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In this issue:

  • This month is our Celebration of Homeschool Moms!
  • Community Update -- Earn Bonus SmartPoints, Contest for May, and more

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- "I really like the ease of use..."

  • Deals of the Day -- myON Literacy Program, BrainWare Safari, and Grammaropolis

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Simply Music, Maestro Classics, Animation-ish, and Shakespeare In Bits

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • LAST CALL - Thinkwell Video Courseware, Youth Digital Programming & Design Courses, and Special Needs Bonus SmartPoints Promotion

    • New - GiftedandTalented.com, TYSC Science-Art Fusion, and RoboCAMP

    • Celebration of Homeschool Moms - FREE eBook - A Gracious Space: Spring Edition (Value $9.95) by Julie Bogart

    • In the Pipeline - Little Passports, Math Mammoth, The Magic School Bus Science Club, GeoMatters, and more

    • Member Meter - Streaming Video for the Classroom and American Sign Language

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
COMMUNITY UPDATE

What's Happening at the Co-op...

Please join us in giving a hearty Co-op "Welcome!" to 504 new homeschool families in the last week!

Earn Bonus SmartPoints:  Did you know that you can earn Bonus SmartPoints just by purchasing award-winning curriculum (maybe a program you were already going to purchase!) at the Co-op? You can also earn Bonus SmartPoints by adding a field trip to the Field Trip Finder, inviting friends who join or purchase, and much more! To see more ways to earn Bonus SmartPoints, click here. P.S. Sign into your Co-op account and click the 'My SmartPoints' tab to see an Overview of SmartPoints, check your balance, find more ways to earn, and more!

Contest for May:  Have you discovered the different learning styles of your children and how to teach to the strengths of them? If so, or if you're in the process of discovering, share with us how you have adapted your teaching to accommodate their learning styles for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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Homeschool Planet - Online Planner

Homeschool Planet - FREE 30-Day Trial

Homeschool Planet - FREE 30-Day Trial

Are you thinking about a new planner? 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 Carol D. has to say:

"My 30-day trial ended and I decided to purchase Homeschool-Planet. I really like the ease of use and all the organization possibilities. I'm looking forward to using it more this fall when I start homeschooling both of my sons (I'm only homeschooling one right now). I think it will really help me keep track of their assignments. I like that the program will email my sons' daily assignments to them so that they can keep on track and know what to work on each day. I'm sure there are many more features I'll enjoy as I begin to use Homeschool-Planet more." Click here for more testimonials!


Click here to start your FREE trial!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!

Last Call for Deals of the Day

TODAY ONLY (May 19, 2016), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!


NOTE: The Deals of the Day SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases made TODAY ONLY and are awarded at the time of purchase. For the products with Bonus SmartPoints, after today, we will continue to offer the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for them but the SmartPoints will be reduced or removed altogether.
Deals of the Week - LAST CALL!

Last Call for Deals of the Week

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:


NOTE: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed below will be awarded based on purchases from 5/15 - 5/21 and are awarded at the time of purchase. 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.
GroupBuy Roundup
LAST CALL!

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 45% - Ends TODAY, 5/19!

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 45%

It's LAST CALL to save up to 45% on Thinkwell, 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.

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.

Youth Digital Programming & Design Courses - BOGO or Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints - Ends Mon., 5/23!

Youth Digital Programming & Design Courses - BOGO or Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL for up to 50% Savings on Mod Design 1 and SEVEN other programs from Youth Digital, -- 3D Character Animation 1, Server Design 1, Fashion Design 1, App Design 1, 3D Game Design, 3D Animation 1, 3D Printing & Modeling 1 at the Co-op!

Purchase one Youth Digital course and get a second one absolutely FREE, or save 40% on Mod Design 1, Server Design 1, 3D Character Animation 1, and all other Youth Digital courses. And, we'll make the deal even sweeter by throwing in 500 SmartPoints with the purchase of any one course!

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.

Note: The 500 SmartPoints do not apply to the Buy One Get One Free offer.

Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints Promotion - Ends Mon., 5/23!

Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints Promotion

It's LAST CALL for our Special Needs Bonus SmartPoints Promotion!

