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August 14, 2017

When it comes to high school, science is the one subject that puts fear into most homeschool parents. And technology progresses so fast, it’s hard to keep up. What’s a homeschool parent to do?

Dissections?! Balancing scientific equations?! Yikes!! 

Have no fear! Finding affordable, award winning, science and technology curriculum that aligns with your teaching style and comfort level need NOT be difficult.

science & technology resources

In fact, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op has an award-winning selection of excellent science and technology products, including core science curriculum and supplements, coding and programming courses, hands-on experiments, and much more.

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Science & Technology Resources from Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Homeschool Buyers Co-op has an award-winning selection of science and technology products including core curriculum, supplemental and practice programs, and online streaming of quality documentaries. With the advantage of GroupBuys and special offers for homeschool curriculum, you’ll discover science and technology curriculum with a savings of up to 67% off.

I spent some time searching through the science and technology programs available at Homeschool Buyers Co-op and found five I wanted to highlight that you can use to teach high school science as well as a  favorite tech tool for you, the homeschool parent.

Science Resources

Discovery Education Techbook

discoveryedtextbookWith engaging videos, audio, numerous interactive activities, Discovery Education Techbook is an all-in-one resource designed to encourage to students to think like scientists.

Discovery Education Techbook is exclusive to Co-op members; a 1 year subscription for 1 student is just $55.

The award winning science techbook provides access to content for ALL subjects (Biology, Earth & Space, Chemistry, and Physics) taught in high school science. It utilizes the 5E model of instruction: engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate.

The interactive curriculum integrates exclusive video, interactive text, digital explorations, and STEM resources.

science & technology resourcesHolt McDougal High School Science Textbooks

If digital is not your style, then be sure to check out Holt McDougal’s High School Science textbooks. Focused on making science relevant for students grades 9 thru 12, Holt McDougal engages students through intriguing questions and extensive examples showing science in action.

As a member of the Co-op, the high school science texts are available for just $89.14 each — a 25% discount!

In addition to the printed student textbook, you will also receive access to the online resources which include:

  • Interactive Online Student Edition and Teacher Edition
  • Reading, Vocabulary, and Concept Mapping Worksheets
  • Animated Biology, Virtual Investigations, Video-Based Inquiry, Smart Grapher, and Review Games
  • Interactive Reader
  • Open-Inquiry Labs, STEM Labs, Virtual Labs, and Video Labs
  • Printable Assessments
  • Teacher Resources

Discovery Education Streaming Plus

A subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus is the perfect complement to any science curriculum. It is like having the entire DVD selection of your local public library available to you from the convenience of your home – accessible at any time!

As a Co-op member you can get this award-winning service for 1 year for only $150 — a 60% savings!

With Discovery Education Streaming, you can take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world’s most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences. You’ll also receive membership to the Discovery Educator Network where you can connect with other passionate educators.

The subscription package includes exclusive Discovery programming such as Young Scientist ChallengeFrozen Planet, Into the Universe, and Mythbusters. You will also have access to hundreds of lesson plans, games, skill builders, and online interactive activities.

Ultimate Guide to Teaching with Minecraft @EvaVarga.netTechnology Resources

Programing with Youth Digital

Ultimate Guide to Teaching with Minecraft @EvaVarga.netIf your child is as passionate about Minecraft as my son, you won’t want to miss the GroupBuy savings from Youth Digital. These online programming courses for grades 3-8 gives students everything they need to create their own computer games, apps, animations, and more from start to finish.

As a Co-op member, a 1 year subscription to your choice of courses is currently just $149 — a savings of 40%.

Youth Digital provides several courses to choose from, here are just a few that were of interest to my son:

  • Mod Design 1: Create your own Mods for Minecraft while learning the fundamentals of Java
  • Server Design 1: Create your own custom Minecraft server and play with friends.
  • 3D Game Development 1: Learn the fundamentals of coding in C#.
  • 3D Animation 1: Make your own 3D animated movie.

JASON Learning Curriculum

JasonLearningAnother favorite science and technology resource available through the Homeschool Co-op is JASON Learning, a non-profit that connects students in grades K-12 to real science and exploration through innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula.

As a Co-op member, enjoy a 1-year subscription to ALL of JASON’s curricular units for $79.99 — a 36% savings.

