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    Published on 06-01-2016 08:00 AM
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    Exclusively at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op

    Yes, that’s right – everyone wins this month! The Co-op is offering 11 award-winning subscriptions for you to try this summer. If you’re 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 eleven of our publishers to offer their products FREE for the summer. These are products that have received rave reviews from homeschool parents and kids alike. With 11 choices, you are certain to find something to add to your homeschool, including:

    • Want to learn piano, guitar, violin, bass guitar, or learn to sing this summer? Sign up for eMedia Music for the entire family
    • Your child can create an artistic “masterpiece” with the award-winning art program, Meet the Masters – Track A
    • Give your child the gift of poetry with Levels One and Two of Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization from the award-winning Institute for Excellence
    • Your K-8 children will have fun and keep learning during their summer break with award-winning learn and play websites: Always Icecream and Clever Dragons
    • Do you have a little one about to start school? Get them ready for school with Miss Humblebee’s Academy
    • Does your elementary school child like colorful animation and interactive resources? Bring learning to life with EducationCity with six elementary subjects
    • Ever wish for your very own summer math tutor? Sign up for MathHelp.com and your child(ren) can try all the MathHelp.com grade 5-12 courses, including SAT and ACT prep for the entire summer
    • Keep your grade 1-6 child’s skills sharp this summer with Portals School Software by Evan-Moor giving you digital access to titles that homeschoolers have come to know and love such as: Word A Day, Building Spelling Skills, and much more
    • Are your children interested in technology? Start them off with the basics with Taken Charge – Siri and the Curious Code subscription
    • Help your grade K-5 child retain her math skills by making math practice fun with GPA’s Learn LoveMath
    • Summertime is a great time to get fit! Sign up for Family Time Fitness and the entire family can join in the fun


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    Choose any or all of the 11 great products shown - absolutely FREE for the summer! Simply sign up as a Co-op member, and then order your subscriptions. The sooner you sign up, the more your family will be able to take advantage of these subscriptions. Enjoy, and please help us spread the word by sharing this post!
    by Published on 06-16-2016 02:51 PM
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    Did you pop on the forum this morning, click "New Posts" and see this crazy thing called Roll Call?

    I bet you rubbed your eyes and did a double take, then questioned whether that was there yesterday or not.
    Grab your coffee, sit down and check in with the forum!

    Roll Call was added as a daily check-in for our wonderful members!Every morning, an admin will start the daily thread, add a bit about her (homeschool) day and then other members can do the same. Great way for all of us to see what is going on for your day.

    Don't feel you have to fancy your day up because you are chatting about it. If it is a bad day and you are letting kids watch TV all day so you can get that 2nd cup of coffee in, good for you(I am ENVIOUS!). 3 field trips planned today, great! Where are you going, we want to know! Time to teach the 9th grader algebra and he HATES Math, tell us. I am sure one of us has been there(I have!).

    You never know if your plans for the day will help shape or change how another member does their day!
    The best part, Member A posted about her fun plans on Monday but you can't remember what they were.... because the date is in the title of each thread you can find it easily.

    So, tell us about your day!
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    Bees are buzzing. The AC is humming. The pool is calling. And the last thing your kiddo feels like doing is pulling out a pen and paper. Yet, writing is definitely one of those muscles that atrophies when not stretched. Therein lies a lazy, hazy summertime dilemma.

    As with most things, the key to convincing a student to do something he or she doesn’t necessarily want to do is...to put some FUN in it! The following are four ideas for incorporating writing into a busy (or not-so-busy) summer vacation.

    Nature journaling

    One part description, one part illustration, two parts personality. That’s the recipe for the best kind of nature journal. As you walk through forests, along beaches, or even just through your neighborhood, let your child’s eagle eyes scope out the stuff you just might have missed. They will notice a small feather lodged between rocks. They’ll spot a millipede on the side of a lamp post. They might even be the one to discover the four leaf clover in the middle of a field. Whatever they spy with their little eye is worth journaling about. Even better, there are no rules! They may want to tell a story about what lives between the mushrooms in the woods. They may want to label each part of the robin on the fence. Mother Nature can certainly be a young writer’s greatest muse.

    Postcard exchange

    We usually host a postcard exchange on the SecularHomeschool.com forum each summer where members of SHS can privately share addresses, ages, and ...

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