Why an All in One Curriculum is Perfect for the Homeschool Newbie

*Disclosure- I received the Bookshark Curriculum in exchange for sharing our homeschool journey this year. All opinions are my own.*

Let me be honest with you. When my Husband and I came to the decision to homeschool our son, I was scared. I had a lot of reservations- mostly about whether or not I thought I could actually do this. Coming to that decision was not easy, and I was stressed even thinking about getting started. I was overwhelmed before I even began. Where did I even start?


That was when I came across Bookshark. I was intrigued. Literature based? Yes please! We are already a family of avid readers, and my son always picked up a lot from listening to me read. He learned his alphabet from listening to me read Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. (Over and over and over- I could recite it from memory in the car!)


While we are a Christian family, I was also happy that Bookshark is a secular curriculum. I wanted to teach our son based on what other kids are learning, and we’ll be able to teach him our religious beliefs alongside it. Instead of making that the main focus. It just made more sense to me that way, especially since I grew up in public school.

The final kicker for me was the fact that the curriculum is a 4-day FULLY PLANNED OUT program. With the help of the Instructor’s guide, the lesson plans are done for me. It only takes me about 15 minutes of prep time each week to get our lessons set up. It’s ridiculously easy! Of course, I can change things around and teach it how I want to, but if the thought overwhelms you, (as it definitely did me in the beginning) it’s all planned out for you. You cannot screw it up. Which, honestly, was my biggest fear. Those 4 days are filled with fun lessons and reading, and our 5th day is spent taking sports, field trips, or visiting grandparents and getting real-life lifeskills. It’s wonderful! And I never feel like we’re not teaching our son enough. He’s learned so much more than I could have ever even imagined. It really has eased my mind, knowing that this was definitely the right decision for our family.


So, if you’re a homeschool newbie like we were this year (now I kinda feel like an old pro!), I honestly believe that Bookshark can be such a great choice for your family. It takes out the guess work. It makes homeschooling feel easy, instead of like the burden that I worried it would be. Instead of work, it is FUN. My son and I both look forward to learning- together. This year I’ve even learned things that I’m pretty sure I didn’t know before, or had long since forgotten.


Watching the wonder in my son’s eyes as I teach him has been such a blessing.


If you’re scared to begin this journey- let me tell you that you can 100% do this. No one comes to this decision easily, sometimes skeptical family members can make it even harder. But, once they see how much your child is learning, they will change their tune. Almost everyone I know has. And for that, I am forever grateful to Bookshark.


As always, if you have any questions- feel free to email me or ask them in the comments. I am happy to share what I’ve learned, and what has worked best for us.

Check out what subject package we used for Kindergarten (minus the math and handwriting).

See how we Homeschool on the Go.


Or how we set up our learning area.learning-corner


  1. this messy season

    May 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Having Bookshark has made this transitional year so much smoother for us! I love that they go as far as to completely plan out every detail for us.

  2. Jennifer Maune

    May 15, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    This looks like such a great program! Love how the lessons are already planned for you – and the literature based curriculum is awesome!

  3. Nicole Banuelos

    May 16, 2018 at 12:19 am

    This seems like such an incredible resource. Kudos to you for being a great mom and teacher!

  4. julie

    May 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    As someone who doesn’t homeschool, this was SO interesting to me!

  5. Alyssa Funk

    May 17, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I really want to homeschool! This is so helpful!

  6. Mary Leigh

    May 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    This looks really do-able! I am really strongly considering starting some sort of homeschool pre-k with my toddler in the fall (he’ll be 3) – he is so bright and I would love to add some structure to our day!

    1. mrsbishop

      May 20, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      It’s a great way to get on more of a schedule!

  7. Elizabeth

    May 29, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I am totally curious where you got your grid/graph day planner. (And I love Bookshark, too!)

    1. mrsbishop

      May 29, 2018 at 11:49 am

      I actually purchased that in the Dollar Spot at Target during Back to School time last year. It has been a great tool to have!

      1. Elizabeth

        May 30, 2018 at 2:23 am

        Thank you!

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