This Week ▼

In this issue:

  • It's Learning Styles Month - Focus on All-In-One/Multi-Subject Products!
  • Community Update -- Contest for Learning Styles Month

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Review Spotlight - "Homeschool Planet is very user friendly!"

  • Deals of the Day -- Kaplan SAT/ACT Online Prep, Chester Comix, and BrainWare Safari

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Tynker, Type to Learn 4, Fascinating Education, and Maestro Classics

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • LAST CALL - Education.com PRO and Veritas Press Self-Paced History

    • In the Pipeline -- Discovery Education Math Techbook, Mango Languages, The Magic School Bus Science Club, CTC Math, Amanda Bennett, Brock Magiscope, and more

    • Member Meter - ST Math, EGUMPP, and What Do You Think?

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Writing Tips by Julie Bogart, Brave Writer
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
COMMUNITY UPDATE
Please join us in giving a hearty Co-op "Welcome!" to 557 families in the last week!

The BIG SmartPoints Spring Giveaway - Win up to 50,000 SmartPoints

The BIG SmartPoints Spring Giveaway

During the month of May, if you purchase something from the Co-op or do something that earns a SmartPoints award, you'll be eligible to win up to 50,000 SmartPoints with our Big SmartPoints Spring Giveaway!

What could you do with 50,000 SmartPoints? Get a year's worth of curriculum or supplements from the Co-op! With over 10 categories to choose from such as math, science, language arts, and more, you are sure to find something to add to your homeschool. Find more information on how to win, click here.

Contest for Learning Styles Month!

Contest for Learning Styles Month!

It's Learning Styles Month at the Co-op, and don't forget that we have a contest for you!

Have you discovered the different learning styles of your children and how to teach to the strengths of them? If you have, or if you're in the process of discovering, share with us how you have adapted your teaching to accommodate their learning styles, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

The winner will be selected randomly from posts that are entered through the end of the month.

Click here to submit your post!


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Homeschool Planet

Homeschool Planet - FREE 30-Day Trial

Homeschool Planet - FREE 30-Day Trial

Are you thinking about a planner for the new year?

Do you need to change what you're currently doing?

If so, organize your world with a subscription to Homeschool Planet - everything you need to organize your home and your home school in one easy-to-use online planner!

But, don't take our word for it - check out this review from My Blessings from Above:

"I found that Homeschool Planet is very user friendly! Within minutes of logging in I had our calendar, schedule and school assignments up and running! This is not just a planner but a calendar and schedule all in one. And it is all online! It does not matter which operating system you use. You can access it with your laptop, tablet or smart phone! If you prefer using a paper calendar or planner no worries you have the option to print it out as well! I really love the features of this online planner..." Read the full review by My Blessings from Above....


To see all the Homeschool Planet reviews, click here!

Take Homeschool Planet for a test run with a FREE 30-Day Trial -- just enter your Co-op member email address and you can get started in minutes!

Then, if you decide to purchase (only $65 for a one year subscription OR $6.95/month), all of the data you enter during the trial will be preserved in your paid-for subscription so that you can continue using Homeschool Planet without interruption.

Click here to start your FREE trial!
IT'S LEARNING STYES MONTH!
This month, we celebrate all your children's Learning Styles! For many of our most popular curriculum and supplements, we'll provide a learning style review that might help you in determining if a curriculum or supplement is right for your child.

All of our Learning Styles reviews were provided by Mariaemma Willis, one of the founders of LearningSuccess Institute, and author of Discover Your Child's Learning Style. If you would like to see an overview of these Learning Styles, click here.
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (May 21, 2015), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

BrainWare Safari - Save 55% + Get 600 SmartPoints

BrainWare Safari - Save 55% + Get 600 SmartPoints

BrainWare Safari, from Learning Enhancement Corporation is an award-winning, cognitive skills building software. Here's what Mariaemma has to say about BrainWare Safari:

"BrainWare Safari is designed to develop cognitive skills through games. This program is colorful, interactive, and challenging. Performing Paul/Paula usually like games and competition, and if they also like working on the computer, this program will probably appeal to them. Because users are playing against themselves, the program will probably also appeal to Inventing Isabel/Ian, for the challenge and problem solving aspects. Producing Pete/Pam, who often strive to achieve personal best and enjoy keeping track of their own progress, will probably also be attracted to this program." -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + 600 SmartPoints

