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In this issue:

  • Learning Fun Month continues at the Co-op!
  • We Need Your Help -- Take a Short Survey from Explode the Code

  • Community Update -- Contest for October and Thank you for Voting!

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- NEW Feature Spotlight - Track class hours!

  • Deals of the Day -- 3 Deals for Today - Mystery of History, The American Heritage Series, and Britannica Digital Learning

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Grammaropolis, myON, ClickN' KIDS, and Looney Tunes Phonics
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - Colonial Williamsburg, TestRocker, and God's World News

    • LAST CALL - Little Passports

    • In the Pipeline - Hooked on Phonics, Help for Dyslexic Kids - Read & Write Gold, Rand McNally World Atlas, and more

    • Member Meters - Interactive Whiteboards for Homeschoolers and Splash Math

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Writing Tips by Julie Bogart, Brave Writer
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
We Need Your Help!

Take a Short Survey - Be Entered to Win an Explode the Code Wall Chart!

Take a Short Survey

There are only a few days left to be entered to win an Explode the Code Wall Chart, a felt chart that corresponds with key words in the Explode the Code series!

Take a minute and fill out this short survey to help EPS, the publishers of Exlode the Code, gain valuable information for product development and be entered to win an ETC Wall Chart!

Also, if you're interested in adding Explode the Code Online, a phonics-based, grades K-4 classic curriculum to your homeschool, you can save 46% at the Co-op and we'll have you up and running within 3 business days! To learn more about Explode the Code online, click here.

Click here to take the survey by tomorrow, October 17th!

COMMUNITY UPDATE
Please join us in giving a hearty Co-op "Welcome!" to 431 new families in the last week!

It's Learning Fun Month!

It's Learning Fun Month!

It's LEARNING FUN Month at the Co-op, and this month we're shining a spotlight on products that make learning fun. We call this the "KIDS LIKE IT" list of products!

As part of LEARNING FUN Month, we also have a contest for our members. Tell us what you do to make learning fun for your kids, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Our winner will be randomly drawn early next month from posts submitted on any of our Teaching Tips or Success Stories pages. 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!

Thank you for Voting for the Co-op and Homeschool Planet!

Thank you for Voting for the Co-op and Homeschool Planet!

We are pleased to announce that Homeschool Buyers Co-op has been awarded Homeschool.com's Top Homeschooling Website for 2014. We are also pleased to announce that Homeschool Planet has also been awarded Top Homeschooling Product for 2014. Thank you to our members for taking the time to vote for us!

We could not have done this without our members - We appreciate you at the Co-op!

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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 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 you can now track class hours with Homeschool Planet?  Members now have the ability to track class hours and report on that information in Homeschool Planet! You can choose to track hours either day-to-day (the Class Method), or assignment-by-assignment (the Assignment Method). Try Homeschool Planet today to test out this new feature!

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 FUN MONTH!
This month, we're shining the spotlight on the BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for our "KIDS LIKE IT" products that Make Learning Fun such as Reading Eggs, Brave Writer, Uzinggo Online Math & Science, The Ooka Island Adventure, and much more!

At the end of the month, we'll be giving a shout out to the Top 10 "KIDS LIKE IT" Co-op products - you might be surprised by the results ☺!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (October 16, 2014), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

Mystery of History - Save 32% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Mystery of History - Save 32% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Mystery of History is one of Cathy Duffy's "101 Top Picks" and takes a Classical approach of teaching History in chronological order, beginning with Creation. This Christian Worldview History has been a best seller in the homeschool community for many years, as it offers the ability to teach multiple grade levels with one program.

Visit this GroupBuy page today to access a FREE download of the first four chapters of Volume III and a FREE sample lesson to help you decide if this curriculum is right for your student(s)!

Members save 32% on any of the Mystery of History titles --- Volume I, II, or III. Buy one or all, it’s your choice! Plus, if you take advantage of today's Deal of the Day, you'll receive 400 Bonus SmartPoints!

P.S. If you are looking for additional titles from Bright Ideas Press, take a look at our Bright Ideas Press GroupBuy featuring a variety of titles at savings up to 37%!

Wallbuilder's The American Heritage Series - Save up to 58% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Wallbuilder's The American Heritage Series - Save up to 58% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Presented by historian David Barton, this educational documentary series for all grades includes 26 episodes that retrace America's true Christian foundations, discuss the secularization of history today, and recount how God was the root of America's birth as a free nation in The American Heritage Series 10-DVD Set.

