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In this issue:

  • It's LAST CALL for STEM Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Contest for September

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Busy with lesson planning and no time for meal planning? Use what's in your cupboard and find a recipe!

  • Deals of the Day -- 4 Deals for Today - Hands-On Equations, iStartStrong, JASON Learning, and enVisionMATH

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - It's Discovery Education Week!
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • LAST CALL - Homeschool Programming, YourTeacher, Brainology, Get Smart, Digital Frog, and more!

    • LAST CALL FOREVER - Connect the Thoughts

    • New - HERO by Colonial Williamsburg and Monarch - New Technology Electives

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

  • 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 502 new families in the last week!

STEM Month at the Co-op!

STEM Month at the Co-op!

STEM Month is drawing to a close at the Co-op which means you only have a few more days to enter the contest!

For many, science, technology, and math are among the hardest subjects to teach, but also the most rewarding. Share your favorite science, technology or math teaching tip with our community, and get 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.

So, click here to tell us what you do to keep your science, engineering and/or math teaching exciting for your student(s). We'd love to hear your ideas as your posts will remain on this page to provide ideas and inspiration to other homeschool teachers, too!

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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!

With the start of the new school year, are you finding that you're pressed for time?   Now you can not only have an organized homeschool, but also an organized kitchen with the Recipes Widget! Say you'd like to quickly find a recipe for whatever ingredients you might have in your cupboard. Just use the Lookup Widget - and Lookup 'Recipes'. Type in the ingredients you have in your cupboard - we typed "beans, corn" and came up with some delicious sounding yet easy recipes.

Another hint - if you don't have an ingredient and you click on the word in the list presented, you can add it to your Shopping List!

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 STEM MONTH!
This month, we will be shining the spotlight on the BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math products at the Co-op!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (September 25, 2014), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

Hands-On Equations - Save 30% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Hands-On Equations - Save 30% + Get 300 SmartPoints

We are pleased to offer a GroupBuy for Hands-on Equations, a unique, supplemental math program designed to give students in grades 3-8 a foundation for success with algebra. If you have a kinesthetic or visual learner who is about to start studying algebra, or is struggling with algebra, Hands-On Equations could help your student gain success with linear equations and word problems.

Members save 30% on this award-winning program exclusively through the Co-op. And, as a Deal of the Day, you can earn 300 Bonus SmartPoints, if purchased today!

iStartStrong Career Assessment - Save 50% + Get 300 SmartPoints

iStartStrong Career Assessment - Save 50% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Is your teenager stressing over what sort of career would be right for her? Choosing a career is a daunting prospect for most, but it may not need to be as hard as one might think.

CPP, the publisher of the Myers-Briggs® -- the gold standard in personality assessment -- has developed a self-service version of the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment, called iStartStart strong. This personalized report can paint a clear picture of how one's interests and themes link to various jobs, work settings, and career fields.

Members save 50% on the iStartStrong assessment (for grades 9+). Purchase as a Deal of the Day today, and you'll also receive 300 Bonus SmartPoints!

JASON Learning - Save 36% + Get 600 SmartPoints

JASON Learning - Save 36% +  Get 600 SmartPoints

We are pleased to offer GroupBuy savings for a 1-year family subscription to award-winning science curriculum from JASON Learning, in partnership with the National Geographic Society.

JASON Learning is a non-profit organization that connects students to real science and exploration through their innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula. By embedding exciting STEM experts (real people!) and cutting-edge research into their curricula, JASON Learning seeks to inspire students to study and pursue careers in these fields.

An online subscription to the JASON Mission Center brings ALL of JASON's curricular units into one digital resource, supplementing them with live webcasts, inquiry-based labs, videos, and educational games. A subscription includes pre-developed, customizable lesson plans, assessments and journaling.

Members can now enjoy a Family subscription for $79.99 -- a 36% savings off the retail price of $125. Plus, when you order today as a Deal of the Day get 600 SmartPoints.

enVisionMATH - Save 20% + FREE Shipping + Get 300 SmartPoints

enVisionMATH - Save 20% + FREE Shipping + Get 300 SmartPoints

We are pleased to offer enVisionMATH from Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley to Co-op members!

Every enVisionMATH lesson includes a problem-based interactive learning activity that builds concrete understanding of math concepts. The lessons also include step-by-step visual instruction with a Visual Learning Bridge that enables students to "see" and understand the concept.

  • Based on critical foundational research
  • Organized and color-coded so teaching is highly focused, manageable, and coherent
  • Uses bar diagrams to help your child become a better problem solver
  • And more!

Help your child in Grades K-6 understand important math concepts by combining interactive learning and visual learning.

