Language Arts & Literature

Language Arts & Literature

  • Connects learning to the good and the beautiful: family, God, high moral character, wholesome literature, and the wonders and beauty of nature and human life
  •  Requires no daily prep time—just open the book and follow the instructions, learning and exploring along with your child
  • Combines multiple subjects, connecting learning, adding meaning, shortening school time, and eliminating the need for 6 to 7 different courses
  • Levels 1-5 are available as free PDF downloads!

I can not say enough good things about this curriculum. I’ve been homeschooling for a decade and have used a LOT of curriculum. I’ve never found anything that fills every need and gap like this one does. Even more importantly, my kids love to do it every day! It’s turning homeschool from a chore to a joy again.” ~Amy D. (Facebook Comment)

How do the levels work? With which level should I start my child? Why is there no Level 8? Learn more about our levels and take the placement test: LEVELS & PLACEMENT

This course allows you to feel the joy of teaching your child as you help him or her connect learning to God, high character, beautiful artwork, and parent/child interaction right from the start of your child’s educational foundation.

This course helps children ages 3 and older to recognize numbers and letters and learn the sounds of the letters. It also gives children practice with fine motor skills and teaches about colors, shapes, counting, rhyming, sorting, order of events, and more.

Video: How the Flip Books Work

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course book. The flip books and activity packet are non consumable and can be shared.

Course Set Includes

  • Course Book (full-color, spiral-bound, 112 pages, consumable)
  • Four Spiral-Bound Flip Books (full-color, used to help children memorize the letter names and sounds)
  • Activity Packet (includes these games and activities on 15 double-sided, full-color, glossy card stock: Number Slider, Letter Cube, Mouse House, Feed the Elephant, Hide & Seek Pets, Swat the Fly, Letter Memory)

Free Song: Vowels (Right-click and save the song to your computer or device. Use this song to help children memorize the vowels.)

Subjects Covered

  • Phonics and Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Literature
  • Art

This is a full phonics program that teaches children to read. Children are ready to start this course when they can sing the alphabet and say the name and most common sound of each letter of the alphabet without hesitation, recognizing upper and lower case.

Video: How to Assemble the Mini Books

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course book. The reader, mini books, and phonics cards are non consumable and can be shared.

Course Set Includes

  • Level K Course Book
    • 221 pages /  full-color / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Level K Reader
    • 155 pages /  6×9 / full-color / 60# paper / spiral-bound
    • contains 20 “good and beautiful” style books
    • full-color illustrations and stories that support family, God, nature, and high character, establish in young children a taste for truly “good and beautiful” style literature
    • The mini books help the child practice the phonic principles currently being learned. The reader reviews principles taught.
  • Phonics Cards
    • 164 cards / yellow card stock / requires cutting
    • The same set of phonics cards is used for Levels K-2, with the child learning a certain number of the cards during each course.
  • Level K Mini Books
    • cutting and stapling required / makes 30 books / 60# gloss-coated paper
    • integrated with the course

Subjects Covered

  • Phonics and Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Literature
  • Art Appreciation
  • Writing

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course book. The reader, mini books, and phonics cards are non consumable and can be shared.

Course Set Includes

  • Level 1 Course Book
    • 305 pages /  full-color / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Phonics Cards
    • 164 cards / yellow card stock / requires cutting
    • The same set of phonics cards is used for Levels K-2, with the child learning a certain number of the cards during each course.
  • Level 1 Mini Books
    • cutting and stapling required / makes 15 books / 60# gloss-coated paper
    • integrated with the course, giving the child practice with the specific phonics principles being learned
  • Level 1 Reader*
    • 294 pages / full-color / illustrated / spiral-bound
    • contains “good and beautiful” style, full-color illustrations and stories that support family, God, nature, and high character, establishing in young children a taste for truly “good and beautiful” style literature
    • designed for personal reading

*Not a required part of the course. Not a part of the free PDF download.

