Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Kindergarten Math | Abeka vs. The Good and The Beautiful | Comparison & Flip Through Lesson Overview

Hi everyone welcome my name is lauren today i'm going to be sharing the differences between a becca's arithmetic k5 versus simply good and beautiful level k this is going to be a part of a two-part series i'm going to be showing level k today but if you have one who's a little bit older i am going to be sharing a becca second grade and the .

Good and the beautiful level two so make sure you stay tuned for that video if you want to see what the second grade looks like so let's point out some key differences a becca is very traditional you will find this approach more of in a school .

Setting they are written for christian schools and have been around since the 1970s it is a very straight and to the point approach it uses a lot of repetition and it uses a spiral approach to build the skills upon each other builds in lots of review so a becca will definitely be more of a traditional school-like program the good and the .

Beautiful is more of a charlotte mason approach where it will incorporate stories into the lesson to give real life examples of how to teach different math concepts now in the old level of the good and the beautiful the lessons in this the stories were quite long and there were some complaints from from customers that it was just too long they .

Have condensed the stories in the new simply good and beautiful math however the stories are still there even though they are much shorter and much simpler neither of these are going to be common core uh particularly a becca they are going to be very very uh old school when it comes to math uh the good and the beautiful although .

It does not have common core it does have conceptual math and math theory in it which basically means that they are showing the reason why a math problem is done a certain way and they're going to be doing that with each and every single math concept that they teach and it may seem more like work up front but i think it pays off so much .

More in the end because again the child is seeing the why behind it rather than just this is how you do it this is why and how you do it so both of them have a spiral approach versus the mastery approach mastery would just say we're going to take one chapter and only learn about time and we will only do .

Problems about time and telling time and nothing else we won't focus on anything else then the next chapter will be about temperature and only temperature and then the next chapter will be about graphs and so on and so forth with a spiral approach they will take just a few lessons and they will teach the um the subject but then they will continue .

To review what they have learned in the past so that they are constantly reviewing the whole year rather than just focusing on something for a small amount of time and then they don't come back to it for the rest of the year they will be continually working on that so if your child needs a more mastery approach i don't think either rebecca or .

The good and the beautiful will be a good fit however if you feel like spiral is good and they need that review then i think either of these might work for you another difference is that the good and beautiful their teacher guide and student book and everything is all in one book this is all you need is just this one book if you have this you can .

Do everything that you need this and the little manipulative box that it comes with then you will be all set to go with a becca depending on how you do it there's so many different ways that you can make a becca work for you depending on you can go very detailed and large and grand and have lots and lots of manipulatives and .

Lots of the charts and and everything like that or you can just go straight to the point and just have the workbook um but if you are wanting lesson plans they are going to be separate and i'll show you what those lesson plans look like in just a second a similarity is that they are both bright and colorful they use lots of illustrations albeit they are .

Different different styles they do have bright colorful pages that i think are really great for children who enjoy that type of learning um if you are if your child will be distracted by that or just went straight to the point doesn't mind if they have black and white then maybe something more like saxon would be a .

Better fit for your child so let's talk about something else price right we all want most of us are on a budget and don't want to be spending thousands and thousands of dollars a year on books for our children um i totally understand so let's break down what the price looks like for both the good and the beautiful .

And a becca now rebecca can get its reputation for being very pricey very expensive and i totally understand that it can it can add up very quickly but you can definitely absolutely 100 do a becca very on budget um you do not have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars just for a math for one child you can do it in a streamlined way and .

It will still be very effective here we have the math k course set it's about fifty dollars you can actually buy the items individually the math box and the course book itself and you can also buy a digital download of the course book for 24 although it is just a little bit cheaper you are going to have to print it out .

Yourself however you will have the pdf for future children if you want to use this over and over again there's also a few recommended resources anteater edition and snowy owl subtraction we don't have either of those but they look pretty cool to add if you want to do that now we are at a becca you can see all of the different textures that they .

Have the learning games and the charts and you can see that it can there's many many options to choose from as far as extras in manipulatives go and i will show you in just a second which ones you need and which ones you can get away with not having but you can see how it can kind of be overwhelming if you're just looking at the website and how .

Quickly it can add up and it can become very pricey i would recommend getting used when possible if you do want to get the lesson plans again they can be a little bit pricey but if you get them secondhand you can get a great deal so that was the overview of each and now let's get into what the lessons look like .

we're going to start off with the simply good and beautiful math k here is the manipulatives you will be using so it is some race cars some counting sticks a few game ponds and then some dice this is a 7 to 12 dice this is a 1 to 6 dice and then some addition equal subtraction .

