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In this issue:

  • It's Holiday Savings Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Holiday Cheer Contest

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Attendance Tracking that's a Breeze!

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Mod Design 1, Adaptive Curriculum, ExploreLearning Gizmos, and TYSC Monthly Subscription
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New -- Always Icecream & Clever Dragons

    • Tell-a-Friend Offer - Earn 1,000 SmartPoints -- Mod Design 1, Fashion Design 1 and more from Youth Digital!

    • LAST CALL - Price Increases 1/1 -- YourTeacher and Mark Kistler Virtual Classroom

    • In the Pipeline -- Thinkwell, Animation-ish, BrainPOP, and The Magic School Bus Science Club

    • Member Meters - Touch-type Read and Spell and Analytical Grammar

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Writing Tips by Julie Bogart, Brave Writer
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
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Holiday Cheer Contest!

Holiday Cheer Contest!

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or New Year's), something you especially enjoy doing every year, or one that you'd like to start?

How about a favorite recipe just for this time of year? Or, a favorite activity? Or even a special event that you might attend or organize? Tell us what you do to create holiday cheer, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Our winner will be randomly drawn early in January from posts on our Holiday Cheer page so be sure to enter before the end of the month!

Click here to spread some Holiday Cheer!

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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!

Did you know that Homeschool Planet allows you to track your students' attendance with one easy click?  Once you turn attendance tracking on, keeping track of attendance is a breeze. Just click the check box next to your student's name to mark that student present for the day. Homeschool Planet also keeps a tally of days missed and days present which is very helpful during the holidays! For an overview of attendance tracking, watch a short video tutorial!

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!

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.

Mod Design 1 - Save 40% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints

Mod Design 1 - Save 40% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints

Mod Design 1 is an online computer class for grades 3-8 from Youth Digital that gives students everything they need to create their own Mods for Minecraft© from start to finish enabling your student to learn the Java™ programming language.

Members save 40% off the retail price of $249. Compare that to what you'd pay to take comparable "live" courses, and we think you'll see this is a great deal for the 'techie' on your Christmas list this year!

And when you purchase this week as a Deal of the Week you'll receive 1,000 Bonus SmartPoints!

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

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

The heart of the Adaptive Curriculum offering is a large library of online, multi-media, interactive instructional modules called Activity Objects, so named because they draw students into an inter-activity with the subject being taught.

Each Activity Object allows grade 5-12 students to participate in virtual experiments, scientific inquiry exercises, and problem-based learning that helps them gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in Math and Science. The Activity Objects are supplemented with Activity Sheets and Formative Assessments that serve to further broaden and deepen the student's knowledge of the subject.

Members can save up to 60% and if you purchase this award-winning online supplemental math program this week as a Deal of the Week, we'll give you 500 SmartPoints, too!

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

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

ExploringLearning Gizmos are fun, easy to use, online, interactive simulations in math and science for teachers and students in grades 3-12 and even college levels.

Over 450 online simulations make hard-to-grasp math and science concepts easy to understand. Just check out these member testimonials, and kudos from kids as well as parents. View this introduction demo to see if Gizmos would be right for your homeschool.

Members save 40% (only $89) on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET so take a look today! Plus, if you purchase this week as a Deal of the Week, you'll also receive 500 SmartPoints.

TYSC Monthly Subscription Program - Save $50 + FREE Gifts + Get 500 SmartPoints

TYSC Monthly Subscription Program - Save $50 + FREE Gifts + Get 500 SmartPoints

Need a hands-on addition to your day-to-day science studies? The TYSC Monthly Subscription Program for ages 5-12 is available through the Co-op with exclusive savings.

Members save $50 on this 12 science kit subscription program that you can select to receive once- or- twice a month. If you're interested in this program and want to get into the next shipment plus receive BONUS SmartPoints, order by the 5th!

Each subscription also includes these FREE gifts (valued at $22.50): an expandable envelope filer to store experiment instructions and results, a sand dollar with fact card, a pencil pouch with a magnifying glass, memo pad, The Young Scientists Club pencil and ruler, and a free 13th Kit!

This BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET is available to our US, Canadian and FPO/APO members. If you purchase this week as a Deal of the Week, you'll also receive 500 SmartPoints!

Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 12/14 - 12/20 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 55%

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 55%

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 for girls and boys grades K through 8th.

Members save up to 55% on these play and learn websites created by a homeschooling family and great for educational fun!

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 55% on a flexible selection of lifetime subscriptions. When you order, you receive your access within one business day (just in time for Christmas!). Plus, these memberships can be applied to upgrade your existing trial or paid account, too!


Tell-A-Friend Offer for Mod Design 1 and other Youth Digital Courses - Earn 1,000 SmartPoints

Tell-A-Friend Offer for Mod Design 1 and other Youth Digital Courses - Earn 1,000 SmartPoints

From now through the end of the year, send your personalized "Tell A Friend" link to your friends and if they buy any Youth Digital course (Mod Design 1 etc.), you earn 1,000 SmartPoints!

It's easy -- just click this link, sign into the Co-op, and get your personalized link to send to your friends and homeschool groups. There is no need for you to purchase anything! If any of your friends purchase, you'll get 1,000 SmartPoints (some restrictions apply; see here for details.).

You can then use the SmartPoints to purchase other award-winning curriculum through the Co-op. To see the full list of what you can purchase with SmartPoints, visit our SmartPoints Spend 'Em page.

It's our way of saying thank you for helping to spread the word on these exclusive GroupBuys offers!

