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In this issue:

  • It's LAST CALL for Back-to-School Month!
  • Community Update -- Summer Fun Reading Program, and more

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - Daily Digest Emails!

  • Deals of the Day -- 5 Deals for Today - WordSmart, MyAccess!, Worldview Software, Shakespeare in Bits, and Progeny Press Literature Guides

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - News4Kids, Education Portal, Mark Kistler Draw3D, Simply Music, and Discovering Music
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - Mod Design 1 and more

    • LAST CALL - Dave Ramsey, Thinkwell, Math Mammoth, ScienceFusion, Rosetta Stone, ALEKS (Last Call Forever), and much more!

    • In the Pipeline - God's World News, Brock Magiscope Microscope, Study Island, and more.

    • Member Meter - Read & Write Gold and Vintage Remedies

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Writing Tips by Julie Bogart, Brave Writer
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
COMMUNITY UPDATE
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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? 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 send Daily Digest emails to everyone in your family?  We know it can be hard to keep everyone on schedule, but Homeschool Planet makes it easier with Daily Digest Emails! These Daily Digest emails tell everyone in your family their schedule, assignments, and chores for the day. Take a look at what Co-op member, Jean E., has to say about this feature:

"One amazing benefit of Homeschool Planet is the way it motivates my kids! I never imagined how they would love getting their own email reminder messages every morning and race to be first to check them off. They like looking up their assignments themselves on the computer...They like sending me messages too!"

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!

Summer Fun Reading Program

Summer Fun Reading Program - Join the fun!

Summer Fun Reading Program


On Tuesday, we did our FINAL weekly drawing. If your child would like to join in, there is still time before we wrap up with the Gold Rush and a grand prize winner of a new Apple iPad Air on September 2nd!

Congrats to Madison F. (age 12) of Mount Holly, NC, Hannah F.(age 8) of Akron, OH, and Isaac L. (13) of Greenfield, OH. You'll find them listed on our Weekly Winners page. The parents have been notified by email, and the winners are now free to claim their prize from our Community Treasure Chest!

To date, Co-op kids have filed 8,608 reading records, for a total of 20,518 hours read since we started on 6/1 - your children are not only Reading Champions in our books (LOL) but super readers, too! Remember, participation is FREE, and all members are invited to participate! (Tell me more.)

We invite you to make a donation to the Treasure Chest as the more prizes we have, the more kids that will have a chance to win a prize by the end of the program! Remember -- on September 2nd, do our GOLD RUSH, where we open the entire Treasure Chest for kids to claim on a first-come, first-served basis. (We urge all parents to have a prize or two up their sleeve for later in the summer in the event that your kid doesn't win a prize.)

Find out more about our Summer Fun Reading Program.
IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (August 28, 2014), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

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.

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

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 a GroupBuy for 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. (MY Access! uses the same scoring engine used by GMAC on the GMAT tests!)

Members save 50% on an annual license to MY Access! through this exclusive GroupBuy at the Co-op, plus if purchased as a Deal of the Day today, you'll receive 500 SmartPoints!

WorldView Software - Save 20% + Get 400 SmartPoints

WorldView Software - Save 20% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Looking for something new for your history or social studies curriculum? WorldView Software has won oodles of awards for their online history and social studies curriculum, which has been approved by many states and is used all over the country.

The WorldView curriculum provides comprehensive online textbook-level content and has been further enhanced with hundreds of additional graphics and hours of audio. The variety and number of interactive activities accommodate below-grade, on-grade, and gifted students.

The Co-op price for members is $39.95 per online course with each online course for one student for one year. If purchased as a Deal of the Day today, you'll receive 400 SmartPoints, which you can use at the Co-op to purchase other award-winning curriculum!

Shakespeare In Bits - Save 35% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Shakespeare In Bits - Save 35% + Get 300 SmartPoints

If you have been looking for a way to make Shakespeare fun and accessible for kids in grades 7 through 12, we may have found it for you!

We're pleased to offer GroupBuy savings on Shakespeare In Bits, an award-winning, multi-media production of Shakespeare that leverages the power of the computer to bring the bard's plays to life in new, and more easily understood ways.

