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In this issue:

  • It's Member Favorites Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Learn Math Visually - Last Day to register!, and How's It Going? Contest

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Start your day off on the right foot!

  • Deals of the Day -- PLATO Learning Electives, Study Island, Early Childhood 12-Month Program, and Human Body Detectives

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Mark Kistler Draw 3D, Simply Music, Zometool STEM + Educator Kit, and GameSalad

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New -- Math Mammoth One Week Sale

    • LAST CALL - Special Needs Bonus SmartPoints Promotion

    • In the Pipeline -- Thinkwell One Week Sale, Cover Story, One Year Adventure Novel, Reading Kingdom, Alpha Omega One Day Sale, and more!

    • Member Meters - Tynker, Littlebits Electronic Kits, and GiftedandTalented.com Tutor Supported Online Courses

  • 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 506 families in the last week!

Learn Math VISUALLY - A Special Opportunity for Co-op Members - Last day to sign up!

Learn Math VISUALLY - A Special Opportunity for Co-op Members

If your kids struggle learning math concepts, this could be what you are looking for...

Over the last couple years, we have received numerous requests from members asking us to do a deal with MIND Research Institute for ST Math, a unique curriculum that teaches math visually.

Unfortunately, it was only available to institutions -- until now!

MIND Research has developed a homeschool version of ST Math and is looking for homeschoolers to particpate in a pilot at a special, low rate. If you are interested in visual approaches to teaching math, this is a unique opportunity to try out one of the best solutions out there, and get special attention to boot.

Here are the key links:



We're sorry, but the pilot is available to U.S. homeschoolers only.

Enjoy!

How's It Going? Contest!

How's It Going? Contest!

It's Member Favorites Month at the Co-op, and, the contest is in full swing! Tell us how your homeschool year is going and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

We're looking for great ideas on how you ensure that your homeschooling is meeting yours and your students' expectations. All this month, we'll be highlighting Member Favorite curriculum and supplements so you might just find something to add to your day-to-day!

P.S. We understand that many homeschoolers have a relaxed educational philosophy with regards to testing or assessment so if that's not part of your homeschool -- no worries -- each to her or his own!

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 Dea D. has to say:

"Exactly what I was looking for! Easy to use for both myself and my students! Gets our day off on the right foot by helping us be organized and focused. Can't imagine homeschooling without it! Thanks!”  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 MEMBER FAVORITES MONTH!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (January 22, 2015), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

PLATO Learning Electives - As Low as $39.95 + Get 600 SmartPoints

PLATO Learning Electives - As Low as $39.95 + Get 600 SmartPoints

We are pleased to offer exclusive savings for PLATO Electives online courses from the Career Technical Education Library by Edmentum, a leader in online education! You choose from 16 course titles for high school level and up. Choose from courses such as Finance, Law, Marketing, Fashion Design, Architecture, Engineering, and much more.

Members are able to choose from the following options:

  • Single Course - Choose ONE - $39.95
  • Combo Pack - Choose TWO - $69.95
  • Triple Pack - Choose THREE - $99.95

What's more, if purchased as a Deal of the Day you will also receive 600 SmartPoints!

Study Island - Save 34-94% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Study Island - Save 34-94% + Get 600 SmartPoints

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 34-94% savings!

And purchase today as a Deal of the Day and get 600 SmartPoints.

Early Childhood 12-Month Program - Save 62% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Early Childhood 12-Month Program - Save 62% + Get 400 SmartPoints

If you have a little one that wants to be involved as they see older siblings working on their day-to-day studies, how about an Early Childhood 12-Month Program from In the Hands of a Child?

This year-round program features 12 project packs for each month of the year geared for your young child's cognitive development, pre-reading and numeracy skills, and much more.

The program is flexible as you can use the project packs in any sequence that works for your child. Teach your child skills such as Letter Identification, Upper and Lower Case Letters, Object and Number Matching, and much more!

Members save 62% off the retail price of $104 for this early childhood bundle -- at only $39 - that's $3.25 per project pack. Plus, if purchased today, you'll also receive 400 Bonus SmartPoints!

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Looking for a health curriculum?

The award-winning Human Body Detectives Elementary Curriculum uses educational adventure stories and activities to teach kids about specific body systems and their nutritional needs. The HBD Elementary Curriculum Superbundle is available for only $39.95 (an 89% savings) -- or you can build your own 4-curriculum bundle for the same price. Individual elementary curriculum titles are offered for only $14.95 each.

Human Body Detectives Nutrition 101 for Middle and High School strives to enhance your students nutrition awareness while promoting a deeper appreciation for having a healthy, strong body. Members save 62% (only $29.95), plus receive HBD's Learn about Nutrition Elementary Curriculum as part of the package!

