THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Home School Curriculum

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

Too many children are losing a love of learning and  love of good, wholesome, and powerful literature. Also, learning materials today are largely disconnected from God and high character, taking meaning, depth, and joy from learning.  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 and thorough.

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 to require very little to no preparation time. In addition the curriculum helps in the following ways:

  • Language arts & literature courses combine several subjects (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, literature, geography, and art.) This not only connects learning and gives it deeper enjoyment and meaning, but it means you do not have to find, purchase, and use 6-7 different courses.) It also reduces the total time needed for the subjects.
  • Children are on their own individual lessons for language arts & literature, but there is no prep time required! Just open the course each day and learn and explore along with your child for Levels Pre-K to 3. Levels 4 and above are designed to be self-directed by the child, but parents can be as involved as they would like.
  • The science and history curriculum is family style with lesson extensions for older children. Enjoy learning together as a family and having only one science and history curriculum to keep track of and complete.

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. Our profit margin is extremely low. 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 thoroughly combines the subjects contained 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

General FAQs

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.

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Q: What worldview does the curriculum take? Is any specific Christian denomination favored?

A: The curriculum takes a general Christian worldview, focusing, not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church, 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 the curriculum is reviewed by members of many different faiths to make sure that the curriculum does not include doctrine specific to any Christian church. We have reviewers and users of the following denominations and more: Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Catholic, Baptist, Mennonite, Nazarene, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Seventh Day Adventists. As one user posted on Facebook: “We are southern Baptist and have been using history, science, language arts, and handwriting for a year now. Zero complaints. Very nondenominational, beautifully written curriculum. I am so grateful to have found it.” ~Michelle W. Some of the levels include occasional quotes from leaders of many different faiths such as Catholic, Evangelical, and LDS. Whenever quotes are used from religious leaders, they are not on doctrinal issues, but on simple concepts such as love of learning and appreciation for nature.

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Q: On what level should I start my child in language arts and literature?

A: Administer the assessment test.

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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. Most of the curriculum that has 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. However, many families are starting their high school children with our Level 7 course as they wait for our high school courses to be released.

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, Year 2 history game, Grammar & Geography Cards, Level 3 Challenging Word Cards, Typing Course 1, Creative Writing Notebook #1

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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.
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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. However, because the curriculum is thorough and advanced, it goes well above and beyond Common Core standards.

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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.

Good and Beautiful Book List

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.

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