This Week ▼

In this issue:

  • It's Language Arts Month at the Co-op -- Still time to win an Apple iPad Air!
  • Community Update

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- Review Spotlight - Families Around the Kitchen Table

  • Deals of the Day -- IXL Language Arts, Ginger Writing Solution Software, and MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL - CICERO History, Mystery of History, and The American Heritage Series

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New -- Middlebury Interactive, and re-opened - Always Icecream and Clever Dragons

    • LAST CALL -- TestRocker

    • In the Pipeline -- Hooked on Phonics, Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids, Time4Learning, Magic School Bus & TYSC Science Collections, and more

    • Member Meters - Amanda Bennett, Education City, and Mango Languages

  • 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 399 families in the last week!

New Contest for Language Arts Month!

New Contest for Language Arts Month!

We all want our children to love to read and write because these skills, perhaps more than any other, can give them a lifetime of pleasure, learning, and achievement.

Tell us what you do to foster the love of reading and writing in your child, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be selected randomly from posts that are entered through the end of the month.

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!

Check out this review from Families Around the Kitchen:

"I had the opportunity to use Homeschool Planet and see how it works. Let me tell you that I am very impressed with this planner. I have always been a paper and pen planner. Call me very old school ... This is something that I wish I had years ago when I first started homeschooling, it would have really helped. I am looking forward to using this for a long time. It has truly helped me by using it.” Read the full review....

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!


Win an Apple iPad Air!

Apple iPadIn order to draw attention to our outstanding line-up of language arts curriculum, this April we're pleased to give members a chance to win the latest version of Apple's hot product, the Apple iPad Air (with Retina display, the 16GB Wi-Fi version).

We are huge fans of the Apple iPad, which is why we are so very pleased to give our members a chance to win one. We're especially excited about the potential of this product to deliver a compelling new kind of educational experience, and we will be on the lookout for exciting new educational products that take advantage of the potential of it.


  • Purchase any product in our Language Arts section this month, and you'll get 10 chances to win. (10 chances per order, not per product). Buy two qualifying products -- get 20 chances to win!

  • Do something -- anything -- that earns a SmartPoints award, and you get 1 chance to win. For example, write a field trip review, and you get a chance to win. Write two field trip reviews, you get 2 chances to win. Publish a paragraph about the Co-op on your blog or website? You get 1 chance to win. And so on.

    See a complete list of things you can do to get SmartPoints awards.

Every time you do something that earns you a chance to win, we put your name on a virtual piece of paper and drop it into a big virtual hat. Then, in early May, we'll draw a virtual piece of paper from our digital hat and we'll have our winner, to be announced in this newsletter.
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (April 16, 2015), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

IXL Language Arts - Save 25% + Get 350 SmartPoints

IXL Language Arts - Save 25% + Get 350 SmartPoints

For grades 2-8, IXL Language Arts was developed with the same framework as IXL Math.

Many of our members rave about IXL Math and how it "makes practice fun" with a comprehensive, online subscription that offers virtually unlimited practice in a way that both challenges and motivates kids.

IXL Language Arts subscriptions can go up to 5 students, too!

You'll not only save 25% but get 350 SmartPoints, if you purchase this Deal of the Day today. And, the Deal of the Day also applies if you decide to purchase just IXL Math or the combined subscription as a new or renewal subscriber!

Ginger Writing Solution Software - Save 56% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Ginger Writing Solution Software - Save 56% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Writing Solution Software from Ginger Software allows your child to gain proficiency in spelling and writing skills. Ginger is an intelligent, contextual spell checker and grammar checker that enables users to write texts that are error-free.

Ginger recognizes words in context and provides the most appropriate corrections for spelling and grammar mistakes according to the intended meaning of your sentence. Ginger can tell when a correctly spelled word is misused and replaces it with the right word. Ginger can also recognize when a sentence is written incorrectly and provides the correction immediately for real-time guidance for the student's work.

Through the Co-op, you can sign up for a Free 7-Day trial to Ginger Premium to see if Ginger would be a good addition to your homeschool writing curriculum. Ginger is a digital download delivered software program. Members save 56% on a lifetime license for a single homeschool family for up to 3 computers. And, if purchased as a Deal of the Day today, also receive 500 Bonus SmartPoints. If you're interested, please sign up for the FREE 7-Day Trial as soon as you can!

MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach - Save 33% + Get 750 SmartPoints

MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach - Save 33% + Get 750 SmartPoints

MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC), from the award-winning publisher MindPlay, is a comprehensive reading solution for all readers, from struggling readers to gifted readers in grades 1-12. MVRC is completely online, and covers virtually all aspects of reading, including phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, grammar & meaning, fluency, and comprehension.

Your student will begin with an assessment to identify his or her unique instructional needs. MVRC will then automatically assign specific lessons and activities that meet those needs, and change lesson assignments as required based on your student's progress and performance. If your student struggles, he'll get additional, targeted assistance. If reading comes easily, he'll move quickly through the curriculum until he reaches a level that is appropriately challenging.

