The Good and The Beautiful Level K Review

If you have been following my blog, you probably know that we started out our school year using Learning Language Arts Through Literature Blue for my 1st grader. You can read my review of LLATL here. We also used a little bit of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. However there was a need for change (which I will explain in further detail in a minute), so that’s what we did. After hearing of The Good and The Beautiful from a fellow homeschooling mom, I decided to give it a try.

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Why we needed a change….

It wasn’t that LLATL was failing us or anything. It was just that my son was getting really bored with it. When it came time to read the little readers, he was not excited at all. He would just barely make it through the book, and tell me how bored he was. (Not something that a momma wants to hear when she is trying to teach her son to read… right?) He was doing well with the sight words, and word family flip-books. He was showing progress in his reading. However, he had lost his excitement for learning to read. To me that is super important for young readers.

What  sold me on The Good and The Beautiful Level K?

As I began to look at the previews on the website, I noticed that everything was so bright and colorful. Not only that, but the stories in the readers were interesting and really good quality stories. It looked really good … and really beautiful!! The way that the reading was taught went right along with the way that I wanted my son to learn. TGATB also combines Language Arts with other subjects like Geography, Art Appreciation, Spelling, and etc.

Why Level K for a First Grader?

TGATB Language Arts curriculum is not at “grade level.” The curriculum is pretty thorough and advanced. I decided to give my son the placement test on their website, and he placed in the Level K program. I recommend doing one before you place your child in the program. Right now we are moving at a pretty fast pace, while we are reviewing what we already know. But soon we will be down to a normal pace about halfway through the book.

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My first full week of The Good and The Beautiful Level K

The first full week of the curriculum was awesome! To be honest, I was impressed from the first day! When we got to the first little mini book, my son was excited to read it. He read through the book with a smile on his face! Several mini books later, he was still smiling at the stories. He has thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

One of his favorite things to do is the phonics cards. (He likes doing the sight word flashcards from LLATL Blue, so we still do those too.) He already had about half of them mastered from the beginning, so it really boosted his confidence. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how they would go over with him. But, he really likes to do them.

He also really enjoys learning the sight words from TGATB level K. He loves when he gets to color in a little farm animal on the picture.

How does it compare to LLATL Blue??

Both LLATL Blue and TGATB level K are solid programs. The Good and the Beautiful level K is more advanced than Learning Language Arts Through Literature Blue. LLATL Blue takes a slower approach to learning phonics LLATL is black and white and very simple. The Good and the Beautiful is colorful and has gorgeous pictures/illustrations throughout while still keeping it very simple and short.

Pros

Some of the pros to The Good and Beautiful Level K:

  • Colorful
  • Fun
  • Short Lessons
  • Advanced
  • Thorough
  • Multiple subjects taught in the program.
  • Good quality readers
  • Amazing prices!
  • Good quality books

Cons

A few of the cons to TGATB Level K:

  • placement may be a bit off from what you are used to.
  • Not a lot of reading aloud to your child is included in the program. (However, there is a master booklist on JennyPhillips.com you can purchase for some ideas)

Will I use The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts again??

After I have fully completed level K with my son, I will make my decision based on his progression with reading. So far, it looks pretty good for TGATB. I even ordered their handwriting program for all of my kids next year.

To check out The Good and The Beautiful Level K, and to get examples of their curriculum>> CLICK HERE!<<<

 

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10 comments on “The Good and The Beautiful Level K Review”

  1. Hi Jamie, thanks for your review! I have just heard about The Good and the Beautiful through simplelivingmama and it looks really good. You mention one of the pros being short lessons. Could you tell me how much time you spend on a lesson? I’ve heard other reviewers say 30-40min. I love Charlotte Mason’s approach of short lessons and try to stick with no longer than 15-20 min for my almost 8yo. But the 30-40min scared me a bit 🙂 You also mention that you were drawn to the way reading is taught in TGATB. Could you expound on that?
    Thanks!

    • She does recommend spending about 30-40 minutes per day using the curriculum. I only spend about 20 minutes per day to stick closer to Charlotte Mason’s short lesson philosophy. It doesn’t seem to be an issue here.

      As for the reading, TGATB teaches phonics and sight words together. It is a really good mixture. There are sight word lists and phonogram cards that you practice each day. Then there is the workbook that you would spend time in. The work varies from day to day which keeps my son from getting overwhelmed or bored of doing the same kind of worksheet each day. Reading practice is also incorporated into picture study some days which has been so fun.

      I hope this helps explain it a little better!

  2. I’ve heard good things about this curriculum as well. A friend of mine uses it and it looks good from what I’ve seen. My concern is that the author is a Mormon. I don’t think I can get past that, because she will incorporate spiritual teaching, without having the Spirit to teach her.

    • I understand your concern. I am also very particular with those things. I have not seen anything yet that goes against my beliefs. In fact, I haven’t seen any religious teaching at all in level K. I will let you know if I come across anything.

    • Hi Eden! I’ve been researching this curriculum and read this on TGATB website:

      “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.”

      I don’t think you have anything to worry about 🙂

      I happen to be LDS (Mormon) and I think you’d be surprised how much of our beliefs probably overlap. I’d be happy to chat about it sometime!

  3. Hi Jamie!

    Thank you for your review! I’ve been debating between LLATL and TGATB for awhile now and I think you’ve convinced me to use TGATB for my son’s upcoming Kindergarten year. Thanks! I’m glad I stumbled onto your blog.

  4. Hi! I will be homeschooling my 3 girls this coming fall. My 2 oldest girls (6 and 10) attended public school util now. I’m currently debating language arts curriculum between BJU, Abeka, All About Reading, and The Good and the Beautiful for my 6yr. Have you tried any of the other programs? If so, how did TGATB compare? Thanks!

    • Between all of my kids, I have used Abeka, Learning Language Arts Through Literature, Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, MFW grade 1 phonics program, and Christian Liberty Press. In my opinion, TGATB tops them all. It teaches phonics and sight reading, and incorporates a bunch of practice through various activities. Lessons are short and pleasant. My 6 year old has progressed leaps and bounds with this program! I will not be using anything else with him as we move forward.

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