All you need to teach your child for one year!
This comprehensive package includes EVERYTHING you need to teach your child for a full year.
Included in this package:
- Instructor’s Guides
- History & Geography
- Language Arts
- Required Resources
Here’s an in depth look at what you’ll receive and learn.
Includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes colorful map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes to help you get the most from the time you spend with your child.
As an added benefit in 2016, you will receive free online access for 1 year to the electronic version of this guide.
History & Geography│Intro to World History - Year 1 of 2
Journey through the first half of a two-year sweep of World History, from early civilizations to the Fall of the Roman Empire. Literature-rich learning makes this journey a delight!
See how different people groups live, build homes, talk, eat and dress. As you move into a chronological trek through history, the story-based A Child's History of the World serves as the centerpiece of your child's studies. Virgil Hillyer writes in the tone of a wise, kind grandfather. He doesn't talk down to children--he meets them at their level.
We reinforce the history in Hillyer's book with the fascinating pictures in The Usborne Book of World History. It gives a broad look at key ancient civilizations.
The entertaining, highly illustrated Time Traveler book provides an in-depth look at everyday life long ago. Give your children a real sense of what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome.
As you move through these three books, you also use your timeline to map history, explore the Great Wall of China, do fun hands-on activities and more.
Reading aloud to your children builds their vocabulary, listening skills and imagination. Read-Alouds help build your children's cognitive development and gives them a passion to learn. Prepare to:
- Meet the characters of heartwarming classics such as Charlotte's Web and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- Solve a dangerous mystery with seven young boys in ancient Rome
- Laugh with Henry Huggins and Mr. Popper's penguins in their zany adventures
BookShark's Level 1 Readers will help your child progress by fostering their love of reading. They get a whole stack of gripping books they can successfully read on their own. If you are unsure which reading level is right for your child please check out our Quick Reading Assessment.
Teach your children how to read, write, and spell with our popular Language Arts program that features our exclusive I Can Read It! series. If you select a different reading level other than Level 1 you will receive the same level of Language Arts as the readers you selected.
The following OPTIONAL supplement Explode the Code 1, 2, 3 Set is scheduled in the Language Arts 1 guide for your convenience but not required. (Not included in the Full-Grade package)
Handwriting Without Tears: My Printing Book
No matter what your child's motor skill level, they enjoy daily success using our favorite program, Handwriting Without Tears. You may also choose a different level of Handwriting Without Tears.
Science │ Animals, Astronomy & Physics
Fascinating, beautifully-illustrated books introduce your child to meteorology, biology, electricity, soil science, astronomy, physiology and hydrology. Read richly illustrated books and perform more than 90 simple but exciting experiments with the help of a fascinating instructional DVD.
The Math-U-See Alpha Universal Set comes with this full-grade package. You may also choose from other math programs such as Saxon, Singapore and Horizons using the customize tab. To find out if your student is ready for Alpha take the Alpha Readiness Assessment.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. Includes The Timeline Book, Markable Map & Markers and a 3” Binder with Tabs to organize your Instructor’s Guides.
Daily Time Requirements:
Child: 2 - 3 hrs; Parent: 1 - 1.5 hrs
- History 1 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Language Arts 1 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Science 1 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Online - History 1 Instructor's Guide
- Online - Science 1 Instructor's Guide
- Online - Language Arts 1 Instructor's Guide
To see samples of all Instructor's Guides, click here.
Scope & Sequence
1st Grade Readers
- Saxon Math 1 - Student Workbook Sample
- Saxon Math 1 Sample Lesson pg.322
- Saxon Math 1 Sample Lesson pg.323
- Saxon Math 1 Sample Lesson pg.324
- Saxon Math 1 Sample Lesson pg.325
Is my child ready for BookShark's Level 1 program?
Our Level 1 packages were designed for students from ages 6-8 and we’ve been told that our material can be quite challenging for children on the younger end of the age spectrum. This is not surprising; there is a big difference in development between a 6 year old and an 8 year old!
We expect the Level 1 work to take your child about 2-3 hours. Please make sure that your child is able to:
- Read at a 1st Grade level or higher (see our Quick Reading Assessment)
- Write letters and simple words
- Copy a sentence out on paper
- Recall and follow simple instructions
- Sit still and focus for 10-15 minutes at a time
If you aren’t sure your child is ready for Level 1 work, please consider using our Level K Full Grade Package (for ages 5-7) instead.
Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?
BookShark is both! We are a literature based program that teaches History through reading and listening. At Level K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. This is why we offer multiple Reader levels for the early packages. Beginning in Level 3, however, the focus shifts from strengthening reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level 3 up, we integrate the Reading, Read-Alouds, and Language Arts assignments with the History readings. Instead of learning to read, your children will be reading to learn!
Which Readers/Language Arts should I choose?
We offer multiple Readers/Language Arts levels for our Level K-2 packages to accommodate advanced and struggling learners. Choosing a Readers/Language Arts level that is appropriate for your child will help ensure that there are no gaps in their knowledge.