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + 600 SmartPoints

The complete Chester Comix graphic novel series with Teacher Guides is available exclusively through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op in print or download versions. FREE Bonus Book available as well as FREE Shipping on the Print Superbundle! Check out Mariaemma's Learning Style review for Chester Comix below:

"Students who need to 'see it to learn it' (Picture Learners) will definitely hit the jackpot with Chester Comix! Plus, the Teacher Guides provide hands-on activities for those who need to 'do it' (Hands-On Learners). In addition, Chester Comix will definitely appeal to students who need to have fun and humor in the learning situation (Performing Paul/Paula). And the Teacher Guides provide inventive and creative activities for those who thrive on making, building, exploring, or creating (Inventing Isabel/Ian, Thinking-Creating Ted/Terry). If you have a Picture Learner who is also Performing, Inventing, or Thinking-Creating, this program should be a winner!" -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

Kaplan SAT/ACT Online Prep - Save 83% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Kaplan SAT/ACT Online Prep - Save 83% + Get 600 SmartPoints

SAT or ACT Online Prep from Kaplan, the market leader in test preparation, provides interactive online instruction that allows for access anytime, anywhere, and each course is fully customized to your student's present skill level. Here is Mariaemma's review:

“The Kaplan SAT/ACT program will work best with Producing Pete/Pam, who are also Print Learners and prefer learning with a computer rather than a book. There are some options for Auditory Learners, but this is not consistent throughout the program. If you want to purchase the program to have a guide to steer by, you could adapt the lessons for the other Dispositions (Performing, Inventing, Relating-Inspiring, Thinking-Creating and Modalities (Picture, Hands-On, Whole Body, Sketching, Listening).” -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

Deals of the Week - LAST CALL!

Introduction to Last Call for Deals of the Week

Our Deals of the Week are the BEST DEALS ANYWHERE, but for a limited time only, so don't delay!

For the products with Bonus SmartPoints, after this Saturday (unless otherwise noted), we will continue to offer the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for them but the SmartPoints will be reduced or removed altogether.

Note: The Deals of the Week with SmartPoints listed below will be awarded based on purchases from 5/17 - 5/23 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

Tynker - 50% Off: Learn Programming with Tynker Coding Adventures

Tynker - 50% Off: Learn Programming with Tynker Coding Adventures Give kids a head start this summer! In each self-paced online course kids embark on a mission, build a variety of games and learn programming concepts in a fun and easy way (used by over 20 million kids). Only available on Kickstarter.

How to Buy: Click here to get all 3 Adventures for $75 ($150 value).
ENDS - 5/24!

Type to Learn 4 - Save up to 72% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Type to Learn 4 - Save up to 72% + Get 300 SmartPoints on Type to Learn 4 from Sunburst, the #1 typing software in schools today. Our friends in the school system tell us "kids just love it!" Find out why...

SMARTPOINTS END - 5/23!

Fascinating Education Science - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Fascinating Education Science - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on Fascinating Education's Chemistry, Biology, and/or Physics online curriculum. Is your student baffled or bored by your textbook? This program focuses on the essentials with graphics and audio narration to engage the learner. For Grades 6 and up.

SMARTPOINTS END - 5/23!

Maestro Classics - Save up to 27% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Maestro Classics - Save up to 27% + Get 400 SmartPoints on the award-winning Stories in Music from Maestro Classics™, introducing children to classical music through stories. Grades K-7

SMARTPOINTS END - 5/23!

GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
ALL-IN-ONE LEARNING STYLE REVIEWS

Discovery Education Streaming Plus - Save 74% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints - SmartPoints End Sun., 5/31

Discovery Education Streaming Plus - Save 74% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is the nation's premier educational video streaming service. Here is Mariaemma's review:

"Most kids like videos, but DE streaming Plus would appeal particularly to kids who are natural explorers, inventors, collectors, and experimenters (Inventing Isabel/Ian). These kids love gathering information - they are the ones who are always asking "why?" or "how does that work?" and enjoy science and social studies topics. The fact that the videos are short will appeal to kids who like their information in bite-sized pieces and not stay too long on one topic (Performing Paul/Paula). Whatever their learning personality, DE streaming Plus should be a big hit among Picture Learners - kids who like to get their information through pictures." -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

BrainPOP - Save 25% - Leaves Sun., 5/31

BrainPOP - Save 25%

BrainPOP's award-winning Homeschool educational resources engage students in grades K-12 through animated movies, educational games, interactive quizzes, and more. Members save 25% at the Co-op!

