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In this issue:

  • It's Last Call for Bring History Alive! Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Bring History Alive! Contest

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Easily integrate home tasks with school tasks!

  • Deals of the Day -- Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Reading Assistant, and WordSmart

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - DriversEd.com, Human Body Detectives, Typing Pal, and Type to Learn 4

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - Junior Explorers

    • Last Call -- Mod Design 1, Fashion Design 1, App Design 1 & more from Youth Digital, Little Passports, Chester Comix, CICERO, and much more

    • In the Pipeline -- Dave Ramsey and Math Mammoth

    • Member Meter - Mathbreakers and Readorium

  • 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 617 families in the last week!

Bring History Alive! Contest!

Bring History Alive! Contest!

The contest for Bring History Alive! Month is drawing to a close at the Co-op! Tell us what you do to Bring History Alive! in your homeschool and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

This is one of our favorite contests as we love reading all the creative ways that our members make history come alive!

The winner will be selected randomly from posts on any of our Teaching Tips or Success Stories pages. Who knows, you might inspire somebody else to Bring History Alive! in their homeschool classroom!

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? 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!

But, don't take our word for it - check out this review from The Joy of School:

"It has made planning school assignments so much easier. With Homeschool Planet integrating home tasks with school tasks is easier, because I can see all of them on one screen. This way I can schedule more demanding home tasks with lighter school days and vice versa to ease the too much to do and not enough time problem..." Read the full review....

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 BRING HISTORY ALIVE MONTH!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (February 26, 2015), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

Discovery Education Streaming Plus - Save 74% + Get 750 SmartPoints

Discovery Education Streaming Plus - Save 74% + Get 750 SmartPoints

We consider the Discovery Education Streaming Plus subscription to be among the crown jewels of our GroupBuys. Members tell us time and again that their Discovery Education Streaming subscription is one of the best educational purchases they have ever made. (See their testimonials.)

And no wonder! With over 150,000 educational videos and "objects" on virtually every subject under the sun, enhanced with teaching guides, simulations, and much more, Discovery Education streaming Plus can supplement virtually every subject in your homeschool curriculum.

If you've been thinking about making this purchase for your homeschool, you might make it today as we'll throw in 750 Bonus SmartPoints as a Deal of the Day, which you can then use to buy additional curriculum at the Co-op!

Reading Assistant - Save up to 84% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Reading Assistant - Save up to 84% + Get 500 SmartPoints

If you have a struggling reader, this is a MUST LOOK. Sally Shaywitz reviewed it in her classic book "Overcoming Dyslexia" and highly recommended it. According to Shaywitz, reading fluency -- repeated oral reading -- should be the #1 priority for parents of dyslexic children, and that's exactly what Reading Assistant is designed to facilitate.

Research suggests that as little as 15 minutes a day with Reading Assistant can significantly improve your struggling reader's proficiency. Member testimonials repeatedly refer to how much this program has worked for their kids, too!

Members save up to 84% on this new online version -- available with a month-to-month or annual subscription. As a Deal of the Day, you can also earn 500 SmartPoints, if purchased today.

WordSmart - Save 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints

WordSmart - Save 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints

WordSmart Learn1, an award-winning interactive online vocabulary program, provides an initial assessment to determine the student's ideal learning level. As the program is being used, it continues to assess the student's progress and adapts the learning path to become more challenging as the student's vocabulary and reading comprehension grow.

Each online lesson, from basic phonics to SAT or ACT preparation and beyond, is presented in 5 unique multi-sensory modes to integrate multiple learning pathways, whether you are a visual, audio, or hands-on learner. Advanced students use it to excel while challenged students use it to close the gap.

Members save 60% (only $39.95) on a 1-year online student license. Plus, additional students can be added for only $29.95. For more details on the breadth of this offering that covers all grades from grade 3 to college, check out the FAQs.

Not only do members save 60%, but place your order today and you'll also receive 500 SmartPoints as a Deal of the Day.

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 SmartPoints listed below will be awarded based on purchases from 2/22 - 2/28 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

DriversEd.com - Save up to 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

DriversEd.com - Save up to 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on drivers education from DriversEd.com, the online leader in drivers education. Course results are accepted in all states that accept online courses.

SMARTPOINTS END - 2/28!

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 500 SmartPoints on the award-winning Human Body Detectives health curriculum for grades 3-12. Now includes NEW elementary, middle and teen curriculum!

SMARTPOINTS END - 2/28!

Typing Pal - Save 46% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Typing Pal - Save 46% + Get 300 SmartPoints on Typing Pal Online for UP TO FIVE STUDENTS. That's as little as $7.59 per student user! One year school subscription includes access for ONE teacher and up to FIVE students. Designed for K-Adult.

