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In this issue:

  • STEM Month continues at the Co-op!
  • Community Update -- Contest for September

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Feature Spotlight - To Do Lists!

  • Deals of the Day -- 4 Deals for Today - Explode the Code, The Happy Scientist, TYSC Monthly Subscription, and Highlights-Mathmania

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - Master Books, Etiquette Factory, and PLATO Courseware Week
  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • LAST CALL - Thinkwell, Atelier, Math Mammoth, Mapping the World By Heart, and Sara Jordan Bilingual Kid Series

    • In the Pipeline - Study Island and more

    • Member Meter - Help for Dyslexic Kids - Read & Write Gold and Rand McNally World Atlas

  • 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 661 new families in the last week!

STEM Month at the Co-op!

STEM Month at the Co-op!

STEM Month is in full swing at the Co-op and we have a contest for our members!

For many, science, technology, and math are among the hardest subjects to teach, but also the most rewarding. Share your favorite science, technology or math teaching tip with our community, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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.

So, click here to tell us what you do to keep your science, engineering and/or math teaching exciting for your student(s). We'd love to hear your ideas as your posts will remain on this page to provide ideas and inspiration to other homeschool teachers, too!

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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 you can use Homeschool Planet to create To Do lists and Shopping lists?  Whether you have jumped into the new school year or you're still planning and preparing, these features were made for you! Stay on top of outings, car pooling, soccer games, and shopping lists with our easy-to-use planner. You can even have your Shopping List texted to your or your spouse when you are on the go!

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 STEM MONTH!
This month, we will be shining the spotlight on the BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math products at the Co-op!
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (September 18, 2014), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

Explode the Code - Save 46% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Explode the Code - Save 46% + Get 400 SmartPoints

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 if you decide to order today, you'll receive 400 SmartPoints and we'll have you up and running within 3 business days -- one of the best, and most popular values in homeschool education!

Note: SmartPoints will be given for renewal orders today, too!

The Happy Scientist - Save 33% + Get 250 SmartPoints

The Happy Scientist - Save 33% + Get 250 SmartPoints

The Happy Scientist is a popular online science resource created by Robert Krampf, a lifelong science educator. Co-op members rave about how much their kids "love" The Happy Scientist.

A one-year subscription to The Happy Scientist costs only $19.95 (33% savings), and gives you 24/7/365 access to Robert's library of science resources, including over 190 science videos on everything from bird dissection to making paper to measuring lightening, and over 330 science experiments that can be performed at home with simple, inexpensive materials -- a perfect supplement to any science curriculum.

What's more, if you purchase The Happy Scientist as a Deal of the Day, you will not only save 33%, but you will also receive 250 SmartPoints!

TYSC Monthly Subscription Program - Save $50 + FREE Gifts + FREE 13th Kit + Get 750 SmartPoints

TYSC Monthly Subscription Program - Save $50 + FREE Gifts + FREE 13th Kit + Get 750 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. The next batch of orders will be sent to TYSC for processing on the 21st, but if you purchase today as a Deal of the Day, you'll receive 750 SmartPoints!

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.

Important Note: If you purchased The Magic School Bus Science Club last year through the Co-op, you might consider the TYSC Monthly Subscription Program to supplement your science curriculum for the new year, as you can now select your specific kits for this program so you won't repeat topics from last year.

Highlights Mathmania - Save 30% + Get Double SmartPoints

Highlights Mathmania - Save 30% + Get Double SmartPoints

The Co-op is pleased to offer Mathmania® from Highlights™. The Mathmania books let children play with numbers while they sharpen math and logic skills at the same time.

Geared for children ages 7-12, Mathmania books cover a wide range of math-related activities with colorful illustrations, engaging themes and a silly sense of humor to encourage kids to enjoy playing with numbers. The puzzles reinforce your child's ability to recognize patterns, shapes and sequences, apply logic, make estimates, create graphs, use fractions and gain practical experience with money, time and measurements.

In addition, this GroupBuy offers the 20 and 40-book bundles exclusively for Co-op members as these are only offered through the Mathmania Puzzle Book Club.

Members save 30% and receive DOUBLE SmartPoints (20 SPs per $1 Spent) on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET if purchased as a Deal of the Day so be sure to take a look!