Here's Mariaemma's review:

“BrainPOP has something for almost every Learning Modality: picture, print, listening, hands-on, sketching, and writing. In addition, it should appeal to all the Dispositions. I especially like that the videos use relevant examples and the games are sophisticated and clever. These particular aspects of the program are likely to appeal to Performing Paul/Paul (who can be hard to please!) and Inventing Isabel/Ian. There is also much to engage Thinking-Creating Ted-Terry, Producing Pete/Pam, and Relating-Inspiring Rita/Ron." -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

eTap - Save 30% + Get 1,500 - Special Pricing and SPs End Sun., 5/31

eTap - Save 30% + Get 1,500

e Teaching Assistance Program (eTAP) is a comprehensive K-12 curriculum that is affordable and easy-to-use for the whole family. eTAP gives you K-12 Math, English, Science, and History, as well as SAT/GED/ASVAB test preparation! Here is Mariaemma's review of eTap:

"eTap is a comprehensive K-12 program that is mostly presented through online textbooks and workbooks. It relies heavily on reading and so would work best for students who are strong Print Learners. Some of the lessons also include links to videos and other graphics – these would meet the needs of Picture Learners. Because this program is set up in a mostly traditional textbook format with workbook practice, it would appeal the most to students who enjoy routine, step-by-step, rote presentations and assignments (Producing Pete/Pam). However, if you are a parent whose own learning style appreciates a great deal of structure, you could use eTap to organize your program, then adapt it to your children’s learning styles. For example, limit the worksheets or don’t use them, emphasize the videos, print out any illustrations for the kids to color or create a scrapbook, brainstorm projects that provide hands-on learning, etc. Also, some non-Producing, non-Print Learners who like working on the computer will appreciate the flexibility of going at their own pace and the choices and options available for choosing various lessons and assignments." -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

Intellego Unit Studies - Save 45% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Intellego Unit Studies - Save 45% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Intellego Unit Studies for grades K-8 are available in 5-Pack Bundles for Science, Social Studies, Geography, Civics, History, Art, Music, titles of popular interest, and MORE! You'll find Mariaemma's review below:

"Kids who thrive from a variety of learning activities will be particularly drawn to Intellego Unit Studies. If your kids like to watch videos, do hands-on projects, and get interactive activities online, this product is for you! It will also appeal to those who get bored doing one activity for too long and want to move on to something new, and those who like creative projects. This curriculum is well-suited to Inventing Isabel/Ian, Performing Paul/Paula, and Thinking-Creating Ted/Terry, as well as Picture, Hands-On, and Sketching Learners. It is also worth mentioning that this product has something for all the other learning styles as well, making it a terrific teaching tool for just about any student." -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

Visualize World Geography - FREE Shipping + 5,000 SmartPoints

Visualize World Geography - FREE Shipping + 5,000 SmartPoints

Award-winning Visualize World Geography complete curriculum kit is for grades K-12. See what type of learner would benefit from Visualize World Geography with Mariaemma's review below:

“Visualize World Geography is definitely Visual! However, it won’t necessarily appeal to all Visual-Picture Learners. The key to this program is whether you have a Performing Paul/Paula or Inventing Isabel/Ian student, who is also attracted to very silly comedy. If you have this type of student, then it can work for a wide range of Modalities, because the program includes videos (Visual and Auditory), mnemonics in the form of rhymes and elaborate stories (Auditory), and worksheets (Print and Writing). My recommendation is to move around the program and encourage the student to choose areas of interest.” -- Mariaemma Willis, M.S. (Learning Style Specialist and LearningSuccess™ Institute co-founder)

LAST CALL!

Education.com PRO Membership - Save 51% - Ends Today, 5/21

Education.com PRO Membership - Save 51%

It's LAST CALL for Education.com PRO at the Co-op! Pro is the most comprehensive Education.com program for grades PreK-12.

Subscribers have unlimited access to all printable resources, including worksheets, workbooks, custom worksheets, activities, and science projects in all subjects. Activity books and workbooks are specifically for elementary grades.

This program also includes access to Brainzy Classroom, Education.com's educational online game program for early learners. Brainzy is a great option for parents looking for materials to support comprehensive lessons for early learners or families with children at the PreK-1st grade level.

Great news -- We have reached the deepest discount which means members can save 51% on a PRO Annual Membership!

