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An up close look at The Good and the Beautiful History Years 1-3

March 2, 2020
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I have gotten a lot of questions about how The Good and the Beautiful do their history. Questions of: what are the differences in the years cycles to how does it combine all the grades to meet each child’s level?

I love to actually see things and how they go together. So I thought I would give an up close look of all 3 years of their history with pictures so you can actually “see” it and get a good picture of how it all flows together. It is a 4 year cycle program but since we are only up through history 3, that’s all I have right now. 🙂

We have been doing their history for about 2 1/2 years now and not only do I love it but my kids do! I could write a whole blog post about it but instead I’ll just give the short list of why it works so well for our family

  • I can combine all my children in a group (and since I will have 5 doing school that is amazing!)
  • We go through each period of history every year but stop and focus on different spots in history
  • It comes from a christian perspective
  • Shows the whole of history and how time frames connect (for example seeing what was going on in Israel verses at the same time Mesopotamia or Greece)
  • It is open and go with not really any prep time
  • It comes with audio stories that we all love
  • Each year is a little different with a new game and story or image book
  • There are games that go with each year! We all love playing them and they really help them understand the topics.
  • The price for everything you get is amazing and once you do year 4 you cycle back so you don’t have to buy anything new!

Now that you know why I love this history curriculum, let’s dig into it so you can see it and find out how much you will love it as well! 😉

Let’s first start with a comparison of each years table of contents so you can see what’s covered in all these years.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

As you can see it’s the same time periods but different focus points. Now onto unit 2-3…

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

And the last set…

Year 2
Year 3

Now that you see the overview of each year, let’s look at each set in particular.

Year 1

Year 1 set

When you purchase Year 1 it will come with the course book, history stories book, keys of history game and access to the student explorers (examples of those in year 3 overview) and audio dramatization.

The Big Book of History Stories
The Big Book of History (my kids love this book!)
Keys of History game

We love this game! It’s such a great way to have fun learning and help them remember people or things in history stick!

Year 2

Year 2 set

For Year 2, you receive the course book, maps and images book, explorers and settlers game, access to the student explorers and audio dramatization and a time line with stickers.

Maps and Images book
Maps and Images book
Maps and Images book
Explorers & Settlers matching game
Timeline – Love this because it does Ancient Israel, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Asia and Mesopotamia – showing all the time periods together
Timeline – 400 AD to 2000 AD – including Europe/Scandinavia, Middle East/Africa/Asia,United States and then outside of North America

Year 3

This is the year we are currently in now and all my kiddos love this year too! I will show too an up close look at the student explorers that you download and print.

Year 3 set

This year in the set you will receive: the Course Book, The Big Book of History Stories including maps and images, stickers to go on your timeline, Bill of Rights round up game and access to the student explorers and audio dramatization.

History Story Book
I love all the maps and stories in this book!

If you’re trying to find a way to teach your kids the Bill of Rights in a fun way, this Bill of Rights game is the way to do it! I love how it gives situations and they have to determine if it goes against the Bill of Rights or not. We all (mom included!) have learned so much from just this game!

Each question is a situation that they have to determine if it is for the Bill of Rights or against.

Now onto the student explorers. They are split up into different groups: 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, and 10th-12th grade.

Example of the difference in levels (grade 1st-3rd on left and 4th-6th on right)
1st-3rd grade on left and 4th-6th grade on the right
Each of my kids have a binder that their student explorers are in, as well as, science, bible and language art assignments.

I hope this helps you be able to see the progression in their history program and get more of an up close look at how it all looks. If you have any other questions about the history, you can leave them down in the comments below. 🙂

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