An Honest Review of The Good & The Beautiful Level Pre K
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Are you like me? You like to do a lot of research before handing over your hard-earned cash for a curriculum?
This The Good & The Beautiful Level Pre K review will hopefully help you on your journey towards deciding what is right for you and your child.
There are loads of preschool curriculums available and you could spend a fortune or very little. It is completely up to you.
My son just completed Pre K workbook and so I feel as though I can now share a very open and honest review with you and how I feel it worked for us.
What Is The Good & The Beautiful Curriculum?
Before I get into the review, it is important that you have a little background on the curriculum I’m going to talk about.
The Good & The Beautiful is a popular curriculum amongst many homeschoolers. The founder, Jenny Phillips created the curriculum primarily to use for her own children but was eventually persuaded to offer it to others.
Thus…her business was born and we’re now all able to use the beautiful curriculum that she and her team have created.
For the record, this is not a sponsored post and all products have been purchased with my own money.
The Good & The Beautiful offers a thorough and comprehensive Language Arts course, Science units, History units, Handwriting, Math (although this is still in the early stages), as well as several other supplemental options.
When Jenny founded the curriculum she did so with the desire to bring the good and the beautiful back into learning. She has most definitely achieved that.
The Good & The Beautiful Level Pre K Review
Why Did We Consider It?
So, what made our family consider this curriculum for our son?
Honestly? I didn’t want to fork out a ton of money for a preschool curriculum. I never had any intention of doing any hardcore school for a good long time.
However, I knew that my son was more than ready to take on some learning and I wanted someone else to have organised the structure and such for me.
I have a 4.5-year old, a 3-year old, and a 1-year old. Life is busy in our home and I need things to be organised.
What I loved about The Good & The Beautiful was that they offer their curriculum in a PDF format, making it very easy and accessible for those of us living outside of the US.
It meant I could print it out using my Epson Ecotank and bind it at home.
What Does the Level Pre K Cover?
From the outline of the Pre K workbook, this is what is included:
- Letter & number recognition
- Letter sounds
- Fine motor skill practice
- Colors, shapes, counting, rhyming, sorting, order of events, and more
Each lesson usually focuses on one letter at a time and they will take your child through the entire alphabet over the course of the book.
There is no free-hand handwriting, but there is lots of tracing.
The course also includes an activity pack which contains several educational games that go right along with the lessons.
This was something that my son thoroughly enjoyed and helped to keep learning fun and engaging.
Pros & Cons of The Good & The Beautiful Level Pre K Language Arts
It is Gentle
I loved this course for it’s gentle introduction to learning. It didn’t feel forced or boring. I didn’t want to make my son sit down and learn. I wanted him to WANT to sit down and learn.
The lessons are set out in a way so that you don’t have to complete one per day. There are checkboxes beside each activity so that you can just keep track of where you are without the pressure of having to complete a certain amount.
I will say that at the beginning of the course my son could only sit for about half a lesson. By the end, he was getting through two lessons per day.
The creator of the curriculum wants the focus to be on your child and what they need…not what anyone else thinks that they need.
It is Fun & Engaging
My son hates repeating things. It is the fastest way to lose his interest. This curriculum worked for him because it is a combination of both spiral and mastery teaching styles.
He repeated things enough for them to really settle in his mind, but because the concepts were taught in a spiral manner, he didn’t get bored or frustrated in the process.
Not to mention the games…which he absolutely loved. I think Mouse House was his favourite.
It is Affordable
Whether you purchase the printed version or decide on the PDF and print it at home yourself, this curriculum is by far one of the most affordable ones available.
And yes…you could just go on Pinterest and find worksheets, etc. However, the ease that this curriculum offers having all the lessons set up for you means you don’t have to spend nearly as much time getting organized.
I loved knowing that my son was getting a comprehensive education and that I didn’t need to worry about whether or not I was doing things right or wrong. This curriculum has already been proven to work well.
You Can Add to It
While The Good & The Beautiful Level Pre K can certainly stand alone, it is also wonderful to have other things paired with it.
We used How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons as well as Reading Eggs and all three have worked really well together.
I didn’t feel as though I was having to correct things or that my son was getting mixed messages. In fact, the combination of all three things really helped strengthen each other and my son grasped concepts extremely well.
It is Good & It is Beautiful
Find wholesome and good things to share with our children has become more and more difficult as society waters down everything important.
This curriculum is good and it is beautiful. It is faith-based but I saw absolutely nothing that hinted at any one denomination.
As a parent wishing to offer up her children a wholesome education, this was a beautiful start to that journey.
It is Bookwork
If you’re not interested in having your child sit down and work through a book then this curriculum is not for you.
While the lessons are short and sweet, there is still bookwork involved.
I think you can tell that I believe The Good & The Beautiful Level Pre K is worth your time and money. It has been a lovely thing to have in our home and both my son and me have enjoyed working through it.
In fact, he’s now moved on to The Good & The Beautiful Level K Primer as well as Level K Math.
Next year we plan on using their Level K Language Arts curriculum as well.
If you are looking for a fun and wholesome curriculum to use with your preschooler, give The Good & The Beautiful a look in. I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.