That is it for manipulatives they will not be used every single lesson but they will be used in most of the lessons they're going to give you the supplies needed as well as the organization so it has 120 lessons divided into three units so if you did four of these a week four lessons a week it would be about 30 weeks which gives you some wiggle room .

Within a typical school year which is normally 36 weeks gives you some margin in case you know there's sickness or you just want to take some extra time off i'm going to kind of do a just a quick flip through so that you can get an idea and then i will break down a lesson so that you can see that up close but here the numbers of or the .

Lessons are all titled so you can see what they're going to be working with this is a little bit of a review and then this is where the instruction comes in here is the first assessment now the assessment is going to have the top purple part is going to be what they're going to be doing the first day .

Okay and if they get everything right that they can move on to this next unit however if there's things that they need to correct in any of these sections this is where that orange part comes in and they can work on it and have additional practice before they move on so here is where i want to show the .

Lesson we are going to do so most of the lessons are two pages this is a very typical lesson so i'm going to do a close-up so we can see how the lesson works okay so it says counting by 10 um have a child write 10 tally marks on the whiteboard now sometimes we use a whiteboard sometimes we just go in the .

Margin so that's what we did today she did her 10 tally marks right 16 17 and 18 on the board she did that they do give in the instructions in one of the earlier lessons that if the child has mastered these then they don't really need to continue to do it but we just do these anyway just for some additional practice so you're going .

To read to the child the black part is the lesson or what you're going to be saying out loud it says skip counting means we count by a number other than one in the last lesson we practice skip counting by tens on the 100 chart coloring in every 10 spaces with a yellow crayon or colored pencil hint they're all the last column then pointed .

The colored squares and skip count by tens from 10 to 100 two times so she did that and then here is another activity that they will practice for counting by tens now again in the old version of the good and the beautiful they did stories that were a little bit longer sometimes they would take up the whole page and so they .

Still incorporate the stories and i i do like that aspect because it just gives it a another dimension rather than it's kind of two-dimensional when they're just doing you know charts and things like that this brings it a little bit more to life allows the children to use their imaginations a little bit more and see real life examples of math so it .

Says that jacob loves to skip stones on the wide river by his house if he throws a flat stone the right way he can get it to skip across the river the most skips he has ever done is sick is six skip count by tens to find the path that jacob's rock follows as as it skips across the pond point to each spot where the stone skipped across the water and .

Say the number you're going to start on 10 and go up to 60. so they would do this and it says do this three times you could do it once twice three times you know it's kind of up to you but so that's just another simple activity that they would do to uh cement those lessons that they have just learned all right and then now again this is all going to .

Be part of the lesson this is a logic part uh they do incorporate not only you know addition and subtraction and things like that but they also add in logic as well which i really like so it says have the child color the triangles in each image of a different color then count the number of triangles and write them in .

The box so here she did that uh you know she didn't color those in because those aren't triangles and then she had to count how many was in there this is a number puzzle so these groups of numbers are taken from the hundred hundreds chart but they're all out of order order them correctly by putting the numbers one two and three so she has .

To look through these and say okay what would go first oh one to six that would go first and then what would come after that so she had to order that i don't really know what she did with adding those numbers on the top i'm not sure about that but um but that's how that would work so that would be an entire lesson sometimes these .

Lessons take you know most of the time they're going to average around 10 minutes sometimes they might take five minutes sometimes they may take 15 minutes and it's really also going to depend on your child as well but you're not going to be sitting here for an hour doing math they're going to be pretty .

Straightforward and to the point there's not really independent work at this at this point you're going to be doing the entire lesson with your child but again you're not going to be here for an hour so i don't think it's it's too overwhelming now i'm going to go and do some more flip through so that you can see what they're going to be .

Learning for the rest of the course so we're nearing the end they have just done some measurement they're doing graphing they're doing addition subtraction they are doing measurement they're working with volumes of liquid they're doing time they're doing months of the year they have done at this point .

The penny the the nickel and the dime so you can see the variety of exercises that they're doing they're doing 2d shapes 3d shapes so here is the unit 3 assessment and so there's always going to be an oral section that they have to do ordinal numbers telling time to the hour uh subtraction 2d 3d shapes .

Evens and odds comparing volumes of liquid edition addition it looks like up to 20 but i don't think they're doing big numbers like eight plus seven i think it's simple something such as seven nineteen plus zero seventeen plus one sixteen or seventeen plus zero sixteen plus one and then some of these smaller .

Numbers is what they are doing counting by twos they are obviously counting by tens as we just saw and i believe they're counting by fives in this point at this point one more and one less and then that is the end so you can see there is a built-in review this is again a spiral approach so they aren't just going to be working .

