This Week ▼

In this issue:

  • It's LAST CALL for Math Madness Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Math Madness Contest - Final Week!

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - "Extremely user friendly and organized!"

  • Deals of the Day -- IXL Math, PLATO Math for High School, and PLATO Science for High School

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - GCE Online Prep, DriversEd.com, Uzinggo, Adaptive Curriculum, and ExploreLearning Gizmos

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New -- Always Icecream and Clever Dragons

    • LAST CALL -- Math Mammoth, Dave Ramsey, Thinkwell, The Magic School Bus Science Club, GiftedandTalented.com, Time4Learning, and more

    • In the Pipeline -- Mod Design 1 and more Youth Digital courses, Alpha Omega Publications, Education.com, Homeschool Programming, and many more!

    • Member Meter - Tech Rocket and Whistlefritz

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Writing Tips by Julie Bogart, Brave Writer
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
COMMUNITY UPDATE
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Math Madness Contest!

Math Madness Contest!

Math Madness Month is drawing to a close at the Co-op which means our contest is ending as well!

Tell us what you do to make math fun for your kids, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card in our monthly Teaching Tips contest. Our winner will be randomly drawn from posts that are entered through the end of the month.

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 - here's what Co-op Member Katie W. has to say:

"After using several other online planners over the years, it's such a relief to find Homeschool Planet. It's extremely user friendly, organized and their customer service is top notch. I've told several friends about it, and I would highly recommend Homeschool Planet to anyone thinking of trying it out. Thank you for such a valuable resource! :)” Click here for more testimonials!

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 MATH MADNESS MONTH!
This month, we have been shining a spotlight on some of the best math curriculum available to homeschoolers featuring, of course, the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for each of them.

During Math Madness Month, we have been presenting math products that can help you with core and supplemental requirements, math practice, and we even have some math games in our lineup, which really do make math fun!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (March 26, 2015), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

IXL Math - Save 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints

IXL Math - Save 25% + Get 500 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 500 SmartPoints, if you purchase this Deal of the Day today!

PLATO Math for High School - Save 75% + Get 600 SmartPoints

PLATO Math for High School - Save 75% + Get 600 SmartPoints

We're also pleased to offer PLATO Courseware Math for high school. These award-winning online courses include: Algebra I, Algebra 2, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. PLATO Courseware is self-paced, autonomous learning --- your student simply logs in and gets started.

Members save 75% on year-long access to these PLATO courses available in either a time slot (your choice!) in a 24-hour window (as low as $49.95 per course), or with 24-hour access. Members can also enjoy a High School Math Supplementary Pack with 10 additional titles for only $29.95 with a purchase of any Math course. We're also throwing in a FREE Instructor Subscription to make sure you have direct access to all the PLATO resources.

If you purchase PLATO Courseware High School Math today as a Deal of the Day, you'll also receive 600 Bonus SmartPoints!

PLATO Science for High School - Save 75% + Get 600 SmartPoints

PLATO Science for High School - Save 75% + Get 600 SmartPoints

PLATO Courseware Sciences for high schoolers also offers courses for Life, Physical, Earth & Space, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics programs.

Members save 75% on year-long access to these award-winning PLATO Science courses available as either a time slot choice in a 24-hour window or as 24-hour access.

Plus, you'll receive 600 SmartPoints, if you decide to purchase today 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.

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!

Note: The Deals of the Week with SmartPoints listed below will be awarded based on purchases from 3/22 - 3/28 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

GCE Lab School Online Prep - 45% Off Engaging Project-Based High School Courses

GCE Lab School Online Prep - 45% Off Engaging Project-Based High School Courses

GCE's curriculum is designed to engage students through inquiry and project-based learning. Our courses integrate traditional subject disciplines in globally and locally relevant thematic courses. For instance, our Water course, the first course in the freshman Global Resources series, incorporates algebra, chemistry, the arts, and more.

How to Buy: Click here to enroll.

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 - 3/28!

Uzinggo Online Math & Science - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Uzinggo Online Math & Science - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on Uzinggo, an award-winning, online math supplement for middle and high school. Grades 6-12.

SMARTPOINTS END - 3/28!

Adaptive Curriculum - Save up to 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Adaptive Curriculum - Save up to 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints 1-Year subscriptions for math "Activity Objects" from Adaptive Curriculum, now available exclusively through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Grades 5-12.

SMARTPOINTS END - 3/28!

ExploreLearning Gizmos for Science & Math - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

ExploreLearning Gizmos for Science & Math - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on online, interactive math and science simulations from ExploreLearning. Now *ONLY $89!*

SMARTPOINTS END - 3/28!