Members save 35% on a bundle of all Shakespeare In Bits plays, or 20% of any individual play. The plays offered include: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Plus, receive 300 Bonus SmartPoints, if purchased as a Deal of the Day!

Progeny Press Literature Guides - Save up to 35% + Get 200 SmartPoints

Progeny Press Literature Guides - Save up to 35% + Get 200 SmartPoints

We are pleased to announce that the Co-op’s GroupBuy savings for Progeny Press Literature Guides are available for members!

You choose your savings, you choose your format -- Save 35% on 5-Packs in PDF Format, or SAVE 30% on 3-Packs in print format! Progeny offers FOUR different reading levels, and OVER 100 titles to choose from. There’s something for everyone here.

To take advantage of this offer, click the following links to access the PDF Version or the Print Version.

And when you purchase today as a Deal of the Day you will receive 200 Bonus SmartPoints.

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!

News4Kids.org - Save 40% on K-5 Current Event Videos

News4Kids.org - Save 40% on K-5 Current Event Videos

News4Kids.org includes two K-2 and two 3-5 news stories accompanied with transcripts, lesson plans, task sheets, and interactive quizzes. Actual news footage provided with age appropriate voice-overs, graphics, maps, illustrations, and text, available in both English and Spanish. Monthly and yearly subscriptions available.

Click here to save 40% using coupon code hbc2014aug.

Education Portal - Save 70% This Week Only: Fun and Effective Video Lessons!

Education Portal - Save 70% This Week Only: Fun and Effective Video Lessons!

Education Portal offers thousands of short, educational videos across hundreds of courses. Video lessons are designed to engage students with animations in real-life examples. Each video incldues a complete transcript for easy studying and a quiz to assess comprehension.

Click this special link to purchase our Premium Edition annual membership at a 70% discount (no coupon required).

Mark Kistler - Save 60% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Mark Kistler - Save 60% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Mark Kistler's Online Art Program receives more member testimonials than any other program in our line-up. Members tell us their kids absolutely love his videos, and they are amazed at their children's progress.

Over the past three decades, Emmy Award-winner Mark Kistler has taught kids how to draw in 3-D at workshops around the world. That experience has led to the creation of Mark Kistler Online.

Members save 60% on a one-year subscription. And, if you buy this week as a Deal of the Week, you'll also receive 400 SmartPoints!

Simply Music - Save 35% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Simply Music - Save 35% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Without a doubt, Simply Music is simply one of the most popular music products offered by the Co-op!

The ability to play the piano can give one a lifetime of pleasure, but it is one of the most difficult instruments to learn, and traditional teaching methods typically require years to gain proficiency.

According to the company, students can be playing real tunes on the piano much sooner than students following a traditional method. Member testimonials give it a thumbs up, too!

Not only do you save 35% when you purchase -- but as a Deal of the Week, we'll throw in 500 Bonus SmartPoints!

Discovering Music - Save up to 40% + Get 750 SmartPoints

Discovering Music - Save up to 40% + Get 750 SmartPoints

Member favorite, Discovering Music, gives an overview of 300 years of interaction in music, arts, history, and culture.

Professor Carol takes students all over the world as her program offers (1) location footage, (2) interviews with experts, and (3) musical performances, to make the program extremely interesting and personal to students.

There is also a new online subscription option available with this exclusive GroupBuy offer. View the Discovering Music YouTube Overview Video to see if this program is for your homeschool.

Members save up to 40% so be sure to tell your friends and homeschool groups about this new BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

And, as a Deal of the Week, members receive 750 Bonus SmartPoints.

Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 8/24 to 8/30 and are awarded at the time of purchase.
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
NEW!

Mod Design 1 and more - Save 40%

Mod Design 1 and more - Save 40%

We are excited to announce that Mod Design 1 and FIVE other programs from Youth Digital, -- App Design 1, Game Design 1, 3D Game Design 1, 3D Animation 1 (NEW!), and 3D Printing & Modeling 1 (NEW!) have returned to the Co-op with 40% savings!