Teen Health Basics 101 provides your teen/pre-teen with the basics for understanding everyday health. The interactive curriculum covers five topics, including everyday health, bone health, sugar, skin health and hydration. Members save 40% (only $14.95) on this exclusive GroupBuy.

If you place your order today, you'll not only get immediate access to the digital downloads but you'll also receive 400 SmartPoints as a Deal of the Day!

See the offer page for details on Human Body Detectives Nutrition 101 for Middle and High School as the curriculum also requires obtaining The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn OBrien and Rachel Kranz.

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!

Mark Kistler - Save 60% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Mark Kistler - Save 60% + Get 400 SmartPoints on a 1-year family subscription to Mark Kistler's Online Art Lessons, for ages 6 to 96.

SMARTPOINTS END - 1/24!

Simply Music - Save 35% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Simply Music - Save 35% + Get 600 SmartPoints on Simply Music's Learn-at-Home Online Program for piano students ages 7 and up.

SMARTPOINTS END - 1/24!

Zometool STEM+ Educator Kit - Save 38% + Get 5,000 SmartPoints

Zometool STEM+ Educator Kit - Save 38% + Get 5,000 SmartPoints on the complete STEM+ Educator Kit from award-winning Zometool, a leading provider of educational building sets for grades 1-12.

ENDS - 1/24!

GameSalad Game Creation - Save 80% + Get 600 SmartPoints

GameSalad Game Creation - Save 80% + Get 600 SmartPoints on GameSalad mobile game design lab. For grades 8-12.

SMARTPOINTS END - 1/24!

Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 1/18 - 1/24 and are awarded at the time of purchase.
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
Member Favorite Supplements!

TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save up to 77%

TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save up to 77%

It's LAST CALL to save up to 77% on TestRocker!

If you would like extra help with your student's SAT or ACT test prep, but are daunted by the expense of a personal tutor, a subscription to TestRocker might be just the ticket!

TestRocker offers:

  • A virtual tutor with over 1,200 video answers to typical SAT/ACT questions
  • Personalized study plan based on a diagnostic assessment
  • 24/7 support from master tutor Sunita Mathur on the TestRocker community forum
  • Bi-weekly progress reports for parents by email
  • Two hand-graded test essays with line by line feedback from a human grader

  • TestRocker retails for $699, but as an exclusive offer for the Co-op, members can save up to 77% depending upon participation. Plus, you can sign up for a FREE trial which gives you a sneak peak of TestRocker's SAT & ACT programs by taking their free Diagnostic Test, preview your study plan, and attempt some of their questions.

    With SAT and ACT testing coming up, you might want to check this one out as it's never too early to get started on preparing!

    MY Access! Writing Curriculum/SAT® Prep Pack - Save 50% + Get 500 SmartPoints

    MY Access! Writing Curriculum/SAT® Prep Pack -  Save 50% + Get 500 SmartPoints

    The ability to write well is one of the most practical and useful skills that we can teach our children, but it is also one of the most difficult skills to teach. That's why the Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to offer GroupBuy savings on MY Access! online writing curriculum from Vantage Learning.

    MY Access! writing curriculum fits neatly into any homeschool language arts curriculum. It uses sophisticated technology to guide students through the process of writing to ensure that they become confident evaluators of writing and improve every time.

    Members save 50% on an annual license to MY Access! Plus, save 20% for the add-on SAT prep pack to this popular online writing curriculum -- My Access! Home Edition! This add-on pack provides practice tests, guided instruction, and activities to help students confidently approach the writing portion of the SAT college entrance examination. Plus, we'll also throw in 500 SmartPoints as a Deal of the Month!

    NEW!

    Math Mammoth - Save 40% - One Week Sale - Ends Mon., 1/26!

    Math Mammoth - Save 40% - One Week Sale

    The wait is over! The One Week Only 40% Math Mammoth Sale has finally arrived 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 offer, 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 can save 40% on this popular homeschool math program until Monday, January 26, 2015. Be sure to spread the news to your friends so they can save BIG on Math Mammoth, too!

    LAST CALL!

    Special Needs Lanuage Arts and Math - Bonus SmartPoints - Ends Today, 1/22!

    Special Needs Lanuage Arts and Math - Bonus SmartPoints

    It's LAST CALL for the 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 Catchup Math, HELP Math, Reading Assistant, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach, Read&Write Gold, and more, you will not only get the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET but also earn Bonus SmartPoints through today, 1/22.

    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!

    Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50% - Starts Fri., 1/23

    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 1/23, members will save up to 50% (but only through the end of the month) 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.