Subjects Covered

  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Literature
  • Art Appreciation
  • Writing
  • Geography

Note: The books in the Level 2 Book Pack (Lumber Camp Library, Prairie School, Sarah Plain, and Tall, and The Beatinest Boy) are a necessary and integrated part of the course. Our Level 2 book pack is $1 less expensive than buying all these books on Amazon.com and adds no additional shipping charge.

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course book and course companion. The reader and phonics cards are non consumable and can be shared.

The 2nd edition reduces the length of the course, combining the two course books into one. The second edition introduces a reader. The 2nd edition also places more focus on reading and less emphasis on grammar and includes more artwork. No changes were made to the phonics cards or mini books between the 1st and 2nd edition.

Course Set Includes

  • Level 2 Course Book
    • 383 pages /  full-color / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Level 2 Course Companion
    • 28 pages / full-color cover, b&w insides / saddle-stitched
  • Phonics Cards
    • 164 cards / yellow card stock / requires cutting
    • The same set of phonics cards is used for Levels K-2, with the child learning a certain number of the cards during each course.
  • Level 2 Reader*
    • 312 pages / full-color / illustrated / spiral-bound
    • designed to help children experience and love “good and beautiful” style literature at a young age
    • engaging, wholesome, and well-written literature selected from readers and books that are out of print and impossible or difficult to find
    • designed for personal reading—not too challenging to read alone, but still of high literary value
    • increases in difficulty as the reader progresses

*Not a part of the free PDF download. The reader is highly recommended, but not required to complete the course.

Subjects Covered

  • Phonics and Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Literature
  • Art Appreciation
  • Writing
  • Geography

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course book and course companion. The readers and challenging words flashcards are non consumable and can be shared.

Note: The book A Penny’s Worth of Character is integrated with one extended lesson in the course book. This lesson and book are highly recommended (especially for the principles learned), but may be skipped if desired.

Level 3 Course Set Includes

  • Level 3 Course Book
    • 363 pages /  full-color / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Level 3 Course Companion
    • 20 pages / full-color cover, b&w / saddle-stitched
  • Level 3 Challenging Words Flashcards
    • 28 pages / 10 pt cover stock / requires cutting
    • gives practice with challenging, targeted phonetic principles
  • Level 3 Readers: Volumes 1 and 2*
    • Vol 1=295 pages, Vol 2=288 pages / full-color cover, b&w / illustrated / spiral-bound
    • helps children experience and love “good and beautiful” style literature at a young age
    • engaging, wholesome, and well-written literature exposes children to several different genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and biography
    • designed for personal reading—not too challenging to read alone, but still of high literary value
    • composed mainly of wonderful texts that are out of print and impossible or difficult to find

*Not a part of the free PDF download. The reader is highly recommended, but not required to complete the course.

Subjects Covered

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Geography

For Level 4, all books integrated with the course are contained right in the course book: Down Tumbledown Mountain by Elizabeth Coatsworth, Carlotta by Ella Maie Seyfert, The Belgian Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins, Exploring the Jungle by JoBesse Waldeck, and The Pewter Plate by Florence Parker Simister. No additional readers or books are needed. However, it is suggested that children spend time each day reading additional books of their choice from The Good & the Beautiful Book List.

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course books. The Creative Companion and Geography & Grammar Cards are non consumable and can be shared.

Course Set Includes

  • Course  Book Part 1
    • 210 pages /  b&w  / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Course Book Part 2
    • 190 pages /  b&w  / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Creative Companion
    • 121 pages /  full-color / 60# paper / spiral-bound
  • Geography & Grammar Cards
    • For use with levels 4 – 8 /full – color/ 124 double-sided cards /pre-cut

Why are the course books not in color like all of the other levels 1) We like to vary the components of different levels to change things up for children. 2) The Creative Companion for this level includes so much color that this level actually has more total color than any other course level 3) The format works very well for this particular course and has allowed us to incorporate five full-length books into the course books!