Greathall Productions, Jim Weiss Storytelling - Save up to 35% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Greathall Productions, Jim Weiss Storytelling - Save up to 35% + Get 300 SmartPoints on Jim Weiss Storytelling titles! Over 45 titles to choose! Fun for the whole family & perfect for gift-giving. (For all ages)

PBS KIDS PLAY! - Save 10% + Get 250 SmartPoints

PBS KIDS PLAY! - Save 10% + Get 250 SmartPoints on a monthly subscription for up to 4 children to the award-winning PBS KIDS PLAY!, an online school readiness program for kids age 3-6.

Reading Eggs & Mathseeds- Save up to 42% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Reading Eggs & Mathseeds- Save up to 42% + Get 500 SmartPoints on a subscription to the popular Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning. For early readers grades K-3.

Tales2Go - Get up to 1,250 SmartPoints

Tales2Go - Get up to 1,250 SmartPoints on an award-winning kids' audio book subscription service for your desktop, laptop and/or Apple mobile devices (i.e., iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad).

The Ooka Island Reading Adventure - Save up to 68% + Get 500 SmartPoints

The Ooka Island Reading Adventure - Save up to 68% + Get 500 SmartPoints on an Individual or Family subscription to The Ooka Island Adventure, an adaptive reading curriculum for Grades PreK-2.

LAST CALL - Price Increasing 1/1!

YourTeacher - Save 50%

YourTeacher - Save 50%

It's LAST CALL for the special $99.50 price for new subscriptions to YourTeacher for grades 6 to 12, a Cathy Duffy "Top 102 Picks for Homeschool Curriculum"! This popular online video math curriculum covers:

- Pre-Algebra
- Algebra 1
- Geometry
- Algebra 2
- and more!

An annual subscription to YourTeacher also includes video tutorials, audio, video, text and Flash animations, practice exercises, with step-by-step audio explanations, self-tests, reports, correlations with standard math texts plus built-in Bonus SAT and ACT preparation. Plus, based on our member testimonials, parents and kids love it.

For those of you who purchased YourTeacher through the Co-op in the last year, we also have a special renewal price of $99.50 (50% savings), which you can find by clicking here.

Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - Save 84% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - Save 84% + Get 300 SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL to get the special price of $49 for an 18-Month subscription for live, real-time lessons with best selling author/illustrator and PBS Emmy award winner Mark Kistler.

Every class is live and interactive -- all you need is an Internet connection! Ask questions (via chat), post your artwork into the student gallery, get an opportunity for personal encouragement, and, best of all, draw with Mark in real time. Member raves for Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom have been pouring in since we first made this new subscription available. Plus, Mark regularly invites Special Guest Artists to participate in these classes.

If you're interested in taking your homeschool art instruction to the next level and want to take advantage of this incredibly priced subscription, take a look now before the special price is gone!

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 50% - Coming Mon., 12/29!

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save 50%

Great news -- Thinkwell will be re-opening at the end of December for 3 days at the deepest discount of 50%!

This is one of our most popular math curriculum offerings, and not merely because our GroupBuy 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 6-12th grade student in the privacy and security of your own home.

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

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

Animation-ish by FableVision - Only $34.99 - Coming Sat., 12/20!

Animation-ish by FableVision - Only $34.99

We asked FableVision if we could bring back Animation-ish for the end of the month and they agreed!

Designed for grades K-12, Animation-ish provides your children with an easy-to-learn animation interface, lessons on animation, curriculum-based activities across 7 subjects for a cross-curricular experience, and much more from Peter and the animators at FableVision.

Members will save 42% (only $34.99) on a license for one computer which can be used by the entire family. As a special bonus, members also receive Peter's Animation Storyboarding Kit, a 19-page PDF step-by-step for planning animation films so your children can "show what they know"!

If you've been looking for something fun for your children, then mark your calendar for this limited time offer. Plus, you'll be able to download the software within 15 minutes of placing your order so your children can start using right away!

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

BrainPOP - Save up to 25% - Coming Thurs., 1/1!

BrainPOP - Save up to 25%

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to announce that award-winning BrainPOP®’s educational resources, including BrainPOP Jr.® (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español™, or, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL™ will be returning to the Co-op for the month of January!

BrainPOP content engages students through animated movies, educational games, interactive quizzes, informational texts, online activities, and more in a variety of subjects.

Members save up to 25% depending upon participation, so please tell your homeschool friends and groups!

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

NOTE: This GroupBuy will be for new subscribers only.

The Magic School Bus Science Club - Save 50% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints - Coming Mon., 1/5!

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

"The Magic School Bus Science Club" from The Young Scientists Club for children ages 5 and up is coming back to the Co-op on Monday, 1/5, for a one week only sale!

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 whole year. The science kids will be mailed each month around the 15th in a colorful envelope, which can be addressed directly to your child.

Members save 50% plus receive 1,000 Bonus SmartPoints. Also, for this offer, members will be able to take advantage of PayPal's Bill Me Later® payment plan option: No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. (Subject to PayPal credit approval.)

If you'd like to be reminded when this offer 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?

If you are like most of us in this computer age, you want your kids to type fluently, but how about a typing program that ALSO teaches your kids to read and spell at the same time?

Touch-type Read and Spell (TTRS) is a multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing skills in ways that also help kids improve their reading and spelling. It does that, in part, by having kids drill with actual, carefully selected words (hid-red-bed), rather than purely mechanical keystroke combinations (juj-kik-lol, etc.).

As an extra benefit, TTRS incorporates structured word lists based on the work of Orton and Gillingham, so it's especially useful for learners with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

This unique program retails for $390 per year, but with sufficient participation members will be able to get TTRS for $79.95 - an 80% savings, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
Would you like to give your students a solid foundation in grammar? Analytical Grammar is a Cathy Duffy 102 Top Pick and a respected source of grammar curriculum for homeschoolers.

Analytical Grammar doesn't give discounts, but we can offer members FREE shipping and BONUS SmartPoints if there is sufficient interest, 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
Homeschool Buyers Co-op

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