    Cover Story - Save 10% - One Day Only, Mon., 1/26

    Cover Story - Save 10%

    Mark your calendars for 10% savings on Cover Story for one day only, January 26, 2015!

    Cover Story is the middle school writing curriculum from award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer, President & Founder of Clear Water Press and creator of the One Year Adventure Novel.

    In this exciting curriculum, students are led, step by step, on a fun, thought-provoking journey of exploration and creation as Cover Story takes middle school students on a guided tour through the universe of Story with a process of creating the content for their own magazine in one school year.

    Cover Story also allows students the freedom of choosing a theme for their magazine, and a subject for each assignment. This approach gives the structure and guidance they need to understand the principles in each lesson, but allows them to create from passion rather than pressure.

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

    One Year Adventure Novel - Save 10% - One Day Only, Mon., 1/26

    One Year Adventure Novel - Save 10%

    The One Year Adventure Novel curriculum will return to the Co-op on January 26, 2015 with 10% savings but for one day only!

    The One Year Adventure Novel guides students (grades 8-12) step-by-step through the process of writing a structured, compelling adventure novel over the course of one school year.

    Since we offered this product to our members, we have received a number of glowing testimonials and how much their teenagers -- those who love to write and those who don't! -- are enjoying this writing curriculum.

    If you are interested in finding a new writing curriculum to support (or motivate) your homeschool teen in writing, take a look at One Year Adventure Novel.

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

    Reading Kingdom - Save 60% - Coming Sun., 1/25

    Reading Kingdom - Save 60%

    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. Developed Dr. Marion Blank, Reading Kingdom is one of the world's leading experts in reading and writing.

    Members will save 60% on Reading Kingdom for one week only starting Sunday, 1/25!

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

    Alpha Omega Publications - Save 20% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - One Day Only, Sat., 1/31

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

    Every year, Alpha Omega lets resellers do a 20% off sale for 1 DAY ONLY in January. This year the Co-op's 1 DAY ONLY Sale is Saturday, January 31st. Of course, we'll make it even sweeter by throwing in free shipping for orders over $35 and BONUS SmartPoints.

    This is the DEEPEST DISCOUNT you can get --ever! -- for popular Alpha Omega products such as Monarch, Switched-On Schoolhouse, Horizons, and LIFEPAC. So, if you are looking for Alpha Omega products now, mark your calendar for Saturday, 1/31!

    If you would like to be notified the day of the sale, 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 are looking for a way to make software programming more accessible for your kids (ages 7-13), we have a new option for you.

    Tynker is an award-winning series of online courses that teach children basic programming concepts (e.g., loops, conditionals, etc.) without requiring them to learn complex programming syntax. It does this by means of an innovative visual interface in which kids drag and drop visual blocks of code to create animated stories, games, and more. This approach has won the product Parent's Choice and other awards.

    We can save members $5 on an individual course with lifetime access (retail $50 per course) or $20 a bundle of 3 courses, so please:
    Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
    If you are looking for a fun and easy way to teach electronics, we may have found the right product for you!

    littleBits makes an award-winning library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets to allow anyone to learn, build, and invent with electronics—no soldering, wiring, or programming required. Their kits have won more than 25 tech and education awards and are used all over the world.

    littlebits doesn't give discounts, but we can offer our U.S.members -- apologies to our international members! -- FREE shipping and BONUS SmartPoints if there is sufficient interest, so please:
    Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
    We had the pleasure of speaking to GiftedandTalented.com, the next generation of Stanford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth, about their Tutor Supported Online Courses.

    If you have a high school student interested in excelling in mathematics, physics, programming, or language arts, and would like to have the support of a tutor in a personalized online course, you might want to take a look at these course offerings. GiftedandTalented also offers Tutor Supported Courses in mathematics and languages arts for K-7th grade students.

    The online courses are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of advanced learners and take approximately 12 weeks to complete. Featuring a combination of multimedia instruction, digital classroom sessions, academic coaching, and automated assessment of student work, these courses provide your child with a highly-personalized, self-paced learning experience. Below are two studies on the efficacy of the tutoring courses:


    GiftedandTalented.com generally does not offer discounts for their Tutor Supported Courses which retail for $495 per course per quarter but as an exclusive for Co-op members, we might be able to offer savings of 20% (saving you $99), with sufficient interest. Thereafter, Co-op members who opt to automatically renew their subscription (e.g., to go onto another course) would be eligible for GiftedandTalented.com’s 10% discount.

    If you are in need of a private tutor for subjects such as calculus and physics, you might find these online courses to be a much better value at $396 per course (unlimited access for $132 per month) as compared to the hourly costs for a private tutor.

    As always, we would appreciate your input – 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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