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In this issue:

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

  • Homeschool Planet FREE Trial -- NEW Feature Spotlight - Upload your own files as Resources!

  • Deals of the Day -- HELP Math, Grammaropolis, and Discovering Music

  • Deals of the Week -- LAST CALL -- Tynker, DriversEd.com, Human Body Detectives, and The American Heritage Series

  • GroupBuy Roundup:

    • New -- Discovery Education Math Techbook, Middlebury Interactive, Family Time Fitness, and Woodwind & Brasswind

    • LAST CALL -- Thinkwell One Week Sale, Youth Digital - BOGO, Mod Design 1, MathHelp.com, and much more!

    • FREE for the Summer -- 7 Award-Winning Products

    • In the Pipeline -- EGUMPP and more

    • Member Meter -- ST Math, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Reading A-Z + RazKids, and Headsprout

  • 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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Summer Fun Reading Program

Summer Fun Reading Program

On Tuesday, we did our THIRD weekly drawing.

Congrats to Ty W. (8) of Louisville, Ky, Lauren R. (10) of Aurora, IL, and Emily E. (12) of San Joe, CA! 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. Keep up the good work!

To date, Co-op kids have filed 2,439 reading records, for a total of 5,211 hours read since we started on 6/1 - a big week for reading! -- participation is FREE, and all members are invited to participate! (Tell me more.)

THANKS to the following people who recently donated prizes:

Alpha Omega Publications

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 1st, we will 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.)

The program will run through September 1st. It's easy to participate and there are weekly drawings and a grand prize of a new Apple iPad Air 2. We hope your "Reading Champion" will join in on the fun!

Find out more about our Summer Fun Reading Program.
Deals of the Day - Today Only!
TODAY ONLY (June 25, 2015), purchase any of these Deals of the Day and receive Bonus SmartPoints. Don't miss these BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET!

HELP Math - Save 50% + Get 600 SmartPoints

HELP Math - Save 50% + Get 600 SmartPoints

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to offer the award-winning HELP Math from Digital Directions for struggling students in grades 3-8 at a deep discount -- exclusively for Co-op members!

This product caught our attention both because it was designed specifically for ELL, struggling, and special needs students AND because it has won some of the most prestigious awards for educational technology. Students can simultaneously see, hear and manipulate the math content. The program provides sheltered instruction and interactive support and feedback loops which encourage math content knowledge and math skill development.

If you tried the 15-day FREE TRIAL and are ready to buy today, we'll also give you 600 SmartPoints for this featured Deal of the Day.

Grammaropolis - Save 50% + Get 350 SmartPoints

Grammaropolis - Save 50% + Get 350 SmartPoints

Who says grammar can't be fun? Developed by Coert Borhees, a 7th grade grammar teacher, Grammaropolis is a new online curriculum for teaching parts of speech to children in grades 1-7 using animated characters starring in books, songs, videos, and interactive games and quizzes.

Each animated character represents a part of speech (Noun, Verb, Adverb, etc.), and lives in the city of Grammaropolis. The program also has assessment/performance tracking and is designed to address varied learning styles.

Members save 43% (for only $19.99) on a Forever Passport to Grammaropolis, which provides a subscription for up to 5 children for the one-time fee. Plus, if purchased as a Deal of the Day today, you'll receive 350 SmartPoints.

Discovering Music - Save up to 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Discovering Music - Save up to 40% + Get 500 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 Day, members receive 500 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!

Note: The Deals of the Week with SmartPoints listed below will be awarded based on purchases from 6/21 - 6/27 and are awarded at the time of purchase.

Tynker - 30% OFF: Learn to Code and Build Games with Tynker

Tynker - 30% OFF: Learn to Code and Build Games with Tynker Embark on an online programming adventure where kids build games, program flying drones, and create animated stories. Tynker is used by over 20 million students, to learn the programming skills that will prepare future leaders, thinkers and innovators.

How to Buy: Click here for the Summer Learning Pack $99 ($150 value -- 3 complete online courses, over 400 activities)

                               ENDS - 6/28!

DriversEd.com - Save up to 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

DriversEd.com - Save up to 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on drivers education from DriversEd.com, the online leader in drivers education. Course results are accepted in all states that accept online courses.

