We have been using The Good and the Beautiful homeschool curriculum for math for about six months. I hesitated starting my kindergartner on it and wish I would have just taken the leap and bought it to begin with. We are currently on track to begin Math 1 in the fall, so I thought I would dive in and show you my The Good and the Beautiful Math 1 overview and offer some organization tips for the math activity box! Let’s jump in!
The Good and the Beautiful Math 1 Overview
Math 1 builds on skills learned in Level K. I’m extremely glad that I get to start at the very beginning of this curriculum and use it with my son all the way through because I think it is excellent in building those foundational math skills and number sense.
The Math 1 curriculum comes with two course books. You will also need to purchase the activity box that is designed to be used with Levels 1 and 2. Each child also gets a planner that includes stickers. This planner is designed to help children learn the days of the week and the months of the year and how to write dates. This curriculum also includes MP3s to help with learning these concepts.
Each course book explains in detail the math education philosophy of the company, answers commonly asked questions, and covers course pre-requisites and course objectives.
In Math 1 your child will learn:
-identify and write number 0-100
Number Sense and Operations
-Children will be working on adding and subtracting within 20, explain place values through the hundreds place, and identify even and odd numbers to 100 (among many other things, see video)
Children will also work with:
- Measuring Length
- Measuring Time
- Measuring Money
Each lesson is divided into four parts. First, the child works on the daily dose. These activities are repetitive and you may want to skip them, but the repetition is needed to help cement the concepts. The daily dose in Math 1 includes things like working on the planner, place value chart, and patterns.
The lesson section is next. The parent works directly with the child and explains new concepts and helps the child practice these new concepts.
Each lesson includes a student worksheet. The student works on concepts just learned.
Each lesson also includes a bonus activity. These math activities are fun and engaging and can be helpful for a parent working with multiple children.
There are two sections per course book, so four sections total.
Each section includes an assessment so you can make sure your child is on track.
Before you begin coursework, you will need to prepare the math activity box, gather additional supplies listed in the course book (these are standard school supplies) and familiarize yourself with the course and the format. If you are new to TGTB math, there are transitional lessons available to prepare your child for this course.
The Good and the Beautiful Math 1 Activity Box Organization Tips
The activity box is to be used with both levels 1 and 2. It’s much smaller than the Level K box, so I have stored the actual maniplualatives in a craft storage box.
I mentioned in my blog post about Level K that the little baggies to store the manipulatives ripped easily, so that’s why I chose a craft storage box.
I stored the game cards in the baggies meant for the manipulatives, as well as all of the other materials.
Here’s a look at some of the things included in the activity box.
There are lots of games with this curriculum! You will need a dry erase sleeve for these game boards, but it looks like so much fun!
The Good and the Beautiful Math Level 1 is currently $108.96.
Make sure you watch my YouTube video below for a detailed look at the inside of the box!