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!