SMARTPOINTS END - 6/27!

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Human Body Detectives - Save up to 89% + Get 500 SmartPoints on the award-winning Human Body Detectives health curriculum for grades 3-12. Now includes NEW elementary, middle and teen curriculum!

SMARTPOINTS END - 6/27!

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.

SMARTPOINTS END - 6/27!

IT'S SUMMER FUN MONTH!
It's SUMMER FUN MONTH at the Co-op! We know that most of you are winding down your school year and looking forward to taking a break before ramping up again.

That's why this month we shining a spotlight on educational Co-op PRODUCTS THAT KIDS LOVE and will beg you to use. While they are playing -- and learning -- you can take a well-deserved break and not feel guilty that they are watching TV or playing mindless video games.

So, grab a cup of Joe and browse the many specials we have for SUMMER FUN Month!
GROUPBUY ROUNDUP
SCIENCE AND THINKING SKILLS

Junior Explorers - Save up to 40%

Junior Explorers - Save up to 40%

Have you been looking to add some fun learning to your homeschool classroom? We're please to announce that Junior Explorers Monthly Kits have arrived at the Co-op! Your 6-11 year old child will get to venture on exciting monthly missions beginning at home when each kit arrives on your doorstep! Your child will learn about ecosystems, wildlife, nature, the environment, geography, and much more.

Plus, the learning doesn't stop there -- There's continued learning via the online completion of missions, game playing, and rewards. Members save up to 40% through the Co-op!

If this sounds like a tool you would like to add to your homeschool, visit our offer page to learn more. Then, take Junior Explorers for a test drive with this demo!

BrainWare Safari - Save 55% + Get 400 SmartPoints - SmartPoints End Tues., 6/30

BrainWare Safari - Save 55% + Get 400 SmartPoints

Many of us are ambivalent about our kids playing computer games. Here's an exception as BrainWare Safari is one game you'll love to have them play!

The idea of this product is that the cognitive skills needed to excel academically -- attention, visual processing, auditory processing, sensory integration, memory, and thinking -- can be exercised and thereby improved.

As a special bonus for purchasing this month, you'll not only save 55% but we'll give you 400 SmartPoints!

NEW!

Discovery Education Math Techbook™ for Middle and High School - Get 500 SmartPoints

Discovery Education Math Techbook™ for Middle and High School - Get 500 SmartPoints

We are pleased to announce that Discovery Education has agreed to offer a 1-year subscription to the new Discovery Education Math Techbook to homeschoolers through the Co-op.

With Math Techbook, students learn math through engaging videos, audio, and numerous interactive activities that engage them with real world problems worth solving, featuring an inquiry based approach, interactive curriculum, differentiate instruction, and much more.

The Middle School Math Techbook includes access to content for all grade levels (Grade 6, 7, and 8) and the High School Math Techbook includes access to content for all subjects (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). If you are interested in trying this product out in your homeschool, you can take it for a 7-day test run, absolutely FREE!

The member price for a 1-year subscription for one teacher and one student would range from $45-$55, depending on which course bundle you select. Plus, members receive 500 SmartPoints when they order.

Middlebury Interactive - Save 24%

Middlebury Interactive  - Save 24%

We are pleased to announce that Middlebury Interactive Languages has returned to 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 exclusively through the Co-op, you can save 24%. Plus, within 15 minutes of placing your order, your child can get started today on learning a new language!

Family Time Fitness - Save up to 60%

Family Time Fitness - Save up to 60%

We are pleased to welcome back member favorite – Family Time Fitness! It’s time for the entire family to spring into fitness with savings of up to 60% off retail pricing.

This new GroupBuy features subscriptions to Fitness 4 Homeschool which gives you a wealth of information and resources that can get your entire family on the path to fitness including Physical Education Core 1 (Ages 5-10), Physical Education Core 2 (Ages 11-13), PreK-High School Workbooks and Tests, High School Programs, eBooks, and much more!

Choose from three different subscription options (1-year, 2-year, or 1-year membership) that contain all of the Fitness 4 Homeschool curriculum described above.

Family Time Fitness is here for a limited time, so if you need some motivation for those family fitness goals -- “jump, skip, run, or hop” over to these savings before they’re gone!