A distinguishing feature of this program is the use of "virtual reading coaches" -- short video segments in which speech pathologists and experienced teachers coach the student through the points covered in the curriculum.

MVRC normally retails for $299, but by special arrrangment with the Co-op, MVRC is available to all Co-op members for $199. This price includes access by one teacher and one student for one year. Purchase a six month subscription for $133. Plus, purchase today as a Deal of the Day and receive 750 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.

Note: The Deals of the Week with SmartPoints listed below will be awarded based on purchases from 4/12 - 4/18 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

CICERO: History - Save up to 67% + Get 2000 SmartPoints

CICERO: History - Save up to 67% + Get 2000 SmartPoints on CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™, an award-winning, online K-12 history digital teaching resource.

Mystery of History - Save 32% + Get 300 SmartPoints

Mystery of History - Save 32% + Get 300 SmartPoints on Mystery of History titles from Bright Ideas Press!

The American Heritage Series - Save up to 58% + Get 300 SmartPoints

The American Heritage Series - Save up to 58% + Get 300 SmartPoints on a history blockbuster: the award-winning The American Heritage Series from Wallbuilders, two NEW DVD sets from Dave Barton, and History: Our Faith and Foundation DVD set from Bridgestone Multimedia.


Achieve3000 Literacy Program - Save 44% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Achieve3000 Literacy Program - Save 44% + Get 600 SmartPoints

Achieve3000 is an award-winning provider of online, literacy instruction for students in grades 2-12. Used by over one million students in public and private schools, one school administrator told one of our advisors that if he could have only one curriculum, Achieve3000 would be it.

One of the things that makes Achieve3000 unique is its use of real-time Lexile assessment to assign appropriately challenging material for your child ("differentiated learning").

Achieve3000's Online Literacy and Reading Solutions include:

  • KidBiz3000 (for students in grades 2–5)
  • TeenBiz3000 (for students in grades 6–8), and
  • Empower3000 (for students in grades 9–12)

Members save 44% off the retail price on Achieve3000 -- plus if purchased during Language Arts Month, receive 600 Bonus SmartPoints, exclusively at the Co-op!

Analytical Grammar - Free Shipping and Bonus SmartPoints

Analytical Grammar - Free Shipping and Bonus SmartPoints

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 uses a unique method of teaching grammar, which starts from "ground zero" and assumes that the student knows no grammar. The curriculum continues on from concept to concept, until the entire body of knowledge which we call grammar is covered. Since every concept is woven logically together with every other concept, there simply is no reason for endless repetition and drill.

Analytical Grammar does not allow discounts -- but exclusively through the Co-op -- register and receive a coupon for Free Shipping! Plus, you'll receive 10 Bonus SmartPoints* for every $1 spent using the coupon on the Analytical Grammar website!

*Just a reminder to receive the Bonus SmartPoints, you will need to use the Claim Link on your "My Subscriptions" page after you've placed your order on the Analytical Grammar website.

Tales2Go - Get up to 1,250 SmartPoints

Tales2Go - Get up to 1,250 SmartPoints

With thousands of brand name stories from leading publishers and storytellers, Tales2Go plays on your desktop, laptop, Android mobile devices, and/or Apple mobile devices (i.e., iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad).

By listening to audio books at all reading levels, students are exposed to vocabulary and build critical listening, fluency and comprehension skills. You can even download a FREE 30-Day Trial through the Tales2Go site to take a test drive.

Tales2Go has changed their pricing policies so we're not able to offer a discount but we've included a Bonus SmartPoints which you can use to purchase other award-winning curriculum through the Co-op.

There are two subscriptions available - a 3-month subscription for $29.99 with 300 Bonus SmartPoints or a 12-month subscription for $99.99 with 1,250 Bonus SmartPoints. Both subscriptions are for up to five (5) devices, too!

Words and Their Stories - Save 93% + FREE Poster Set

Words and Their Stories - Save 93% + FREE Poster Set

Words and Their Stories is an award-winning, interactive vocabulary curriculum from FableVision available exclusively through the Co-op with incredible savings of 93%!

Words and Their Stories is delivered through engaging multimedia and is designed specifically for grades 5 and up, allowing both individualized instruction and self-paced study. Full assessment and reporting features are available and all programs meet or exceed both state and national standards. Finally, vocabulary study that is fun and effective.

Plus, if ordered this month, you'll receive FREE the Words and Their Stories Homeschool Poster Set! Created by Peter H. Reynolds (Founder of FableVision, Author and Illustrator), the posters feature words and their derivations from Words And Their Stories. Use the 8 1/2 x 11 inch color posters to decorate and inspire a passion for vocabulary. After all, the more words students know, the farther they'll go!


