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 Level K from a fellow homeschooling mom, I decided to give it a try.
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.
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.
Some of the pros to The Good and Beautiful Level K:
- Short Lessons
- Multiple subjects taught in the program.
- Good quality readers
- Amazing prices!
- Good quality books
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!<<<