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Beautiful Feet Books Review & Giveaway

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Beautiful literature books are my love language!  I am a living book enthusiast!  Using beautiful books about the world to teach history, geography, and character is a no brainer!  Thanks to the passion and dedication of Rea Berg, Beautiful Feet Books was created.  She is a homeschooling mama with a Masters in Children’s Literature and a desire to teach her own kiddos using living books.  The mission was to create a curriculum around classic books from amazing authors and the result is spectacular.

From History to Geography and Character to Classic Music, Beautiful Feet Books brings the best of a Charlotte Mason style lesson and top quality literature selections together.  It creates an easy to teach, comprehensive curriculum in a variety of subjects.  For this review, we received the Geography through Literature Pack- and we couldn’t have been happier!  From the amazing books to the beautiful maps to the easy to follow instruction guide, the entire curriculum exceeded our expectations.

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So How Does It Work?

The Geography Through Literature Pack includes: The Instruction Guide, Geography Map Set, and four beautiful books by Holling Clancy Holling.  The guide is set up so that you can complete one lesson per week to complete the curriculum in one year or 2-3 lessons per week to complete it in one semester.

For us, one lesson a week is perfect.  I want to be able to take time enjoying the rich literature and completing the beautiful 18″ x 24″ art quality maps.  Along the lines of the Charlotte Mason approach to teaching, narration is encouraged to aid little learners to more fully understand the information presented.  Reading aloud and then allowing your student to retell the information in their own words is a great way to help them truly grasp more complex content.

In addition,

it is recommended that the notebooking approach be used so the student has a record of what they are learning.  I could even see using the information to create lapbooks to further delve into the topics discussed.  The books themselves are comprehensive enough to allow for multiple options in teaching.  They stand alone as a solid geography curriculum or you could include some study on historical figures and events to encompass a history component.

You could also further investigate the scientific aspects of the books to include a science component, and the notebooking, narration, and vocabulary options allow for comprehensive Language Arts learning as well.  With all these options, this curriculum is an amazing addition to any homeschooler’s toolbox.

Our journey into geography with this curriculum has been such a delight!

From day one, the books have been by far our favorite part of our experience.  The rich stories and beautiful, full color illustrations are so enticing and the biggest struggle we have encountered so far, was not wanting to stop reading!  I planned to stick to the one lesson a week schedule, but it has been SO tempting to read ahead and not stop to answer the questions or work on the maps.  That’s not to say the map work hasn’t also been fun- these maps are so well drawn and my kiddos have so very much enjoyed adding to them and coloring them as we go.

One tip- invest in some good colored pencils, the maps are such high quality that we will be posting them on our walls when we complete the lessons.  All in all- we’ve really enjoyed our time with this geography curriculum and I know these books will be treasured for a long time coming.
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In addition to the geography curriculum,

there are so many other great offering from Beautiful Feet Books.   We are very excited to add the following to our curriculum list for next year:
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Around the World with Picture Books is top of the list for my youngest learner.  This introduction to world cultures and geography is accompanied by the most amazing selection of picture books!  It is designed as a read-aloud approach to discovering the treasures of the world and geared toward K-3rd grade learners.

 

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Teaching Character Primary is another great option for K-3rd grade learners.  Using beautiful read aloud books, discussion questions and scriptural references, this curriculum offers an alternative way to help your little learners grasp important lessons in morality.  It truly takes character development to a new level.

 

And you can see below a chart of all the curriculum offerings from Beautiful Feet Books and the grades/ages they are suggested for:

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What Did We Love?

  • We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the books!  They are the heart of these curriculum packs and they are amazing!
  • The easy to follow instruction guides are amazing.
  • There are beautiful maps and they contribute seamlessly to the curriculum.
  • Geography can be so much more than memorizing states on a map!
  • The discussion questions in each lesson allowed for additional learning and really put our brains to work.
  • We love the multiple curriculum options that Beautiful Feet Books offers.

What Did We Not Love?

The only thing that I could say we didn’t love about this curriculum was that the maps came rolled up in a tube (to protect them in transit) and they were a bit of a struggle to get to lay flat at first.  We had to put some books on for a few days to get them to lay flat enough to work with, but once they flattened out, they were great!

Important Links from the Website:

  • The FAQ page has some great questions that will help you better understand the curriculum.
  • There are a great selection of Sample Pages for you to try out.
  • There is an Articles page that has an amazing list of great information for homeschoolers.