Middlebury Interactive - Save up to 34%

Middlebury Interactive  - Save up to 34%

We are pleased to announce that Middlebury Interactive Languages has arrived at the Co-op!

Middlebury Interactive's independent study language courses for Spanish, French, Chinese and German are semester-based and organized by grade levels K-2, 3-5,6-8, and 9-12. They offer a versatile and dynamic approach to language learning and are designed to help students develop communicative competence in the target language while building a strong foundation in correct grammar and vocabulary usage.

In fact, the courses were voted "Favorite Foreign Language Curriculum" by The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. You can read the review here!

Middlebury Interactive's independent study courses by semester retail for $119 but with enough member participation, we can offer this exclusive GroupBuy for $79 - that's savings up to 34%.

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 50% - Extended through 4/30!

Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - Save up to 50%

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 by a homeschooling family for girls and boys grades K through 8th.

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 50% on a flexible selection of lifetime subscriptions. When you order, you receive your access within one business day. Plus, these memberships can be applied to upgrade your existing trial or paid account, too!


TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save 69% - Ends TODAY, 4/16!

TestRocker SAT/ACT Prep - Save 69%

It's LAST CALL for 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 $1299, but as an exclusive offer for the Co-op, members save 69% - for a price of $399. 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 preparation!
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!

Hooked on Phonics - Save up to 57% + FREE Shipping - Coming Sat., 4/18

Hooked on Phonics - Save up to 57% + FREE Shipping

We are pleased to announce that Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read will be coming to the Co-op at the end of this week!

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 will save up to 57% with sufficient participation, receive a Bonus Fun Pak, and get FREE Shipping (U.S. continental addresses) on this exclusive GroupBuy offer!

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

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62% - Coming Sat., 4/18

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

We're welcoming back award-winning Sara Jordan's Bilingual Kids Audio Series to the Co-op! Why not add some song and fun to your day-to-day foreign language curriculum?

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 bundles.

As soon as you place your order, you'll be able to download the digital bundle(s) to start using right away.

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

Time4Learning - New Offer - Coming Wed., 4/22

Time4Learning - New Offer

It's time to mark your calendars! will be returning soon to the Co-op.

Time4Learning offers lessons for kids (PreK-High School), tools for parents and the flexibility to use their online program anywhere.

To be reminded when this GroupBuy launches, click here.

Magic School Bus Science & TYSC Collections - Save 50% - Coming Mon., 4/27

Magic School Bus Science & TYSC Collections - Save 50%

If you just missed the offer from The Magic School Bus Science Club, this offer from The Young Scientists Club (TYSC) might be for you!

TYSC has packaged these retail bundles exclusively for our Co-op members with a great deal to save 50% off the retail price of their best-selling retail kits, including:

  • The Magic School Bus Kit Collection I (5 Kits) and/or The Magic School Bus Kit Collection II (5 Kits)
  • The Magic School Bus Lab Collection (4 Kits)
  • The Magic School Bus Weather/Ecology Collection (4 Kits)
  • TYSC Nature Collection (4 Kits)

Members will save 50% on this BEST DEAL ON THE PLANET so be sure to mark your calendars!

If you would like to be reminded when this GroupBuy 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?

We are pleased to announce that we’ve been in conversations with homeschool veteran mom and author, Amanda Bennett! Amanda has earned a master reputation in the homeschool community for writing Unit Studies and has recently launched her brand new and updated website with a boatload of *NEW* titles for grades K-12.

Amanda is prepared to come to the Co-op to offer members UP TO 50% OFF! With a strong focus in History, Science, Geography, Art, and Holidays, Amanda has written the Download N Go titles for K-4 and Unit Study Adventure titles for K-12. She also offers many titles designed as helps for Bible study, learning tools, and more.

Does this sound like something you’d like to see at the Co-op? If so,
If this sounds like something you would be interested in then please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
EducationCity is an award-winning online program for pre-K through 6th grade language arts, math, science, and computing. It features a wide assortment of teaching resources and interactive activities designed to inspire teachers and engage students.

Here are a few links to check it out:
We could probably give members access to ALL grades for a single price of $39 per student, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
Our foreign language expert friends tell us that Mango Languages is one of the best foreign language curriculums now available, so we gave them a call to find out more.

A Homeschool license gives 6 students simultaneous access to any of 60 languages, completely online, with assessments, and automated grading, and parent tracking. You access the curriculum online through your browser or through the Mango mobile app.

The Homeschool license retails for $360/year, but we can get members a 17% discount to bring that down to $298. That's for any or all of the 60 languages taught, for 6 students. Or we can get you 17% off the Individual subscription price of $240, to get the price to $199. 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.

Plus, as part of Language Arts Month at the Co-op, Julie Bogart has generously agreed to give away a copy of her NEW inspirational ebook, A Gracious Space Spring Edition with every purchase of Brave Writer during the month of April!
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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