Learn what the
Good and the Beautiful
is all about.
“I feel like your work in creating these materials has been heaven-sent. My children now tell me they love learning history. They love the language arts readers. My voracious reader has moved from only enjoying exciting, fast-paced books to realizing she loves literature. We thoroughly enjoyed the Energy unit and are happy using our nature journals. I used to piece together our curriculum and was VERY stressed. This curriculum has changed my life.” ~ Christen W.
This one-of-a-kind, non-denominational curriculum, much of which is free, was created by best-selling author, songwriter, teacher, and homeschool mom Jenny Phillips, along with a carefully selected team of reading specialists, teachers, grammarians, historians, editors, writers, and homeschool parents.
Why the Curriculum was Created
To teach advanced academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning: God, high moral character, and the wonders and beauty of nature and human life
Children in our world today are largely losing a love of learning and an appreciation for good, wholesome, and powerful literature, enjoying instead, easy-to-read, mediocre or unworthy books. This curriculum is designed to help children recognize, appreciate, and seek out the good and the beautiful in learning. The images, exercises, and lessons focus on teaching high moral character while remaining academically strong.
To make homeschooling less overwhelming and time consuming
Homeschooling can be very overwhelming and time consuming! The curriculum is carefully designed to be very easy to follow and have very little to no preparation time. In addition the curriculum helps in the following ways:
To make homeschooling more affordable
This curriculum is also free or extremely inexpensive compared to most home school courses. Why? The underlying goal of The Good & the Beautiful is truly to strengthen children and families, not to make money. Our profit margin is extremely low. Most government programs which allow you to get reimbursed for home school curriculum do not allow you to get faith-based materials. We hope this curriculum will make it more feasible for families to be able to use a faith-based curriculum.
Price Comparison for Third Grade Language Arts & Literature
The Good & the Beautiful Level 3 Course Set is $68 (really!) and includes all the subjects in the products below, which would equal to $431.68.
Level 3 All About Reading (complete package + required kit): $141.80
Level 3 All About Spelling (complete package + required kit): $62.80
Level 3 All About Homophones: $19.95
Level 3 BJU Press Grammar & Writing (kit): $94.85
BJU Fundamentals of Literature (teacher & student text, test, answer key): $97.22
Down to Earth Geography, Grade 3 ($21.99)
Art Appreciation: Pieced together on your own from free websites
“I want to tell you the things I love about your curriculum:
– I can just open and go.
– Everything is explained clearly.
– It is advanced academically.
– I can trust that everything in it appropriate and uplifting.” ~ Michelle
“I just wanted to let you know that my second grader and I LOVE your Language Arts curriculum. You have done an amazing job of creating and organizing a program that is simple but thorough. Every day, I am pleasantly surprised and impressed with the material that we learn. There is just the right amount of repetitive exercise mixed with new activities to give it a rhythm without becoming boring or drudgery, and it challenges and expands my daughter’s skills in a gentle but firm way. In the past, my biggest struggle with LA curricula has been trying to make it all work together – spelling, dictation, memory work, reading, writing, etc. The full programs that we’ve tried were too rigid, sometimes way too rigorous, or many times left gaps in instruction (for teacher or student), or didn’t give a clear way to move at a different pace when the student (or mom) needed to. So, I’ve been piecing language arts elements together for years, trying to make it be what I wanted and what my kids needed. Then I found The Good and the Beautiful. I am not exaggerating when I say that it has completely changed the tenor of our school day.” ~ Traci. M
Q: What curriculum is free?
A: Levels 1-5 language arts and literature course sets are offered as free downloads! To save you time and money, we also offer high-quality printed course sets for less than the average cost of having it printed on your own. As the courses contain a lot of beautiful, detailed art, it is suggested you do not use a home printer to print the full-color materials unless you have a high-quality printer.
Q: What worldview does the curriculum take?
A: The curriculum takes a general Christian worldview, focusing, not on the doctrine of any particular sect, but on high moral character and basic Bible principles such as gratitude, honesty, prayer, and kindness. Parents can add in their own doctrinal beliefs as desired. Jenny Phillips is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but writers, editors, and reviewers of several different faiths are involved in the creation and review of the curriculum.
Q: On what level should I start my child in language arts and literature?
A: Administer the assessment test. For children in Levels 3 and under, it is suggested that do not start on a higher level than 5, even if they test higher. This is because, although they may have the reading skills needed, they may not have the handwriting, writing, and grammar skills needed.
Q: As the high school levels are not yet available for language arts and literature, can you recommend a program?
A: From Jenny Phillips: “Unfortunately, I have not found any language arts & literature programs that I feel comfortable recommending for high school. I wish I could, but most of the ones that have aspects that I do like also integrate books with profanity or inappropriate content. It’s not possible at this time for me to give any recommendations for high school language arts and literature.”
Q: Does the religious content in this curriculum prevent me from getting the curriculum paid for by programs like My Tech High?
A: Yes. Most of the curriculum contains religious content. We have made the curriculum as inexpensive as possible to make it more feasible for families to use faith-based materials.
The following items have no religious content: phonics cards, Year 1 History Board Game, Grammar & Geography Cards.
Q: Can you release a secular version of the curriculum so we can get it for free?
A: Since this curriculum has been designed specifically to connect children to the good and the beautiful, all of which comes from God, it would defeat our purposes to release materials that purposefully exclude God.
Q: Why do the lower grades contain such little writing instruction? What is the curriculum’s philosophy behind writing instruction?
A: The creators of The Good & the Beautiful believe that learning to write well is one of the most important academic skills a child can gain. However, pushing younger children to complete writing assignments can overwhelm them and cause them to dislike writing. This is because most children in lower levels are still working on basic handwriting, spelling, and grammar skills. There are exceptions; some children are ready to write earlier. If you have a young child who loves to write, let him!
At lower levels, the best way to develop great writers is by #1) teaching the child to think through parent-child discussion, #2) reading a lot of great literature to the child, #3) teaching the child to read well so that he can begin reading a lot of great literature on his own, #4) having the child complete occasional, simple, meaningful writing projects, and #5) having the child participate in oral narration often, which means he retells in his own words what he just read or heard, and also that he tells his own stories and compositions orally instead of writing them down.
Serious writing instruction begins in Level 4 and increases in emphasis with each course level.
Q: Does the curriculum follow Common Core standards? How do the courses compare academically to public school?
A: The Good and the Beautiful curriculum does not follow Common Core standards.
Q: What educational philosophy does the curriculum use?
A: The curriculum is not based on one specific educational philosophy or method. Rather, the creators of the curriculum intensely studied many different philosophies over a period of years and compiled what they felt were the best elements from several different philosophies, pulling mainly from Charlotte Mason.
Are you concerned about disrespect, inappropriate language and material, and low educational and literary value in the books your children are reading? Jenny Phillips and her team have spent thousands of hours scouring and reviewing all genres of literature to bring you Jenny’s top-recommended books for children, teens, and adults. This 90+ page PDF document includes Jenny’s reviews for over 400 books that she has found to have clean language and content and to be of the highest literary and moral value.