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This WeekNewsletter Archive

In this issue:

  • It's Learning Resources Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Give Thanks Contest, and more!

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Lookup a Great Recipe for the Holidays!

  • Deals of the Day -- 3 Deals for Today - PBS KIDS PLAY, ClickN KIDS, and Looney Tunes Phonics

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - It's PLATO Courseware Week!
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - Study Island, Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids, and Time4Learning

    • LAST CALL -  - The Critical Thinking Co. 25% Off Coupon and TYSC & Magic School Bus Science Collections

    • In the Pipeline - Fashion Design 1, Mod Design 1 and more!, Thinkwell GroupBuy, plus 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 298 families in the last week!

Give Thanks Contest!

Give Thanks Contest!

This Thanksgiving season, we would like to honor the spirit of the holiday by giving you a chance to win a $100 cash gift for your family and another $100 cash gift for the charity or needy family of your choice! What are you thankful for this year?

We are thankful for our families and friends. We're also thankful for all our wonderful members who have taken the courageous step to give their children a homeschool education!

Tell us what you are thankful for, and, then, at the beginning of next month, we ll select THREE posts at random, and the author of each will win a $100 cash gift for your family and another $100 cash gift for the charity or needy family of your choice.

Click here to tell us what you're thankful for this year!

Join us on Facebook

THANKS to the 95,163 members who "Like" us on Facebook. (We ♥ you too!)

Join us on Facebook and get the latest news about our GroupBuy savings, 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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Spotlight on Dyslexia - Save 10% on Online Parent Conference from Learning Ally

Spotlight on Dyslexia - Save 10% on Online Parent Conference from Learning Ally

Join top dyslexia experts and other parents from across the country for a first-ever online parent conference: Spotlight on Dyslexia!

During this conference, you will learn about dyslexia from top experts, connect with resources to support and help your children, and meet other parents facing similar challenges.

The special guest keynote speaker, Dana Buchman, is a fashion designer whose daughter grew up with dyslexia related learning disorders. To learn more about Dana, click here.

This online conference will be held Friday, December 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. If you register prior to November 23rd, you will receive an Early Bird Discount. What's more, if you use the special Co-op discount code: HBC10 you will receive a 10% discount on registration fees!

Also, if you are unable to attend all the sessions during the conference, the event site will remain open for 60 days so participants can return for missed sessions and continue to visit Exhibits.

NOTE: Members who are signed up for Learning Ally get 10% off the "Learning Ally Member Price" - but if you are not signed up for Learning Ally, you still get 10% off the Non-member price.

Register here before the Early Bird Discount ends on Sun., 11/23!

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 you can use Homeschool Planet to help find recipes?  Say you'd like to quickly find a recipe for whatever ingredients you might have in your cupboard (we know the holidays can mean more cooking!). 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 LEARNING RESOURCES MONTH!
This month, we will be shining the spotlight on the BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for Learning Resources at the Co-op. If you or your homeschool could use additional resources, keep reading as we have great products in store for you ☺!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!

PBS KIDS PLAY! - Save up to 29% + Get 300 SmartPoints

PBS KIDS PLAY! - Save up to 29% + Get 300 SmartPoints

PBS KIDS PLAY! is PBS's Learning Program for early childhood. A subscription gives your child (age 3-6) access to more than 50 exclusive educational activities that you won't find anywhere else - and all of them matched to national educational standards, and featuring many popular children's characters, including: Bob the Builder, The Berenstain Bears, Thomas the Tank Engine and others!

PBS KIDS PLAY! also adjusts based on your child's individual learning achievements, unlocking new challenges as she progresses. As the parent/teacher, you can check a personal progress chart for each child that shows the results as he or she advances through the curriculum. PBS KIDS PLAY! focuses on Creativity, Healthy Development, Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

Register at the Co-op website to get a special Co-op coupon code that you can use to save 29% on a 6-month subscription, or 10% on a monthly subscription. A subscription allows up to 4 children per family, too! Plus, as a Deal of the Day, you'll receive 300 SmartPoints, if registered for today (you must also purchase)!

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

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

We just received word that ClickN Kids, Inc. will no longer have LIFETIME subscription options available for users. So, if you're interested in adding ClickN Kids to your homeschool, now is the time as it is LAST CALL for these subscription options!

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.

Plus, as a Deal of the Day, you'll get an 300 SmartPoints, if purchased today!

