Reading with History A

Intro to the World: Cultures

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Age Range: 5-7 Grade Range: K-2

Intro to the World: Cultures

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Young adventurers: Boldly explore the world!

    • Inspire a love of learning, gain a sense of history and explore far-off places
    • Guide your children confidently each day with the included Instructor's Guide: you get a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule with lesson plans, teaching tips and materials for the entire year
    • Visit ancient Egypt and travel through jungles, America, Imperial China ... and more!
    • Devour fun historical fiction, stirring true stories and many children's classics
    • Purchase this package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48)

As you explore, find answers to questions like Why do people in the Amazon and Alaska like different kinds of homes? What did the inside of a medieval castle look like? What did ancient Egyptians eat? How did people travel in ancient China? What does a jungle look like?


An optional online platform that enables students to access their reading schedules, take assessments, and receive instant auto-grading results. Parents can track and review student work, customize assessments, and message students directly from a computer or mobile device. A Virtual course includes 1 student + 1 parent/teacher account. 

If purchased in April, May or June of this year, access to Virtual can start as early as July 1st. You will be able to start on the date of your choice up to 6 months of purchase date. Virtual courses MUST be started within 6 months of purchase. You will have 12 months from the time of your start date to complete the course.

History & Geography Intro to the World: Cultures

Enjoy a very broad overview of world history and explore the way people ate, dressed and lived throughout the centuries. On this exciting tour of world cultures, history and geography, you and your children will ...

    • Discover what it was like to live in a castle.
    • Marvel at what children used to wear for sleep and play.
    • Take a spin in the first car, plane & rocket ship.
    • Visit tall mountains and lush jungles.

With your Instructor's Guide showing you what to do each day, two volumes serve as key books: The Usborne Children's Encyclopedia and Living Long Ago. They both feature simple text and scores of pictures that your children will love to look at. Get brief, picture-filled overviews of key civilizations of the world such as Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Vikings, Incans, the Ming Dynasty in China, Colonial America and Victorian England. Take extra time to look at music, art, homes, clothing and climate around the world. Your children will love to sit and pore over these books.

Our Level A program helps develop key skills. From our developmentally-oriented hands-on activities, to the "Create-a-Calendar" that introduces the flow of weeks and months, you'll help make sure your kids are on track with what they need to know. Even the simple poetry helps train your children's ears to hear cadence, phonics and rhymes.

Your children won't be little forever, so this program was created to help you enjoy this special time together. From hands-on activities to stories they'll remember their entire lives, get ready to connect with your child as they discover the world.

The OPTIONAL Hands-On History: World Cultures Kit  can be added to this package under the Customize Tab above and is scheduled in the Instructor's Guide for your convenience.


Build your child's vocabulary and listening skills as you cuddle-up and read enriching books to your children.  Engage your child to:

    • Care for animals alongside a veterinarian who loves his job.
    • Learn lifetime lessons with peasant Pong Lo as he wins a whole kingdom with a grain of rice!
    • Be inspired toward wisdom and character through Grandma's tales of growing up in the pioneer days.


Build your child's acadmic foundation by giving them fun, real books they can read successfully! Combine with BookShark's Language Arts K program to add accessible writing assignments that coordinate with the Readers.  If you are unsure which reading level is right for your child please check out our Quick Reading Assessment.

Required Resources

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.

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One Set of Consumables is included with the package. To add consumables for another student please click here.

Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?

BookShark is both! We are a literature-based program that teaches History through reading and listening. In Levels A-C, our program focuses on developing and strengthening reading ability. This is why we offer multiple Reader levels for the early packages. Beginning in Level D, however, the focus shifts from strengthening the reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level D 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!

My child already knows how to read, can I still use the Level A program?

Yes, you can! If your child is reading comfortably at a 1st Grade (or higher) reading level, customize your Level A program with Level 1 Readers or Level 2 Readers. To change the Reader level in your package, select the correct level from the “Select a Reading Level” drop-down menu on the “Customize” tab.

What books are included in the Level 1 Readers?

Level 1 Readers are equivalent to a 1st Grade reading level and include the following:

Put Me in the Zoo
One Fish, Two Fish...
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
A Big Ball of String
The Best Trick
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
I Can Read It! Book 1
I Can Read It! Book 2
I Can Read It! Book 3
I Can Read It! Word Lists
What books are included in the Level 2 Readers?

Level 2 Readers are equivalent to a 2nd Grade reading level and include the following:

Frog and Toad are Friends
Frog and Toad Together
Owl at Home
Hill of Fire
Pompeii: Buried Alive!
Titanic: Lost and Found
Wagon Wheels
The Big Balloon Race
Mouse Tales
Daniel's Duck
Nate the Great
The Fire Cat
Greg's Microscope
Frog and Toad All Year
Amelia Bedelia
The Sword in the Tree
Clara and the Bookwagon
The Long Way to a New Land
The Long Way Westward
Prairie School
Third Grade Detectives #1 and #2
Riding the Pony Express
Which Readers Level should I choose?

We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level A-C packages to accommodate advanced and struggling learners. Choosing a Reader 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 Reader's 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 A-C programs, so the Readers are not tied with the History reading for this package. In Levels A-C, our program focuses on developing and strengthening reading ability. The Readers are integrated with the History program beginning in Level D.

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:

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 "what's included" tab.

What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?

The Required Resources include 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 can purchase these items every time you buy an All-Subject or Reading with History Package, but you only need to buy it once.

For more information on BookShark, please see our FAQs page.

The decision to homeschool our daughter, Alexa, was an easy one. Choosing a curriculum that worked well with her goals and schedule was a little more difficult.

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