What is the HSLB Marketplace?
HSLB began as a way to help homeschooling families, primarily by selling worthwhile books at affordable prices. We have been pondering other ways we can assist, as well.
From time to time, we hear from homeschool families seeking venues by which to market a product they have created. Like us, they have found that advertising costs for magazine ads, search engines, and online companies can drive a monstrous hole in a small budget! We ourselves must be very selective spending our advertising dollars – otherwise, our product prices would creep up as we pass along the expense to you. We are not willing to compromise in this way (which is one reason why we honor our wonderful customers’ recommendations through the
HSLB Book Points Program)!
So, to help others who face the same struggles, we have launched the HSLB Marketplace Service. If you have created a product or an online service, we would love to help you get the word out! We will not
sell your product or service; rather we will
advertise it by providing a link on our website.
Sounds great, right? But get to the bottom line, you say.
How much will it cost me? Well, you pay
nothing! (You read correctly,
no money -- isn’t that refreshing?)!
But it will “cost” you something---and here are the details:
- You must submit your product, with the understanding it will not be returned. We want to make sure it fits our Standards and Guidelines, and will serve the homeschooling community. Your product can certainly be beneficial to non-homeschoolers as well.
- We require your agreement that HSLB customers receive at least a 10% discount off the purchase price.
- If possible, we would appreciate you adding a link to HSLB on your website. (We won’t hold you to that but would say, “woo-hoo” if you did!)
We hope to showcase different products regularly, and will continue to provide links to previous items on our website.
Here is a fantastic tool (available through the App Store) to help determine your student's reading fluency and comprehension -- and it's FUN and EASY to use!
Check it out!
It seems we, and many homeschoolers, are busy re-evaluating the success of our math programs this time of year! If that describes you, we'd like to introduce our new friends at A+TutorSoft! For the past seven years, Vinod Agrawal has helped homeschool students improve their math skills at all levels by offering expert multi-sensory instruction. The learning platform combines voice, visual, and text-based instruction and is centered on the proven methodology of a test/grade/review cycle. Thus, A+TutorSoft delivers personal, highly-effective, and expert instructions.
Whether you are looking for placement assessment, supplemental practice worksheets or exercises, software CDs for homeschool use, or online homeschool instruction, you can find it here at A+TutorSoft -- and all at affordable prices!
IN FACT, THROUGH MARCH 31, 2013, YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A 50% DISCOUNT ON THEIR MATH CURRICULUM SOFTWARE!
And don't forget to sign up for A+ Math Freebies where you can get FREE 30-day access to online math as well as limited CD lesson downloads!
Homeschool-how-to. Heidi Johnson is a homeschooling mom of four who has used her experience to compile a one-stop website of everything you need to either begin your homeschooling journey or get over the humps we all inevitably encounter. Heidi has answered many of the most common questions about homeschooling, as well as provided curriculum reviews, helpful articles, ideas and suggestions for home education from Kindergarten through High School, AND ways to maneuver through the maze of college options.
But that’s not all – Heidi shares her insights on other issues of interest to homeschool moms, such as saving money, home organization, meal planning, and even weight loss! Be sure to take a look at her e-book selection.
for a list of free e-books, and
for e-books Heidi has written and sells on her website.
There is a LOT to explore at Homeschool-How-To, so tuck the kids into bed, grab a cup of tea and a notepad, and get cozy. You will love what you learn here! Thank you, Heidi!
Sign of Truth
Janet is a homeschooling mom of three who makes her home near Tulsa, Oklahoma. She uses her God-given artistic abilities to design personalized wall hangings. You choose the color, font style, size, and message, then Janet will render a charming design.
Whether you're looking for an inspirational gift, an expressive quote, or touch of humor, Janet's designs will add just the right flair to visually represent your sentiments and complement your decor. Your choices are limited only by your imagination!
You'll find a few samples of Janet's ornamental plaques here. At $24.95 (plus shipping), these make perfect and affordable Christmas, housewarming, baby, or wedding gifts.
Janet's blog here
for more information. To order your beautiful message,
. She will customize a design to fit your needs - whether for your own home or for a special occasion!
Do you have questions about homeschooling? I mean...ANY
If so, you will be happy to meet our friend Carletta
Sanders. Carletta's website, Successful Homeschooling,
provides homeschoolers with information, ideas and inspiration for each
stage of their homeschool journey. The website contains tips for
getting started, choosing curriculum, teaching preschoolers, finding
freebies and more. It also hosts a collection of over 450 homeschool
And now, Carletta has compiled this free e-book --
101 Ways to Save Money on Homeschooling. All bargain shoppers, sit up and take note! This is information you can't afford to miss! Thanks for sharing, Carletta!
Sandra custom designs BEAUTIFUL and AFFORDABLE cross stitch patterns featuring Bible verses. Whatever the occasion, you can find a gift specially designed with a personal touch!
Click here to visit her website, where you'll find galleries of her work. Sandra offers many free charts, and you can sign up for her newsletter!
Biblical Discipleship Ministry
Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin have produced some outstanding material on creationism. This couple has devoted their lives to spreading the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Their goal is to teach Biblical truth by addressing important cultural issues such as cults, prophecy, marriage, and creation.
Visit their website here
This family venture has you covered to a Tee! Check out their incredible selection of tees and totes for homeschoolers!