This GroupBuy also offers Building on the American Heritage Series 6 DVD Set and The American Heritage Collection 7 DVD Set. Members save up to 58% on this GroupBuy through the Co-op!

If purchased today as a Deal of the Day, you'll also receive 400 Bonus SmartPoints!

Britannica Digital Learning - Save up to 94% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Britannica Digital Learning - Save up to 94% + Get 600 SmartPoints

We are pleased to offer Britannica Digital Learning, a division of the Encyclopædia Britannica company at the Co-op!

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 members get an AMAZING discount and save 92% on a 1-year school license to Britannica School or Britannica Pathways, or save 94% on a bundle of both programs. Plus, if purchased today as a Deal of the Day, you'll receive 600 Bonus SmartPoints!

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.

Grammaropolis - Only $19.99 + Get 300 SmartPoints

Grammaropolis - Only $19.99 + Get 300 SmartPoints

Who says grammar can't be fun? Developed by Coert Borhees, a 7th grade grammar teacher, Grammaropolis is a new online curriculum for teaching parts of speech to children in grades 1-7 using animated characters starring in books, songs, videos, and interactive games and quizzes.

Each animated character represents a part of speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, etc.), and lives in the city of Grammaropolis. The program also has assessment/performance tracking and is designed to address varied learning styles.

Members save 43% (for only $19.99) on a Forever Passport to Grammaropolis, which provides an annual subscription for up to 5 children for the one-time fee. Plus, if purchased as a Deal of the Week this week, you'll receive 300 SmartPoints.

myON Literacy Program - Only $39.95 + Get 300 SmartPoints

myON Literacy Program - Only $39.95 + Get 300 SmartPoints

myON is a complete literacy solution that provides anytime, anywhere online access to thousands of award-winning digital books and personalizes content to fit your child. myON will track time spent reading, number of books read, a reading growth trajectory, and much more for your child.

With thousands of titles in over 50 different categories and genres, optional mutli-media supports, free mobile apps for the Apple iPad, Android, Chrome, and Kindle Fire HD, and more, what better way to encourage literacy and reading in your child this upcoming school year than with a program tailored directly to their needs.

myON is currenly only available to schools but exclusively through the Co-op, members can purchase myON for only $39.95! And, as a Deal of the Week, you will receive 300 Bonus SmartPoints!

ClickN' READ + ClickN' SPELL - Save BIG + Get 300 SmartPoints

ClickN' READ + ClickN' SPELL -  Save BIG + Get 300 SmartPoints

The Co-op is pleased to present an exclusive offer for LIFETIME subscriptions from ClickN' KIDS, Inc.!

ClickN' READ Phonics, one of the popular "KIDS LIKE IT" phonics programs available through the Co-op, contains precisely sequenced, research based lessons that play like an animated computer game. Simple enough for children as young as 4 years old, it teaches the complete K-3rd grade standards based phonics curriculum.

ClickN' SPELL is a research based spelling program for PreK through 5th grade that teaches the 800 most commonly used words in the English language. ClickN' SPELL not only provides a solid foundation for spelling, but also for the English language in general.

And, of course, members get a HUGE discount (so huge, in fact, we aren't even allowed to advertise it). What's more, this is a LIFETIME subscription so you'll be able to fully transfer it when you are done with no extra fees! Plus, as a Deal of the Week, you'll get 300 SmartPoints, if purchased this week!

Looney Tunes Phonics - Save up to 40% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Looney Tunes Phonics - Save up to 40% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics for K-3rd grade is an online fully animated phonics program. Available exclusively through the Co-op at savings up to 40%, Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics incorporates the research-based curriculum and instructional design of the highly acclaimed ClickN READ Phonics® and features Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and all their Looney Tunes friends.

Choose from a 6-month or 12-month subscription. Save even more by opting for the Family Pack, which includes three seats for Looney Tunes and three seats for ClickN SPELL!

If purchased this week as a Deal of the Week, you'll also receive 300 Bonus SmartPoints.

Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 10/12 - 10/18 and are awarded at the time of purchase.
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
LEARNING FUN MONTH OFFERS!

BrainPOP - Save 25%

BrainPOP - Save 25%

BrainPOP®’s award-winning Homeschool educational resources, including BrainPOP Jr.®, BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español™, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL™, engage students in grades K-12 through animated movies, educational games, interactive quizzes, informational texts, online activities, and more.