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

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

Just like the ClickNREAD and ClickNSPELL LIFETIME subscriptions options will no longer be available, so it is with Looney Tunes Phonics from ClickNKids! So, if you're interested in adding Looney Tunes Phonics to your homeschool, now is the time as it is LAST CALL for the LIFETIME subscriptions!

Members save up to 40% on online, animated phonics instruction featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and all their Looney Tunes friends, based on the award-winning ClickN READ Phonics -- a member favorite. Plus, if purchased as a Deal of the Day today, you'll also receive 300 SmartPoints.

Choose from an individual student 12-month or Lifetime Subscription. OR save even more by opting for the FAMILY PACK Lifetime Subscription, which includes THREE seats for Looney Tunes and THREE seats for ClickN SPELL!

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.

PLATO Learning Comprehensive Packages - As low as $149 + Get 750 SmartPoints

PLATO Learning Comprehensive Packages - As low as $149 + Get 750 SmartPoints on complete comprehensive Plato Courseware curriculum packages by Edmentum -- Tons of content, one low price! K-12 and AP Levels available!

SMARTPOINTS END - 11/22!

PLATO Science for Middle & High School - Save 75% + Get 750 SmartPoints

PLATO Science for Middle & High School - Save 75% + Get 750 SmartPoints Award-winning, online PLATO Learning science for middle schoolers. Choose from Life, Physical, or Earth & Space. For grades 6-8. As LOW AS $49.95 for a full-year access.

SMARTPOINTS END - 11/22!

PLATO Math for Middle & High School - Save 75% + Get 750 SmartPoints

PLATO Math for Middle & High School - Save 75% + Get 750 SmartPoints Award-winning, online PLATO Learning Math for Middle Schoolers. Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Consumer Math as LOW AS $49.95 for a full-year access. PLUS a 6-title Supplementary Pack for as little as $29.95.

SMARTPOINTS END - 11/22!

PLATO Language Arts - Save 75% + Get 750 SmartPoints

PLATO Language Arts - Save 75% + Get 750 SmartPoints Award-winning, online PLATO Learning Language Arts for Middle & High schoolers. English for Grades 7-12 available, PLUS a 15-title Supplementary Pack for Reading, Writing & Interdisciplinary. As LOW AS $49.95 for a full-year access.

SMARTPOINTS END - 11/22!

PLATO Learning Electives - As Low as $39.95 + Get 750 SmartPoints

PLATO Learning Electives - As Low as $39.95 + Get 750 SmartPoints on Plato Electives online courses from the Career Technical Education Library by Edmentum -- Tons of title choices, as low as $39.95! Computer Science, Finance, Accounting, Engineering, Health, and MORE! (for high school & beyond)

SMARTPOINTS END - 11/22!

Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 11/16 - 11/22 and are awarded at the time of purchase.
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP

Highlights Top Secret Adventures - Save 30% + Get Double SmartPoints

Highlights Top Secret Adventures - Save 30% + Get Double SmartPoints

If you've been looking for a way to make world geography and culture both educational AND fun, Top Secret Adventures Collections from Highlights could be just the ticket. Top Secret Adventures Collections provides children with hours of puzzle-solving fun while allowing them to explore and learn about foreign countries around the world.

There are 4 collections based on different regions of the world or you could choose the Complete World Set and receive all 26 country kits. Whichever collection you choose, you will receive all the associated country kits in one shipment. The country kits include a puzzle book, a colorful guidebook, six silly villain cards, and a sturdy case file to keep everything organized. In each country, kids play detective and unravel a whodunit mystery, answering WHO, WHAT & WHERE.

Members save 30% and receive Double SmartPoints this month (20 SPs per $1 Spent) on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET so be sure to take a look!

NEW!

Study Island - Save 35%

Study Island - Save 35%

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to welcome award-winning Study Island from our friends at Edmentum (our Plato Learning provider)! This online-delivered program caters to K-12 grades for test prep, skills mastery, developmental or remedial work in several subject offerings such as Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Social Studies, and more.

Study Island offers an abundance of interactive online learning activities, animations, educational videos, virtual labs, and games to reinforce skills.

By purchasing a school license on behalf of members, the Co-op is able to offer this award-winning program to homeschoolers around the globe with our 35% savings!

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62%

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62%

We are excited to welcome back Sara Jordan's Bilingual Kids Audio Series to the Co-op! Why not add some song and fun to learning a foreign language to your homeschool curriculum for the upcoming school year?