GROUPBUY ROUNDUP

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!

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!

The Quarter Mile Math - Save 30% + Get 250 SmartPoints

The Quarter Mile Math - Save 30% + Get 250 SmartPoints

Math practice that's FUN!?! Judging from member comments and numerous testimonials on the Barnum Software website, The Quarter Mile Math for grades K-9, is just that--fun math practice software that kids really love to use.

Students practice math skills as they race against their own previous best five races. The Quarter Mile Math has been named "Best Software" by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and given "Five Hearts" by Mary Pride of Practical Homeschooling Magazine. It is used in over 1,100 Sylvan Learning Centers.

Members save 30% on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET! Plus, if purchased as a Deal of the Month, you'll also receive 250 SmartPoints!

NEW!

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 50%

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 50%

Are you looking for educational activities that are fun and engaging? Take a look at Always Icecream and Clever Dragons, play and learn websites created by a homeschooling family for girls and boys grades K through 8th.

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons strive to offer fun and relevant drills in core academic subjects embedded in a safe, engaging and rewarding environment. Subjects include: Basic to Advanced Math, Geography, Language Arts, Science, Arts & Music, Keyboard Typing, and new Foreign Languages including Spanish, French, Chinese, German, and Latin.

Co-op members rave about this product!

Members save up to 50% on a flexible selection of lifetime subscriptions. When you order, you receive your access within one business day. Plus, these memberships can be applied to upgrade your existing trial or paid account, too!

LAST CALL!

Math Mammoth - Save up to 50% - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

Math Mammoth - Save up to 50%

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

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 save save up to 50% on this popular GroupBuy, so, be sure to jump in before this GroupBuy ends Tuesday, 3/31!

Dave Ramsey - Save up to 80% - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

Dave Ramsey - Save up to 80%

It's LAST CALL for our GroupBuy for Dave Ramsey, the nationally syndicated financial guru!

Co-op members save up to 80% on a long list of member favorites, including the new Foundations in Personal Finance for High School Level, Financial Peace Jr., Junior's Smart Saver Bank, the new Designer Wallet Envelope System, and many more Dave Ramsey products.

There are also "hot off the press book titles" in this GroupBuy including The Go-Giver, Rhinoceros Success, Start, The Go-Getter, and more to stock your shelf with financial training materials for the whole family.

This GroupBuy ends Tuesday, 3/31 and we don’t know when Dave will return, so jump in now while he’s here. Available to ship to U.S. Destinations as well as Canadian (surcharges apply for Canadian shipping)!

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50% - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50%

It's LAST CALL for one of our most popular math curriculum offerings, and not merely because our offer delivers the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET! Look at the demo courses and we think you'll understand why--some of the world's best teachers teaching your 6 to 12th grade student in the privacy and security of your own home.

Members can save up to 50% depending on member participation so be sure to tell your friends and homeschool groups. In fact, if you use the Refer-a-Friend link on the offer page, you can earn SmartPoints should your friends purchase, too!

If you're interested in Thinkwell video courseware for science, social studies, economics or public speaking for your homeschool, check out the acclaimed instructions in these subjects, too.

The Magic School Bus Science Club - Save 50% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

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

It's LAST CALL for this visit of The Magic School Bus Science Club from The Young Scientists Club for children ages 5 and up!

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 colorful kit envelopes ship around the 15th of each month.

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 on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!

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 which is a 12 science kit subscription program, the TYSC STEM Collection, and the Clifford Science Club through the Co-op, too.

GiftedandTalented.com Independent Study Courses - Save up to 20% - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

GiftedandTalented.com Independent Study Courses - Save up to 20%

It's LAST CALL for this visit from GiftedandTalented.com Independent Study 3-Month Courses, the next generation of Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), has arrived at the Co-op!

If you have a Grade K-7 student who needs to build the foundations for Algebra readiness or wishes to excel further in mathematics, or you would like to foster your student’s literacy and critical thinking in language arts, these highly-personalized, self-paced, independent online learning courses might be just what you need.

Courses include: the new Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition for Grades K-7, EPGY Language Arts & Writing for Grades 2-7, or Combined Math & Language Arts.

Members can save up to 20% based on your enrollment selections for either the individual subject courses or the Combined Math & Language Arts course. Only here through the end of the month so be sure to take a look!

Time4Learning - FREE Book with New Membership - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

Time4Learning - FREE Book with New Membership

It's LAST CALL for Time4Learning at the Co-op! Time4Learning is offering Co-op members a FREE Book with a new membership, but only through the end of the month.

