Saturday, May 31, 2014

BookShark Ordered!

So, I've placed my order with BookShark(the new, secular version of Sonlight). Yay! I can't wait for it to get here! You wouldn't think someone could be as excited as I am about instructor's guides, but then you don't know me that well. I'm boring that way. Curriculum is my drug of choice.

We're taking a week off to wait for the first grade IG to get here. I sold my Sonlight Core B IG(the equivalent of BookShark's 1st grade). I thought about just slogging through the religious stuff for the rest of the year, and then buying BookShark for second grade, but since we started the core in March, we still have a ways to go. I've loved Sonlight, but I get seriously tired of having to skim over,what I believe to be, foolish ideas.

Here's what I bought: History 1 Instructor's Guide, Timeline Figures 1, 2nd Grade Intermediate Reader Schedule and Notes, Marco Polo, Encyclopedia Brown, and Lumber Camp Library. The last three were titles we didn't get with the Sonlight 2nd grade readers. The cores and readers are mostly the same(minus the religious stuff), but they have a few different titles, and some shifting of which cores some of the books are in.

FYI: If you sign up for an account right now,  BookShark will email you a $10 off of $100 purchase code.

BookShark's website isn't as user friendly as Sonlight's, especially if you're purchasing individual items, but I'm sure that will change soon. I also hope they eventually create a forum for BookShark. And I know my kids would love it if the cores came in a box they can make into a castle(one of their favorite things about getting a shipment from Sonlight).

I'll post my first impressions about BookShark when the package comes, just in case you're as boring as I am, and want to hear about it. Or you can just snicker derisively at my mundane life. My children do!
Until next time!


  1. I am hoping for a forum too! I think my SL forum access expires this week. I don't post there much, but I like it as a resource and will miss it, since I can't see paying for it.

  2. Hi Katie! We are also "secular Sonlighters" who did Core A last year and are starting BookShark 1st grade this year! I'll be checking out your blog to see what works for you guys. :) Looks the Sonlight forums are free now as of today! Would still be nice if BookShark had its own forum.

    1. Hi, Kristen! I would love a BookShark forum! Maybe if enough of us request it, it might happen.