Well, it’s about time. It’s about time I found a language arts all-in-one curriculum that my daughter absolutely loves! When we ran into The Good and The Beautiful we knew we had found what we’d been looking for all these years.
And, by the way, I did receive this curriculum from Jenny Phillips. Otherwise, no affiliate links are included in this post and this is strictly my opinion and non-compensated. I’m just super excited about it is all!
As many of you know I’ve been in and out of curriculum choices, switching back and forth for many years with my oldest daughter. Now my youngest, Zoe, is in the fourth grade and although we’ve found many curriculum keepers during her younger years, she has outgrown a good bit of them and has also been on a pendulum swing for language arts and math.
We finally settled on Singapore math for her these past two and half years but have hopped around a bit for language arts, trying out different classical-inspired curriculum and a hodge podge of workbooks by huge publishers.
But, since we have really been falling in love with the Charlotte Mason philosophy these days we’ve been on the hunt for something a bit more Charlotte Mason inspired. Something more relaxed. Something that reflects the ease of lifestyle that we’re looking to implement in our home.
And then I found out about Jenny Phillips’ curriculum, The Good and the Beautiful.
It’s simply wonderful. It’s an integrated approach to learning language arts, geography, and art. I also received the history component as well.
Check out my video above to see our unboxing. We had a blast with it. Here’s what we got for Level 4.
The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts, Level 4
Language Arts and Literature Course Books 1 and 2
The first thing you’ll want to pick up if you like this curriculum may very well be the course books. These are the staples for the Level 4 curricula. (And while you’re at it, take a look at the other levels Jenny offers which address all age ranges up to high school). Take the assessment test here.
You may also want to pick up an approved book list that Jenny offers as well. This book list consists of books that have been preselected because they do not include inappropriate language and actions of characters and because they do have have high moral and educational value. Find the book list here.
These course books are the core of the language arts course and include spelling, grammar instruction, diagramming sentences and editing, as well as wholesome literature reads throughout. Lower levels go about grammar instruction a bit differently so take a look directly on her website for more info.
Creative Companion, Level 4
This amazing little companion to the Course Books is jam packed and filled with (I think) the best of writing, art and geography hand-selected for each lesson in the main course books. The lessons so neatly accompany the Course Book that all you need to do is open the lesson number to the same one you’re doing in the course book.
And, yes, you really do cover all three subjects weekly.
There is variety, however. Your kids are not doing the same types of lessons each day. Some day you’ll do geography and other days you’ll focus more on appreciating an art piece or creating something of your own. Level 4 focuses on pastels while other levels focus on other art mediums. Other days your student will write responses to what they’ve learned in the main course book.
Here’s an example of geography and art integrated in one of the lessons. Again, the colors are phenomenal and the pages high quality. Although you can get free PDF copies of this curriculum on Jenny’s website, this is why you may want to purchase instead.
Language Arts and Geography Cards
These cards are great for review of states and countries as well as refreshers on the parts of speech.
We chose Level 4 for Zoe because she is currently working on improving her cursive writing and we thought that this level would be a gentle introduction and practice for her.
I also really like that Zoe has a chance to color and draw her own illustrations throughout the lessons. This is a nice approach to handwriting practice that takes it from being repetitive and overkill to gentle and lovely.
The Good and The Beautiful History Year 1
This is an apologetically Christian history curriculum as it integrates much of the bible stories within the context of history. Honestly, this is one of the reasons I enjoy sharing this with my daughter. I want her to see how Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob play an important role in ancient history. I want her to know that the Bible I believe in and that her father and I teach her about weekly is true for us.
The Year 1 Course Book comes with The Big Book of History Stories. You’ll want them both together since the Big Book has the stories you’ll need to accompany lessons from the Course Book.
And while we’re at it, let’s take a peak at the glossy pages full of color and beautiful illustrations. Jenny made sure to gather a variety of illustrators for this project and the diversity of illustrations truly show through.
This course even comes with a game y’all. I love it!
You get the game board, playing cards, and dice.
The cards are high quality and the game takes you through history from ancient times to modern. The perspective is Christian and you can see this boldly woven throughout the history lessons.
And if you really want to bring history to life there are even dramatized AUDIO stories Jenny offers as part of her curriculum. You’ll definitely want to purchase these. My daughter really looks forward to listening to these audios when we get to those lesson that include them! You can pick up the audios here (26 audio downloads come with the Physical Course Set).
How are we enjoying this curriculum? Watch the video linked above and see my daughter’s reaction to it all. She LOVES The Good and The Beautiful.
Soon I’ll be posting an interview with Jenny on my podcast…so be looking out for that.
If you’re interested in this curriculum or have any questions about it, leave a comment below.