Note: Education.com recently changed the name of "PLUS Platinum" to "Pro" so if you placed an order through this GroupBuy offer, it is the same program. The Co-op is offering Education.com's most comprehensive program -- and should not be confused with other offers for "PLUS". We apologize for any confusion for this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Veritas Press Self-Paced History - Save 50% + Get 500 SmartPoints - Ends Mon., 5/25

Veritas Press Self-Paced History - Save 50% + Get 500 SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL for Self-Paced Online History Courses from Veritas Press, award-winning, online courses, at the Co-op!

These self-paced courses from Veritas Press include 160 class periods covering 32 historical events. Students will stay engaged and motivated throughout the entire year with interactive teaching, clever games, engaging video footage, and a talking historical character.

Veritas Press offers an approach to learning history that is unparalleled! It includes memorizing names, dates and places, multi-sensory learning through interactions, lessons in a chronological sequence, and much more.

Members save 50% and receive 500 SmartPoints with the purchase of this new GroupBuy offer! But, this offer is only here for a limited time so be sure to take a look today.

In the Pipeline

In the Pipeline Intro

These Special Offers and GroupBuy savings are "in the bag". Read below to see what's coming!

For some, there are a few more details to be worked out before we can go live. We hope to take these Group Buys live in the few weeks. Stay tuned!

Discovery Education Math Techbook™ - Coming Mon., 5/25

Discovery Education Math Techbook™

Good news! We are pleased to announce that Discovery Education has agreed to offer a 1-year subscription to the new Discovery Education Math Techbook to homeschoolers through the Co-op.

With Math Techbook, students can access dynamic content, interactives, videos, digital tools, and game-like activities that increase their motivation to learn math. Students learn content through multiple pathways that match their learning style and can monitor their own progress in real time with the Student Dashboard. Sign up for a free trial to check it out!

The member price for a 1-year subscription for one teacher and one student would range from $45-$55, depending on which course bundle you select. Plus, members receive 500 SmartPoints when they order.

If you would like to be reminded when this GroupBuy offer launches, click here.

Mango Languages - Save 20% - Coming Mon., 5/25

Mango Languages - Save 20%

Our foreign language expert friends tell us that Mango Languages is one of the best foreign language curriculums now available, so that's just one reason we're pleased to announce we'll soon have GroupBuy savings for Mango Languages.

A Homeschool license gives 5 students simultaneous access to any of 60 languages, completely online, with assessments, and automated grading, and parent tracking. You access the curriculum online through your browser or through the Mango mobile app.

A 1-year Homeschool license retails for $240/year, but we can get members a 20% discount to bring that down to $192.

If you would like to be reminded when this GroupBuy offer launches, click here.

The Magic School Bus Science Club - Save 50% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints - Coming Thurs., 5/28

The Magic School Bus Science Club - Save 50% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints

"The Magic School Bus Science Club" from The Young Scientists Club for children ages 5 and up is coming back to the Co-op on Thursday, 5/28!

Join Ms. Frizzle and her students on The Magic School Bus each month in exploring one of twelve different science topics through hands-on experiments for a whole year. The science kids will be mailed each month around the 15th in a colorful envelope, which can be addressed directly to your child.

Members save 50% plus receive 1,000 Bonus SmartPoints. Also, for this offer, members will be able to take advantage of PayPal's Bill Me Later® payment plan option: No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. (Subject to PayPal credit approval.)

If you'd like to be reminded when this offer launches, click here.

CTCmath - Save 60% and Get 500 Bonus SmartPoints - Coming Soon!

CTCmath - Save 60% and Get 500 Bonus SmartPoints

We are pleased to announce that CTCmath, publisher of a popular, award-winning online math curriculum for grades K-12 will be arriving soon at the Co-op!

For more than 17 years, CTCmath teacher Pat Murray has helped tens of thousands of students from all over the world excel at math with easy to follow step-by-step video lessons designed to make math fun and approachable.

A 1-year subscription to CTCmath retails for $197 for one student, but members save 60%, and we'll throw in 500 Bonus SmartPoints to make this the best deal anywhere for CTCmath!

If you would like to be reminded when this GroupBuy launches, click here.

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies - Save up to 50% - Coming Soon!

Amanda Bennett Unit Studies - Save up to 50%

We are pleased to announce that homeschool veteran mom and author, Amanda Bennett, will be coming to the Co-op! Amanda has earned a master reputation in the homeschool community for writing Unit Studies and has recently launched her brand new and updated website with a boatload of *NEW* titles for grades K-12.

