson course was designed to be done 4–5 days a week. Each child’s pacing is individual, and parents should not feel a child needs to finish an entire lesson or complete only one lesson each day.

Level 5 focuses heavily on reading, writing, and spelling using sentence dictation. For this reason, this course is partially student-directed. Every day a parent or teacher reads the spelling dictation and a short section in the Level 5 Shared Reader with the child. The student then completes the course book on his or her own. Instructions for sentence dictation, word ladders, and poetry memorization, as well as the answer key, are found in the Course Companion.

Check the child’s work on a daily basis, giving feedback, and if/when needed, adjust the level of parental involvement. Occasionally quiz the child on Geography & Grammar Cards to assess progress. 

This course directs the child to do online research for a few lessons. Please talk with the child before starting the course. Explain the rules he or she should follow when researching online. Alternatively, you may choose to have your child do only off-line research, perhaps at a local library.

We also suggest that the child reads daily for 20 minutes.

Spelling Dictation and Geography & Grammar Cards

About This Course

The “About This Course” pages in the front of your course book provides a full picture of how this course works. Read the complete details unique to Level 5 by clicking on the “Read About This Course” button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our Level 5 FAQs page where you will find answers to frequently asked questions, helpful videos, and other resources.

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Email Customer Support

Do you have more questions? Email our friendly customer support team, and we will be happy to help you further!

Emails are answered Monday–Saturday throughout the day. Most emails are answered within 1 business day (Monday–Friday).

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