Pricing:

The Geography through Literature curriculum pack is offered at $67.95.  This includes a 17% discount and you receive FREE shipping!  Truly a great deal!  The Teaching Character Primary set sells for $109.95 which is a 9% discount and also offers FREE shipping.  Around the World with Picture Books Pack set sells for $184.95 which is a 10% discount and again offers FREE shipping.

Final Thoughts:

I am so happy that we were able to work with Beautiful Feet Books for this review.  Although I had heard of them around the homeschool circles, I had never taken the plunge and tried any of their curriculum.  It is now one of my favorites and I am excited to incorporate even more of their beautiful books into our homeschool in the coming years!

 

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** We received a full curriculum set from Beautiful Feet Books to assist us in this review.**

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166 Comments

  1. Amanda Norton says:

    We love beautiful feet and I’ve been wanting to do the geography unit!

  2. Kristen A says:

    I’ve been looking at your site for a long time! I love your stuff.

  3. Elizabeth Sayre says:

    We love beautiful feet!

  4. I love the character unit and we are looking forward to our Christmas books. I would love to have a chance to use the geography unit. It looks amazing! thank you!

  5. Michelle Y says:

    We love BF and these look excellent! Thanks for the review.

  6. We have many favorites, but Paddle to the Sea holds find memories for all my children!

  7. Annie Currier says:

    I really loved George Washington’s World!

  8. Trisha Robrahn says:

    Their books are amazing! My kids love them and so do I!!

  9. Amanda Sharp says:

    Looks Amazing!!

  10. Just now coming across beautiful feet and the geography set looks amazing!!

  11. The Holling C Holling books are so lovely! I want to use this with my children.

  12. I have been looking at this curriculum for over a year now, imagine my surprise when my sister in law, who lives many states away, said her daughter is using this at her classical school and loving it! Now I really want to try it in our homeschool!

  13. Our favorite living book is Pagoo. I have wanted to try this curriculum, but knew with a baby we wouldn’t get to as much reading as necessary. It is on my radar for next year!

  14. Jennifer dellosso says:

    We have a few of their books, but I love that they have an easy to understand curriculum package and chart based on grade

  15. Our favorite living book is Pilgrims stories

  16. Cheryl Everett says:

    Oooo…so many living books…but if I had to choose a favorite, I’d pick Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, with The Bronze Bow, as a close second. 🙂

  17. Allene Hellmer says:

    We started the Early American Primary from BF this year and are really enjoying it. I especially love how my literature world has expanded because of BF. I have been able to find so many beautiful books for my children, just from looking at their curriculum sets. I am slowly building up our personal library to use with their guides over the coming years.

  18. We love beautiful feet books curriculum! History, horses, and classical music are wonderful! Can’t wait for science next year.

  19. Everything from Beautiful Feet is beautiful!

  20. I love the Genevieve Foster books!

  21. Kelly Fowlkes says:

    These look super amazing! I’m a book fanatic. ??

  22. Michelle Brunson says:

    We live beautiful feet and just finished Benjamin Franklin! I think that’s one of my favorites. I learned so much about him.

  23. We are in the early American set and LOVE it. I keep seeing posts of the beautiful maps for geography and look forward to when it comes time to go thru that series!

  24. We love the Little House on the Prairie books.

  25. We just started with their history program this year and love it! I wish we had been using them all along.

  26. Cassie Heuer says:

    As a first year homeschool family I am so excited to learn about Beautiful Feet Books. Thank you for the information as these are all going on our wishlist!

  27. We love Beautiful Feet and we would love to learn geography through literature!

  28. Christina says:

    I love Beautiful Feet Books! We are currently enjoying Paddle to the Sea.

  29. I really enjoyed Black Gold by Marguerite Henry.

  30. We love all the D’Aulaire books at my house.

  31. Krissy McLean says:

    What an awesome giveaway! My favorite living books are the ones by Genevieve Foster. Love those books!

  32. One of our most favorite living books is The Year of the Horseless Carriage, 1801 by Genevieve Foster. With so many people included in this one book, it seems to rarely stay on the shelf for very long!

  33. Jessica Peters says:

    We just now found beautiful feet and we love it! I’ve been wondering about this study. Thanks for the review! We love Archimedes and the Door of Science.

  34. Loretta Dean says:

    We haven’t read one yet. This curriculum looks amazing.

