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In this issue:

  • It's Language Arts Month at the Co-op -- Win an Apple iPad Air!
  • Community Update -- Contest for April and more

  • Homeschool Planet - New Features!

  • Deals of the Day -- 3 Deals for Today

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - The American Heritage Series, Mystery of History, and CICERO History
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • LAST CALL - Rosetta Stone Homeschool Foreign Language and Always Icecream & Clever Dragons

    • In the Pipeline - Make your own Minecraft Mods with Mod Design 1, Visual Latin, LEGO Education, and more!

    • Member Meter - ALEKS, Rosetta Stone Reading for Homeschool, Get Smart Grammar Curriculum, and Education City

  • 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 490 new families in the last week!

Language Arts Month at the Co-op!

Language Arts Month at the Co-op!

We all want our children to love to read and write because these skills, perhaps more than any other, can give them a lifetime of pleasure, learning, and achievement.

Tell us what you do to foster the love of reading and writing in your child, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be selected randomly from posts that are entered through the end of the month.

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 and tell us how you foster the love of reading and writing in your child!

Join us on Facebook

THANKS to the 52,430 members who "Like" us on Facebook. (We ♥ you too!)

Join us on Facebook and get the latest news about GroupBuys, freebies, member benefits, contest winners, and more!

Follow us on Twitter

The Co-op is now on Twitter! We'll be posting information about the Co-op and other interesting items that we find. If you'd like to follow us, click here.

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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 next school year?

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 Homeschool Planet I finally feel organized for my school year! It is what I have been wanting for so long! My children also enjoy the freedom they have of checking their schedule for the day and using initiative to get it done, they love marking their assignments complete!" - Vivienne vdM, Co-op Member

NEW! - Google Calendar Integration!. You can now view the contents of your or your spouse's Google Calendar inside Homeschool Planet, and vice versa! This also works with Apple iCal, and others online calendars.

Still not sure if Homeschool Planet is right for your home and homeschool? Take it for a test run with a FREE 30-Day Trial! 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!

We'll be letting you know about other new features in Homeschool Planet periodically in our newsletter, too. When you subscribe to Homeschool Planet, you will receive information about new features and updates directly in your account.

Win an Apple iPad Air

Win an Apple iPad Air!

Apple iPad
In order to draw attention to our outstanding line-up of language arts curriculum, this April we are pleased to give members a chance to win the latest version of Apple's hot product, the Apple iPad Air (the 16GB Wi-Fi version).

We are huge fans of the Apple iPad, which is why we are so very pleased to give our members a chance to win one. We're especially excited about the potential of this product to deliver a compelling new kind of educational experience, and we will be on the lookout for exciting new educational products that take advantage of the potential of it.

HOW CAN YOU WIN:


  • Purchase any product in our Language Arts section this month, and you'll get 10 chances to win. (10 chances per order, not per product). Place two orders for qualifying products -- get 20 chances to win!

  • Do something -- anything -- that earns a SmartPoints award, and you get 1 chance to win. For example, write a field trip review, and you get a chance to win. Write two field trip reviews, you get 2 chances to win. Publish a paragraph about the Co-op on your blog or website? You get 1 chance to win. And so on.

    See a complete list of things you can do to get SmartPoints awards.


Every time you do something that earns you a chance to win, we put your name on a virtual piece of paper and drop it into a big virtual hat. Then, in early May, we'll draw a virtual piece of paper from our digital hat and we'll have our winner, to be announced in this newsletter.
Deals of the Day - TODAY ONLY!
TODAY ONLY (April 10, 2014), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

IXL Language Arts - Save 25% + Get 350 SmartPoints

IXL Language Arts - Save 25% + Get 350 SmartPoints

Many of our members rave about IXL Math and how it "makes practice fun" with a comprehensive, online subscription that offers virtually unlimited math practice in a way that both challenges and motivates kids.

For grades 2-4, IXL Language Arts was developed with the same framework as IXL Math. Subscriptions can go up to 5 students, too!

You'll not only save 25% but get 350 SmartPoints, if you purchase this Deal of the Day today! And, the Deal of the Day also applies to IXL Math!

WordSmart - Save up to 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints

WordSmart - Save up to 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints

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

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

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

If you have a child that needs to work on her vocabulary, improve her reading comprehension, or might be preparing for the SAT or ACT, you might want to check this one out.

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

PLATO Language Arts - Save 75% + Get 600 SmartPoints

PLATO Language Arts - Save 75% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Members save 75% on complete PLATO Courseware Language Arts courses (includes Semester A & B content) for your choice of grades 7 to 12.

