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In this issue:

  • It's LAST CALL for Learning Fun Month at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Contest for October - Last Day to Enter!

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - NEW Assignment Generator!

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Victus Study Skills System, Human Body Detectives, BrainWare Safari, and Type to Learn 4
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New - The Critical Thinking Co., Read&Write Gold, and Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom

    • LAST CALL - Hooked on Phonics, Rosetta Stone, God's World News, TestRocker, Special Needs Bonus SmartPoints, HERO by Colonial Williamsburg, and more

    • Top 10 "KIDS LIKE IT" List

    • In the Pipeline - Math Mammoth 1-Day Sale, Rand McNally World Atlas, and many more

  • Free Curriculum Discoveries and their ClickSchooling Reviews
  • Writing Tips by Julie Bogart, Brave Writer
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • Just for Fun
Please join us in giving a hearty Co-op "Welcome!" to 444 new families in the last week!

It's Learning Fun Month!

It's Learning Fun Month!

LEARNING FUN Month is drawing to a close at the Co-op! This month we've highlighted products that make learning fun. We call this the "KIDS LIKE IT" list of products!

As part of LEARNING FUN Month, we also have a contest for our members. Tell us what you do to make learning fun for your kids, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Our winner will be randomly drawn early next month from posts submitted on any of our Teaching Tips or Success Stories pages. We have also made it easier to get a chance to win our contest as there is no longer a requirement to have two of your friends like your post.

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 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 that Homeschool Planet has added a New Assignment Generator?  With the NEW Assignment Generator, you have more options when editing classes in Homeschool Planet. For example, you can now split a reading over a period of days, distribute a number of assignments over a range of days, and make a repeating pattern of assignments from week to week.

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!

This month, we've highlighted the BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for our "KIDS LIKE IT" products that Make Learning Fun such as Reading Eggs, Brave Writer, Uzinggo Online Math & Science, The Ooka Island Adventure, and much more!

Keep reading as we are giving a shout out to the Top 10 "KIDS LIKE IT" Co-op products - you might be surprised by the results ☺!
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!

Victus Study Skills System - 15% Off

Victus Study Skills System - 15% Off

We expect students to study but seldom teach how to perform this important task. Those who take a study skills course are six times more likely to remain in college a second year. Teach this effective system in five hours and impact success in academics and in life.

How to Buy: Click here to save.

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

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 400 SmartPoints on the award-winning Human Body Detectives health curriculum for grades 3-12. Now includes NEW elementary, middle and teen curriculum!


BrainWare Safari - Save 55% + Get 600 SmartPoints

BrainWare Safari - Save 55% + Get 600 SmartPoints on the award-winning, cognitive skills building software BrainWare Safari, from Learning Enhancement Corporation. Additional student licenses only $49. Ages 6 and up.


Type to Learn 4 - Save up to 72% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Type to Learn 4 - Save up to 72% + Get 300 SmartPoints on Type to Learn 4 from Sunburst, the #1 typing software in schools today. Our friends in the school system tell us "kids just love it!" Find out why...


Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 10/26 - 11/1 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

The Critical Thinking Co. - Save 25%

The Critical Thinking Co. - Save 25%

We are pleased to announce a special offer for 25% savings on downloadable software and eBooks with a coupon code from The Critical Thinking Co., an award-winning publisher of critical thinking book 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.)

Read&Write Gold - Save 54%

Read&Write Gold - Save 54%

If you have a dyslexic child, then you may be interested in this GroupBuy offer new to the Co-op!

Read&Write Gold is an award-winning program for dyslexic students 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 dyslexic kids. Watch a video introduction. Then, sign up for a FREE Trial to see if Read&Write Gold is right for your homeschool!

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. It retails for $645, but members get a special price of $295 (a 54% savings!).

Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - Save 84% + Get 500 SmartPoints - SmartPoints End Fri., 10/31!

Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - Save 84% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Great news -- Mark is offering a very special price of $49.95 for a one-year Subscription for the entire family to Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom -- that's an 84% savings!

If you've been sitting on the sidelines for this offer at the $79.95 price, now's the time to take another look!

Take your homeschool art instruction to the next level with best selling author/illustrator and PBS Emmy award winner Mark Kistler. Mark has taken his live workshops online with Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom so Co-op members can sign up for live, real-time lessons with Mark himself.

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.

From time-to-time, Mark also invites Special Guest Artists to join the classes, too!

The regular one-year subscription price is $297 but members save 84% and, if purchased as a Deal of the Month, you'll also receive 500 Bonus SmartPoints!


Hooked on Phonics - Save 55% + FREE Bonus Fun Pack + FREE Shipping - Ends Fri., 10/31

Hooked on Phonics - Save 55% + FREE Bonus Fun Pack + FREE Shipping

It's LAST CALL for Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read at the Co-op!

The Learn to Read program was carefully developed and designed for children ages 3-8 of all needs, whether just learning to read, struggling to read, or simply wanting to become more proficient readers.

The program builds your PreK-2nd grade child's reading skills with 20 minute lessons systematically leading them through the different stages of reading development: Learn, Practice, and Read.

Members save 55%, receive a Bonus Fun Pack (a $25 value!), and receive FREE Shipping (U.S. continental addresses) on this exclusive GroupBuy offer but only through Friday, 10/31!

Rosetta Stone - Save up to 50% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints - Ends Fri., 10/31

Rosetta Stone - Save up to 50% + Free Shipping + Bonus SmartPoints

It's LAST CALL for special Rosetta Stone savings!

Members save 50% ($240) on the Level 1-5 Set and save 50% ($190) on the Level 1-3 set.

And, for any set that is ordered through the Co-op, we'll not only give the best price anywhere, but we'll throw in FREE shipping, give you up to 2,629 BONUS SmartPoints, and honor their 30-day, no-risk, money-back offer.

Also, this GroupBuy offer includes the ability to use PayPal's new Bill Me Later® payment plan option: No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months. (Subject to PayPal credit approval.)

Another BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for Rosetta Stone!

God's World News - Save 72% - Ends Fri., 10/31

God's World News - Save 72%

It's LAST CALL for God's World News at the Co-op! Members save 72% (only $9.99!) on their Print Edition magazines for bi-monthly subscriptions from November 2014 to May 2015.

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!

Note: Your subscription purchase will not include a hard copy of the September issue for these magazine titles. However, the September issue will be accessible online through your account!

TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save up to 77% - Ends Fri., 10/31

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 personalized study plan, a virtual tutor, 24/7 support, bi-weekly progress reports, two hand-graded essays, and more!

TestRocker retails for $699 but members are currently saving 69% ($399) and with 4 more orders, we can all save 77% ($299). 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!

Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints - Ends Fri., 10/31

Special Needs Math & Language Arts - Bonus SmartPoints

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 Cathup Math, HELP Math, Reading Assistant, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach, and more, you will not only get the BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET but also earn Bonus SmartPoints from now through October 31st.

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.

Learning Fun Month - Bonus SmartPoints Ending - Ends Fri., 10/31

Learning Fun Month - Bonus SmartPoints Ending

It's LAST CALL for Learning Fun Month at the Co-op! Don't miss earning Bonus SmartPoints on GroupBuy offers such as Chester Comix, Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom, Maestro Classics, and much more.

If you would like to see the rest of the Learning Fun Month LAST CALLS, click here!

HERO by Colonial Williamsburg - Save 60% - Next Field Trip, Thurs., 11/6

HERO by Colonial Williamsburg - Save 60%

It's LAST CALL to sign up for the Emmy award-winning Electronic Field Trips (EFT) series from Colonial Williamsburg and their new History program, HERO as the next field trip (never before seen), The American Revolution on the Frontier, is next Thursday, 11/6!

Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French trades, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight - and on which side in The American Revolution on the Frontier field trip.

A HERO subscription to the entire EFT program features the following:

  • Online on-demand access to award-winning curated video
  • 14 thematic programs with accompanying teacher guides
  • Student web activities
  • Exclusive live broadcast interactivity via phone, email, Twitter and instant polling
  • and much more!

We consistently get great feedback from members about this unique program. Members save 60% on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!
Over the last year, we have carefully read every product testimonial, and kept a running tally of each product that kids love, as reported by you. We call this "KIDS LIKE IT" at the Co-op! This week, we're pleased to provide the Top 10 List of products that kids love - the results may surprise you!

Here's the line-up starting with a member favorite in the #10 spot:
#10: Adaptive Curriculum - Save up to 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints

#10: Adaptive Curriculum - Save up to 60% + Get 500 SmartPoints 1-Year subscriptions for math "Activity Objects" from Adaptive Curriculum, now available exclusively through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Grades 5-12.


#9: Reading Eggs - Save up to 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints

#9: Reading Eggs - Save up to 25% + Get 500 SmartPoints on a subscription to the popular Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning. For early readers grades K-3.

#8: Visualize World Geography - FREE Shipping + 5,000 SmartPoints

#8: Visualize World Geography - FREE Shipping + 5,000 SmartPoints on the award-winning Visualize World Geography complete curriculum kit. For grades K-12

#7: Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + Get 500 SmartPoints

#7: Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + Get 500 SmartPoints on the complete Chester Comix graphic novel series with Teacher Guides, available exclusively through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op in print or download versions. FREE Bonus Books available, too Ages 8-12


#6: Uzinggo Online Math & Science - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

#6: Uzinggo Online Math & Science - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on Uzinggo, an award-winning, online math supplement for middle and high school. Grades 6-12.


#5: YourTeacher - Save 50%

#5: YourTeacher - Save 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+

#4: Reflex Math - Save up to 44%

#4: Reflex Math - Save up to 44% on Reflex math fact fluency program!

#3: Mark Kistler - Save 60%

#3: Mark Kistler - Save 60% on a 1-year family subscription to Mark Kistler's Online Art Lessons, for ages 6 to 96.

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

#2: 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.


And, finally, in the #1 spot (drum roll, please...):
#1: Thinkwell Video Courseware

#1: Thinkwell Video Courseware when you purchase any Thinkwell online video curriculum for math from through the Co-op. For grades 6-12

Well, that wraps up the 2014 Top 10 "Kids Like It" List - it definitely changes from year-to-year - and we are always surprised to see that the Top 10 includes a number of math products ☺!

If you'd like to let us know what you think about a product that you purchased through the Co-op, feel free to send us a testimonial through this link.

Thanks to all the families in the last year who sent in a testimonial. We appreciate you!
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!

Math Mammoth - Save 40% - 1-Day Only - 11/3!

Math Mammoth - Save 40%

Grab a pen and mark your calendars! The Co-op will have a 1-Day Only 40% Sale on Math Mammoth on Monday, November 3.

Lock in these 40% Savings and have access to Math Mammoth a few days after the sale-- this will be your sale! (For those ordering the CD versions, shipping takes a little longer.)

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, so, if you'd like to be reminded when these GroupBuy savings are available, click here.

Rand McNally World Atlas - Save over 90%- Coming Fri., 11/7!

Great news - World Atlas will be coming soon to the Co-op!

World Atlas is Rand McNally's new online atlas, featuring interactive maps, historical overlays, up-to-date stats and demographics, integrated lesson plans, and much, much more. Show students how the boundaries of kingdoms and empires have changed over time!

A school site license retails for $799, but member's can get their own school license for less than $50 -- a 94% savings!

If you would like to be reminded when this GroupBuy 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.

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
Homeschool Buyers Co-op

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