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WHO WON THE 2011 HOMESCHOOL BLOG AWARDS?

Voting has now ended for the Homeschool Blog Awards. Winners will be announced on November 21st! Be sure to check back in and congratulate some of the finest homeschooling blogs on the net for their outstanding contribution to our community.

If you are a winner, you have until December 2nd to claim your prize and we give your information to our vendors so that they can ship your prizes. Be looking through the prizes to see what you want most and let us know if there is anything you would rather pass on – we take note of your top “wish list” and your children’s ages when doing our prize drawing. Prizes will be shipped by January 13th of 2012.

If you didn’t win, wear your nominee badge proudly and keep shining! All of us are a community and each voice is needed. You never know how many people you encourage and inspire online! Someone thought you were wonderful enough to nominate… over 1,186 of you!

 

WIN A PRIZE THIS WEEK WITH THE A B SEE

Remember the A B See Photomeme – our alphabetical photo meme?? Well, we skipped it in October because we didn’t have a prize and a lot of us were busy traveling to blog conferences. This month we are planning to bring you two prizes – one for October, and one for November. Two random A B See participants will be randomly chosen for a fun prize (although we aren’t sure what it will be just yet – ha!). You have until this Thursday night to get a post uploaded to Flickr or Pixosphere to be entered in the give-away.

By the way, Lolly Pops and Cupcakes was our last winner and she has not claimed her prize yet. {Ahem!}

 

THE HOMESCHOOL SWAP IS COMING TO A CLOSE

We hope you got your packages to your “swap sisters” in the mail. Just in case you needed to be reminded of the dates (we know everyone is busy – especially this time of year):

You were supposed to have mailed your swap package by October 28th, and to have taken a photo of it and posted a ‘thank you’ post on your own blog (if you have one) by the 18th of November. I know I haven’t met my deadline, so don’t worry if you are a bit late. My swap gift went out in the mail last Friday! Just try and get things wrapped up as quickly as you can so that you’ll be ready to LINK UP on our next swap post in January! And try to get your packages in the mail before the holiday rush starts (this week!!)… oh, and let your partner know you are running behind via email out of courtesy, please!

 

CARNIVAL OF HOMESCHOOLING ON DECEMBER 6TH

Yep – you heard it right. We’re hosting the carnival again. You can click the buttons on our sidebar for a couple of the previous carnivals that we have hosted to see what a carnival post is about. OR you can click over to Henry’s blog (our gracious organizer) and do anything from 1. find out how to get your blog posts included in the carnival round up, 2. look through hundreds of past carnivals and see what themes people picked to write about, or 3. see who is on the line up to host the next 4 or 5 carnivals that are scheduled. Or you could just stay and read a bit of Henry and his family’s blog – because it is a great homeschool resource.

Our theme for the December 6th carnival will be “Blog Conferences and Homeschooling” – and we’ll be showcasing some of the best pictures from the Relevant Blog Conference that happened a couple of weeks ago – along with others from the past.

If you have a great photo or post about anything homeschooling, you are welcome to enter it. You don’t have to stick to the theme. However, brownie points to anyone who has a homeschool related post or story about your trip to a blogging conference! There were over 70 women at Relevant who were homeschooling, so I’m sure there are bound to be posts out there worth rounding up!

 

WINNER OF THE EXPO GIVE AWAY

Congratulations to Angelina (#2) for the prize win! Contact us at thehomeschoolpost @ gmail.com (no spaces in the middle) to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone for participating!

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Have a great Thanksgiving week and be safe on the roads if you are traveling. Through your readership and participation online, we are a very blessed community indeed. I feel so very thankful to be able to be with my children and to learn beside them. Don’t you?

 

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Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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The OCTOBER and NOVEMBER Homeschool Swap!

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Some things with the SWAP are changing – so you might want to pay close attention to the fine print in this post.

This past swap was our biggest swap yet! We had nearly 60 swappers. We also had a few problems. So we got our thinking caps on and decided to make a few changes. Here’s the skinny:

1. We had 18 swappers that never returned their questions on the initial email. I am not sure why – but we don’t have the desire or the time to bug everyone on email, so we just let it go. If you are planning to swap, you might go in and make thehomeschoolpost at gmail dot com your friend so the spam catcher won’t send us to cyber-jail in your email client. When we don’t get enough swappers to reply and there’s an odd number (someone left without a partner), one of our authors usually fills in or drops out. You have a week to get your questions back to us on average, so please be prompt. We pair you on the order in which we get your replies. This way, God does the matching, not us. {We don’t believe in accidents!}

2. We had about 3 or 4 swappers this time that said that they never got a package. One was a mix up with the post office, but there are still some packages out there that haven’t been sent on this last swap and even older ones. We hate blacklisting wonderful ladies from participating, so PLEASE send your box or at least let one of us at the Post know you can’t – so we can try and get one in the mail for your swap sister. Don’t be afraid of contacting us to help you resolve the issue. We will email your partner and ask her if she forgot for you if you are too shy. We want to make sure everyone gets a box!

Here’s a bit of advice for those who don’t get a box by the deadline:

*Please email your swap partner and ask her if everything is ok. Sometimes it is as simple as her losing your information or forgetting!