They offer an incredible array of teaching resources – including a LIVE interactive webcast series where students can pose questions to scientists and researchers engaged in science around the world!

Finding Our Groove with Homeschool Planet @EvaVarga.netHomeschool Planet Online Planner

Tech is not just for kids. Lesson planning, calculating grades, and oh – the transcripts! If you struggle to stay organized, you won’t want to miss the digital homeschool planner offered exclusively at Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op, The Homeschool Planet. It is the best digital planner available and sure to help keep everything together in one place.

Homeschool Planet costs $65 for a 1 year subscription or just $6.95/month.

New to Homeschool Buyers Co-op?  

Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the worlds’ largest buyers club for homeschooling families. That means that their purchasing power allows co-op members the ability to find the most affordable deals anywhere for homeschool curriculum.

  • It’s FREE to join, and you instantly get access to amazing homeschool curriculum deals.
  • They offer lots of free services and resources for homeschooling families. Even a homeschool ID card – how cool is that?!
  • The best deals on the best homeschool curriculum. I’ve purchased Cover Story, Mapping the World by Heart, and so much more through the co-op.


January 8, 20161

I had been using a paper and pencil planner since we first began homeschooling. In fact, I was using a paper and pencil planner before I even considered homeschooling. Planning weekly lessons and unit studies in my spiral planner was what I had grown accustomed to since I first began my professional teaching career.

Over the years I’d tried a few online planners but I had never found one that had all the components I desired. These planners were rigid in what view options they provided. I wasn’t able to slide everything forward if we missed a day due to illness or an unexpected detour. I grew skeptical.

Recently, my life took a dramatic turn. We recently made the decision to move back to Oregon. In doing so, our financial situation changed and I thus have returned to working outside the home. I am teaching again in the public schools and as such, I found that my planning system was not working. I needed to find a way to better communicate with my own children what was expected of them.

Finding Our Groove with an Online Homeschool Planner by Homeschool Planet @EvaVarga.netI received a subscription to Homeschool Planet and compensation for my time in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are true and completely our own.


I had been hearing a lot of good things about Homeschool Planet. When the opportunity arose to review the program, I knew it was time. Perhaps this was the system that would work for us.

I couldn’t not have been a better choice! We LOVE Homeschool Planet. Homeschool Planet has eliminated the stress and anxiety that comes with lesson planning.

My Favorite Homeschool Planet Features

There are many great features to Homeschool Planet. In an effort not to overwhelm you, I will highlight those I like best.


I love the flexibility of the program. I have the choice of using three different calendar views – daily, weekly, or monthly. I can also see everyone’s calendar or narrow the scope to single individuals.

Finding Our Groove with Homeschool Planet @EvaVarga.netIndividualized

As my kiddos approach high school, more and more of their work is done independently. I love that each child has their own login with which they can view and check off their assignments when completed.

Tracking Made Easy

In the elementary school years, I didn’t keep a grade book. As they near high school, it is critical that I begin to do so. Homeschool Planet makes attendance tracking, grading, and transcript creation easy. Currently there is not a way to set up semesters or terms.  Members can, however, print out date specific grade reports.

Finding Our Groove with an Online Homeschool Planner by Homeschool Planet @EvaVarga.netDigest Emails

Perhaps the best feature – in my opinion – are the digest emails that are sent to everyone in the family. The daily digest is essentially a list of the individual’s own schedule, assignments, and chores for the day. This is perfect for my son who needs to be reminded regularly of what he needs to complete! My daughter, on the other hand, prefers the weekly digest.

How I Use the Online Homeschool Planner

One of the great things about the program is the flexibility. Homeschool Planet provides many video tutorials to help you get started with the program. They will walk you through the process of setting up your classes and adding assignments. Once you’ve done that, the true fun begins as you begin to explore the functionality of the program and begin to tweak little things here and there to make it work best for you and your family.

Let me walk you through how I use the Homeschool Planet online planner system:


With this online homeschool planner, I can rest knowing that my children are aware of what lessons are expected of them.

Try It Today

Homeschool Planet costs $65 for a 1 year subscription OR $6.95/month. They also provide a FREE 30-trial subscription. Give it a try today. You have nothing to lose!

If you like the product – as I know you will – at the end of the trial month they will convert your trial subscription to a paid-for account and add 365 days to your trial subscription.

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