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!

Master Books - Save 45% + FREE Shipping + FREE Gift

Master Books - Save 45% + FREE Shipping + FREE Gift

We are delighted to announce a crazy good deal from our friends at Master Books in celebration of STEM Month at the Co-op! Members SAVE 45% + FREE SHIPPING + a FREE GIFT on the Master Books PLP Packages!

There are 30 PLP Package Choices available during this deal-of-the-week for grades 3-12th in subjects like Zoology, Geology, Physics, Mathematics, History, Biology, Astronomy, and SO MUCH MORE!

Prices are as low as $18.69. This deal truly is the very best deal on the planet for Master Books, as you just won’t see these savings anyplace else. The only catch is that it’s here for a very limited time --- Master Books is here for a deal-of-the-week through midnight on Saturday, September 20th ONLY, so don’t let these savings slip past you.

Etiquette Factory - Largest Discount of the Year -- Save 25%

Etiquette Factory - Largest Discount of the Year -- Save 25%

The Etiquette Factory is offering a Once a Year Opportunity!! Save 25% on "Life Skills for You" online manners curriculum. Parent's Choice Award for Manners & Social Skills Training. Just 15 minutes a day guarantees amazing improvement for whole family in Etiquette Awareness. This is the #1 Core.

How to Buy: Click here to buy - use coupon code SAVE25.

It's PLATO Week - Get Bonus SmartPoints

It's PLATO Week - Get Bonus SmartPoints

Are you still searching for the right curriculum for the new school year? PLATO Courseware could be just what you have been looking for!

Award-winning PLATO Courseware is self-paced, autonomous online learning -- your student simply logs in and gets started.

We are pleased to offer annual subscriptions for the following PLATO Courseware subjects :

  • Learning Comprehensive Packages - as low as $149 + Get 1,000 SmartPoints
  • Learning Electives - as low as $39.95 + Get 500 SmartPoints
  • Science for Middle & High School - Save 75% + Get 500 SmartPoints
  • Math for Middle & High School - Save 75% + Get 500 SmartPoints
  • Language Arts - Save 75% + Get 500 SmartPoints

PLATO Week at the Co-op ends Saturday, 9/20 so be sure to take a look today!
Note: The Deals of the Week SmartPoints listed above will be awarded based on purchases from 9/14 to 9/20 and are awarded at the time of purchase.
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP - Math Practice!

DreamBox Learning - Save up to 67%

DreamBox Learning - Save up to 67%

DreamBox Learning is an award-winning math supplement for grades K-5 and has won just about every education award on the planet. The key to DreamBox's success is that it places great emphasis on making math fun and engaging so that children will be motivated to play and learn.

What's more, it employs a highly sophisticated adaptive learning technology that aims to lead your child down the exact path (with over a million possible paths!) that is just right for your child--neither too fast, nor too slow, and with exactly the right amount of repetition, challenge, and encouragement.

DreamBox must be doing something right! Members tell us time and again that kids who hated math beg to use DreamBox. See their testimonials.

You'll save save up to 67% on a subscription to DreamBox Learning, plus we'll also have you set up in 2 business days once you place an order -- exclusively at the Co-op!

IXL Math - Save 25%

IXL Math - Save 25%

Members tell us time and again that their kids just LOVE IXL Math. In fact, the the word "love" and its variants appears 83 times in the 100+ rave reviews submitted by members, lending credence to our view that IXL is one of the most popular math practice websites around.

1000+ topics, 100+ skills, unlimited math questions. We were told that a child can literally use this program for hours and hours and never repeat a single question. That offers a LOT of challenges to sharpen your child's math skills!

Members save 25% when they take advantage of this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Reflex Math - Save up to 44%

Reflex Math - Save up to 44%

Reflex Math from ExploreLearning is a game-based system designed to help students of all ability levels develop instant recall of their basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Reflex is also designed to be fun, featuring fast-paced games for students and rewards for effort and progress that will keep your child coming back again and again.

Reflex's adaptive online system continuously monitors performance and creates an optimal learning experience for every child. And as parents, you have access to reports that help you understand your child's progress at a glance.

Members save up to 44% for an annual home license subscription on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET for ExploreLearning Reflex!

LAST CALL!

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save 50% - Ends Today, 9/18!