Woodwind & Brasswind - Save 10% + FREE Shipping* + Bonus SPs - Exclusive Coupon Offer!

Woodwind & Brasswind - Save 10% + FREE Shipping* + Bonus SPs

Woodwind & Brasswind was founded in 1978 by a music instructor looking to supplement his teaching income by selling musical instruments and accessories at fair prices. More than 30 years later, they are still committed to offering the right musical product at the right price, backed by expert advice and customer service.

Woodwind & Brasswind has graciously offered the Co-op an exclusive 10% off coupon for selected accessories, which you can find by clicking here.

We are also pleased to offer 5 Bonus SmartPoints for every $1 you spend at Woodwind & Brasswind when you start your shopping trip through the Co-op. In addition, you'll get FREE Shipping on Almost Everything*. Remember to submit your SmartPoints Claim Form the day you make your purchase!

* See the Woodwind & Brasswind terms and conditions for which products apply to Free Shipping. Other sales may be offered by Woodwind & Brasswind independent of the Co-op offer so be sure to take a look.

LAST CALL!
Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50%

Thinkwell Video Courseware - Save up to 50% when you purchase any Thinkwell online video curriculum for math from through the Co-op. For grades 6-12

ENDS - 6/30!

Youth Digital - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Youth Digital - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Buy any one Youth Digital programming course and get an additional Youth Digital course absolutely FREE! For grades 3-8.

ENDS - 6/30!

Mod Design 1 - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints

Mod Design 1 - Save 40% + Get 500 SmartPoints on Mod Design 1 for Windows and Mac computers, an online, interactive online course by Youth Digital that gives students everything they need to create their own Mods for Minecraft©* from start to finish using the Java programming language. For grades 3-8.

ENDS - 6/30!

MathHelp.com (Formerly YourTeacher) - Save 40%

MathHelp.com (Formerly YourTeacher) - Save 40% Complete homeschool math curriculum with a personal math teacher. Courses include 5th grade math, 6th grade math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry,and Algebra A Cathy Duffy "Top 101 Picks" choice!


ENDS - 6/30!

Education.com PRO Membership - Save 51%

Education.com PRO Membership - Save 51% on an annual PRO membership to Education.com. For Grades PreK-12.

ENDS - 6/30!

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

Sara Jordan Bilingual Kids Audio Series - Save up to 62% on Sara Jordan Publishing's Bilingual Kids Series, foreign language audio program for English-Spanish and English-French for PreK-5

ENDS - 6/30!

Uzinggo Math & Science Supplement - Save 40% + Get 3 Months FREE

Uzinggo Math & Science Supplement - Save 40% + Get 3 Months FREE on Uzinggo, an award-winning, online science supplement for middle and high school. Grades 6-12.

3 MONTH BONUS ENDS - 6/30!

Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - Save up to 87% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints

Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - Save up to 87% + Get 1,000 SmartPoints on a 12 Month subscription to Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom - for the entire family! PLUS.... Get 1000 Bonus SmartPoints! Learn from the Emmy award-winning master himself in an online classroom streamed LIVE to your home. Experience the FUN of drawing with Mark and other students in real time! For ages 5 and up

SMARTPOINTS BONUS ENDS - 6/30!

Britannica Digital Learning - Save up to 94%

Britannica Digital Learning - Save up to 94% on a 1-year subscription to the award-winning Britannica School online resource from Encyclopedia Britannica. For grades K-12

ENDS - 6/30!

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + Get FREE Shipping on Print Superbundle

Chester Comix - Save up to 54% + Get FREE Shipping on Print Superbundle on the complete Chester Comix graphic novel series with Teacher Guides, available exclusively through the Co-op in print or download versions.FREE Bonus Books available, too!
FREE Shipping Offer - Click for Details!
Ages 9-11

ENDS - 6/30!

Summer Fun Month - See ALL Last Calls!


It's LAST CALL for Summer Fun Month at the Co-op! Don't miss great GroupBuy offers such as IXL, DreamBox Learning, Simply Music, BrainWare Safari, Hands-On Equations, Grammaropolis, and many more!

To see all the Summer Fun Month Last Calls, click here.

