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In this issue:

  • Electives Month - One Week Left!
  • Community Update -- July Contest, Summer Fun Reading Program, and more

  • Deals of the Day -- 3 Deals for Today - Type to Learn 4, A+ Learning Link, and Catchup Math

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Choose your own Color Theme!

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Mark Kistler, Simply Music, Meet the Masters, MusicLearningCommunity.com, and Complete Curriculum
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - Mod Design 1 and more, The Magic School Bus Science Club, Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids, YouScience, and more!

    • LAST CALL - Special Needs Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints

    • In the Pipeline - AOP 1-Day Sale, Cover Story, One Year Adventure Novel, YourTeacher, and many more!

    • Member Meters - Encyclopædia Britannica and Philosophy Adventure

  • 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 846 new families in the last week!

Electives Month at the Co-op

Electives Month at the Co-op

Electives Month wraps up next week! Have you entered yet the contest yet? It's easy!

Just tell us how you incorporate Electives into your homeschool classroom for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

We have also made it easier to get a chance to win our contest as there is no longer a requirement to have two of your friends like your post.

Click here to submit your post!

Join us on Facebook

THANKS to the 77,011 members who "Like" us on Facebook. (We ♥ you too!)

Join us on Facebook and get the latest news about our GroupBuy savings, freebies, member benefits, contest winners, and more!

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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 next school year? Or, 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!

Did you know that Homeschool Planet has four beautiful color themes to choose from?  Make Homeschool Planet your very own with the color theme of your choice. Don't settle for boring colors or no color at all. Spice things up with Homeschool Planet and show off your style!

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!

Summer Fun Reading Program

Summer Fun Reading Program - Join the fun!

Summer Fun Reading Program


On Tuesday, we did our EIGHTH weekly drawing.

Congrats to Isabella S. (age 8) of Okotoks, AB, Keith Y. (9) of Brooklyn, NY, and Will B. (12) of Kalama, WA. You'll find them listed on our Weekly Winners page. The parents have been notified by email, and the winners are now free to claim their prize from our Community Treasure Chest!

To date, Co-op kids have filed 6,706 reading records, for a total of 15,104 hours read since we started on 6/1 - your children are not only Reading Champions in our books (LOL) but super readers, too! Remember, participation is FREE, and all members are invited to participate! (Tell me more.)

We invite you to make a donation to the Treasure Chest as the more prizes we have, the more kids that will have a chance to win a prize by the end of the program! Remember -- on September 2nd, do our GOLD RUSH, where we open the entire Treasure Chest for kids to claim on a first-come, first-served basis. (We urge all parents to have a prize or two up their sleeve for later in the summer in the event that your kid doesn't win a prize.)

The program runs through September 2nd. It's easy to participate and there are weekly drawings and a grand prize of a new Apple iPad Air. We hope your "Reading Champion" will join in the fun!

Find out more about our Summer Fun Reading Program.
IT'S ELECTIVES MONTH!
This month, celebrate the diversity of electives. With the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for some of your favorite art, music, foreign language, and more products, you won't want to miss out.
Deals of the Day - TODAY ONLY!
TODAY ONLY (July 24, 2014), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

Type to Learn 4 - Save up to 72% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Type to Learn 4 - Save up to 72% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Type To Learn 4: Agents of Information's creators have gone to extraordinary lengths to make typing instruction FUN, as well as pedagogically sound.

Students become "secret agents" who are tasked with saving the world's information (hence the extended product name "Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information"). Students must start their training immediately to move up the 7 ranks from Recruit to accurate, fast-typing Master Agents.

Great reviews continue to roll in highlighting the versatility of the program and how it can be used for any grade level, from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

As a Deal of the Day, you'll get 500 SmartPoints while also saving up to 72%!

A+ Learning Link - Save 29% + Get 600 SmartPoints

A+ Learning Link - Save 29% + Get 600 SmartPoints

If you're starting to think about getting back to homeschooling, would you like help in finding appropriate learning materials for your student? Do you have a clear understanding where your student excels or needs help? Do you know what kind of help she really needs?

The Co-op is pleased to offer a powerful assessment tool that can accurately and authoritatively answer those questions for you. It's called A+LearningLink, and it is being made available to Co-op members by American Education Corporation and GL Assessment, a world-wide leader in online assessment. One low price includes pre- and post test assessments for both Math and English.