SMARTPOINTS END - 2/28!

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 - 2/28!

GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
This month, we've shone a different spotlight each week on some of the best history and geography products available to homeschoolers features, of course, the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for each of them, plus many have had Bonus SmartPoints! This is the last week for History and Geography Month so be sure to take a look! Here's a sampling:

Switched-On Schoolhouse - Save 10% + Bonus SmartPoints + FREE Shipping

Switched-On Schoolhouse - Save 10% + Bonus SmartPoints + FREE Shipping

Looking for a state history course? Try Switched-On Schoolhouse State History for grades 7-12! These fun, five-unit supplemental courses have interesting and informative lessons, including quizzes and tests.

Historical topics include state introduction, history and culture, government, economy, and citizenship. State History courses are available individually by state.

Save 10% + get FREE Shipping + BONUS SmartPoints on any Switched-On Schoolhouse elective, including the state histories!

Intellego Unit Studies - Save 45% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Intellego Unit Studies - Save 45% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Intellego Unit Studies were created by experienced educators in response to the concerns of children and parents regarding their curriculum being "boring, inadequate, limiting, out-dated, or just plain ineffective."

This Group Buy offers 5-pack bundles with YOUR CHOICE of titles. FIVE different bundles to choose from --- Choose by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or All Ages --- OR, you can choose to build your own bundle with the MIX & MATCH BUNDLE that includes choices from all grade levels. Subjects include Science, Social Studies, Geography, Civics, History, Art, Music, titles of popular interest, and more.

Buy it this month, and you'll not only save 45%, but you'll also receive 400 Bonus SmartPoints!

Drive Thru History - Save 25% + Get 200 SmartPoints

Drive Thru History - Save 25% + Get 200 SmartPoints

We are pleased to highlight Drive Thru History America for BRING HISTORY ALIVE! Month.

These fun and informative American & Ancient History programs are designed for 6th grade and up. Younger students will also enjoy David Stotts' entertaining comedic delivery of History studies. Co-op members consistently provide positive reviews for Drive Thru History, too!

Register today to receive a coupon code good for a 25% discount through the Co-op, and as a Deal of the Month, you also receive 200 Bonus SmartPoints (you must also purchase this month).

NEW!

Junior Explorers - Save up to 40%

Junior Explorers - Save up to 40%

Have you been looking to add some fun learning to your homeschool classroom? We're please to announce that Junior Explorers Monthly Kits have arrived at the Co-op! Your 6-11 year old child will get to venture on exciting monthly missions beginning at home when each kit arrives on your doorstep! Your child will learn about ecosystems, wildlife, nature, the environment, geography, and much more.

Plus, the learning doesn't stop there -- There's continued learning via the online completion of missions, game playing, and rewards. Members save up to 40% through the Co-op!

If this sounds like a tool you would like to add to your homeschool, visit our offer page to learn more. Then, take Junior Explorers for a test drive with this demo!

LAST CALL!

Mod Design 1 & more from Youth Digital - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Mod Design 1 & more from Youth Digital - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL for Mod Design 1 and SIX other programs from Youth Digital, -- Fashion Design 1 (NEW!), App Design 1, Game Design 1, 3D Game Design 1, 3D Animation 1 (NEW!), and 3D Printing & Modeling 1 (NEW!)!

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 40% and receive 500 Bonus SmartPoints on these exclusive GroupBuy offers -- plus, you'll have access to your subscription shortly after placing your order!

Little Passports World, USA, or Early Explorer Editions - Save 15% + Bonus SmartPoints

Little Passports World, USA, or Early Explorer Editions - Save 15% + Bonus SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL for Little Passports at the Co-op! Members save 15% on a monthly, 6- or 12- Month subscription to Early Explorers, World Edition, or USA Edition from Little Passports.

With the NEW Early Explorers for ages 3-5, your child will explore a new world theme (animals, music, and more!) every month.

Little Passports' World Edition for ages 5-10 allows your child to discover a new country every month with fun souvenirs and activities.

And last but not least, the USA Edition for ages 7-12 allows your child to learn about all 50 states with activity-packed journals.

What's more, when you purchase one of the above subscriptions, the Co-op will "start your travels" with Bonus SmartPoints! "Seeing the world" has never been easier with award-winning Little Passports.

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + FREE Shipping on Print Superbundle

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + FREE Shipping on Print Superbundle

It's LAST CALL to get FREE Shipping on the Print Superbundle for Chester Comix, a history product that the entire family will enjoy according to our members testimonials.

Author/illustrator Bentley Boyd turns traditional history teaching on its head with his blue, hatted crustacean, Chester Crab, your child's guide on a colorful and witty romp through U.S. history. Bentley uses Chester, other cartoon characters, and large type to draw reluctant readers--typical of visual learners--into the study of history. You can also use his extensive Teacher Guides to amplify your student's learning.