If you are unsure which Readers level would be best for your child, please have them take our Quick Reading Assessment. It is very important to match the Readers level to your child’s reading ability, and the assessment will help you find the most comfortable fit for them. We encourage you to be sure that they are reading fluidly, not just decoding the words. Our goal is to help you instill a love of reading and learning in your child. If they are working too hard to decode the words, they may not enjoy the stories and the reading may become frustrating.
Please note that many young students read at a higher level than their Language Arts ability. We recommend that you look through the Scope & Sequence and the 3-Week Samples for our Language Arts Instructor's Guides before you make a final decision on which level will be best for your child.
Feel free to use the assignments in the samples as a way to test which Language Arts level will match your student's skills. If your student's Language Arts skill is slightly behind their Reading levels, you may want to consider choosing your Readers based on your student's Language Arts ability. Our Readers are engaging and fun for students of all levels!
Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?
We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level K-2 programs, so the Readers are not tied with the History reading for this package. In Levels K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. The Readers are integrated with the History program beginning in Level 3.
What books are included in the Level 1 Readers?
Level 1 Readers are equivalent to a 1st Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Regular Readers?
Level 2 Regular Readers are equivalent to a 2nd Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Intermediate Readers?
Level 2 Intermediate Readers are equivalent to a 3rd Grade reading level and include the following:
Can I choose Level 2 Advanced Readers with my Level 1 package?
We do not recommend it. Our Level 2 Advanced Readers are the highest level we have for our K-2 packages. If your student reads the Level 2 Advanced Readers in Level 1, they will have no new Readers for the Level 2 package.
If your student is reading at Level 2 Advanced (4th Grade level), we recommend that you customize your Level 1 package with Level 2 Intermediate Readers. Our Level 2 Intermediate Readers are equivalent to a 3rd Grade reading level and while they may not be quite as challenging as the books on our advanced list, we think your child will still enjoy them!
Can I use this package for both of my children?
Yes, you can use the Full Grade package with two or more students!
If your children are within three years of age, we recommend that you put them in the same BookShark Full-Grade Package. Your children will be able to share most of the resources in the Full Grade package, including Read-Alouds, Science, and History books. They can also share the Timeline Book and Timeline Figures, but you will need duplicates of some of the worksheets. You may also need additional Math resources. Please look at the “Consumables” tab to see a full list of the consumable materials in this package.
Please remember that Reading & Language Arts and Math are skill based subjects. Even though your students are in the same age range, they may not have the same skill levels. Use the assessments on our Resources page to help you pick the correct Reading and Math option for each of your children.
Once you know the correct Reader and Math levels, customize the Full-Grade package to fit one of your student’s needs. Then, supplement the package with an additional Reading & Language Arts and a Math program that fits your other students.
Please note that our Level 1 program is challenging for children at the lower end of the Level 1 age range. If both your children are in the 5-7 age range, consider using our Level K Full Grade Package instead. For more information, please read “How can I teach my Kindergartener and my other child together?” on the FAQ tab for the Level K Full Grade Package.
Not sure if this is the right fit? Please review the options below to find a package that will work for both of your children:
If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student. Our Level 6 Full Grade Package (for ages 11-13) is a nice thematic match to our Level 1 package since both cover the first part of World History.
Can my students share the Science Supplies Kit?
Yes! If your students are willing to work together as lab partners, they can share the resources in the Science Supplies Kit 1. You may want a second copy if you prefer that each student perform every experiment, or if you have more than two scientists sharing the Science package.
Which Math program/level will be best for my child?
Math, like reading, is a skill-based subject. It is important to pick a program and a level that fits with your child’s learning style and ability. Please take a look at our Resources page for a comparison of our different math options. We also have placement tests to help you figure out the appropriate starting point for your child.
Can I purchase the package without Math?
Our Full Grade Packages are built to include everything you need for your school year: History, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Math. We love our packages so much that we discount them 20% off retail price. You can purchase the elements of the Full-Grade package without purchasing math, but you will not receive our 20% off package discount.
If you are certain none of our math options will work for you, please add the following products to your cart individually:
- Reading with History 1 (this package is discounted 15% off the retail price)
- Language Arts 1 (if you chose Level 1 Readers for Reading with History),
or Language Arts 2 (if you chose Level 2 Regular Readers for Reading with History),
or Language Arts 2 Intermediate (if you chose Level 2 Intermediate Readers for Reading with History)
- Science 1 Package
How do I purchase Math without the Manipulatives Kit?
If you ordered the Saxon or Singapore Math package last year, please use the "Customize" tab to select that you need Saxon or Singapore without the Manipulatives Kit.
If you ordered the Horizon's Kindergarten Math package last year, please note that there are additional Manipulatives for the Level 1 program. Use the "Customize" tab to select that you need Horizon's with the Level 1 Manipulatives kit.
What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?
The Required Resources includes a big binder with 36 week tabs for your Instructor’s Guides, The Timeline Book, a reusable Markable Map, and a set of wet-erase markers. These resources will be reused in almost every level of our History program and can be shared by multiple students. You will be given the option to purchase these items every time you buy a Full-Grade package, but you only need to buy it once.