ENDS - 6/30!

FREE for the Summer!

FREE for the Summer - Seven Award-Winning Products

FREE for the Summer - Seven Award-Winning Products

If you are like us, you are ready to give your kids a break for the summer, but you may prefer they do things that are educational as well as fun!

This summer, the Co-op has secured permission from some of our leading publishers to offer their products FREE for the summer. These are products that have received rave reviews from homeschool parents and kids alike. Many of them have won national awards.

Choose any or all of the following products including Discovery Education Streaming Plus, MathHelp.com, eMedia Music Academy, myON Literacy Program, Mark Kistler's Virtual Classroom, Uzinggo, and Always Icecream and Clever Dragons - absolutely FREE!

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!

EGUMPP Online Grammar - Save 25%

EGUMPP Online Grammar - Save 25%

We are excited to announce that EGUMPP will be arriving soon to the Co-op! EGUMPP is used by journalism schools at several universities (e.g., Texas Christian University, Hampton University, and Howard University, but is suitable for middle and high school students as well.

EGUMPP teaches English grammar, usage, punctuation, and writing mechanics by means of online videos, interactive exercises, online assessments, and more. It consists of four independent modules that use a building-block approach to present and teach the lesson concepts. In each lesson, the lesson concepts are applied through practical, interactive exercises that promote authentic learning and genuine understanding. Students can also earn a certification.

Watch the video overview and try out EGUMPP demos.

EGUMPP has academic pricing of $99.95, but members can save 25% on this upcoming GroupBuy offer.

If you'd 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?

If your kids struggle learning math concepts, this could be what you are looking for...

Over the last couple years, we have received numerous requests from members asking us to do a deal with MIND Research Institute for ST Math, a unique, award-winning curriculum that teaches math visually.

MIND Research has developed a homeschool version of ST Math and is due to be released this summer. Here are the key links:



ST Math will retail for $199 for one year, but we can get that price down to $119 (40% savings) with sufficient participation, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
We are excited to share that we are busy working to bring Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) to the Co-op in time for the school year. Many of you may already be well aware of Andrew Pudewa and his unique and effective writing instruction materials, as the IEW program is a homeschool favorite. If not, we encourage you to check out the program here:


IEW does not allow discounting, but if we do this, the Co-op will have the best deal anywhere for members with FREE SHIPPING + BONUS SMARTPOINTS!

There’s just one snag in the plan… we need your help! We need to know (1) is this something you’d like to see at the Co-op, (2) are you OK if shipping takes 2-4 weeks, and (3) what are your favorite IEW products?

We don’t mind doing the heavy lifting to make this happen, but we need to know if YOU want it, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
Members have been asking us to do a GroupBuy for Learning A-Z products for years. We are pleased to announce that a GroupBuy for Reading A-Z and RazKids is at hand if there is sufficient member interest!

Reading A-Z is an award-winning, teacher-driven reading curriculum that provides all the resources you need to teach reading to your child, including assessments, lessson plans, reading lessons, leveled readers, printable books and more. For beginning readers up through grade 5.

RazKids is an award-winning subscription that offers over 400 interactive eBooks that students can listen to, read, and even record themselves reading, available 24/7 on the website and on mobile devices. For K-5.

Reading A-Z and RazKids together retail for $189.95, but we can get members both subscriptions for $79.95 (a 50% savings) with sufficient participation, so please:
Take a look and let us know:  What do you think?
Wow! We've been wanting to bring this product to members for years, so we are thrilled when Learning A-Z said "Yes!"

Headsprout is an interactive, online program that teachers kids in grades K-5 how to read, comprehend, and think critically about the written word. The program adapts automatically to the needs of each unique learner. Its patented research-based teaching methods have been tested and verified in real classroom environments to improve kids' reading skills at various reading levels, from non-readers and early readers to established readers already reading above their grade level.

Headsprout retails for $189.95, but we can get members a 1 year subscription for $79.95 (a 50% 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 "102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum"), Co-op members hear about Cathy's latest reviews.

Don't forget that the Co-op has BEST DEALS ON THE PLANET for many of
Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks!

Get the Best Deal Anywhere for Cathy Duffy Top Picks.
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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