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 ST Math, Catchup Math, HELP Math, Reading Assistant, MindPlay, Read&Write Gold, and more, you will not only get the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET but also earn Bonus SmartPoints through May 23rd!

To see all the Special Needs products, click here.

*We're sorry, but we are unable to offer Bonus SmartPoints on Touch-Type Read and Spell.

NEW THIS WEEK!

GiftedandTalented.com Independent Study Courses - Save 15%

GiftedandTalented.com Independent Study Courses - Save 15%

We are pleased to announce that GiftedandTalented.com Independent Study 3-Month Courses, the next generation of Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), has returned to 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, adaptive, independent online learning courses could be a great fit for your child this summer.

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

Members save 15% by registering for an exclusive coupon through the Co-op that can be used for either the individual subject courses or the Combined Math & Language Arts course.

Note: Offer available for new subscribers to GiftedandTalented.com.

TYSC Science-Art Fusion - Save 42% + Free Shipping

TYSC Science-Art Fusion - Save 42% + Free Shipping

The Young Scientists Club, creators of award-winning The Magic School Bus Science Club, is pleased to announce their latest hands-on science series -- Science-Art Fusion! The 6-kit Science-Art Fusion series for kids ages 5 and up combines art and science to inspire creativity while at the same time introducing basic scientific concepts, including Rainbows, Crystals, Sculptures, Bubbles, Explosions, and Space.

Each kit includes 10 exciting experiments and activities plus a unique Science-Art Fusion poster with the instructions for each project placed in a framed space that can then be covered with a photo of your child's final art piece to create their own Art Gallery.

Members save 42% and get Free Shipping with the purchase of this new GroupBuy offer!

RoboCAMP - Save up to 63%

RoboCAMP - Save up to 63%

We are pleased to welcome RoboCAMP back to the Co-op!

RoboCAMP is a carefully prepared online, interactive curriculum dedicated to promoting STEM education for grades K-8th through the use of LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms robotic sets (LEGO kits not included).

With RoboCAMP, your child can learn robotics, science, technology, and math using an online platform that offers ready-to-use lesson plans perfect for introducing robotics to elementary and middle schools students. You'll have 24/7 access to your learning materials with interactive features for your students. You choose your 'CAMP' to coincide with your LEGO kit (WeDo or Mindstorms). There are seven CAMPs to choose from with one subscription good for the whole family!

Members will save up to 63% on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!

Language Arts

Explode the Code - Save 46%

Explode the Code - Save 46%

Explode the Code Online is based on the ever-popular Explode the Code book series from Educational Publishers. The book series is truly a homeschool classic curriculum, and the Online version gives this phonics-based, grades K-4 curriculum a whole new dimension.

Members continue to rave about this product with kudos from parents and their kids. As reported by members, the format makes learning fun and challenging, and the robust reporting shows progress for parents as well as helping students to easily monitor their own progress.

You'll not only save 46%, but we'll have you up and running within 3 business days -- one of the best, and most popular values in homeschool education!

Brave Writer - Save up to 40%

Brave Writer - Save up to 40%

Created by and for homeschoolers, Brave Writer is a comprehensive writing and language arts solution for grades K-12.

By joining this GroupBuy, members save 40% on Digital Versions of The Writer's Jungle, Help for High School, Brave Writer Home Study Package, annual subscriptions to A Quiver of Arrows, Arrow and The Wand, as well as bundles of back issues of Arrow and Boomerang

Members also save 25% on Jot It Down!, a digitally downloadable product designed for our youngest writers aged 5-8 years old and Partnership in Writing for ages 9-10 (also a digital download), and save 20% on an annual subscription to Boomerang.

The Co-op also offers a 10% OFF Coupon Code for Brave Writer's popular online classes, taught by professional writers. But hurry! The coupon offer expires May 31, 2016!

Achieve3000 Literacy Program - Save 44% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Achieve3000 Literacy Program - 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.

IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) - Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints

IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) - Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints

We are pleased to offer Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), a Cathy Duffy "Top 102 Pick for Homeschool Curriculum", at the Co-op!