Save 29%, plus if purchased today as a Deal of the Day, receive 600 SmartPoints!

Catchup Math - Save 40% + Get 750 SmartPoints

Catchup Math - Save 40% + Get 750 SmartPoints

Does your student have an area in their math study that needs improvement? Catchup Math can be used as a complete math curriculum or to find learning gaps and refresh them with lessons, videos, practice and activities.

Catchup Math cover grades 6-7 math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, and also has a comprehensive graduation prep program that reviews them all.

You might ask your teenager to try the sample pre-algebra session at catchupmath.com to see if the approach is engaging for them. Then, check out our member comments to see what other Co-op members have to say about the program!

Members save 40%, plus receive 750 Bonus SmartPoints, by taking advantage of this Deal of the Day today!

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.

The Deals of the Week that do not include SmartPoints but are purchased with a coupon will be leaving the Co-op on the specified date so be sure to take a look before these BEST DEALS ANYWHERE are gone!

Mark Kistler - Save 60% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Mark Kistler - Save 60% + Get 400 SmartPoints on a 1-year family subscription to Mark Kistler's Online Art Lessons, for ages 6 to 96.

ENDS - 7/26!

Simply Music - Save 35% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Simply Music - Save 35% + Get 500 SmartPoints on Simply Music's Learn-at-Home Online Program for piano students ages 7 and up.

ENDS - 7/26!

Meet the Masters - Save up to 45% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Meet the Masters - Save up to 45% + Get 300 SmartPoints on the NEW Meet The Masters Art Curriculum Online Edition! 3-Pack, 4-Pack, or 7-Pack Bundles. 3 Year Subscription Access. (For grades PreK-12)

ENDS - 7/26!

MusicLearningCommunity.com - Save 50% + Get 400 SmartPoints

MusicLearningCommunity.com - Save 50% + Get 400 SmartPoints on a One (1) Year Family Membership from MusicLearningCommunity.com. Good for up to five (5) family members for Grades Pre-K to Adult

ENDS - 7/26!

Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 7/20 to 7/26 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

Complete Curriculum: K-12 Digital Textbooks - Under $23.97 - Ends Sun., 7/27

Complete Curriculum: K-12 Digital Textbooks - Under $23.97

Let's welcome Complete Curriculum to the Co-op! Complete Curriculum's K-12 Education Tools include: Comprehensive Online Lessons, Engaging Digital Resources and Complete Digital Texts. Use as Your Primary Content or as a Resource to Remediate, Reinforce or Advance Your Kids!

Instantly download Grade Level Packages from Complete Curriculum, which include 8 digital texts, for under $23.97 with Coupon Code 7VG554S7. Check out the FREE STUFF link to download Free resources on Complete Curriculum's web page. Grades K-12 curriculum available.

GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
Featured Electives Products!

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Looking for a health curriculum?

The award-winning Human Body Detectives Curriculum uses educational adventure stories and activities to teach kids about specific body systems and their nutritional needs.

  • Elementary Curriculum Superbundle for only $49.95 (an 89% savings)

  • Nutrition 101 for Middle and High School for only $29.95 (62% savings), plus receive HBD's Learn about Nutrition Elementary Curriculum as part of the package!

  • Teen Health Basics 101 for only $14.95 (40% savings)

If you place your order today, you'll not only get immediate access to the digital downloads but you'll also receive 400 SmartPoints as a Deal of the Month!

See the offer page for details on Human Body Detectives Nutrition 101 for Middle and High School as the curriculum also requires obtaining The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn OBrien and Rachel Kranz.

Visual Latin (Compass Classroom) - Save up to 45% + Bonus SmartPoints

Visual Latin (Compass Classroom) - Save up to 45% + Bonus SmartPoints

Have you been wanting to add Compass Classroom titles to your homeschool? If so, then look no further as members save up to 45% on these Compass Classroom titles:

  • Visual Latin is a video-driven Latin homeschool curriculum taught by veteran Latin teacher Dwane Thomas. Kids everywhere love it!

  • Dave Raymond's American History gives a comprehensive history of the United States by applying a Christian worldview.

  • Economics for Everybody explains how economics works and how economic freedom is directly related to religious freedom.

  • Modern Parables is an original film-based Bible study series on Jesus' parables.

What's more, members earn BONUS SmartPoints when you purchase any of the bundles: Latin Mega Bundle, History Mega Bundle, or the Super Mega Bundle!