Members save 20% and get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30. And when you order today as a Deal of the Day get 300 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.

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!

Discovery Education Week - Get Bonus SmartPoints

Discovery Education Week - Get Bonus SmartPoints

This week, we have highlighted the wide variety of Discovery Education products available at the Co-op as part of Discovery Education Week! These Discovery Education include the following:


And, for this week only, members receive 500 SmartPoints with the purchase of Discovery Education Streaming Plus which you can then use to purchase additional award-winning curriculum and supplements at the Co-op!
Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 9/22 - 9/27 and are awarded at the time of purchase.
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP - Math Practice!

Ko's Journey - Bonus SmartPoints

Ko's Journey - Bonus SmartPoints

An award-winning interactive math game and curriculum supplement from Imagine Education, Ko's Journey can help students in grades 5-8 improve their foundational math skills while developing their critical thinking skills.

The web-based program supports different learning speeds and provides personalized feedback as the student progresses through the story. Members tell us that their kids love it, too!

Ko's Journey recently changed their pricing so a student license is $12 per student and the teacher account is included free of charge. Exclusively through the Co-op, members earn 200 SmartPoints per student license for a new license for one, two or three students. If you have a child in grades 5-8 who needs to work on middle school math concepts, this might just be the supplement to add to your daily curriculum.

What's more, within minutes of placing your order, you will receive a unique code so you can register your license and get started using Ko's Journey right away!

Mathseeds - Save 25%

Mathseeds - Save 25%

Mathseeds from Blake eLearning, the creators of the hugely popular phonics program Reading Eggs, is available through the Co-op!

Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-6 the core math and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons. We were pleased to learn that it works just as well on tablets as on computers, so this is truly a program that your child can use at home or on the go.

Save 25% on a 1-year subscription for Mathseeds. Or, pay full price for Reading Eggs & receive a 1 Year of Mathseeds FREE, plus get a 500 SmartPoints Bonus to make this another BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

RightStart Mathematics - FREE Shipping and BONUS SmartPoints

RightStart Mathematics - FREE Shipping and BONUS SmartPoints

Do you have a visual, kinesthetic or auditory learner?

RightStart Mathematics from Activities for Learning, Inc., a popular, hands-on visual program with manipulatives could be what you have been looking for. Students from Kindergarten to Middle School learn to understand math concepts and problem solving as they work through the curriculum using the AL Abacus, math games and more.

Members can enjoy the best price anywhere for RightStart Mathematics plus FREE shipping to U.S. addresses and 5 Bonus SmartPoints for every dollar spent. Use your SmartPoints to purchase other award-winning online curriculum through the Co-op!

NEW!

HERO by Colonial Williamsburg - Save up to 78% - First Field Trip Thurs., 10/9!

HERO by Colonial Williamsburg - Save up to 78%

We are pleased to welcome 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 up to 78% depending on member participation so be sure to tell your friends and homeschool groups so we can reach the deepest discount.

This offer will close Monday, 10/6, so be sure to take a look today!

Monarch - Save 10% + FREE Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - New Technology Electives

Monarch - Save 10% + FREE Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - <i>New Technology Electives</i>

If you have been looking for a way to introduce Technology into your homeschool this school year, the new Technology electives from Monarch might be just the ticket!

Monarch is an online Christian homeschool curriculum for grades 3-12 from Alpha Omega Publications. Monarch provides lessons in the five core subjects of Bible, history and geography, language arts, math, and science, as well as a wide variety of enriching electives including the new Technology electives.

These new electives include options such as:

  • Fundamentals of Digital Media
  • Office Application Tutorials
  • Fundamentals of Computer systems
  • Fundamentals of Programming and Software Development
  • and much more!

Members save 10% and receive Bonus SmartPoints (10 SmartPoints for every $1 spent), exclusively through the Co-op.

Plus, within minutes of placing your order, you'll receive an activation code for your 18-month subscription. No shipping, no waiting!
LAST CALL!

Homeschool Programming Courses - Save 40% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

Homeschool Programming Courses - Save 40%

It's LAST CALL for Homeschool Programming at the Co-op!

Is your student interested in programming? Why not introduce her or him to Homeschool Programming?

Save 40% on your choice of downloadable computer programming courses for kids and teens. Single courses include: KidCoder Games, KidCoder Windows, TeenCoder Games, TeenCoder Windows, and the newest titles -- TeenCoder Java, TeenCoder Android, and KidCoder Advanced Web Design. You can also choose a bundle for additional savings.

Plus, when you buy any of the Homeschool Programming downloadable courses, you'll receive access to get started right away within minutes of placing your order!

