Math
The Good and the Beautiful Math supports traditional methods by teaching basic math facts and universally recognized traditional algorithms. Children memorize math facts, but our math program is not based solely on rote memorization but also on gaining a deep understanding of numbers and relationships among numbers. Our strong emphasis on developing a solid number sense leads naturally into helping children understand the reasoning and application of standard algorithms. Children quickly learn and memorize mathematical algorithms when they first understand what the numbers and operations represent.
Our math program avoids the following items:
The Good and the Beautiful math curriculum offers a balanced approach to teaching mathematics. The curriculum includes components of multiple styles and begins with concrete, hands-on learning then moves gradually to a conceptual understanding of math. The curriculum is written with a real-life, “living-math” approach. It is also written to meet the needs of many different learning styles—including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
Between the two curricula, there are some similarities but many differences. Both are similar in their approach of developing a strong number sense and in-depth understanding rather than relying solely on memorization. They also similarly present concrete information before gradually moving to more abstract thinking.
The Good and the Beautiful math curriculum differs from Singapore in that our curriculum is NOT purposefully aligned with Common Core in any way. Additionally, The Good and the Beautiful math curriculum offers art, nature, and faith-based connections that are not found in Singapore math. Also, The Good and the Beautiful math is full color for all levels, as opposed to Singapore Math’s black-and-white workbooks (in most levels).
The Good and the Beautiful math curriculum offers a balanced approach of both mastery and spiral learning.
Though our math curriculum is extremely thorough and academically strong, it is not considered advanced (Math K is kindergarten level, Math 1 is first grade level, and so on).
If the children are being taught as a group, ideally each child should have their own Math Activity Box. Sharing the manipulatives in the Math Activity Box would render the lessons less effective and cause them to take a much longer amount of time.
If the children are being taught individually, the Math Activity Box may be shared; however, each child will need their own “My Calendar” (Level K) or “My Planner” (Level 1).
There are less expensive math programs than The Good and the Beautiful, but those that we researched were not found to be sufficiently thorough and academically sound. Here is a price comparison with complete math program sets that we do find academically sound for the first level of math:
The Good and the Beautiful Math K (full-color): $108.97
Saxon Math (black-and-white): $130.00
Right Start (black-and-white): $163.00
Math-U-See (black-and-white): $159.00
For the quality and thoroughness received and the fact that all materials are beautiful, full-color (which is much more expensive to print), The Good and the Beautiful pricing is amazing! The math course sets may seem more expensive than other The Good and the Beautiful products, but they are not priced at a higher profit margin than our other products. You will notice that the math course books are priced the same as similar length language arts books, but then you also have to add in our math activity boxes which contain a large number of resources that help add variety and effectiveness to the program. Because of the amount of expertise and illustration required for the math courses, our profit margin on the math products is actually less than most of our other products, while the math products take up the largest amount of space in our warehouse. We truly have gone to great efforts to make this math program as affordable as possible!