Subjects include Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Technology, Health, Arts, and more. There is even a free teacher community, BrainPOP Educators, which features lesson plans, webinars, video tutorials, graphic organizers, shared best practices, and other tools to help you make the most of your one-year subscription.

Members save 25% on BrainPOP®’s award-winning Homeschool educational resources at the Co-op!

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Looking for a history product that has made it onto our "KIDS LIKE IT" list? Check out Chester Comix!

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.

Perfect for learning and fun, see for yourself why our members report that the entire family loves Chester Comix! 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%, and if you purchase Chester Comix as a Deal of the Month this month, you'll also receive 500 SmartPoints!

Visualize World Geography - FREE Shipping + 5,000 SmartPoints

Visualize World Geography - FREE Shipping + 5,000 SmartPoints

We're pleased to offer the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for Visualize World Geography from Tender Heart Press.

Can you find Italy on a world map because it looks like a boot? Be able to find all countries as easily with the Visualize World Geography (VWG) method. This method replaces randomness -- information your brain is not designed to process -- and replaces it with meaningfulness, which is easily processed.

Visualize World Geography has received numerous thumbs-up reviews from noted homeschool reviewers for its unique, visualization approach to teaching geography.

All VWG Curriculum materials can be used by multiple students within an immediate family. Members receive FREE Shipping and 5,000 Bonus SmartPoints on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Kumon Books - Save 30% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Kumon Books - Save 30% + Get 300 SmartPoints

A favorite with homeschoolers for years, Kumon Publishing is a leading publisher of workbooks and learning aids for children ages 2 to 12. Kumon is also the world's largest supplementary educational company with over 50 years of experience. They are best known for their colorful and kid-friendly workbooks, which introduce concepts in a step-by-step manner so that your child can master each in turn without getting frustrated. Each workbook focuses on teaching one specific skill from start to finish.

Save 30% on orders of 8 or more books, receive complimentary shipping to continental U.S. addresses for your first 8 books, and add $1 for shipping for each additional book. For bundles that include multiple books, the individual books count toward your tally of 8 books. Plus, if ordered this month, you'll also receive 300 SmartPoints.

NEW!

HERO by Colonial Williamsburg - Save 60%

HERO by Colonial Williamsburg - Save 60%

We are pleased to welcome back Colonial Williamsburg and their new History program -- HERO that features the Emmy Award-Winning Electronic Field Trips!

HERO is the new online media library of history education resources. Formerly the Electronic Field Trip series, these materials are now available for instruction on demand.

HERO, designed by teachers, museum professionals, and historians, is convenient and easy-to-use. With a HERO subscription, you will have 24/7 on-demand access to the Electronic Field Trips and much more.

A HERO subscription features the following:

  • Online on-demand access to award-winning curated video
  • 14 thematic programs with accompanying teacher guides
  • Student web activities
  • Exclusive live broadcast interactivity via phone, email, Twitter and instant polling
  • and much more!

We consistently get great feedback from members about this unique program. Members save 60% on this exclusive GroupBuy offer.

God's World News - Save 72%

God's World News - Save 72%

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about these savings! God's World News has returned to the Co-op with 72% savings (only $9.99!) on their Print Edition magazines for bi-monthly subscriptions from November 2014 to May 2015.

These monthly magazines are a great curriculum supplement for a variety of subjects, including Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Geography, Science, History, and Bible. God's World News offers magazines for PreK thru High School students with a Biblical Worldview to help you bring current events into your homeschool classroom.

Each magazine subscription title includes an online subscription featuring new digital components, including Smartphone and tablet compatible content that goes where your student goes!

Note: Your subscription purchase will not include a hard copy of the September issue for these magazine titles. However, the September issue will be accessible online through your account!

TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save up to 77%

TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save up to 77%

Members can now save up to 77% on TestRocker, but only for a limited time!

If you would like extra help with your student's SAT or ACT test prep, but are daunted by the expense of a personal tutor, a subscription to TestRocker might be just the ticket!

TestRocker offers:

  • A virtual tutor with over 1,200 video answers to typical SAT/ACT questions
  • Personalized study plan based on a diagnostic assessment
  • Two hand-graded test essays with line by line feedback from a human grader
  • and much more!

  • TestRocker retails for $699, but as an exclusive offer for the Co-op, members can save up to 77% depending upon participation. Plus, you can sign up for a FREE trial which gives you a sneak peak of TestRocker's SAT & ACT programs by taking their free Diagnostic Test, preview your study plan, and attempt some of their questions.

