- Do your materials follow Common Core standards? How do they compare to public school?
By design, The Good and the Beautiful curriculum does not follow Common Core or the educational standards of any state. The academic spine of this curriculum was developed by compiling all the principles and information deemed important by The Good and the Beautiful creators. This was a very thorough process that took several months to complete for each subject and had input and review by educators, historians, scientists, reading specialists, math specialists, and grammarians. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is extremely thorough and has high academic standards, many of which go above and beyond those adopted by Common Core. We believe that children who work on The Good and the Beautiful curriculum consistently each day will find that they are far above public school standards. We have not had people comment about the academic standards being too low; although, we have had people comment that the curriculum is too academically rigorous for some children.
- What educational philosophy does the curriculum use?
Our courses are 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.
- Does the curriculum include doctrines specific to any certain Christian denomination?
No. The focus is on general principles of moral character such as honesty and kindness. The King James Version of the Bible is used when quoting Bible verses.
The Good and the Beautiful 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.
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, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonite, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nazarene, Methodist, Non-Denominational, and Seventh Day Adventists.
- How do I grade the material?
We do not have a set system for grading, except for in our high school language arts program. For everything else we suggest you develop your own grading system taking into account your family’s needs and state requirements. One suggestion is to give a grade out of 100 for each lesson based on thoroughness, effort, and correctness.
- Can I sell my PDF files and downloads if I sell my curriculum to another homeschool parent?
Unfortunately, due to copyright laws, we are unable to allow the resale of our PDF files. All customers will have to purchase the PDF versions of our products from our website.
- When will you be updating the book list?
In the past, we have updated the list each year in May. However, in 2019 our company is focused on selecting and republishing books for The Good and the Beautiful Library product line. Because of this, we will not be releasing a new book list until May 2020.
- How do I report a typo/error?
Please email our customer support team (email@example.com) if you find a typo in the curriculum. If you are using an edition that is older than two years, the typo has most likely been fixed and will not need to be reported
- How do I make sure I use copyrighted information correctly on my blog or in worksheets I create?
There are a few guidelines we would like to make you aware of as you post about The Good and the Beautiful. In compliance with copyright laws, our copyrighted materials, including our logo and website photos, cannot be used. Links to directly download products, such as PDFs you have purchased or received for free, cannot be posted. You may post your personal photos and personal videos of our curriculum. No supplements made using the material, lists, or other items within our curriculum can be provided to others for free, as a download, or for sale as this would be a violation of copyright laws. If you would like to guide your readers to our curriculum and products, please link directly to our website at www.thegoodandthebeautiful.com.
- I am not religious; can I still use your curriculum? My co-op/school/umbrella group does not pay for curriculum with religious content.
A few of our products are non-religious; you can find that list here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wudSX4BdSIjuxd4GV-rQdQZTc07a33LJs7Z3KasB8go/edit#gid=0
According to feedback we’ve received from other non-religious families, our Nature Notebook and language arts courses tend to be the easiest to remove the religious content as you are using them. Science is a little harder, and history is the most difficult. We have a very strict refund policy, so please view the extensive samples we offer on our website before purchasing.
- Will your curriculum be a good fit for my child with dyslexia?
Although many of our customers report success using our curriculum in teaching their dyslexic children, it was not designed purposefully to teach dyslexic children. Jenny Phillips has a special place in her heart for children with dyslexia. She put a team together that is currently exploring the option of creating a dyslexia program for The Good and the Beautiful. Unfortunately, if this project moves forward, it will likely take at least a couple of years until it is released. The Good and the Beautiful curriculum incorporates concepts that work well for children who have very mild dyslexia, but it may not be a perfect fit for all dyslexic children.
We suggest downloading the free versions of Levels 1-5 and work through it a bit with your child to see how it works before ordering the physical version.
- What curriculum is free?
Language Arts and Literature course sets levels 1-5 are offered as free downloads! You can also download our book list and our marine biology science unit for free. 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.