Amanda is prepared to come to the Co-op to offer members savings up to 50%! With a strong focus in History, Science, Geography, Art, and Holidays, Amanda has written the Download N Go titles for K-4 and Unit Study Adventure titles for K-12. She also offers many titles designed as helps for Bible study, learning tools, and more.

Take-the-Tour to explore titles, read descriptions, and view samples.

If you would like to be reminded when this GroupBuy offer launches, click here.

Brock Magiscope Microscope - Save 20% - Coming Soon!

Brock Magiscope Microscope - Save 20%

We are pleased to announce that the famed Brock Magiscope, a sturdy field and home microscope for young scientists will be coming back to the Co-op!

If you have seen a microscope out on display in your local science center, science museum, or nature center, chances are you were seeing a Brock Magiscope. This durable little microscope features rugged construction and an easy-to-use design combined with quality optics. As an extra benefit, it is manufactured in the U.S. and is highly recommended by Co-op partner Robert Krampf, The Happy Scientist.

Members will save 20% on this exclusive GroupBuy offer. If you would like to be reminded when the GroupBuy offer launches, click here.

GroupBuy Calendar - See what else is coming to the Co-op!

GroupBuy Calendar

Be sure to check out the GroupBuy Calendar and you'll not only see what's coming up, grouped by subject, but you can select the "Remind Me" link to get notified when the offer launches via (a) a reminder email from us or (b) an entry in your calendar.

Note: Some of our suppliers don't want us to pre-announce their GroupBuys savings, so they won't show up in the GroupBuy Calendar. Stay subscribed to this email and the newsletter to get announcements for all offers as they come and go.

Member Meter
 

Member Meter Intro

Negotiating and sponsoring GroupBuy savings is an expensive and time-consuming proposition, but we love doing it, especially when there is strong member interest.

This section of the newsletter is your opportunity to see -- and influence -- what programs and products we bring to our membership.

Please take a look, then let us know: What do you think?

If your kids struggle learning math concepts, this could be what you are looking for...

Over the last couple years, we have received numerous requests from members asking us to do a deal with MIND Research Institute for ST Math, a unique, award-winning curriculum that teaches math visually.

MIND Research has developed a homeschool version of ST Math and is due to be released this summer. Here are the key links:



ST Math will retail for $199 for one year, but we can get that price down to $119 (40% savings) with sufficient participation, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
If you are looking for an entirely online, self-study grammar curriculum, we may have the answer for you! EGUMPP is used by journalism schools at several universities (e.g., Texas Christian University, Hampton University, and Howard University, but is suitable for middle and high school students as well.

EGUMPP teaches English grammar, usage, punctuation, and writing mechanics by means of online videos, interactive exercises, online assessments, and more. It consists of four independent modules that use a building-block approach to present and teach the lesson concepts. In each lesson, the lesson concepts are applied through practical, interactive exercises that promote authentic learning and genuine understanding. Students can also earn a certification.

Watch the video overview and try out EGUMPP demos.

EGUMPP has academic pricing of $99.95, but we can get members a price of $74.95 for one student and $39.95 for additional students with sufficient participation, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
What's your favorite history curriculum? Let us know, and we'll see if we can get you the best deal anywhere for it!
What do you think?
Free Curriculum
This week, we offer these free curriculum discoveries and their ClickSchooling reviews.


Please let us know if YOU find any great educational websites!
Writing Tips
This week, we offer these recent writing advice tips from Julie Bogart, the creator of the popular Brave Writer writing and language arts curriculum:


Check our Free Writing Tips section frequently for new tips, or sign up for Julie's Daily Tip newsletter on the Brave Writer website.

P.S. We'd like to remind you that the Co-op has the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for Brave Writer writing and language arts curriculum: Save 50% on Brave Writer.
Cathy Duffy Reviews
By special arrangement with Cathy Duffy (author of the new "102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum"), Co-op members hear about Cathy's latest reviews.

Don't forget that the Co-op has BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for many of
Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks! To see them all, click here.
Just for Fun


Do you have any videos, games, jokes, quotes or other light-hearted or inspirational Internet discoveries that you would like to share with us? Tell us about it.
We appreciate you at the Co-op!

Brett Walter
President
Homeschool Buyers Co-op

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