With Time4Learning, you'll have 24/7 access to a whole year's worth of materials, which means you can start and stop at any time and use the program however you see fit. This curriculum is provided within a secure, ad free, automated learning system that teaches the lessons, reinforces concepts, tracks progress, and much more.

Time4Learning has added a complete high school curriculum as well as filled in the gap in their middle school science materials. They have also added tools such as the activity scheduler to make planning your days easier.

Hurry though as this offer is only available through Tuesday, 3/31, or while supplies last!

Math Madness Month - See ALL Last Calls! - Ends Tuesday, 3/31

Math Madness Month - See ALL Last Calls!

It's LAST CALL for Math Madness Month at the Co-op! Don't miss great GroupBuy offers such as DreamBox Learning, IXL Math, Hands-On Equations, Math-Whizz Tutoring Plus, and much more.

If you would like to see ALL the Math Madness 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!

Mod Design 1 & more from Youth Digital - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints - Coming Wed., 4/1

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

We're excited to announce that as part of April Language Arts Month, Mod Design 1 and SIX other programs from Youth Digital, -- App Design 1, Game Design, 3D Game Design, 3D Animation 1, 3D Printing & Modeling 1, and, Fashion Design 1 will be available through the Co-op with 40% savings + 500 Bonus SmartPoints!

If your child has expressed an interest in learning to program, code, mod, animate, model, develop, design, 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 learn at their own pace, and on their own schedule.

If you would like to reminded when they launch, click here.

Alpha Omega Publications - Save 20% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - Coming Wed., 4/1

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

If you're looking at purchasing one of Alpha Omega's popular products such as Switched-On Schoolhouse, Monarch, Horizons, or LIFEPAC, then mark your calendar for the Co-op's AOP April Sale!

Every year, Alpha Omega lets resellers do a 20% off sale for the entire month of April. Of course, we make it even sweeter by throwing in FREE shipping for orders over $35 and BONUS SmartPoints for the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

If you'd like to be reminded when the AOP 20% Sale launches, click here!

Education.com PLUS Platinum Membership - Save up to 51% - Coming Wed., 4/1

Education.com PLUS Platinum Membership - Save up to 51%

We're excited to announce that Education.com is coming to the Co-op as part of April Language Arts Month!

Members will be able to save up to 51% (with sufficient participation) on an Education.com PLUS Platinum annual membership. Education.com PLUS Platinum is the most comprehensive PLUS program for grades PreK-12.

Subscribers will have access to all printable resources, including worksheets, workbooks, custom worksheets, activities, and science projects in all subjects. Activity books and workbooks are specifically for elementary grades.

This program also includes access to Brainzy, Education.com's educational online game program for early learners. Brainzy is a great option for parents looking for materials to support comprehensive lessons for early learners or families with children at the PreK-1st grade level.

If you'd like to reminded with this GroupBuy offer launches, click here.

Homeschool Programming Courses - Save 40% - Coming Wed., 4/1

Homeschool Programming Courses - Save 40%

Homeschool Programming, Inc. is preparing for a new GroupBuy offer starting Wednesday, April 1st, with 40% savings on your choice of computer programming courses for kids and teens!

Single courses include: KidCoder Advanced Web Design, KidCoder Beginning Web Design, KidCoder Games, KidCoder Windows, TeenCoder Games, TeenCoder Windows, TeenCoder JAVA and TeenCoder Android, or, you can choose a bundle for more savings.

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?

Tech Rocket is an online program created by iD Tech, the "world's #1 summer tech camp for kids & teens." iD Tech has been teaching tech classes on university campuses -- currently over 100 of them -- since 1999, so it's safe to say they have lots of experience teaching technical subjects!

Tech Rocket offers 29 different online, self-study courses in software coding, game design, and graphic design, including Minecraft, iOS apps, and more. A noteworthy feature of a Tech Rocket subscription is that the student has access to ALL the courses so long as they are subscribed. A free trial lets you take four complete courses.

A 1-year subscription to Tech Rocket retails for $229, but Co-op members would be able to get that for $183.20 -- a 20% discount with sufficient participation. Again, that gives you access to ALL the courses, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
If you would like your child to become fluent in a foreign language, then you might want to get started early while language learning still comes easily for them.

Whistlefritz has won 76 awards for its multi-sensory, immersion programs in Spanish and French for children aged 2-7. Programs include music, live action, animation, and colorful backgrounds. They not only teach children vocabulary, but give them a reason to use it – to solve a riddle, to help find Fritzi the mouse, or to figure out the next move in a dance.

Spanish and French collections retail from $55.94 - $165, but members can save 25% 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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