    If you decide to place an order now, you can use TestRocker free-of-charge through the end of October as we will process your payment on November 1st. With SAT and ACT testing coming up, you might want to check this one out as it's never too early to get started on preparation!
    LAST CALL!

    Little Passports World or USA Editions - Save 15% + Get 750 SmartPoints - One Week Only, Ends Mon., 10/20!

    Little Passports World or USA Editions - Save 15% + Get 750 SmartPoints

    It's LAST CALL to save 15% and receive 750 SmartPoints for any subscription (monthly, 3-, 6- or 12-Month) for Little Passports' World Edition or USA Edition.

    With the World Edition (for grades K-4), Little Passports' fictional characters Sam and Sofia travel to different parts of the world and send your child an exciting package of educational souvenirs each month that teach your child about a particular country.

    The Little Passports USA Edition (for grades 2-6) takes your child on an exciting adventure each month around the USA as Sam and Sofia send your child a two-state travel journal filled with engaging activities that teach your student about the states.

    Bring the world to your mailbox with award-winning Little Passports!

    span style="font-size:8pt;">The first month's package for each program will be the introductory kit to get the program started with your child.

    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!

    Hooked on Phonics - Save 55% + Get FREE Shipping - Starts Mon., 10/20!

    Hooked on Phonics - Save 55% + Get FREE Shipping

    We are pleased to announce that Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read will be coming to the Co-op!

    The Learn to Read program was carefully developed and designed for children ages 3-8 of all needs, whether just learning to read, struggling to read, or simply wanting to become more proficient readers.

    The program builds your PreK-2nd grade child's reading skills with 20 minute lessons systematically leading them through the different stages of reading development: Learn, Practice, and Read.

    Members will save 55% and receive FREE Shipping (U.S. continental addresses) on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!

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

    Help for Dyslexic Kids - Read & Write Gold - Save 54%- Coming Soon!

    If you have a dyslexic child, then you may be interested in this GroupBuy offer coming to the Co-op soon!

    Read&Write Gold is an award-winning program for dyslexic students that provide support for reading (e.g., text-to-speech. etc.), writing, and studying. It integrates seamlessly with browsers and most common applications such as MS Word, Adobe PDF Reader, Google Docs, and more. In our experience, programs like this can be very helpful -- some would say indispensible -- for dyslexic kids. Watch a video introduction. A free 30 day trial is available.

    From what we can gather, Read&Write Gold has just about all the functionality of the better-known Kurzweil 3000 system, but is easier to learn and use. It retails for $645, but we can get members a special price of $295 (a 54% savings!).

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

    Rand McNally World Atlas - Save over 90%- Coming Soon!

    Great news - World Atlas will be coming soon to the Co-op!

    World Atlas is Rand McNally's new online atlas, featuring interactive maps, historical overlays, up-to-date stats and demographics, integrated lesson plans, and much, much more. Show students how the boundaries of kingdoms and empires have changed over time!

    A school site license retails for $799, but member's can get their own school license for less than $50 -- a 94% savings!

    If you would like to be reminded when this 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 you have been interested in interactive whiteboards but discouraged by their stratospheric prices, we may have a solution for you!

    MyBoardShare is a new, portable technology that lets you convert any hard surface (e.g., wall) into a virtual, interactive whiteboard. A unique feature of MyBoardShare is that it also works with large, flat-screen TVs. As with more expensive interactive whiteboards, MyBoardShare lets you project whatever is on your computer screen onto the wall or TV, and then interact with the projected images by means of stylus. You can even draw, annotate, resize images, and surf the Internet.

    MyBoardShare retails for $349, but we can get the member price below $299 with sufficient member participation, so please:
    Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
    We’ve found another award-winning program that may be just what you’ve been looking for to improve your child’s math skills. We are pleased to announce that we’ve been in conversations with StudyPad, Inc. discussing their award-winning Splash Math program!

    Splash Math covers math topics & skills for grades 1-5 in a fun, engaging format. It’s available at home on computer or via tablet. Your students can practice, reinforce, and review their skills by playing games --- they won’t even realize they’re doing school! The program offers weekly email updates for the teacher, as well.

    This program retails for $79/year for single student, or $99 for a 3-seat family plan. *However*, they’d like to offer Co-op members exclusive 30% off savings! Check out these links below and then tell us what you think:

    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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