Math 1: Quick Start

Welcome to Simply Good and Beautiful Math 1

Before You Begin

Starting Simply Good and Beautiful Math 1 is simple.

All of our Simply Good and Beautiful Math courses are open-and-go! You do not need to read or prepare anything on a daily basis.

It is, however, extremely helpful to spend a few minutes getting an overview of the course. Here are a few highlights specific to Math 1 to help you and your child have a successful start.

Required Items Needed for Math 1

We have simplified teaching math!

Get started with just two items: a Math 1 Course Book and Math 1 Box (the box can be shared within your household). Click on each item below to order additional items or for more information.

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

A Look Inside the Math 1 Box

This beautiful and durable math box (5.31”x5.31”x1.5”) is designed with an easy-to-open folding lid with magnetic closures and 4 compartments for easy storage of all manipulatives.

The Math 1 Box contains:

  • Clock with movable arms (3.75” in diameter)
  • Coin replicas including 5 quarters, 5 dimes, 5 nickels, and 5 pennies
  • 2 wooden dice that are approximately 1” square including:
    • 1 die with words left and right
    • 1 standard die numbered 1–6
  • 6 double-sided clock pieces (approximately 1.75”x2”)
  • 7 boat manipulatives including 2 sailboats, 1 submarine, 3 tugboats, 1 rowboat (approximately 1.5”x1.5”)
  • 26 silicone tangram shapes and pattern block pieces

Choking Hazard
Small parts—Not for children under 3 yrs.

Please note: We do not offer the Math Box as a PDF, but instructions to make your own can be found on the FAQ page.

Supplies Needed

In addition to the course book and math box, have these items available daily:

  • Pencil
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Whiteboard and dry-erase marker
  • 10 pennies, 10 nickels, and 10 dimes (These coins can easily be stored in the Math Box until needed.)

Extra Supplies Needed

A few extra items needed for Units 2 & 3:

  • Ruler
  • Stopwatch
  • Tape or glue
  • Timer
  • ½-cup and 1-cup measuring cups

How This Course Works

About This Course

The About This Course pages in the front of your course book contain details unique to Math 1. Click the About This Course button below to read everything you need to know!

Course Overview

Simply Good and Beautiful Math 1 contains 120 lessons. The easy-to-use format instructs both you and your child what to say and do for each lesson. Blue text indicates instructions to you, the teacher, and black text is what you read to the child.

Daily lessons open with a short review section that can be skipped if your child has mastered the concepts. This course is divided into three units, each with a unit assessment. The Math 1 Answer Key is a free download found on the FAQs page.

Simply Good and Beautiful Math teaches through a spiral approach. Each lesson introduces a new concept, gives the child an opportunity to practice the concept, and then reviews previously learned material. Learn more about spiral math in the video below.

Lesson Overview

Students complete lessons 4–5 days each week. Most children finish a single lesson in just 15-20 minutes. While some children complete one lesson a day, others may move at a quicker or slower pace. Whatever your child’s pace, it is acceptable if he or she is enjoying learning and not feeling too rushed or overwhelmed.

Watch for cues from your child to determine how much work he or she can do in one session. See About the Course for more information on maximizing the course to fit your child’s individual needs.

Skills Taught in Math 1

Math 1 provides a strong foundation of math sense for young learners, through lessons on:

  • Addition & subtraction
  • Calendar, time, & money
  • Fractions & measurement
  • Graphs & data
  • Place value & rounding
  • Volume
  • Word problems

And much more!

For a complete list of all the concepts taught in Math 1, see the Table of Contents and the Unit Overview pages found in the About the Course.

Additional Resources

Anteater Addition Activity

Anteater Addition Game


Homeschool Snowy Owl Subtraction Activity

Snowy Owl Subtraction Game


Learn how to break in your new books here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Visit our Math 1 FAQs page to find answers to frequently asked questions, songs, videos, and other resources.

How to Download Files

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For help with downloading or printing digital files, click below.

Email Customer Support

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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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