Curriculum Swap Details

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Here are the details for our bi-annual curriculum swap here at Heavenly Homemakers!

Many of you have made some great suggestions as to how I can make this fair to everyone and I’m trying hard to accommodate.  Please just know that nothing is perfect and this won’t be either.  As I tell my kids, “I do my best, but I can’t always ‘do fair’.”  (They LOVE it when I say that.)

I recognize that calling this a “swap” would technically mean that in order to get a book, you have to also give a book.   I’m not going to make that a stipulation.  Some people who need books are new to homeschooling and have nothing to offer in return.  I’m okay with that.  I’m MORE than okay with that.   I am at a point in my life in which I want to get rid of some books…and I really don’t want anything in return.  I want this to be a blessing to people…and that’s it.  It seems that those who are contacting me with books to give are also happy to give their books away without the guarantee of receiving anything in return. 

I decided not to set this up as a carnival because not all of the people offering free curriculum have blogs to link to.  I could have done a mixture of blog links and not blog links…but that idea makes me tired and that’s all there is to it.  :)  I will simply list each offering on a (big huge) blog post on the designated swap date.

Now, to make it possible for everyone to have a fair chance at receiving choice curriculum without having to sweat being the first one to email the giver, here’s what we’ll do:

  • Each curriculum offering on the blog post will be accompanied by an email address.  Email the ”giver” and let them know you are interested in receiving their curriculum. (Include lots of smiley faces and exclamation marks.)
  • The person offering the curriculum will watch all day for emails to come in (okay, you don’t have to sit in front of your computer all day – you knew what I meant right?).  You may have a fat inbox by the end of the day.
  • On Thursday (sometime between washing your dishes and taking out the trash), the giver should draw a RANDOM recipient from the emails received.
  • If you can email everyone who emailed you to let them know who “won” that would be great.  Otherwise, just email the recipient and work out details of exchanging address information, etc.

In regard to shipping, if you are the recipient you need to pay for the shipping cost.  I would suggest that the easiest way to do this is to look at the return address and the amount paid for postage, then reimburse the sender…maybe along with a fancy handcrafted  simple thank you note.

I will let you know right now that the list is going to be LONG!  I’ve been slammed with emails and they aren’t slowing down.  I love how generous everyone is being…so many people are willing to share their nice curriculum.   So, brace yourself!  The post might be pages long and you may have to sift through quite a few as you “shop”.

Ooh, but won’t it be FUN!

I’m sure I’ve STILL left out something, but this is no small task!  Hopefully The Great Curriculum Swap will run as smoothly as possible and many of you will be blessed with books you need!

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  1. says

    Just wanted to send a note, what a great resource for folks this blog and such an event is, and to thank all the givers and you for hosting. I don’t “home school” but I do think my kids learn the most at home. And I don’t have anything to offer, but just am awed at the effort such a swap would take and your offering it free, for that I thank you!!! :)

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  2. Bethany says

    Genius. Sheer genius! Thank you so much for making this possible, Laura. And a big thank you to all you “givers”! I can hardly wait for Sunday 10 pm CST. :) I am new to homeschooling and this is HUGE!!!

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  3. Dianna says

    I just can’t thank you enough for putting this together! We are new to homeschooling and so don’t have a lot and so this is going to help out so very much! Thank you thank you thank you!

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  4. Vicki says

    Laura: I don’t have children at home, and did not homeschool….so none of this would affect me. BUT, I just wanted to let you know what a blessing you are/have been to so many people with your blog. Thank you for having such a servant’s heart and serving God the way you do. God Bless!
    Vicki

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  5. donna mcmorris says

    just heard about this swap. i missed getting on this list. i plan to make the next one. i have 3 who have finished school and have lots of curriculum i would love to give away to someone who is homeschooling.

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  6. Kimberley Blair says

    WOW – what a blessing! Like someone else said – what a servants heart for organizing all this. This is our first year also, a fellow co op member posted this, so I am just double checking – I dont need to be registered or anything to participate in this event? Again, thank you , and God bless you for your efforts!

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    Laura Reply:

    Glad you’ll be joining us. No need to register…just show up tonight or tomorrow sometime to look through the list to see what you need!

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  7. Karen Hardin says

    Thanks so much for doing this again! We are homeschooling again after a 3 yr. break and are finding ourselves in need of all new homeschool materials. I guess that happens when the kids grow and move on to higher grades. Long story short, we never thought we would have this opportunity again so we got rid of all the stuff we had before.Again Thanks! and I am soooooo glad I found your website!-Karen in Alabama

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  8. says

    Wow! What a generous idea! I am going to be new to homeschooling one of my daughters due to her Asperger’s and am so excited for this opportunity. Thank you for being such a blessing to your readers!

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