IEW's award-winning curriculum teaches students how to write well, think clearly, and communicate effectively. With IEW's unique approach, your student will have the structure they need to develop confidence in the writing process as well as gradually grow towards greater independence and creativity.

We are excited to offer Brand New Titles including: Literature - American, British, World, and more, Deluxe Combo Packages (great value!), and Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing. If these have been on your wish list, be sure to check out our offer page today and get FREE Shipping and Bonus SmartPoints with your purchase!

Reading Eggs & Mathseeds - Save 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints OR Purchase Reading Eggs and Get 1 Year of Mathseeds FREE

Reading Eggs & Mathseeds - Save 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints OR Purchase Reading Eggs and Get 1 Year of Mathseeds FREE

Pay $69 for Reading Eggs and get 1 Year of Mathseeds absolutely FREE!!

Reading Eggs is a popular online reading program for K-3rd graders featuring animated characters, songs, golden eggs, and a reward system that is designed to motivate children to keep exploring and learning.

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.

If you're looking for something fun and educational for your child, take a look at Reading Eggs & Math Seeds -- you'll save up to 46% at the Co-op. When you place an order, we will give you a coupon code within minutes that you can use to convert your trial account to a paid one.

Celebration of Homeschool Moms

Introduction to Celebration of Homeschool Moms


During the month of May, we are celebrating you, homeschool mom! We applaud you on your choice to homeschool your children and want to take some time to celebrate you and the hard work you do every day.

As part of our celebration, we will be giving members a freebie each week, so be sure to check back!

FREE eBook - A Gracious Space: Spring Edition (Value $9.95) by Julie Bogart - Ends Sat., 5/21!

FREE eBook - A Gracious Space: Spring Edition (Value $9.95) by Julie Bogart

To continue our Celebration of Homeschool Moms, Julie Bogart of Brave Writer has generously allowed us to offer our members a FREE copy of one of her homeschooling inspiration eBooks, A Gracious Space: Spring Edition!

A Gracious Space is a collection of 50 essays for daily reading intended to help you sustain your brave homeschooling commitment. What better way to take a little time each day to remember why you do what you do.

If you are interested in downloading this FREE eBook, be sure to download soon as this freebie will end on Saturday, 5/21!

NOTE: Once you get to the SmartPoints Vendor Hall page, scroll down to the first listing to download A Gracious Space: Spring Edition.

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!

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, such as Little Passports World, USA, and Early Explorer Editions, Math Mammoth, GeoMatters, and more, 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?

Streaming Video for the Classroom

Hey Co-op Members! We are talking to a leading publisher of educational videos who can offer streaming access to high-quality, educational videos from producers such as:

  • National Geographic
  • BBC -- Sciences, Social Studies, and Language Arts
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Shakespeare
  • Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts®
  • National Science Foundation
  • Britannica, SmartMath
  • And more!

Each video comes with a complete lesson plan and would be available to you 24/7/365.

We would purchase a school license on your behalf and make it available to you for anywhere from $29.95 to $79.95/year, depending on the number of videos included in the license.

So, what do you think? Would you like to add fun, online, convenient, streaming video learning to your classroom?

What do you think?
We've been looking at new offerings to bring to the Co-op and wanted your opinion on online courses for American Sign Language (ASL). In some states, ASL can meet a foreign language requirement for high schoolers. And, some colleges also offer degrees in ASL so your child can pursue a career which involves being able to teach and/or interpret signing.

If you're interested in the Co-op researching online courses for ASL, please let us know.
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
Free Curriculum

FREE Curriculum from ClickSchooling

FREE Curriculum from ClickSchooling

Does it seem like you spend countless hours searching the internet for resources, games, worksheets, and more for your children? Well, look no further!

The Co-op is pleased to offer our members a database of free curriculum and other educational resources from our ClickSchooling partner. This week, we offer these free curriculum discoveries and their ClickSchooling reviews.




Please let us know if YOU find any great educational websites!
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.

Don't forget that the Co-op has BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for many of
Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks!

Get the Best Deal Anywhere for Cathy Duffy Top Picks.

And, if you're not sure which curriculum might be right for your child, take a look at Cathy's 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum -- and save 50% on the various eBook editions, if you purchase through the Co-op!
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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