On one specific thing for a given amount of time they are going to be working on one thing and then the next lesson will cover something else but they will always go back in review so that the child has plenty of practice now we're getting to rebecca and there's two ways to go about doing a becca math .

So there is a very simple and basic way or there is a more comprehensive way and i'm going to show how you can do both i'm going to show the basic way first so here we have a becca k5 i'm going to go to the back so i can show you very quickly this has about 149 148 pages so if you did a page a day it would be 148 plus they have a few um .

They have a few in the back a few um like practice pages so technically 164. that's almost a full year so if you did one page a day that would give you about 33 weeks worth of material but you could also switch it up and do maybe two pages a day or two pages three times a week two to three times a week you can kind of make this however you want but i do .

Want to just show you that it starts off very slowly as well and then it's going to build so just like the good the beautiful it is very colorful the the graphics the illustrations look a little bit different but it's still colorful nonetheless and it is spiral just like the good the beautiful so you can see .

It's going to be um doing different different activities every single day so you can get an idea and then i'm just going to do a flip through like i did with the other one so that way you can see what is all involved .

So this is about where we've stopped um we've stopped around this is actually where she she left off and i do want to say that so we supplement we do the good and the beautiful for our main math and then she just does one page a day of this and so she's um they actually have done really well they work hand in hand really really well they are covering a .

Lot of the same material this simply good and beautiful math um it is actually pretty on point and they are uh they they synchronize actually pretty well so she is doing addition like this with the good and beautiful she's doing before and after she is telling time to the hour and then she again is addition she has learned money counting by tens .

So they actually really work well together and complement each other very very well so i'm going to kind of go towards the end so that you can just see what they will be learning at the end of the year just like i did with the good and beautiful so you can see how they compare not only the beginning and middle of the .

Year but to the end of the year as well so here we have before and after these larger numbers i think they do they learn number recognition up to a hundred in in um becca uh still some simple addition just like you saw with the good and the beautiful what time it is counting by tens we did that with them .

Now this is place value numbers so they have learned the penny the nickel the dime looks like they've learned the quarter with a becca they are doing some story problems they have that with the good the beautiful as well and then it looks like they're telling time to the quarter hour yes so the good and the beautiful is just doing .

It to the hour this is doing 15 and 30 45 etc but overall um they have measurement with a becca they're learning um just very they're not learning fractions but just like what half looks like they have calendar work so they are very actually at this level for k5 versus level k they are actually very very on point they are learning .

Very similar things which i think is pretty interesting because rebecca is known for being advanced for their math so at this level the kindergarten level the good and the beautiful is on par with a becca not so much when they get to level two or you know level one level two level three and again i will do that in a separate video but at .

This point they are pretty much on on equal level playing fields so this is what the number skills look like you could just do this and you would be fine um i think especially i think at this level you know at the kindergarten level you know it's pretty basic and simple i feel like you'd be fine to do this on your own but .

If you do want a little bit more instruction i'm going to show you the lesson plans right now so i'm going to get into a lesson but i do want to show you exactly what they are requiring you to need for the so you're in case you know like i just showed you a few minutes ago all the extras um it says that you will need the .

Number charts and games so it's those you will need the concept uh the number or no this is just highly recommended the concept flash cards so it's those um edition cards are optional and then the numbers flash cards are optional so it's those up to 200 and then the basic concept cards are optional so these are optional so if you just get the ones .

That they that they do recommend and highly recommend um those two and then when you see those parts if you're like no that's just too much for me i don't need all of that i just want to keep it basic since they are optional and you see those you can honestly just skip those parts of the lesson i think you would still be able to do the lesson you .

Have to keep in mind that this is written for a classroom so this is up to kind of like the teacher's discretion what the teacher uses i guarantee you the teacher is while the teacher may have all of these i promise you the teacher is not using all of these every single day for every lesson i think you can use pick and choose what you think .

Will be you know will work best so i would definitely if i was doing this i would get the charts and games and the number concepts flash cards maybe one other one but i i really don't even know i probably would just stick with what they recommend and just skip out on the optionals so again i just want to point out that i do not use .

These for her math i use them for her language arts but i don't use these lesson plans for her math we just do the approach of since she's already doing a full curriculum with the good and the beautiful i just give her a page of the number skills and they complement each other very well but if you want a becca to be your main math and you want to use .

The lesson plans i'm going to show you what it looks like so you're going to have to get these lesson plans whether you use them for the language arts and all of this other stuff you know that's totally up to you but they are going to be combined there isn't just a separate math um lesson plan this book can be quite pricey i bought it .