If you purchase the Print Superbundle (complete series), you'll also receive a FREE additional Civil War Comix book -- and FREE Shipping (Value $11.00) on any U.S. order from now until February 28, 2015.

Plus, don't forget if you purchase "The League of Homeschool All-Stars" as part of this GroupBuy, it will be personally signed by the author, Bentley Boyd.

Members save up to 54% on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!

CICERO: History & CICERO Kids - Save up to 75%

CICERO: History & CICERO Kids - Save up to 75%

It's LAST CALL for the award-winning history curriculum from CICERO at the Co-op!

CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook for grades 5-12 is an online resource offering lesson plans, primary sources, standards, assessments, rubrics, activities, videos, games, interactive maps, and more, covering U.S. History from 600 B.C. to the present day. Members can now save up to 75% but only for a limited time!

CICERO Kids is an interactive museum presenting U.S. History and social studies from the first explorers to the early 20th century for grades K-5. Each of the five rooms in the museum corresponds to one of the five study units: Explorers & New World Settlements, A New Nation, The Western Frontier, Civil War, and, A Growing Country.

To see first-hand how you might add CICERO Kids into your study of American history, sign up for a FREE 14-Day Trial. Then, if you decide to purchase, save 73% on a 1-teacher, 2-student license!

Highlights Top Secret Adventures - Save 30% + Get Double SmartPoints

Highlights Top Secret Adventures - Save 30% + Get Double SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL to receive Double SmartPoints on Top Secret Adventures from Highlights as part of History & Geography Month!

If you've been looking for a way to make world geography and culture both educational AND fun, Top Secret Adventures Collections from Highlights could be just the ticket. Top Secret Adventures Collections provides children with hours of puzzle-solving fun while allowing them to explore and learn about foreign countries around the world.

There are 4 collections based on different regions of the world or you could choose the Complete World Set and receive all 26 country kits. Whichever collection you choose, you will receive all the associated country kits in one shipment. The country kits include a puzzle book, a colorful guidebook, six silly villain cards, and a sturdy case file to keep everything organized. In each country, kids play detective and unravel a whodunit mystery, answering WHO, WHAT & WHERE.

Members save 30% on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET so be sure to take a look!

History & Geography Month - See ALL Last Calls!

History & Geography Month - See ALL Last Calls!

It's LAST CALL for History & Geography Month at the Co-op! Don't miss great GroupBuy offers such as Mystery of History, The American Heritage Series, Rand McNally World Atlas, myWorld, and much more.

If you would like to see ALL the History & Geography Month LAST CALLS, click here.

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!

Dave Ramsey - Special Savings - Coming Sun., 3/1

Dave Ramsey - Special Savings

We're pleased to let you know that Dave Ramsey will be returning to the Co-op with special savings on Sunday, 3/1!

The Dave Ramsey GroupBuy is a Co-op member favorite -- with the Dave Ramsey Personal Foundations finance curriculum and other products for the entire family.

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

Math Mammoth - Save up to 50% - Coming Sun., 3/1

Math Mammoth - Save up to 50%

We are pleased to announce that Math Mammoth will be returning March 1st for MATH MADNESS Month!

Math Mammoth is a hugely popular math curriculum created by Maria Miller, a math teacher and passionate homeschool math advocate. In this GroupBuy, you will find a comprehensive library of PDF math worktexts, workbooks, and complete math curriculum for grades 1-8 available as a digital download or in CD format.

Members can save up to 50% on this popular GroupBuy, so, if you'd like to be reminded when this GroupBuy 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?

Are you looking for ways to make math more engaging for your 1st through 7th grader?

Mathbreakers is a 3-D exploration game for mathematics that teaches addition, fractions, operators, negatives, and number sense. It provide a rich, colorful world where kids solve puzzles at their own pace using gadgets, toys, machines and monsters.

A 1 year license for the desktop version retails for $25, and an iPad version will be available for an additional expense, but we can get members both for $20 with sufficient participation, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
Do your children really understand what they are reading? We had a nice chat last week with the creators of Readorium, an online program that teaches kids (grades 3-8) the skills they need to closely read and comprehend non-fiction in general, and science in particular.

Readorium assesses readability levels and automatically adjusts as children read, so all children experience success as they learn at their own pace. It is enhanced with games, videos, a reward system, and a Hall of Fame help to keep kids engaged. Watch the 4 minute video for a good overview of this unique program.

A 1 year subscription retails for $120, but we can get the price down to $39.95 -- a 66% savings! -- with sufficient participation, 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 "102 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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