The MARCH and APRIL Homeschool Swap!

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This year’s FIRST Homeschool Swap is finally here! I know that the swap blesses so many of us homeschooling moms. Here are a few things that you should pay close attention to if you are interested in participating. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THIS POST COMPLETELY.

Here’s the skinny:

1. Sometimes swappers never return 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. In past swaps, some swappers have 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. You don’t have to email us your links any more. Instead, we will be hosting a swap post LINKY instead. Last swap I was unable to put up a swap post linky due to family illnesses, but this go around you will be able post on your own blog pictures of your swappy goodness and the share the link with the rest of us! 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.

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 and pair you with another swapper. When you get your package, just take a picture of the contents and post about it on your blog. How easy is that?!

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

Here’s the schedule:

SIGN UP: By February 25th
PAIRED UP: By March 3rd
MAIL SWAP: By March 24th
POST PHOTOS: April 7th
NEXT SWAP: April 14th!

We’re giving you two weeks to sign up. Be sure to leave a comment on this post with a valid email address if you want to participate. 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 April!  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.

We will be starting a new swap up April so if you aren’t able to participate this time, you can look forward to the next one!

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!
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 – and link to her blog.
6. Come back here and link up your swap post.

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???

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  1. alisha stennett says

    I love getting fun mail; your right a welcome change from all the bills that come during the month. Please sign me up!

  2. Jeanelle says

    I’ve never participated in the swap but it sounds like so much fun. I would love to get to know other homeschool moms!!!! Please count me in :)

  3. says

    I never received a package from my partner in the last swap. But I have been in several other successful swaps. I’m willing to give it another go! Sign me up!

  4. Kimmomof4boys says

    It is weird, but I get the comments for this Post, but when I open it, it doesn’t connect me here like it has in the past. Maybe because the sign up deadline is over? I had to search high and low to find this post. Wanted to make sure didn’t miss anything. I take it, the e-mail messages will come to us soon, so we can get them back and shop for our Swap partner. I can hardly wait. I had a great experience last time and a lot of thought went into both sides. blessings, Thanks for including me.

  5. Penny says

    Hmm…it’s 7 March and I have not received any follow-up communication regarding this Swap. Hopefully, it because the organization is just a bit behind schedule? (That’s perfectly okay – we’re all so busy…) Or did I miss the pair-up? Has anyone else heard further news regarding this Swap?

    • KellyR says

      Penny, all swap sister information was sent Monday. Apparently Google ate some info from the swap form that was filled out. I will be going through anyone who was possibly missed (including you!) and re-sending the swap form to be filled out again.

      Gotta love technology. Or not. 😉

  6. Penny says

    Hi Kelly, it’s me again. I have been checking both my inbox and my junk folder and still have received nothing, no even the swap form to complete. I did see our most recent post regarding having to resend forms as Google ate some. Just checking back in with you as I do not know where you are in that process – if you are still sending forms, pairing people, or if it has all been accomplished. Thanks for your patience with this. :)

    • KellyR says

      Hey there! All swap information was sent out last week, including yours. Why don’t you send me an email ( thehomeschoolpost @ gmail . com ) and I’ll try replying to you with your swap sister information and see if you get it that way. :-)

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