If your child has expressed an interest in learning to program, code, design, mod, animate, model, develop, 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 design their own mods, mobile apps, video games, and more at their own pace, and on their own schedule.

Members save 40% on these exclusive GroupBuy offers -- plus, you'll have access to your subscription shortly after placing your order!

LAST CALL - Ending Today, 8/28!

Atelier - Save 30% - Ends TODAY, 3/13!

Atelier - Save 30%

It's LAST CALL for the special winter GroupBuy savings of 30% for award-winning Atelier art curriculum for ages 4-16!

Used extensively by 1000's of homeschool parents and co-op art-teachers since 2000, Atelier is known for enabling home educators to achieve exceptional artwork from their students and for its process-oriented and experiential approach to teaching.

This approach teaches to the right side of the brain, developing learning and creative skills that enhance student performance in all areas and throughout life.

By purchasing as a group, we save 30% -- that's tremendous savings for members -- thank you, Arts Attack!

Plus as a special bonus, Atelier has provided our members with a 15% coupon for the Atelier Art Supply Kit. You can register for the coupon by clicking here.

Dave Ramsey - Save up to 80% - Ends Thurs., 8/28

Dave Ramsey - Save up to 80%

It's LAST CALL for the multitude of savings for Dave Ramsey, the nationally syndicated financial guru!

Co-op members save up to 80% on a long list of member favorites, including Foundations in Personal Finance for High School Level, Foundations College Edition, Financial Peace Jr., Kids Monster Pack, Kids 6-Books Boxed Set, and many more Dave Ramsey products.

There are also new items in this GroupBuy including Junior’s Smart Saver Bank and "hot off the press book titles" like Rhinoceros Success, Start, The Go-Getter, The Legend of the Monk & the Merchant, and more to stock your shelf with financial training materials for the whole family.

We don’t know when Dave will be returning, so jump in now while he’s here!

LAST CALL - Ending 8/31!
All-In-One Curriculum and Resources

  • eTap - Save 30% on eTAP, a comprehensive online curriculum in math, language arts, social studies,and science for the entire family, with test prep and aligned to state standards. For Grades K-12.

  • abcteach - Save up to 50% on an annual subscription to abcteach, an award-winning educational website featuring over 45,000 printable educational worksheets and custom worksheet generators. For Grades PreK-8.
Math Core Curriculum

  • Math Mammoth - Save up to 50% on Math Mammoth PDF workbooks! FOUR Series Packages to choose from --- either as an electronic download or CD product. PLUS... an additional software --- Soft-Pak! Grades 1-9

  • YourTeacher - Save up to 50% on online video math courseware from YourTeacher, including Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, SAT/ACT Prep, and more. A Cathy Duffy "Top 101 Picks" choice! Grades 5+
Science Curriculum and Supplements

  • ScienceFusion - Save up to 40% on ScienceFusion, a complete science curriculum for Grades K-8, from HMH (Saxon) Homeschool and a 2012 CODiE Award Finalist!

Language Arts - Literacy

  • myON Literacy Program - Only $39.95 for an annual subscription to myON, an award-winning personalized literacy program. Available exclusively through the Co-op! For Grades PreK-12.
History and Geography

  • CICERO - Save up to 75% on CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™, an award-winning, online K-12 history digital teaching resource.

  • CICERO Kids - Save 73% on an annual subscription to CICERO Kids, an interactive museum for studying the first explorers to the early 20th century of American history/social studies for K-5. Includes 1 Teacher and 2 Students. Additional student licenses available, too.

Electives

  • Home Art Studio - Save up to 50% on award-winning Home Art Studio! Up to 40% Off of single titles, 45% Off of 3-packs, OR save the most on the complete set at 50% OFF! (For grades K-5)
More Resources

  • Brainology - Save up to 75% on Brainology, a brain science program to improve student motivation and increase achievement. For grades 5 through 9.

LAST CALL - Ending Soon!