  35. We have never gotten a BFB. I keep meaning to, but when money is tight, we only buy used books and these are always snatched up before I can get one! I am going to have to make plans to buy some soon.

  36. Tiffany Skaran says:

    My kids loved reading Squanto from the the Early America pack. Would love to try the Geography pack!

  37. Beth Roznowski says:

    What a fun curriculum. I am at the beginning stages with preschoolers only. We started wth BFiAR and loved we are going on a bear hunt. We are switching to PP as my son is done with bunnies!!

  38. Thanks so much for this review! I’ve been considering the Geography pack for our school day and it’s so helpful to hear from folks who have used it!

  39. What a great review! We are living our first set of books by Beautiful feet ans would love to add more

  40. The little house series will always be my favorite! Pick me!

  41. It sounds so intriguing!

  42. Amanda Urroz says:

    A recent favorite of ours is Understood Betsy. A sweet simple story of allowing a child to experience different things, make mistakes, and learn to think through situations without a micro manager. We also really enjoyed Paddle to the Sea and I can’t wait to read it with my second child. Thank you for your review and the giveaway!

  43. Michelle Quarterman says:

    We love books and we really love beautiful feet books! One book we have recently finished is Miss Rumphius. My daughter really enjoyed the story.

  44. We loved The Courage of Sarah Noble, would love to try BFB’s curriculum!

  45. I’ve been eying this and would love a chance to win!!

  46. This looks wonderful!

  47. Sarah Mason says:

    We love Paddle to the Sea!

  48. I just discovered Beautiful Feet Books this year and we are loving the early american unit, and the character unit. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge is a newly discovered favorite for our family. It’s so nice to have a source where I can be confident in the quality of the literature!

  49. We have the character guidebook and the Early American History pack. So far, our favorite is Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin!

  50. This would be an awesome resource to have for my boys!!

  51. We love Beautiful Feet Guides and book choices!

  52. I love this approach to rich Learning!

  53. We are currently working out way through the California history unit they offer. It’s fantastic!

  54. Megan Updegraff says:

    We love the Little House Series!

  55. I struggle with making geography fun! This sure looks promising. Haven’t tried any of these books. Would love to this library visit.

  56. THe Courage of Sarah Noble is a favorite. So many great books!!!

  57. Diana Prunean says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all these amazing books! It will be my first time homeschooling…and it gets overwhelming. So im happy i found your site to make things easier.

  58. I think this a wonderful geography project, and I would enjoy having a set for my children.

  59. Great insights. Thank you for the thoughtful review.

  60. Beautiful feet is always amazing. Such a meaningful way for children and parents to learn!

  61. Alison Blake says:

    This is the first year we’ve officially used BFB for our history lessons (Early American Jumbo Pack for 2nd grade) and it has already proved a wonderful and valuable investment! Mommy loves the guide which has saved me much time and over analysis by dividing up all the reading for me and offering some great questions and additional resources for going deeper, and the kids LOVE the coloring pages in the picture packet download. They love to color while I read and then paste their photos in their notebooks. I would absolutely love to add their geography course to our schooling this year!

    1. Andrea Golding says:

      We have used Beautiful Feet books for California History and we love it!

  62. Paddle to the Sea ♥️♥️

  63. Shannon Alexander says:

    I love the Laura Ingalls Wilder set

  64. Melodie Swope says:

    There are so many wonderful living books! Our favorite lately has been the Maps book!

  65. This is not the first time I’ve heard these books are so great. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  66. I’ve fallen in love with the Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire books.

  67. Christine says:

    My favorite book is Carry On, Mr Bowditch, can’t wait to share it with my kids when they’re a little older.

  68. Jennifer McDonald says:

    We love Leif the Lucky!!! (from the Early American History pack) These books make teaching history simple and engaging. I have loved adding Beautiful Feet books to our school this year!

  69. Linda Wilson says:

    We love beautiful feet books! We would love the geography pack.

  70. Have been watching this curriculum on IG and would love to try it!

  71. We love Grandfather’s Journey!

  72. Tara Bailey says:

    I am new to the idea of living books and this program looks wonderful!

  73. Looks like fun, would love to try with my littles!

  74. Kim Ogden says:

    One of our many favorites is Paddle to the Sea. Would love to use the maps along with this book!

