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In this issue:

  • Learning Fun Month continues at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Contest for October

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Easily Share with Other Calendars!

  • Deals of the Day -- 4 Deals for Today - Discovery Education Streaming Plus, IXL Math, DreamBox Learning, and Hands-On Equations

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - A+ Learning Link, iStartStrong, and Kaplan SAT/ACT Online Prep
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - Hooked on Phonics, and Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints

    • In the Pipeline - 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
Please join us in giving a hearty Co-op "Welcome!" to 322 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!

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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 easily share other calendars in Homeschool Planet?  View the contents of your spouse's Google Calendar inside Homeschool Planet, and vice versa! This also works with Apple iCal and other online calendars.

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!

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 23, 2014), 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 500 SmartPoints

Discovery Education Streaming Plus - Save 74% + Get 500 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.

It's much like having the entire DVD selection of your local public library available to you from the convenience of your home, 24/7/365.

If you've been thinking about making this purchase for your homeschool, you might make it today as we'll throw in 500 Bonus SmartPoints as a Deal of the Day, which you can then use to buy additional curriculum at the Co-op!

IXL Math - Save 25% + Get 300 SmartPoints

IXL Math - Save 25% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Judging from the abundance of rave reviews from members, IXL Math is one of the coolest math practice websites around.

Kids love it because they get certificates when they meet practice goals. You'll love it because you'll get emails that tell you how much time they've spent in different categories and how well they did, plus a weekly report for every child.

The company says IXL Math is the most popular math practice site in the world, and we believe it. This program will even align your student's progress to your own state standards, if you so choose.

1000+ topics, 100+ skills, unlimited math questions. We were told that a child can literally use this program for hours and hours and never repeat a single question. That offers a LOT of challenges to keep their math skills sharp, and, can be used from PreK to 10th grade!

You'll not only save 25% but get 300 SmartPoints, if you purchase this Deal of the Day today!

DreamBox Learning - Save up to 67% + Get 300 SmartPoints

DreamBox Learning - Save up to 67% + Get 300 SmartPoints

DreamBox Learning is an award-winning math supplement for grades K-5 and has won just about every education award on the planet. The key to DreamBox's success is that it placed great emphasis on making math fun and engaging so that children will be motivated to play and learn.

What's more, it employs a highly sophisticated adaptive learning technology that aims to lead your child down the exact path (with over a million possible paths!) that is just right for your child--neither too fast, nor too slow, and with exactly the right amount of repetition, challenge, and encouragement.

DreamBox must be doing something right! Members tell us time and again that kids who hated math beg to use DreamBox. See their testimonials.

You'll not only save up to 67% on a subscription to DreamBox Learning but if you purchase this today as a Deal of the Day, you'll also get 300 SmartPoints.

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!

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.

A+ Learning Link - Save 29% + Get 500 SmartPoints

A+ Learning Link - Save 29% + Get 500 SmartPoints on online, formative assessment that accurately measures student knowledge of English and Math for students in grades 1-8. Lexile and Quantile scores. Benchmark against most national and state standards. Pre and post tests. Only $49.95.


iStartStrong Career Assessment - Save 50% + Get 500 SmartPoints

iStartStrong Career Assessment - Save 50% + Get 500 SmartPoints on the iStartStrong career assessment. Find a career that aligns with your student's interests and personality. For grades 9 and up


Kaplan SAT/ACT Online Prep - Save 83% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Kaplan SAT/ACT Online Prep - Save 83% + Get 500 SmartPoints on SAT or ACT Online Prep from Kaplan, the market leader in test preparation. Interactive online instruction allows for access anytime, anywhere, and each course is fully customized to your student's present skill level.


Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 10/19 - 10/25 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

YourTeacher - Save 50%

YourTeacher - Save 50%

YourTeacher for grades 6 to 12 is 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 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.

Members save 50% on this exclusive offer!

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.

Reflex Math - Save up to 44%

Reflex Math - Save up to 44%

Reflex Math from ExploreLearning is a game-based system designed to help students of all ability levels develop instant recall of their basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Reflex is also designed to be fun, featuring fast-paced games for students and rewards for effort and progress that will keep your child coming back again and again.

Reflex's adaptive online system continuously monitors performance and creates an optimal learning experience for every child. And as parents, you have access to reports that help you understand your child's progress at a glance.

Members save up to 44% for an annual home license subscription on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for ExploreLearning Reflex!

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!


Hooked on Phonics - Save 55% + FREE Bonus Fun Pack + FREE Shipping - Leaves 10/31!

Hooked on Phonics - Save 55% + FREE Bonus Fun Pack + FREE Shipping

We are pleased to announce that Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read has arrived at the Co-op with the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

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. Plus, you can use with all your children!

Members save 55%,receive a Bonus Fun Pack (a $25 value!), and receive FREE Shipping (U.S. continental addresses) on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!

Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints

Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints

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

For these special needs math and language arts products, including Cathup Math, HELP Math, 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 October 31st.

To see all the Special Needs products, click here.

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

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!

Read&Write Gold - Save 54%

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 very 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 Tues., 11/4!

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
Homeschool Buyers Co-op

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