By making these popular courses available as electronic downloads, the Co-op and Compass Classroom are able to fulfill your order quickly -- with no waiting for the offer to end! So jump in today and save up to 45% on Compass Classroom titles.
NEW!

Mod Design 1 and more - Save up to 40%

Mod Design 1 and more - Save up to 40%

We are excited to announce that Mod Design 1 and FIVE other programs from Youth Digital, -- App Design 1, Game Design 1, 3D Game Design 1, 3D Animation 1 (NEW!), and 3D Printing & Modeling 1 (NEW!) have arrived at the Co-op with savings up to 40%!

If your child has expressed an interest in learning to program, code, design, mod, animate, model, develop, or create, these courses from Youth Digital might be just the ticket!

Youth Digital offers online computer courses designed to give students everything they need to design their own mods, mobile apps, video games, and more at their own pace, and on their own schedule.

Members save up to 40% depending on the number of orders so be sure to tell your friends and homeschool groups so we can reach the deepest discount and save BIG!

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

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 back at the Co-op!

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 year. The science kits will be mailed each month around the 15th in a colorful envelope, which can be addressed directly to your child. If you place your order by August 7th, your kits will start shipping around August 15th. If you place your order after August 7th, your kits will start shipping September 15th.

Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning kits will help your young scientist experience science in a fun and engaging manner. The kit topics cover: Acids/Bases, Air, Bacteria/Fungi, Fossils, Human Body, Light/Rainbows and Mirrors, Magnets, Solids/Liquids/Gases, Stars/Planets, Volcanoes, Water, and Weather Station. Note that the sequence of the kit topics is predefined and not specifically in the alphabetical order listed.

Members save 50% plus receive 1,000 Bonus SmartPoints. Also, this GroupBuy offer includes the ability to use PayPal's Bill Me Later® payment plan option: No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. (Subject to PayPal credit approval.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have ordered The Magic School Bus Science Club in the past, please note that the 12 kits are the same for each year so will not differ from what you completed. The Young Scientists Club also offers the TYSC Monthly Subscription Club through the Co-op which is a 12 science kit subscription program, too.

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62%

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62%

We are excited to welcome back Sara Jordan's Bilingual Kids Audio Series to the Co-op! Why not add some song and fun to learning a foreign language to your homeschool curriculum for the upcoming school year?

The Bilingual Kids Series is an award-winning curriculum-based program used in both public and private schools, and, is now available to the homeschool community through the Co-op as a BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Sara Jordan has created two downloadable bundles for the Bilingual Kids Series - for grades PreK-1st and grades 2nd-5th - for both the English-Spanish and English-French series. These special downloadable bundles also include the accompanying digital resource books.

Members save up to 62% (as low as $24.99) on these curriculum-based programs while at the Co-op!

YouScience College Success Profile - Save 35%

YouScience College Success Profile - Save 35%

Do your high schoolers really know which careers they are best suited for, and consequently what colleges and majors they should be pursuing?

At the Co-op, we're big believers in helping our students understand their natural aptitudes so that they can target the colleges and careers that will benefit them the most. That's why we are pleased to announce that YouScience, a leader in online aptitude assessment, with college and career matching is now LIVE at the Co-op with the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Members save 35% on any of the three YouScience College Success Profiles offered, so be sure to tell your friends and homeschool groups. They won't get as good a deal anywhere else!

LAST CALL!

Special Needs Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints - Ends TODAY, 7/24

Special Needs Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL to get Bonus SmartPoints on special needs language arts programs at the Co-op!

If you have a child who is struggling in reading or language arts, take a look at our special needs language arts products available at the Co-op.

For these special needs language arts products, including Reading Assistant, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach, and more, you will not only get the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET but also earn Bonus SmartPoints from now through TODAY, July 24th.

To see all the Special Needs language arts products, click here.

* We're sorry, but we are unable to offer Bonus SmartPoints on the BrainPro / Fast ForWord product.

In the Pipeline

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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!

Alpha Omega Publications - Save 20% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - 1-Day Only - Thurs., 7/31!

Alpha Omega Publications - Save 20% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints

Every year, Alpha Omega lets resellers do a 20% off sale for 1 DAY ONLY in July. This year the Co-op's 1 DAY ONLY Sale is Thursday, 7/31, so mark your calendars! Of course, we'll make it even sweeter by throwing in FREE shipping on orders over $35 and BONUS SmartPoints.