The Bilingual Kids Series is an award-winning curriculum-based program used in both public and private schools, and, is now available to the homeschool community through the Co-op as a BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Sara Jordan has created two downloadable bundles for the Bilingual Kids Series - for grades PreK-1st and grades 2nd-5th - for both the English-Spanish and English-French series. These special downloadable bundles also include the accompanying digital resource books.

Members save up to 62% (as low as $24.99) on these curriculum-based programs while at the Co-op!

Time4Learning - Buy One Month and Get Your Second Month FREE

Time4Learning - Buy One Month and Get Your Second Month FREE

From now through Sunday, 11/30, Time4Learning is offering Co-op members a second month FREE with a new membership!

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 Sunday, 11/30!

LAST CALL!

The Critical Thinking Co. - Save 25% - Ends TODAY, 11/20

The Critical Thinking Co. - Save 25%

It's LAST CALL for 25% savings on downloadable software and eBooks with a coupon code from The Critical Thinking Co., an award-winning publisher of critical thinking books and software for PreK-12+.

The Critical Thinking Co. is a leader in critical thinking curriculum, with titles across the entire curriculum. Their books and software have won numerous accolades from members, not to mention virtually ever award given for educational curriculum.

Members receive a unique, single-use coupon code good for 25% off ANY one order for downloadable software and/or eBooks at The Critical Thinking Co. website. (Restrictions apply. See offer page for details.)

TYSC & Magic School Bus Science Collections - Save 40% - Ends TODAY, 11/20

TYSC & Magic School Bus Science Collections - Save 40%

It's LAST CALL to save 40% on TYSC and Magic School Bus Science Collections from The Young Scientists Club!

TYSC has packaged these retail bundles exclusively for our Co-op members with a great deal to save 40% off the retail price of their best-selling retail kits, including:

  • The Clifford the Big Red Dog Series (5 Kits)
  • The Magic School Bus Weather/Ecology Collection (4 MSB Kits)

This will be the last time that The Clifford the Big Red Dog Series (5 Kits) bundle will be offered at an incredible price of $60 (for all 5 retail kits). Plus, there are limited quantities for The Magic School Bus Weather/Ecology Collection (4 MSB Kits).

If you are interested in putting away these retail kits for the holidays, birthdays, or something to do on a rainy day, be sure to purchase soon before this GroupBuy offer ends!
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!

Design a Fashion Collection like a Pro -- Save up to 40% - Coming Mon., 11/24

Design a Fashion Collection like a Pro -- Save up to 40%

We've known about this for many months -- but were sworn to secrecy -- until now! Our friends at Youth Digital -- creators of the hugely popular Mod Design 1 -- are coming back to the Co-op with a GroupBuy for brand new online course: Fashion Design 1.

Fashion Design 1 gives students grades 3-9 everything they need to create their own fashion collection from start to finish using professional design software. They learn fundamental fashion industry concepts and pro-level digital illustration techniques as they complete a portfolio that showcases their designs and collection. By the end of the course, students will have their own professional-looking five-page portfolios that showcase their concepts, color schemes, prints, patterns and outfits.

Fashion Design 1 retails for $249, but Co-op members will be able to save up to 40% -- a savings of $100 -- with sufficient participation, so please:

Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?

Mod Design 1 and more - Save up to 40% - Coming Mon., 11/24

Mod Design 1 and more - Save up to 40%

We are excited to announce that Mod Design 1 and SIX other programs from Youth Digital, -- App Design 1, Game Design 1, 3D Game Design 1, 3D Animation 1, 3D Printing & Modeling 1, and, the NEW! - Fashion Design 1 will be available through the Co-op with savings up to 40% just in time for the holidays starting 11/24!

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.

Members will save up to 40% on these exclusive GroupBuy offers!

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

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50% - Coming Fri., 11/28

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50%

This is one of our most popular math curriculum offerings, and not merely because our GroupBuy savings deliver the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET but look at the demo courses and we think you'll understand why -- some of the world's best teachers teaching your 6-12th grade student in the privacy and security of your own home.

Starting 11/28, members will save up to 50% (but only through 12/4) so if you missed out on their last GroupBuy, now is the time to participate!

If you're interested in video courseware for Science, Social Studies, Economics or Public Speaking, Thinkwell has award-winning video instruction in these subjects, too!

If you would 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.

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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