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From the Editor
WOW. Bear with me with this long intro – I have lots to tell you!
As I wrap up this issue, I can’t get over how many wonderful free resources are packed into this newsletter! I’m a little late getting the issue out, but I couldn’t stop adding links to more free stuff – I think this is the longest newsletter I’ve ever published! This issue is all about saving money while homeschooling, and I’ll start with our free homeschool planner. It’s been updated and redesigned for 2016-2017 and I think you’ll love the clean new look and additional pages. You can download it here.
In the Educational Resources section below, I have highlighted several free online curricula, and of course our latest blog posts are highlighted as always. Last month I featured the AudioFile Sync summer program, and I wanted to mention it again in case you missed it. 2 free books are featured for download each week (the download link is only good for the week it is featured, but there is no expiration once you download it). This is week 3 out of 15, so there are still 24 free audiobooks to go – you can see all the titles here.
I spent yesterday writing a detailed explanation of how the Build Your Bundle sale works for those who are like me and didn’t understand how it works (I just couldn’t grasp all the various parts to the sale the first time I saw it). I also have a helpful planning spreadsheet that will allow you to see how each of the items in the bundles fit with various topics (thanks to Kristi of This Side of Heaven for the original version of the spreadsheet). I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to Build Your Bundle – the drawing is at 2pm today
BYB just announced (literally the moment I was putting this in the mailer) that they will send a $10 coupon good for any Build Your OWN Bundle to anyone who purchases a premium product (this would be for a separate transaction, so don’t include the build your own bundles in your premium product purchase). As an affiliate of this and many other programs I see a lot of promotions, but I have to say that I am absolutely blown away by the fantastic values of these bundles. For a fraction of the price, you can get products like The Mystery of History, Writeshop Junior, Mapping the World With Art, Sir Cumference Living Math, and dozens more (see them all)! When you combine the Buy 2 Get 1 Free with the $250 Bundle of Bonuses free with any bundle purchase, you can get $1,000 worth of homeschool products for about $50!
Example: Charlotte Mason (value $294) $30 + Unit Studies #1 (value. $228) $20+ Unit Studies #2 (value $229) FREE w/B2G1 + Bundle of Bonuses (value $250) FREE w/ bundle purchase= $1,001 of product for $50
For $240, you could get ALL 15 bundles with $3,500 worth of product – see how here! This one week event happens only once per year, and ends at 11:59pm ET on Monday, May 23.
Finally, I’d like to welcome our newest sponsor, OSU Chemistry Online. As as non-science person (how I have a child majoring in engineering is beyond me – I couldn’t even breed fruit flies in high school biology!), I outsourced all of our upper level science courses. OSU is an excellent option for an online chemistry course from a reputable university, so check out their program. Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
Our Sponsor: OSU Chemistry Online
|Is your high schooler interested in science and already prepared for an introductory course at the college level?|
Oregon State University’s online chemistry program offers college-level credits in general chemistry to homeschoolers from a distance. Our 100-level courses are delivered 100% online and students learn in a variety of ways, including the use of: interactive homework, video and self-paced modules, discussion boards, pencasts, live tutoring, and virtual labs.
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