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save 50%

It's LAST CALL to save 50% on Thinkwell Video Courseware at the Co-op!

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.

Members save 50% for this One Week Only Thinkwell Sale ending today, 9/18. If you missed out on the August GroupBuy, now is the time to participate!

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!

Atelier - Save up to 44% - Ends Sat., 9/20

Atelier - Save up to 44%

It's LAST CALL for award-winning Atelier art curriculum for ages 4-16 at the Co-op! This will be the only visit from Atelier this year, so if you've been looking for an easy-to-use art program that enables your child to achieve exceptional artwork, take a look at this program before it's gone.

This GroupBuy offer features the new Atelier Online Visual Art Program. Based on the same teaching principles as their award-winning DVD art program, the Atelier Online visual art program contains 20 lessons in each of the 8 levels (2 more than the DVD program), each with instructional video and lesson plans, as well as a digital art image kit (10 art images per level, each level unique) that supports and enriches the lessons.

Atelier is offering Co-op members one-time introductory savings priced as low as $79 for the 3-year subscription per level with sufficient member participation so be sure to tell your friends and homeschool groups about this one. You can even check out a demo on the offer page!

Don't want to move to an online art program? Members still save with this GroupBuy offer -- with savings of 25% on the original Atelier DVD art program! This GroupBuy offer will only be here through 9/20 so be sure to take a look.

Math Mammoth - Save 50% - Ends Sat., 9/20

Math Mammoth - Save 50%

It's LAST CALL to save 50% on Math Mammoth.

In this GroupBuy, you will find a comprehensive library of PDF math worktexts, workbooks, and complete math curriculum for grades 1-9 as a digital download or in CD format. Cathy Duffy's "101 Top Picks" features a review of the Math Mammoth Light Blue Series, which you can read here.

Members save 50% on this popular GroupBuy which will be here through Saturday, September 20th!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Through this GroupBuy, you can also save on Frank Wilson's Make It Real activity workbooks. If you been looking for a way to answer the infamous --yet strangely compelling -- question, "Why do I need to know this?" this product may be just the ticket.

Mapping the World by Heart - Save 25% - Ends Mon., 9/22

Mapping the World by Heart - Save 25%

It's LAST CALL to save 25% on the award-winning geography curriculum classic, Mapping the World By Heart from FableVision Learning.

When it was first released, Mapping the World by Heart was awarded the "Breaking the Mold" Award by the U.S. Department of Education. It has been through nine complete revisions, and is updated regularly. Mapping the World by Heart makes it easy to integrate lessons, activities, and drawing into any existing geography curriculum.

This GroupBuy also features other award-winning products from FableVision, including Stationery Studio (a writing tool software program), SmartMoves (a cognitive fitness program), Animation-ish (an animation software program), Max's Toolbox (for Microsoft Office), and Big Screen Books Software: The Dot -- at up to 15% savings.

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62% - Ends Mon., 9/22

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62%

It's LAST CALL for Sara Jordan's Bilingual Kids Audio Series for PreK-5th grades! Does your child like to sing? Why not add some song and fun to a foreign language curriculum?

The Bilingual Kids Series is an award-winning curriculum-based program used in both public and private schools, and, is now available through the Co-op as a BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET!

Sara Jordan has created two downloadable bundles for the Bilingual Kids Series - for grades PreK-1st and grades 2nd-5th - for both the English-Spanish and English-French series. These special downloadable bundles also include the accompanying digital resource books.

Members save up to 62% (as low as $24.99) on these curriculum-based programs while at the Co-op. As soon as you place your order, you will be able to download the bundles, too!

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!

Study Island- 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 you have a dyslexic child, then you may be interested in this prospective GroupBuy...

Read&Write Gold is an award-winning program for dyslexic students that provides 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. 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. It retails for $645, but we can get members a special price of $295 (a 54% savings!) if there is sufficient interest. So please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
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!

Seeing is believing -- we have set up a special trial account just for members: Sign in here with username and password of hsbc. Once you sign in, select the "Take A Tour" link in the lower left corner. This trial expires 9/19, so don't delay!

A school site license retails for $799, but we can get each member's home school their own school license for less than $50 -- a 94% savings! -- with sufficient participation, 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 "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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