As part of this PLATO Language Arts GroupBuy, there is also brand new content available --- a supplement pack that includes 15 titles for Reading, Writing, and Interdisciplinary. Members can enjoy this new Language Arts Supplementary Pack for only $29.95 with a purchase of any English course. This is a tremendous value that (as far as we can tell) is just not available elsewhere!

Members save 75% on year-long access to these PLATO courses available as either a time slot (your choice!) in a 24-hour window (as low as $49.95 per course) or with 24-hour access. Plus, if purchased as a Deal of the Day today, you'll receive 600 SmartPoints.

Deals of the Week - LAST CALL!
Note: We will continue to offer the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for these products after this week, but the SmartPoints* bonuses will be reduced or removed altogether.

This Week's Deals of the Week end on Saturday, 4/12.


*The Deals of the Week SmartPoints will be awarded based on purchases from 4/6/14 to 4/12/14 and will be posted to your account upon purchase.
Wallbuilder's The American Heritage Series - Save up to 58% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Wallbuilder's The American Heritage Series - Save up to 58% + Get 300 SmartPoints on a history blockbuster: the award-winning The American Heritage Series from Wallbuilders, two NEW DVD sets from Dave Barton, and History: Our Faith and Foundation DVD set from Bridgestone Multimedia.

Mystery of History - Save 32% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Mystery of History - Save 32% + Get 300 SmartPoints on Mystery of History titles from Bright Ideas Press!

CICERO: History - Save up to 50% + Get 1000 SmartPoints

CICERO: History - Save up to 50% + Get 1000 SmartPoints on CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™, an award-winning, online K-12 history digital teaching resource.

GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
It's Language Arts Month
This month, we are featuring the BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for language arts, including phonics, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary, and more.

If you find you need a new supplement or perhaps want to try a different curriculum, take a look this month as you could Win an Apple iPad Air!
Featured Language Arts!

Achieve3000 Literacy & Science - Save 44% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Achieve3000 Literacy & Science - Save 44% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Achieve3000, an award-winning provider of online, literacy and science instruction, is used by over one million students in public and private schools. One school administrator told one of our advisors that if he could have only one curriculum, Achieve3000 would be it.

One of the things that makes Achieve3000 unique is its use of real-time Lexile assessment to assign appropriately challenging material for your child ("differentiated learning").

Achieve3000's Online Literacy and Reading Solutions include:

  • KidBiz3000 (for students in grades 2–5)
  • TeenBiz3000 (for students in grades 6–8), and
  • Empower3000 (for students in grades 9–12)

Achieve3000 has also partnered with National Geographic to develop eScience3000 (for students in grades 6-8), which the company calls "the first differentiated core science curriculum for middle school."

Members save 44% off the retail price and earn 500 SmartPoints when you purchase Achieve3000 as a Deal of the Month.

Looney Tunes Phonics - Save up to 40% + Get 250 SmartPoints

Looney Tunes Phonics - Save up to 40% + Get 250 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 as a Deal of the Month, you'll also receive 250 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 Month, you'll get 300 Bonus SmartPoints, if purchased this month!

Reading Eggs - Save up to 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Reading Eggs - Save up to 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Reading Eggs is a popular online reading program for K-2 children featuring animated characters, songs, golden eggs, and a reward system that is designed to motivate children to keep exploring and learning. But does it work?

Positive testimonials have been coming in from Co-op members who've purchased this product. We're pleased to see that so many folks have benefitted from this program and that kids are thrilled by it, too.

If you're looking for something fun and educational for your child, take a look at Reading Eggs -- you'll save up to 25% at the Co-op. When you place order, we will give you a coupon code within minutes that you can use to convert your trial account to a paid one. Plus, we'll automatically throw in 500 SmartPoints!

LAST CALL!

Rosetta Stone - Save up to 45% + Free Shipping + Bonus SPs - Ends Sat., 4/12

Rosetta Stone - Save up to 45% + Free Shipping + Bonus SPs

It's LAST CALL for Rosetta Stone Homeschool special savings! If you missed out on their last GroupBuy, there's still time to jump in and save!

Members save $216 (45%) on Rosetta Stone Foreign Language Curriculum Level 1-5 Sets and save $171 (45%) on Level 1-3 Sets.

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 2,893 BONUS SmartPoints, and honor their 30-day, no-risk, money-back offer.

Another BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for Rosetta Stone!

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 65% - Ends Mon., 4/14

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 65%

It's LAST CALL for this exclusive visit to the Co-op for Always Icecream and Clever Dragons -- play and learn websites, created for girls and boys for grades K to 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. Plus Biblical Hebrew is coming soon!

Members save up to 65% 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!

In the Pipeline

In the Pipeline Intro

These GroupBuys and Special Offers 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!