Subjects Covered

  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Art

NOTE: Level 5 is currently being majorly revised for the 2nd edition version and is currently not available. The 2nd edition of Level 5 will be released by June of 2017.

Level 6 will be released on August 21st, 2017.

Subjects Covered

  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Geography
  • Art

Note: All books integrated with the Level 7 course are included in the reader for Level 7. However, it is recommended that children spend time each day reading additional books from The Good & the Beautiful Book List.

Teaching more than one child at a time? Each child will need their own course book and Daily Checklist Notepad. The Course Companion, Reader, and Geography & Grammar Cards are non consumable and can be shared.

Course Set Includes

  • Course Book
  • Course Companion (Quick Reference, Answer Key, Course Readings, Spelling Dictation, etc.)
  • Level 7 Favorite Classics Reader
  • Geography & Grammar Cards
  • Daily Checklist Notepad

The following high school language arts & literature courses are currently being developed, and the first courses (High School 1 and High School Honors 1) will be released in June, 2018.

High School 1   |  High School 2  |  High School 3  |  High School 4

Honors High School 1   |  Honors High School 2  |  Honors High School 3  |  Honors High School 4

  • All courses combine reading, writing, literature, geography, art appreciation/art history, art instruction, vocabulary, grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling. (Note: Spelling is included in the standard path only.)
  • Each course will include a course book, a course companion (which includes an answer key for the course book and quizzes), readers with full-length books, and online videos. In addition, each course will integrate 2-3 carefully selected books that must be purchased.
  • The courses are designed to be mainly self-directed by the student, but parents can be as involved as they would like. Parents should administer and correct a quiz for each unit to check the child’s progress.
  • These faith-based courses place a strong emphasis on writing, editing, high moral character, enjoyment of learning, and literature of high literary and moral value.
  • There are 36 units in each course (one for each school week). Each unit is designed to take just over 4 hours for a total of 150 hours.

There are two paths for high school.

The standard path (High School 1, 2, 3, and 4) is less challenging than the honors courses, but still contains advanced learning and literature of high moral and literary value. The standard path is mainly designed for students who have not completed the lower level The Good & the Beautiful courses, which are advanced, or who are not ready for or interested in advanced literature or grammar. The standard high school classes do not have to be taken in order. However, in order to receive all the learning needed in high school, all four levels should be completed.

The honors path (Honors High School 1, 2, 3, and 4) is the natural path after Level 7, meaning students who successfully complete the Level 7 course are ready for Honors High School 1. (Standard High School 1 is about the same level as Level 7.) The honors courses do build on each other and should be completed in order (unlike the standard courses).

FAQs

Q. Do both paths cover all the standards needed for high school?
A. These courses do not follow common core standards. However, not only are all the truthful and important common core standards generally covered in these courses, but the courses also go well above and beyond common core standards.

Q. Are accredited classes offered?
A. No.

Q. How much geography and art history is included?
A. Geography and art history is covered thoroughly in the courses so that no supplemental courses are needed in these subjects.

Q. How much art instruction is included?
A. Only basic art instruction is included and is designed only to expose students to the basic principles of a variety of art mediums and techniques. Not all units include art instruction. Those who are serious about art will want to supplement with additional art instruction courses.

Q. How much will the courses cost?
A. $15 for a PDF download or $69.99 or less for a physical course set, which includes the readers, online video instruction, and high-quality, full-color course book packed with beautiful art. (Really? Yes! Taking the normal profit margin would make the price $60-$90 for a download or $110-$175 for a physical course set. Our mission is to make a “good and beautiful” education available to as many children as possible by keeping our prices extremely low.)

Q. Do the standard and honors courses use the same literature?
A. No. The literature in the honors courses is more challenging. If honors students also want to read the literature included in the standard courses, which is highly recommended, they can simply buy and read the readers for the standards courses.

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