  75. Oh, I so want to try this through beautiful feet, it would be great to win it.

  76. We love BFB! Our homeschool could use the geography unit, we are studying American History this year.

  77. This set looks so great! We could definitely use it.

  78. Macie Sitake says:

    We have wanted to try beautiful feet books! Our favorite living book right now is Farmer Boy

  79. Joanna Adams says:

    I just started BFB modern with my oldest this year. So far we love it and wish we would have started earlier. My favorite living book is Five Little Peppers and How they Grew.

  80. This sounds amazing!

  81. CHelsea S says:

    Our favorite living book this year has been pagoo! We had a blast learning about tide pools.

  82. Jen Barbosa says:

    Amazing program. It would make my school year to win this! ??

  83. OLIVIA VELAZQUEZ-BRYANT says:

    The more I read about BF the more I want to use it. Looking into our homeschool budget for next school year.

  84. OLIVIA VELAZQUEZ-BRYANT says:

    Our favorite “living book” is The Story of Ping, although we only read it in Spanish because that what I found at the Goodwill for a $1. 🙂

  85. Nicole stover says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. What a wonderful set to win.

  86. Linda Rinaldi says:

    Too many to choose from! We do love the D’Aulaire books! Would LOVE to win this Geography set!

  87. Appreciate the review and excited to know more

  88. We love the D’Aulaire and Holling books and I’m looking forward to starting the Genevieve Foster books soon.

  89. I’m not sure it was our favorite, but I have such wonderful memories of reading Swiss Family Robinson with my two oldest boys. Learning together through the language of the book and the intense detail of nature facts. I’m going to be starting BFB with the medieval history pack for middle grades and would to try this geography set with my middle kiddos.

  90. We are using the intermediate Early American History unit… my daughter is generally eager during our homeschool but I’ve never seen her so excited for a subject until now! She doesn’t want to quit. She seems to especially enjoy creating her own notebook. It has already become a treasure. Plus I’m learning a ton! Never a boring moment. ? Hoping to start the Geography unit next as her love of maps has grown already through the note booking process. BFB makes homeschooling fun!

    1. Oops! Forgot to post a favorite book… recently we loved reading The Thanksging Story by Alice Dalgliesh!

  91. My favorite living book is probably still Little Women!

  92. Nicole Eisenman says:

    We absolutely loved the Teaching Character Through Literature and all of the d’Aulaire books we’ve gathered over the past several years.

  93. We have really enjoyed reading the D’Aulaire books in the Early American pack

  94. We haven’t read many yet since it’s our first year with young kids, but we are enjoying the Marguerite deangeli books we have!

  95. We love Paddle to the Sea!

  96. Danielle Evans says:

    We love many living books including The Little House on the Prairie.

  97. The Little House in the Big Woods is one we are really enjoying at the moment!

  98. Mandy Friend says:

    love all the living books! I’ve really wanted to try Beautiful Feet for a while now! We have a D’Aulaire book and love it.

  99. Kathi Hoornbeek says:

    Recently I have been enjoying Patricia Polacco books which may not quite be living books, but they have deep topics and cover stories from her family history. Beautiful Feet Books are fairly new to me, but I would love to experience them more!

  100. Some of my favorite living books are the Little House books!

  101. What a lovely giveaway! I love the Holling C. Holling books, and imagine the rest of the geography pack would be just as lovely!

  102. Great Review! We love the BFB! I now want to look into the character study!

  103. Nicole England says:

    I’ve not hear used Bautiful Feet, but plan to use it in the new calendar year.

  104. Our family loves Beautiful Feet, and I’ve had my eye on this geography unit!

  105. I would love to receive the Geography through Literature pack. My boys have enjoyed reading Paddle-to-the-Sea, and Pagoo. We are currently reading Minn of The Mississippi.

  106. I have always wanted to try BFB ?

  107. There are so many living books I love, but the first that comes to mind is the Anne (of Green Gables, etc.) series. Hello, fiesty redhead! 🙂

  108. Jacquelyn K says:

    Thanks for the review! These look like amazing literature packs, and I love that they’re appropriate for somewhat broader age groups! Any time I find something that works for both my girls (18mo apart) at the same time, that’s a win!

  109. We really enjoyed D’Aulaire’s George Washington. About to start Path to the Pacific!

  110. We love Thornton Burgess’ books. They’re all good. The D’Aulaire books are also fantastic.

  111. Using Early Am History this year & would love to add Geography!

  112. Jessica Jennings says:

    So excited to learn more!! I love the D’Aulaire books!!