Make your Own Minecraft Mods and more - Save up to 40% - Starts Mon., 4/14

Make your Own Minecraft Mods and more - Save up to 40%

We are excited to announce that Youth Digital will be back on April 14 with GroupBuy savings for three of their best-sellers:

- Mod Design 1 - Make your own Minecraft Mods!
- App Design 1
- 3D Game Design 1

These online courses give students everything they need to design mods, mobile apps, or video games at their own pace, and on their own schedule.

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

Visual Latin (Compass Classroom) - Save up to 50% - Starts Mon., 4/14

Visual Latin (Compass Classroom) - Save up to 50%

We are pleased to announce that Visual Latin, Dave Raymond's American History, Economics for Everybody, and Modern Parables will be coming to the Co-op on Monday, 4/14! Members will be able to save up to 50% on these Compass Classroom titles.

By making these popular courses available as electronic downloads, the Co-op and Compass Classroom are able to fulfill your order quickly -- with no waiting for the GroupBuy to end!

If you would like additional information or to be reminded when this GroupBuy launches, click here.

LEGO Education - Up to $24 Off - Starts Fri., 4/18

LEGO Education - Up to $24 Off

We’re pleased to let you know that member favorite LEGO Education will be returning to the Co-op for a special GroupBuy offer.

If you’d like additional information or to be reminded when this GroupBuy launches, click here.

Connect the Thoughts - Save up to 50%- Coming Soon!

We are pleased to announce that we will be going forward with GroupBuy savings Connect the Thoughts from Emmy Award winning author Steven Horwich. If you are looking for secular yet religion-friendly curriculum that encourages students to think critically and take responsibilty for their own life and education, this is a currciulum that might interest you.

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

Reading Kingdom - Save up to 60%- Coming Soon!

Reading Kingdom is an award-winning, online curriculum that teaches children ages 4-10 years old how to read and write to a third grade level. It was developed by Dr. Marion Blank, is one of the world's leading experts in reading and writing.

If you’d like additional information or to be reminded when this GroupBuy launches, click here.

GroupBuy Calendar - See more GroupBuys 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 new "Remind Me" link to get notified when the GroupBuy 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, so they won't show up in the GroupBuy Calendar. Stay subscribed to this email and the newsletter to get announcements for all GroupBuys as they come and go.

Member Meter
 

Member Meter Intro

Negotiating and sponsoring a GroupBuy 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 GroupBuys we bring to our membership.

Please take a look, then let us know: What do you think?

Members have been asking us for years to do a GroupBuy for ALEKS and believe us, we sure tried! Our efforts are living proof that persistence pays off, because we are now thrilled to announce -- at long last! -- that ALEKS is coming to the Co-op!

ALEKS is an award-winning online math subscription for grades 3-12 that has been a homeschool favorite for many years. But, at $179.95 per year, it has also been a stretch for a lot of budgets. With sufficient participation, however, members will be able to save up to 40%!*

*For new students only.
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
We've been having discussions with Rosetta Stone about their new Rosetta Stone Reading for Homeschool, a dynamic self-guided reading program that helps children grades K - 5th build and develop their foundational reading skills.

Rosetta Stone Reading for Homeschool extends the Rosetta Stone suite of proven homeschool learning products. It's a technology-based core reading curriculum that can be made available on your desktop (MAC or PC) through a browser or on a tablet using the Rosetta Stone Reading app for iPad® and select Android™ tablets.

Unlike traditional homeschool reading curricula, Rosetta Stone Reading for Homeschool offers parents actionable data to help you make decisions about your child's learning path. This program helps students develop:

  • Foundational skills to read confidently and fluently
  • Listening and reading comprehension with complex text
  • Academic and domain-specific vocabulary to improve comprehension

An annual subscription for a single student is $99 plus we'd throw in a generous award of SmartPoints to make this a BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET. Rosetta Stone is working on additional options for pricing for families but this is not yet available. So please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
We had a great chat last week with Elizabeth O'Brien, the creator of the Get Smart grammar curriculum. We were very impressed with her command of grammar and the high number of testimonials for her product.

Get Smart is an online grammar course that 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.

The program retails for $99, but we can get the member price down to $39.95 with sufficient participation, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
We are pleased to announce that we've been discussing award-winning Education City with our friends at Edmentum (our Plato Learning provider)! This online-delivered interactive program is designed for PreK to 6th graders for supplemental learning.

The program uses concept-based learning for subjects like Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, and more. Pricing for this program is geared for school districts and large classrooms.

We're still crunching the numbers to be able to offer Education City at the great pricing that our members have come to know and love. In the meantime, we'd like to know if this is something you'd like to add to your homeschool classroom? Check out these links and let us know 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 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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