Secondhand which i'm grateful that i did i tried to buy as many of the becca non-consumable things second hand i wanted to give a comparable lesson so i chose counting by ten so we are going to do counting by tens in this lesson today so here you go it gives the lesson number lesson number 67 they here is the material that you need .

A hundred straws leave 30 straws unbundled and place rubber bands around seven groups of ten save for future lessons you need several rubber bands you need the skill sheet uh just what i showed you that workbook and then the visuals you'll need the number flash cards and the dot cards now these are some of those manipulatives that i was .

Just showing you before um again there's those charts that you can feel free to get as many or as you know not many as you want i'm going to let you know i don't ever use these so i am not super familiar with these lesson plans and what all these cards are and all of that um but i did just want to point it out that this is what a lesson looks like um .

And so it says number flash cards review number recognition so it's those number flash cards selected numbers i'm honestly not quite sure what that means um i think if numbers that maybe your child needs work on on recognizing i really don't know um count by 10 straws have child count straws counting by ones when he has .

Counted 10 straws put a rubber band around that group of straws and continue counting by ones to 20 put a rubber band around the second group of 10 straws and continue counting by ones to 30. put a rubber band around this third group of straws and then i would say out loud because i do know that the bold is .

Everything that you say out loud it says because there are 10 straws in each of these group we can count them more quickly if we count by tens give the child 10 groups of straws count by tens to 100 as he places straws on the table repeat helping him count with you so i do actually like that this is very hands-on i like that approach um and .

That is something that you would be missing if you just do the book you're kind of missing the instruction of how to teach it like you could teach your child but i really like that that they can see this visually and then they can see what that actually looks like of what the group of 10 looks like and why you .

Count by tens so i will say i i actually do like that okay dot cards two plus zero so these are going to be those dot cards um you're going to have just two of them right combination as uh write the combination as the child tells the number of dots in each square so this is which is some addition review .

Dot cards one plus one so this is just adding instead of just adding zero plus two they're seeing the actual dots so that they see what those dots represent zero dots plus two dots equals two dots um and then have him read all three combinations from the board in the paper we call these combinations the two addition family because each answer is .

Two so those are the combinations two plus zero equals two zero plus two so she he or she would just read it out loud and then that would be it that would be the lesson so again these lessons actually aren't very long at all the application is the number skill page 53 so you would do a corresponding um page .

For that and you can either have your child do that page independently or you could do that with your child and i do want to say that not every single day they will have a page in this there's going to be days where they skip pages and they just have the instruction they're not going to have they're not going to have a page so you .

Don't have these aren't every single day so the instructions so page 53 we have here again this is ordinal numbers fill in the dot under the fifth bale of hay from the left do some addition those are those dots that i was just showing you and so that way they're having some more practice with that trace and write i .

Like that they have them practice their numbers and then how many cents is this and that would be the page so again these take my daughter maybe three minutes to do that doesn't take her very long at all and that would be it that would be a lesson so if you don't mind having a few of those cards like the flash cards and .

The doc cards and handling that if you feel like you've got that underway this these lessons actually really don't take very long at all i hope you found this to be helpful again these are both very very solid and strong programs i don't think you could go wrong either way i think both of them .

Will do the job one may work better for you and your child than another but i think that you can't go wrong and either one will give your child a very solid math foundation i know a becca can be a little bit overwhelming but it doesn't have to be it doesn't have to be very daunting you can definitely make things your own and gear towards your child and .

Pare down and find what works for you and what doesn't i have only used um the good and the beautiful as our core curriculum that's what we use as our main math and then i just supplement a becca i just supplement the worksheets with my daughters they do one page a day and all of them have done a becca supplementing for the last several years .

And it works really well so that way we do both of them um the good and beautiful i like the way they teach and i like i like their approach but with a becca i really really enjoy the worksheets because it builds in a lot of that review that i feel like maybe the good and the beautiful is lacking a little bit so i .

Feel like the two work together very very well so that may be something that you want to consider as well so we've been homeschooling for four years and since the beginning we have used a becca and the good and the beautiful for our core subjects are math and language arts in one form or another so i have a lot of content here on my channel for a .

Becca and the good and the beautiful so if you are interested in either of those i have two playlists uh and a becca playlist and the good and the beautiful and you can check those out down below so that you can get a better idea so if there's any questions or if you have any suggestions for further videos please leave them down below i would love to .

See that thanks again for watching if you like this type of homeschool content please make sure you stick around and subscribe because i love to share a lot of in-depth flip throughs and reviews and comparisons so if that is something that you're interested in please make sure you subscribe to my channel if this video was helpful please hit that like .

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