YourTeacher - Save 50% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

YourTeacher - Save 50%

It's LAST CALL for YourTeacher for grades 6 to 12, a Cathy Duffy "Top 101 Picks for Homeschool Curriculum"! This popular online video math curriculum covers:

- Pre-Algebra
- Algebra 1
- Geometry
- Algebra 2
- and more!

An annual subscription to YourTeacher also 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. Plus, based on our member testimonials, parents and kids love it.

For those of you who purchased YourTeacher through the Co-op in the last year, we also have a special renewal price of $99.50 (50% savings), which you can find by clicking here. Both of these GroupBuys end this month at this pricing so be sure to take a look while they are here!

Rosetta Stone - Save up to 50% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

Rosetta Stone - Save up to 50% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints

Its LAST CALL for Rosetta Stone's Back-to-School savings!

Members save 50% ($240) on Rosetta Stone Foreign Language Curriculum Level 1-5 Sets, save 42% ($160) on Level 1-3 Sets, and save 28% ($80) on Level 1-2 Set.

And, for any set that is ordered through the Co-op, we'll not only give the best price anywhere, but we'll throw in FREE shipping, give you up to 2,629 BONUS SmartPoints, and honor their 30-day, no-risk, money-back offer.

Also, this GroupBuy includes the ability to use PayPal's new Bill Me Later® payment plan option: No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. (Subject to PayPal credit approval.)

Another BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for Rosetta Stone!

God's World News - Save up to 68% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

God's World News - Save up to 68%

It's LAST CALL for God's World News at the Co-op!

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!

Members save up to 68% and are able to pick and choose as many subscriptions as they need for their personal homeschool classroom or local Co-op group.

Get Smart Grammar Curriculum - Save 29% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

Get Smart Grammar Curriculum - Save 29%

It's LAST CALL to save 29% on Get Smart, an online grammar course, at the Co-op!

Get Smart features online instructional videos and text instruction that gives you and your students everything you need to master the basics of grammar over the course of a single school year.

The lessons are broken down into mini-lessons that can be taught in as little as ten minutes a day. The program starts with the basics and then has your student diagramming everthing she learns. If you are looking for a straightforward, multi-media grammar curriculum, Get Smart could be just the ticket.

Brainology - Save up to 75% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

Brainology - Save up to 75%

It's LAST CALL to save up to 75% (only $19.99 for an individual student) on this special offer for Brainology!

Brainology is an online, animated program that teaches brain science and study skills to middle school and high school students.

Its fundamental aim is to help students:

  • Discover how to make their brains work better
  • Take charge of their own learning using brain-wise study strategies
  • Become more motivated to succeed through effort and persistence
  • Actively engage in the learning process and become lifelong learners

With Brainology, your students will get information as to why everyone can learn, and why learning requires time, effort and practice. Plus, you'll receive your sign up information minutes after placing your order!

Digital Frog Science Software - Save 40% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

Digital Frog Science Software - Save 40%

It's LAST CALL for Digital Frog for this Back to School season!

Digital Frog is award-winning natural science software that engages students with an interactive, virtual frog dissection, allowing them to have fun and learn through exploration and discovery. Animations and interactions let students see how the frog's body works from blood pumping through the heart, to joints that can be built up and moved by the user.

Also available are Natural Science digital field trip programs like The Wetlands, Rain Forest, and The Desert; OR, choose to master cell structure and functions using Digital Frog's award-winning Science Matrix. Members save the most with the SUPER SAVER BUNDLE that offers all of the programs.

Members save 40% on this GroupBuy offer that's only here through the end of the month so be sure to check it out!

YouScience College Success Profile - Save 35% - Ends Tuesday, 9/30

YouScience College Success Profile - Save 35%

It's LAST CALL for YouScience at the Co-op!

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 FOREVER!

Connect the Thoughts - Save up to 50%

Connect the Thoughts - Save up to 50%

It's LAST CALL FOREVER for Connect the Thoughts, a student-centered, master-based curriculum from Emmy Award winning author Steven Horwich. If you're looking for a secular yet religion-friendly curriculum that encourages students to think critically and take responsibility for their own life and education, this is a curriculum that might interest you.

Author Steven Horwich believes passionately that students should "own" their education, and structures the curriculum to help students develop the vocabulary, reading, writing, critical-thinking, and self-study skills so that they can do just that.

GroupBuy savings start at 30% and go up to 50% based on the dollar value of your order. You might want to team up with your homeschool friends on this one before it leave the Co-op forever on Tuesday, 9/30!

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!

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

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%

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.

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.


BTW, the Co-op has a BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for Adaptive Curriculum, which you can find by clicking 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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