The Good and the Beautiful
Each year, I find it helpful to review our family’s motivation for why we homeschool. Now, let me start by saying that homeschooling was not my plan for my family. I attended public school and while my husband had been homeschooled for much of his schooling, I just never thought that it would be something that our family would do. For me, I decided on homeschooling after having Ella enrolled and attending a charter school for the first 4 months of Kindergarten.
One of my motivating reasons for homeschooling was the flexibility it provided to tailor education to the individual child. Ella had attended a very advanced preschool and this new Kindergarten program was just not challenging her. She wasn’t enjoying it and was beginning to act out due to boredom. Homeschooling was a way for us to challenge her and let her discover and devote some time to new interests. Since beginning our homeschool journey, just over 2 years ago, we have changed up our curriculum a few times, moved around our daily routine, and discovered what works best for Ella and our family.
Currently, we are using and LOVING our curriculum we started this year by Jenny Phillips called The Good and the Beautiful. This curriculum puts a focus on all things Good and Beautiful. With a non-denominational Christian focus, each lesson has a positive and “beautiful” focus. Lincoln recently started with the PreK level and Ella is working through Level 3. Jenny provides free assessment tools to determine which level to choose for your child and even offers the language arts curriculum (which also incorporates art and geography) levels 1-5 for free! We are currently using language arts and history and are loving it! I love that it is all laid out for me to just open up to that days lesson and go. Ella and Lincoln love all the fun activities, bright colors, and beautiful pictures!
The history is by far my favorite of any that we have used/researched. Each “Year” is taught one-room school house style, so it saves so much time from teaching individual lessons. Each history course covers ancient history-modern history, but stops at different places and periods to explore more in depth. We also love that it incorporates the bible and shows where in history these bible events took place. With a fun audio story that goes along with the course and even a board game, Ella and Lincoln are hooked and beg to do history every day!
I’ll share more on our homeschooling journey in a future post, but in the meantime check out http://www.jennyphillips.com/good-beautiful/ for more information on our favorite curriculum!