  113. We have been using the Early American curriculum and also love it. It’s been a great intro to character and history for my first grader with special needs.

  114. Jamie Jarecki says:

    I am so glad you did this review! I could definitely see us using this in our homeschool!

  115. Barb Simeon says:

    How can I pick a favorite book?! Too many. This was a great series and loved the books. Did the horse series too and loved those also.

  116. The Little House series is a favorite!

  117. I would love to win this set for my girls! I have many beautiful feet books and love them all!

  118. Analise Miller says:

    I’m excited about this curriculum!

  119. Julie Whitaker says:

    We have yet to read any of these books but they all look so amazing! My daughter is not quite 2 yet so we are just now getting into picture books instead of board books. I plan to purchase some of this curriculum when we get to that age though.

  120. We’re in our first year of homeschooling. We’ve been using the FIar curriculum which also puts emphasis on education through quality literature. I would love to add this incredible bundle to our homeschooling journey.

  121. This geo unit looks AMAZING! I would love to try this out.

  122. I have looked at beautiful feet several times but haven’t tried them out yet….my favorite living history book that I have read to my daughter so far has been Mary on horseback.

  123. I am not sure of what our favorite living book is, but we adore learning through reading! And we love geography!

  124. I love your materials!

  125. Courtney kebodeaux says:

    So much swoon! ?

  126. Just starting on the history and I’d LOVE to do geography with BFB as well!

  127. Love beautiful feet books!

  128. A favorite living book of ours is Stowaway!

  129. Love beautiful feet. This looks great!

  130. Love Beautiful Feet books. The Genevieve Foster books are favorites.

  131. Ana williams says:

    New to this style of homeschooling! Thank you for the review. It was very helpful!

  132. One of our favorites is Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs.

  133. Jilayne Luckey says:

    How can I pick just one favorite living book?! 🙂 I guess I would say Squanto, because that was the most recent book we read.

  134. Sharon S. says:

    I have been wanting to do Beautiful Feet with my kids for several years. I would love to win this!!

  135. Michelle S says:

    We’ve been doing the character study this year…oh how I’d love to do geography, too!

  136. Stephanie Warner says:

    I have not tried these books yet, but I am very excited to have stumbled upon the review!

  137. We love The Clown of God ❤
    Thank you for this giveaway.

  138. We’ve loved all the D’Aulaires Books we’ve gotten through Beautiful Feet books. These sets look amazing and great for making these books come to life for my boys.

  139. We love the Marrin books!!

  140. I love When I Was Young in the Mountains.

  141. We loved reading Leif the Lucky. Actually have plans to do the BFB Geography study this summer! So excited (especially if we win…lol)! Thank you for this giveaway.

  142. The around the world with picture Books is on my wishlist. I’m hoping to get it next year. My favorite living book that we read recently is the golden goblet.

  143. My kids are mega map lovers! This would be amazing to win!!

  144. So many excellent books in those packs! My favourite to read with my kids is Miss Rumphius!

  145. So many favorites, but the D’Aulaire books are hugely popular at our house!

  146. Love everything Beautiful Feet!

  147. We just started BF history and are loving Amos Fortune and Benjamin Franklin right now.

  148. Katherine H says:

    The D’Aulaire books are wonderful living books!

  149. Erin Robinson says:

    This is on my homeschool wishlist, it looks so rich and fun! I love living books, it’s hard to pick a favorite. The D’Aulaire books as well as the Foster books are pretty high on the list!

  150. Sarah Perry says:

    I love Beautiful Feet Books and would love to use more of their curriculum!

  151. one of our favorite living booka has been Sevsn League Boots by Richard Halliburton

  152. I can’t keep enough literature in my house for my first grader. I love the idea of this geo curriculum!

  153. Elaine McDonald says:

    This curriculum looks beautiful and inspiring! I’d love to try it!

  154. Elaine McDonald says:

    I have a kindergartner who is 6 and a 4 year old who are doing many of the same things. I love the literature based programs because it works so well with multiple ages and learning levels!

  155. Tiffany Erb says:

    We just ordered several books for my kids for Christmas, and I can’t wait to dive in. Thanks for the review!

  156. Anything by the D’Aulaire’s is our favorite!

  157. Laura Toren says:

    We love the D’Aulaire books, but “Paddle to the Sea” is also a family fav!

  158. Ashley Ulrich says:

    I love Beautiful Feet! Especially Early American History Primary.

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