Thinking & Other Skills

On this page you'll find products that may turn out to be just as important for your child's education as traditional products. What they all have in common is that they help develop skills, including thinking skills, that are essential to modern life. (Get more Co-op savings.)

on 1-year subscription Gold subscription to ChessKid.com for 1-5 students in the same household. For grades 3-7. 
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on GameSalad mobile game design lab. For grades 8-12. 
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on a secular, religion-friendly critical thinking curriculum from Emmy award winner Steven Horwich. 
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on Hidden Pictures™, Puzzle Buzz™, Puzzlemania®, and Amazing Mazes Book Sets from Highlights™. For hours of fun, critical thinking practice! Ages 3-12. 
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Save 30% + Bonus SmartPoints on Highlights - Thinking Skills: http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/highlights/?source=GBC
on the award-winning, cognitive skills building software BrainWare Safari, from Learning Enhancement Corporation. Additional student licenses only $49. Ages 6 and up. 
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on a 6-month subscription for up to 4 children to the award-winning PBS KIDS PLAY!, an online school readiness program for kids age 3-6. Monthly subscriptions available, too!  
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on the complete STEM+ Educator Kit from award-winning Zometool, a leading provider of educational building sets for grades 1-12.  
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on Brainology, a brain science program to improve student motivation and increase achievement. For grades 5 through 9. 
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when you purchase books and software from The Critical Thinking Co. through the Co-op, an award-winning leader in critical thinking curriculum. Grades PreK-Adult. 
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on thinking skills with Inspiration, Kidspiration, and InspireData by Inspiration Software, Inc.! Quantities are LIMITED! 
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Kara Altman, Co-op Member
I simply do not have the time to sit a write out a lesson plan for our school year, which makes it hard to know how the whole school year is going to play out. And even if I did have time to write out a lesson plan, learning opportunities come up last minute that cause the schedule to change. People get sick and maybe you need a day or two to recover. And then there is your personal schedule, like doctor's appointments and the like . . .

With Homeschool Planet I can enter my plan in day by day OR with a few clicks I can auto create and ...(more)
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Niki McNeil, Co-op Member,
Co-Founder - In the Hands of a Child (www.handsofachild)
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J. Hammond, Co-op Member
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Ann Fitch, Co-op Member
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Yvonne, Co-op Member
This product has made me able to keep up with my plans for my 5 homeschooled children much better. My children were amazed that I was keeping track of when and what so much better. (I'm not sure they were glad, though).

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Kim, Co-op Member
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Not only can I schedule out the academic needs for our daughter, but I can also create a new family member representative of one of our hats, such as Science teacher, or theater volunt...(more)
Lisa Fox, Co-op Member
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