*Please allow for late packages – because we all need a little grace. Email reminders won’t be looked down on, either. I know I can use an email reminder for just about EVERYTHING in my life. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Chances are, your swap sister is a great person (she’s homeschooling her kids, isn’t she? she reads the Post, right?) – send her an email!

*Please pray for your swap partner: sounds strange, but one of our swappers was late sending out her swap recently because she had lost her mom. You never know what might have happened that could have delayed your package.

*Don’t give up on swapping just because you have one unfavorable swap. It is very rare that packages don’t get sent – even though it is very common that they get mailed late.

3. Lots of people were late. I have no idea if it was the ‘back to school’ chaos that kept everyone from the Post Office, but it seems that almost all of the swappers were late this time. That’s why we are skipping September and pushing this swap out through November. This gives everyone nearly three months to get this round done.

4. You don’t have to email us your links any more. The final issue is a computer one – and sadly, can’t be fixed. My wonderful laptop gave me the blue screen of death yesterday when I was preparing the swap links you all had sent … and ate my text file. All those emails you sent with links to the posts on your blog where you displayed photos of what your swap sister sent are gone forever. So this time (and all future swaps) we will be hosting a swap post LINKY instead. With the amount of swappers we have now, this will save us time and it will be more colorful and fun, I think! I hope you’ll agree.

Have you ever joined the Homeschool Swap before? If you haven’t, you are missing out. Swapping a little gift in the mail once every two months with another homeschool mom is FUN – and a great way to get to know other homeschool blogging mamas. No blog necessary.

Are YOU interested in getting a groovy care-package in the mail (instead of bills)? Leave a comment below to let us know you want to participate. It’s ever so easy. Make sure to leave a valid email address. We’ll send you a questionnaire form and pair you with another swapper. When you get your gift, just take a picture of it and post about it on your blog. How easy is that?!

Be sure to put the dates below on your calendar and make sure you don’t forget them!

Here’s the schedule:

SIGN UP: By September 30th
PAIRED UP: By October 7th
MAIL SWAP: By October 28th
POST PHOTOS: By November 18th
NEXT SWAP: January!

We’re not doing another swap this year since the holidays fall so soon after this one is complete. We’re giving you two weeks to sign up for this one, though. Be sure to leave a comment on this post if you want to participate with a valid email address. Photograph your loot when it arrives and post a thank you on your blog. Come back here to include your blog link on our linky in January! Our next sign-up won’t be until JANUARY 2012. Mark your dates on your calendars! I know everyone is busy, but please try and not spoil the fun for your partner by dropping the ball.

Don’t know what a swap is? Click on the ‘Saturday Swap’ Category on our sidebar and see some of our past swaps. Our very first one was October 2007.

Important: Stumble, facebook and tweet this post (our twitter account is @hsbapost) to help gather up all the swap-loving homeschoolers you know!

We hope you’ll join in the fun! Spread the news and ask your homeschool friends to join.

Here are the basic rules for every swap:

1. Don’t offer to participate and sign up if you can’t get the gift in the mail on time (you have more than 2 months).
2. Don’t spend more than 15$ on your swap gift (not including postage). You will end up making your buddy feel like they didn’t give enough to you.
3. Get to know your swap buddy – email them! Pray for them! Send them a Bible verse! Email them! Etc.!
4. Do NOT share your swap buddies’ personal information (last names or addresses) with anyone else.
5. Make sure you post a photo and ‘Thank You’ for your swap sister – thanking her and linking to her blog.
6. Come back here and link up your swap post at the next swap sign-up.

Suggestion: Please make sure you take extra care when packaging your gifts if they are breakable or fragile. We have had swap gifts damaged by UPS or the Postal Service!

Who’s in for the next one???

~ This swap post is now CLOSED ~

Sprittibee

Credits: PHOTO for GRAPHIC above by Maximum RABBIT Designs , GRAPHIC design by Sprittibee

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Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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Friendly Reminder About the July/August Homeschool Swap

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We’ve been getting a few notes about joining the next swap… but this one isn’t over just yet! If you are already signed up and you haven’t mailed your package… be sure to get on it! The deadlines for the July and August Swap were as follows:

SIGN UP: By July 8th <done

PAIRED UP: By July 15th <done – and might I note that there were about 8 who never filled out their questions and returned them… ?

MAIL SWAP: By Aug 12th (that’s today!)
POST PHOTOS: By Aug 19th
EMAIL LINKS TO ME: By Aug 26th
NEXT SWAP: September/October! <– it will be September when we post our next swap that you can join!

I know everyone is busy, but please try and not spoil the fun for your partner by dropping the ball on this swap.

Don’t know what a swap is? Click on the ‘Saturday Swap’ Category on our sidebar and see some of our past swaps. Our very first one was October 2007.

We would also love to see you tweet your swap posts – we’ll be glad to retweet it for you from the @hsbapost twitter account to drive more traffic to your blog. Be sure to link back to www.hsbapost.com or one of these swap posts and use our graphic!

Sprittibee

Credits: PHOTO for GRAPHIC above by Maximum RABBIT Designs , GRAPHIC design by Sprittibee

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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***SUNFLOWERS UNIT STUDY * New from SEE THE LIGHT 66 pages of dynamic, integrated, comprehensive instruction for an entire month for the student ages 10 and up. $9.99 - http://www.seethelightshine.com/store/unit-studies/sunflowers-unit-study.html***