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BookShark is a complete, literature-based, homeschool curriculum developed for Kindergarten to Eighth Grade students.  Our curriculum uses a variety of educational resources including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization.

Our curriculum is easy for parents to teach. All of the planning and preparation is done for you so you can enjoy learning together. We provide 36-week, 4-day schedules designed to save one day a week for sports, field trips or other extracurricular activities. 

BookShark combines a proprietary History, Science and Language Arts offering with a wide range of math options, including Teaching Textbooks, Saxon and Singapore, to ensure you have everything you need for an entire school year.

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Through BookShark's Reading with History program, students learn from multiple perspectives and engage in thought-provoking discussion. We use a variety of academic resources including fictional and non-fictional literature, biographies and illustrative books to deliver an engaging and complete education.

Starting in Third Grade, we bring the history content to life by integrating History, Geography, Read-Alouds and Readers, all of which also coordinates with the grade level Language Arts program.

Through BookShark’s integrated curriculum, your child will make impactful and lasting connections between the people, places and events they learn about through vivid stories and engaging discussion. 

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BookShark Language Arts teaches reading, phonics, spelling, copywork, creative expression and writing mechanics.

We made a substantial investment in our Language Arts program in 2014.  Complete with weekly overviews, teacher scripts and rubrics, you will know exactly what you are teaching and how to teach it.  And with weekly rubrics, you will have confidence that your students are mastering concepts as they progress through the school year. 

We encourage families to combine multiple students into one Reading with History program, so we offer five levels of Language Arts to to be used with our Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Reading with History programs.  This provides you the flexibility to teach History to multiple children while customizing Language Arts to each child’s reading and writing level.  

Starting in 3rd Grade, our Language Arts program integrates directly with the Reading with History program.  For example, a student studying Thomas Jefferson in History, will also read a biography about Thomas Jefferson as a Reader assignment while writing an editorial about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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Cathy DuffyBookShark’s Science curriculum combines a hands-on and literature based approach that is engaging and fun!

Students will focus on three to four topics per year and gain in-depth knowledge of subjects including: Geology, Meteorology, Physics, Biology, Animals, Electricity, Human Anatomy, Medicine, Chemistry, Astronomy and more!

Loaded with scores of hands-on experiments, our program is completely planned and our Science Kits provide all the materials you need to conduct all of the experiments.

Kindergarten through 4th Grade Science programs include an enjoyable DVD that demonstrates every experiment, allowing your student to relive them over and over again!

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BookShark offers three options for parents and homeschool students to select as their Math curriculum.

For Grade K-2, parents and children can select from:

  • Horizons 
  • Singapore
  • Saxon 

For students in grades 3-8, parents can choose from:

  • Teaching Textbooks
  • Saxon
  • Singapore

Each highly respected curriculum encourages students to develop solid math reasoning skills and apply them to real-life situations. 

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SpellingSpelling is interwoven into the Language Arts Guides in Kinderarten through 2nd Grade.

Beginning in 3rd Grade, BookShark includes Sequential Spelling as part of the Full-Grade Packages. This curriculum teaches students to recognize patterns of spelling based on the rules of the English language, but without all the complicated explanations. 

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HWTBookShark believes that writing by hand enhances fine motor and creative writing skills. Developed by a registered occupational therapist, the Handwriting Without Tears workbook is a developmentally-based handwriting program. The easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn curriculum makes learning to write a joy for students and parents. Available for all skill levels from printing to cursive.

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