BookShark

BookShark homeschool curriculum is literature-based, 4-day, and faith-neutral. See it at BOOKSHARK.COM.

 

Kim McInerney, a busy homeschool mom, says, 

“My daughter is on the spectrum as well as OCD, and has instantly taken to this curriculum. It is incredibly structured (which makes both of us ecstatic). The books are great, and the kits are awesome too. I’m running my daughter to all kinds of appointments, and this curriculum fits in amazingly. We are first year BookShark customers and happy as a lark.”

 

Kim is right! BookShark’s fully planned, 4-day homeschool curriculum flexes to match your busy lifestyle. The detailed Instructor’s Guides lay everything out so clearly that you are prepared to teach in mere minutes each day—open your guide, gather your resources (which are all included in your package), and go! Curriculum for ages 4-16 is available in All-Subject Packages or by individual academic areas: Reading with History, Language Arts, Science, and Math. With BookShark’s literature-rich programs, your children will read (or have read to them) 35-50 engaging books each year! Visit BOOKSHARK.COM to browse curriculum, download samples, or request a catalog.

Our curriculum has been reviewed and given approval by Faith Berens, special needs educator. You can read her article here. 

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Also, check out their standalone history and science curriculum. 

    

 

    

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Curriculum Review


Reading with History D – Ages 8 – 11, Intro to American History Year 1 of 2 Curriculum Review

 

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Review

General Information

 

  • Curriculum Developer – BookShark
  • Website Link
  • Sample Link
  • Grade Level Scope: Upper elementary 
  • Subject Covered: Reading & History
  • Cost Range: More than $200
  • No Supplemental Materials Needed
  • Format: Physical product
  • Religious content: No

Basic Features

 

  • Methodology: Unit Study
  • Learning Styles Utilized: Visual, Spacial, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Verbal, and Tactile
  • Intelligences Utilized: Pictures, Words, Relationships, and Contemplation
  • Teaching Styles Used: Multi-Disciplinary and Living Books
  • Common Core: No
  • Accredited: No
  • Teacher Helps: More than average

Product Description 

 

  • Font Size: A little larger than average for student materials
  • Pictures: A little less than average use of pictures
  • Binding: Binder
  • Lessons Included: 4 days a week for 36 weeks, 144 lesson total
  • Intended Curriculum Usage Length: 1 year

Adapability 

 

  • Amount of Handwriting Required: Less than average
  • Possible Assistive Technology Modifications: Speech-to-text, typing, and other assistive technology devices
  • Executive Functioning Concerns: Many pages to keep track of and loose organization requires teacher/student planning
  • Average Length of Lessons: 4 days
  • Daily Lesson Overview: Most days include a few pages for History, 1-2 chapters of a read-aloud book with discussion, 1-2 chapters of the “reader” and a hands-on activity from the lapbook (25-40 minutes). Combined time of 1-2 hours, depending on lesson discussion time.
  • Concentration Level Required: Average
  • Modifiable by Lengthening Out Lessons: Extremely easy
  • Language complexity: Average

Specific Disabilities 

 

  • Reading Approach: Phonics, whole-word/sight word, and scripted
  • High-Interest Low-Level Reading Material: Yes

SPED Homeschool Review Crew Feedback

What was the one thing that most impressed you about this curriculum?

The thoughtfulness of what they included with the materials. The company even included Vis-a-vis markers, tape and glue so parents would have everything they needed when they opened the box.

What was the one thing that most disappointed you about this curriculum?

I wasn’t really disappointed with anything in this curriculum. However, I would like to see alternative schedule options for children who need fewer transitions. Perhaps a way to focus on one book or one item at a time before moving onto another book.

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