Travel the globe on a thrilling ancient adventure
- Explore the story of the world from early civilizations through the fall of Rome
- Homeschool with confidence: The Instructor's Guide includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule with lesson plans, teaching tips and much more!
- Learn how people lived in ancient Egypt, Greece, Europe, Africa, India & China
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
As you sketch an overview of history, you get to:
- Recline at a scrumptious Roman feast with a nobleman and his family
- Discover why we know much more about Ancient Egypt than we do about other civilizations such as Crete
- Encounter mighty war elephants of India with Alexander the Great and his weary troops
Start your child's journey with a fun survey of peoples of the world. 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. It forms bonds between you and them. When possible, we have linked 1st Grade Read-Alouds with the content you're studying. The many wonderful books that aren't directly connected to your history still help 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. For help determining your child's reading level please take our Quick Reading Assessment.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. You'll use The Timeline Book and the Markable Map throughout your BookShark journey.
Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
To see samples of all Instructor's Guides, both paper and online versions click here.
Scope & Sequence
1st Grade Readers
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 Level should I choose?
We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level K-2 packages to accommodate advanced and struggling learners. Choosing a Readers 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.
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! If your children are within three years of age, they can share the same BookShark Reading with History package – including Read-Alouds, history books, the Timeline Book, and Timeline Figures. Please remember, however, that Reading is a skill based subject and it is important to pick a Reader level that matches with each child’s ability.
If your students have different skill levels for Reading, please consider purchasing an additional Language Arts with Readers package:
If you do not want to use BookShark's Language Arts, you may also add the additional readers individually:
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:
- Ages 5-7 | Kindergarten Reading with History
- Ages 7-9 | 2nd Grade Reading with History
- Ages 8-11 | 3rd Grade Reading with History
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 Reading with History 6 (for ages 11-13) is a nice thematic match to our Level 1 package since both cover the first part of World History.
Can I purchase the History program without the Readers?
We do not offer a History package without Readers because learning through reading is fundamental to our program. If you are certain that you do not want the Readers, you can add the History books and Read-Alouds to your cart individually. Please use the list on the "See All BookShark Products" page as a reference.
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.