This is the DEEPEST DISCOUNT you can get --ever! -- for popular Alpha Omega products such as Monarch, Switched-On Schoolhouse, Horizons, Weaver and LIFEPAC.

If you'd like to be notified the day of the sale, click here.

Cover Story - Save up to 20% - Coming Mon., 7/28

Cover Story - Save up to 20%

We're pleased to let you know that Cover Story middle school writing curriculum from award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer, President & Founder of Clear Water Press, and creator of the One Year Adventure Novel, will be coming back to the Co-op!

In this exciting new curriculum, students are led, step by step, on a fun, thought-provoking journey of exploration and creation as Cover Story takes middle school students on a guided tour through the universe of Story with a process of creating the content for their own magazine in one school year.

Cover Story also allows students the freedom of choosing a theme for their magazine, and a subject for each assignment. This approach gives the structure and guidance they need to understand the principles in each lesson, but allows them to create from passion rather than pressure.

Members will save up to 20%. If you'd like to be reminded when this GroupBuy launches, click here.

One Year Adventure Novel - Save up to 20% - Coming Mon., 7/28

One Year Adventure Novel - Save up to 20%

We're pleased to let you know that the One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum from award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer, President & Founder of Clear Water Press, will also be coming back to the Co-op!

The One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum guides students (grades 8-12) step-by-step through the process of writing a structured, compelling adventure novel over the course of one school year. Members will save up to 20%.

Since we offered this product to our members, we have received a number of glowing testimonials and how much their teenagers -- those who love to write and those who don't! -- are enjoying this writing curriculum.

If you'd like to be reminded on Monday when One Year Adventure Novel launches, click here.

If your student has already completed the One Year Adventure Novel, we will also have GroupBuy savings up to 20% for Other Worlds, an expansion module to the One Year Adventure Novel for writing Science Fiction and Fantasy.

If you would like to reminded when Other Worlds launches, click here.

YourTeacher - Save up to 50% - Coming Mon., 7/28

YourTeacher - Save up to 50%

We are pleased to announce that the YourTeacher GroupBuy will begin on Monday, July 28th with savings up to 50%. YourTeacher for grades 6 to 12 is a Cathy Duffy "Top 101 Picks for Homeschool Curriculum."

This popular online video math curriculum covers all subjects offered by YourTeacher, including: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Community College and College Math, and more!

An annual subscription to YourTeacher includes video tutorials, audio, video, text and Flash animations, practice exercises, with step-by-step audio explanations, self-tests, reports, correlations with standard math texts plus built-in Bonus SAT and ACT preparation.

If you'd like to try it out, we have a FREE Summer Subscription, which you can register for here.

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

We also have a special Renewal Offer for those of you who purchased YourTeacher from us within the past year, so if you would like to renew your subscription, click here.

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

GroupBuy Calendar

We have BrainPOP, PLATO Learning Electives, Smart Tutor, Study Island, and much more coming to the Co-op so be sure to check out the GroupBuy Calendar!

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
 

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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?

We had a great conversation this month with Britannica Digital Learning, a division of the Encyclopædia Britannica company.

They have built online research and curricular tools using their trusted content, including Britannica School (all ages) and Pathways: Science (ages 11-18). The former features thousands of searchable articles, images, multi-media, primary sources, maps, recommended Web sites, and games. Pathways: Science offers an award-winning interactive curriculum for teaching science and the scientific method.

These products are available only to schools, but we can get members an AMAZING subscription discount of 92% for a member price of only $39.95 each, or $59.95 for both. So please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
We had a great discussion last week with Stacy Farrell, author of Philosphy Adventure and other faith-based critical thinking products.

Philosophy Adventure is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas. Parents with high school students may especially love that their students can earn credit in 4 different subjects (English Composition, World History & Geography, Speech Communications, Critical Thinking & Logic). Although Philosophy Adventure is relatively new; it has received rave reviews and endorsements by popular homeschooling publishers.

Home School Adventure has cooked up a special digital download bundle just for Co-op members: Philiosophy AdventureMere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal, and the Wise Woman. Members can get the bundle for $38.93, or 50% off the retail price of $77.85. So please:
Take a look and let us know:  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 "101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum"), Co-op members hear about Cathy's latest reviews.

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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