BookShark: Homeschool Through Reading

This post is sponsored by BookShark.

It can feel overwhelming to choose a homeschool curriculum when there are so many choices. Without a teaching degree of our own, how can we know what’s best for our kids? One thing we do know, however, is that reading is an important way kids– especially learn– especially younger ones.

I knew I wanted to have reading as a large part of our homeschooling experience, so when I found BookShark, I was ecstatic. They offer an entire year’s worth of curriculum based entirely around literature! But it’s so much more than just a glorified storytime (although storytime rocks).

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BookShark uses purposefully chosen books to cover all the topics kids need to learn. The literature included is classic, interesting, and most of all, contains a wealth of knowledge for little minds. They also have a kit of manipulatives to use for introductory math skills!

Convenient, Straight-forward Learning

Since so much of the teaching is based on the included literature, there is hardly any prep needed! Again, back to the whole not-a-teacher thing… I appreciate that there isn’t much I have to do ahead of time. I can open to our schedule, read the books for that day, and teach the very straight-forward lessons that go along with it!

Here’s another thing that makes BookShark super convenient and ideal for families: it’s so easy to teach more than one kid with this curriculum! For starters, the bulk of the material is reusable. So when you get the set of books needed for your oldest child, the younger ones will be able to use those same books as they reach that age. There are some workbooks that get filled out, but it’s a far cry from having to buy an entirely new program for each child!

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The other way BookShark works for your family is the flexibility in grading systems. Rather than sticking to specific grades, they base their curriculum off of age ranges. That means your kiddos can learn according to their own strengths and maturity, rather than having to stick to a lesson plan simply because they’re supposed to be at that grade. Beyond that, if you have kids that are close enough in age (within about three years) then you can simply teach them from the same exact curriculum! 

We were fortunate enough to receive their Level Pre-K All Subject Package (value $323) to go through this school year. My daughter absolutely LOVES to read, so she was in her glory when the package arrived. Here’s a look at what comes with this awesome curriculum:

Pre-K All Subject Package

Instructor Guide

This includes the teaching schedule you’ll follow for the entire year. They base it on a four days on, one day off schedule. For four days of the week you will have readings in various categories to learn from. The last day is kept open to encourage field trips or other hands-on experiences for your kids.

Something I found really great about this curriculum is that the lessons take less than an hour a day. I’m sure they take more time as kids get older, but it still shows how honed in these lessons are to teach what is necessary without a lot of fluff. And yet it won’t be an hour of boring lectures and worksheets, because kids will enjoy the reading right along with their parents!

Books on Geography + Culture

  • Kids Beginner’s World Atlas
  • A Street Through Time
  • A City Through Time
  • What Do People Do All Day
  • Feelings
  • People
  • Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!
  • Things People Do
  • Then and Now

Books on Science

  • The Berenstein Bears’s Big Book of Science and Nature
  • What’s Under the Sea?
  • Why Do Tigers Have Stripes?

Books on Language Arts

  • First Thousand Words
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Read-Aloud Books

  • The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book
  • Stories From Around the World
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • You Read to me and I’ll Read to you
  • Mother Goose
  • Babe the Gallant Pig
  • Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
  • A Child’s Book of Art

Developing the Early Learner Workbooks (1-4)

These four workbooks focus on building a strong foundation of perception for kids. The thinking behind it is that kids often skip a step or two when learning to read, and it’s hard to make that step back up once you’ve passed it. This can result in being a good reader when the words are short and familiar, but having struggles once things get more complex in later years. 

Within the readiness books, your child will work on their visual, auditory, motor, and comprehension skills. They need to have a firm grasp on each of these skills since they all build on one another, and if one is lacking then they’ll struggle later on. These are things that can seem so basic to us that it’s easy to see how they get overlooked, but it’s paramount for our kids’ overall education that they learn perception the right way, in the right order.

These workbooks are the only part of the curriculum that get written in, and therefore can’t be reused from child to child.

Math Manipulatives

  • Teddy Bears
  • Colored Tiles
  • 1 piece of chalk
  • Multi-link cubes
  • 12-inch ruler
  • Clock face
  • Numbers flash cards

BookShark: Homeschool Through Reading

As you can see, you get a lot for your money here. With reading being a central focus, it will turn school into a bonding time for you and your child. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up on the couch and read some great stories together?!

My daughter already has a natural love for reading, and I’m so excited to nurture that even further with this program. It’s so important to not only have the skills to read, but to also have a LOVE for reading. BookShark takes that idea to heart and gives you this incredible curriculum that will surely teach your little one how cool books can be. 

Psst… if this has you super excited to start your literature-based learning with BookShark (you know it does), I have a surprise for you! From 8/5/20 until 8/11/20 I’m holding a giveaway on Instagram for a chance to win this entire Pre-K Package for yourself! Head over there now and follow the easy instructions to enter. 

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