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I have been homeschooling for more than a decade now. There have been a lot of changes over the years as to the curriculum we have used and the things we like. But, I wanted to share my experience with The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum. This curriculum is the final winner in my home.
(This is not a paid review and I did not receive any of their curriculum for free to write this post. I just genuinely love it.)
We have used so many different programs over the years, and this one, it has lasted for 4 years now! That is truly a record for us!
About The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum
The creator of The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is Jenny Phillips. Before she started this company, she was a musician creating beautiful faith-based songs. I used to be a part of her traveling choir years ago. I had the opportunity of getting to know her and her amazing family during those years working with her.
Jenny is an incredible woman and I greatly respect her knowledge and skills. When she decided to start this curriculum, I knew it would be something special. I have not been disappointed!
Jenny is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as am I. Many times, when I have seen this curriculum mentioned, that has been a deterrent for people of other faiths to use this curriculum. People get worried that it will not reflect their beliefs.
If that concerns you, let me tell you that when creating this curriculum, Jenny used a team of people from a variety of Christian denominations. There is no doctrinal slant in any direction, but I would definitely call it a faith-based curriculum. It asks about God and faith, it talks about making good choices and prayer. It’s focus is on all things good and beautiful, hence the name!
Last year I attended The Good and the Beautiful homeschool convention. Here I share my experience and my purchases:
The Good and the Beautiful Book List
She first created her book list before any of the rest of the curriculum. This book list is a collection of books that she deems good and beautiful. This means that they are clean of profanity or taking the Lord’s name in vain. They have a good message, and the characters in them are kind and respectful to their families and others.
I was so excited about this book list. It is hard to know without reading every single book, what is high quality and good for my children to read. Her list has grown and expanded over the years and is now quite large! The Good and the Beautiful company is even printing their own copies of certain books.
Having high quality books for my kids to read is incredibly important to me. It’s one of the most important parts of our homeschool, so I love knowing that everything I choose from her list is of great quality.
What Subjects Does it Include?
The Good and the Beautiful covers Language Arts for all levels from Pre-k through High School. They have handwriting books for levels Pre-K through 7th. Many of the Language arts levels are FREE to download!
There are lots of science units for elementary through middle school grades. They have math for early elementary grades (but are expanding each year), and they have history for elementary and middle grades. They also have a few electives such as typing, creative writing, nature study and creative arts.
I have used nearly every level of The Good and the Beautiful language arts curriculum now. Currently, I have a high schooler using the 2nd year high school curriculum. I have a daughter in level 6, a son in level 3 and a daughter in Kindergarten level.
Pictured above is the High School level 1.
Each subject is separate, this is not an all-on-one boxed curriculum. You can pick and choose what you want. (A nice benefit!)
See My Video on the Good and the Beautiful Kindergarten Math:
We have used many of the science units and are on year two of the history program this year. My kindergartner is using the math program as well. (We used only the Language arts when we started using this curriculum.)
The history and science curriculum is meant to be done family style, meaning it stands many levels of learning with adaptations for older or younger kids. I love this because it allows me to use it with several kids at one time.
See my videos on The Good and the Beautiful High School Program
Before Using It:
And After a Year of Using It:
Why We Love It:
If you cannot tell, we absolutely love The Good and the Beautiful curriculum!
I love the ease of the program. Within the Language Arts course book, there is also included geography and art. Everything is all in one easy spiral-bound book.
The curriculum is quite easy to use and requires no preparation beforehand, other than the science experiments. It is open and go, and as a busy homeschool mom, that is just what I need!
I love the sweet messages included in the books. There are discussion questions that are wonderful, there are beautiful works of art to discuss. The morals and values are all just what I want when teaching my children.
The books are colorful and engaging. My kids are perfectly happy (as happy as kids can be) to do their school work. It has made our whole homeschool experience easier and better overall.
It is an inexpensive curriculum. The curriculum is low in cost and you can even get some of the levels in a downloadable PDF for free! Homeschooling can get expensive, so it is wonderful to have something that won’t be too pricey!
It is comprehensive. The curriculum covers all we need anymore. The language program is wonderful and gently teaches kids hard concepts.
See some of our Curriculum Choices over the years:
Our Literature Rich Homeschool (7th, 5th, 1st and Preschool)
Planning Homeschool Curriculum (2016 Picks!)
Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2015
Homeschool Curriculum Choices: Pre-K, 2nd, 4th (2014)
Curriculum Choices 2012-2013
Curriculum Choices 2011-2012