  • BrainPOP - Save 25% on BrainPOP, award-winning online animated content for Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. In English and/or Spanish. Grades K-12.

LAST CALL - Forever!

ALEKS - Save 44% + Get 500 SmartPoints - Leaving Thurs., 9/4!

ALEKS - Save 44% + Get 500 SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL Forever for ALEKS, an award-winning online math curriculum from McGraw-Hill Education. ALEKS will be leaving the Co-op on September 4th so be sure to order before this offer is gone forever!

ALEKS has been a staple for thousands of homeschool educators for many years. Their numerous success stories attest to the effectiveness of this program for all kinds of learners, including struggling, on track, and gifted students.

ALEKS can help you homeschool your child by:

  • Delivering individualized instruction in a supportive learning environment.
  • Assessing your child to determine exactly what she knows, doesn't know, and is ready to learn next.
  • Continually developing a custom learning path by gradually introducing new material when your child is ready for it.
  • And much more!

Members save 44% and receive 500 SmartPoints with a 1-year subscription to ALEKS.
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!

God's World News - Save up to 68% - Coming Tomorrow, 8/29!

God's World News - Save up to 68%

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about these savings! God's World News will be returning with savings up to 68% on their Print Edition magazines.

These monthly magazines are a great curriculum supplement for a variety of subjects, including Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Geography, Science, History, and Bible. God's World News offers magazines for PreK thru High School students with a Biblical Worldview to help you bring current events into your homeschool classroom.

Each magazine subscription title includes an online subscription featuring new digital components, including Smartphone and tablet compatible content that goes where your student goes!

Members will save up to 68% and are able to pick and choose as many subscriptions as they need for their personal homeschool classroom or local Co-op group.

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

Brock Magiscope Microscope - Save 20% - Coming Soon!

Brock Magiscope Microscope - Save 20%

We are pleased to announce that the famed Brock Magiscope, a sturdy field and home microscope for young scientists will be coming back to the Co-op!

If you have seen a microscope out on display in your local science center, science museum, or nature center, chances are you were seeing a Brock Magiscope. This durable little microscope features rugged construction and an easy-to-use design combined with quality optics. As an extra benefit, it is manufactured in the U.S. and is highly recommended by Co-op partner Robert Krampf, The Happy Scientist.

Members will save 20% on this exclusive GroupBuy offer. If you would like to be reminded when the GroupBuy offer launches, click here.

Study Island - Save 35%- Coming Soon!

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to welcome award-winning Study Island with 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. The program 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 signature GroupBuy savings!

If you would like to be reminded when these GroupBuy savings start, 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 your child struggles with the written word - either reading or writing it - then you will be interested in this prospective GroupBuy...

Read&Write Gold is an award-winning, comprehensive suite of software tools that provide support for reading (e.g., text-to-speech. etc.), writing, and studying. It integrates seamlessly with browsers and most common applications such as MS Word, Adobe PDF Reader, Google Docs, and more. In our experience, programs like this can be very helpful -- some would say indispensible -- for struggling readers and writers. Watch a video introduction. A free 30 day trial is available.

From what we can gather, Read&Write Gold has just about all the functionality of the better-known Kurzweil 3000 system, but is easier to learn and use, and costs about half as much. It retails for $645, but we can save members up to $100 (15%) if there is sufficient interest. So please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
We have stumbled across a unique option for teaching Health and Nutrition in the classroom – Vintage Remedies – and would like your feedback before inviting them to the Co-op.

Vintage Remedies offers books and courses for natural health information. Jessie Hawkins, founder of Vintage Remedies, has earned popularity in the homeschool community by opening the world of natural medicine and making it readily available to the average family through her book titled “The Handbook of Vintage Remedies”.

You may have heard about Jessie by attending one of her standing-room-only workshops at your local convention. Vintage Remedies also offers courses through an online learning center.

Perhaps you and your students are interested in natural health, healing foods, botanical pediatrics, herbalism, botanical skincare, and more? If so, we’d like to hear about it!

Check out these links below and tell us what you think – be sure to let us know what you’ve got your eye on: books, courses, or both:

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 "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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