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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Curriculum Clean-Out! ~ The Details


If you would like to participate in the Curriculum Clean-Out! here are a few guidelines to go by. I'll try to explain everything as best as I can, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask! No questions? Then start going through your stuff!!

What exactly IS the Curriculum Clean-Out?

Essentially, it's a blog carnival. Homeschool Creations will be the host site for all the permalinks to the various curriculum giveaways. I have quite a few extra books and homeschool things on my shelves that we won't be using, and it's a shame to have them sit and collect dust. I'm cleaning off my shelves in order to pass along some great products to other families. Other families will be cleaning off their shelves and holding giveaways on their blogs and linking back here.

What can I use as a giveaway?

Any curriculum or item for homeschooling that is in usable shape {i.e. not a workbook that only has one page empty or textbooks that are highlighted 'til the pages are see-through}. While these are freebies, we don't want to give away something that really should be thrown away.

Is there anything that is not okay to giveaway?

This isn't for coupons and entrants should not be expected to pay anything for the giveaway prize.

Do I have to giveaway something in order to enter other's giveaways?

No. Feel free to browse the links and enter as many giveaways as you would like! Anyone can play along.

Do I need to have a blog in order to enter the giveaways?

No. If you do not have a blog, but have something you would like to give away, we will have a way for you to participate using my Blog Frog community forum! You will be able to create a conversation in the forums and link it up to the giveaway post!

Who is responsible for shipping?

The person hosting the giveaway will cover the shipping costs. If you are hosting a giveaway, be sure to specify where you are willing to ship your 'prize'. Continental US only? Canada?

How will readers enter?

After linking up your blog post to the MckLinky here, your readers will enter the contest by leaving a comment ON YOUR BLOG POST.

Can I link my giveaway at any time?

Absolutely. You don't have to have your giveaway post ready the first day. You can join at any time.

Should I post pictures of my giveaway item?

If you can ~ great! If you can't, you can also link to a similar item on Amazon. If it helps your readers visualize it, that will help you out even more!

What if I want to giveaway more than one item? Do I need to have two posts?

Woohoo! If you want to create two posts, feel free to link them both up. It's up to you how you would like to run your giveaway.

Who will pick the winners?

You are responsible for choosing your winners { is a great help for picking numbers} and you are responsible for notifying the winner of your giveaway. Please don't ask the entrants to check back to see if they have won. And entrants, please be sure to leave adequate contact information!

How in the world do I use MckLinky?

If you need to know how to find and use a permalink, click here. Please use your permalink and NOT the main page of your blog as your URL. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask {I'd be happy to help you out!}. I will be going through the links periodically to check and will let you know if your link needs to be changed.

What is the best way to link my giveaway?

There are several different ways you can enter your link. It would be helpful for readers to know what you are giving away to. For example:

Jolanthe {A Beka K Phonics Guide} or
A Beka K Phonics Guide {US shipping}

Is it okay for me to create my own MckLinky on my blog for the Curriculum Clean-Out?

Please link your posts to the Curriculum Clean-Out! here at Homeschool Creations. That way we have a central spot for everyone to check for the giveaways.

Are there any other requirements?

Yes. Please be sure to use the button {html link is below} or link back to the giveaway post here at Homeschool Creations. If you are not sure how to do it, here are some directions on how to create a permalink. Linking back to my site will also help other readers find other giveaways to enter.

Here is the html for a 175 x 175 button {pictured above}:

<center><a href="" target="_blank"><img border="0" alt="Photobucket" src=""/></a></center>

If you have any other questions, feel free to comment and ask! Be sure to let your friends know about the upcoming giveaways!




  • You are brilliant! I'll post the button soon :)

    By Blogger Mary@notbefore7, At July 21, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

  • This is an AWESOME idea!

    By Blogger Heather, At July 21, 2009 at 4:30 PM  

  • This is a great idea! I can't wait!

    By Blogger Jenny, At July 22, 2009 at 12:21 AM  

  • I love this idea as I am always donating things to our local library or to other homeschool moms in our area.

    I will have to check back and see what I got but I would also love to enter to win some as well. Sign me up!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

    By Blogger Heart2Heart, At July 22, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

  • Hello Jolanthe,

    I posted a blog about your Curriculum Clean-out and posted your information and button. I also did a tweet ---in also uses FB. I am a new homeschool mother, so I don't have any giveaways, but it'll be fun to watch and learn! Thanks for Hosting! :)

    By Blogger Jessica S., At July 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM  

  • Great idea! I don't have any curriculum to give away, but I have a huge gift pack to give away of stuff that every homeschooling family will love! Tons of flash cards, pocket charts, dry-erase lap boards, etc.

    By Blogger Morgan, At July 23, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

  • Though I'm not a homeschooler, we love to work on "homework" at home. Anything to keep K- learning is a great thing. Plan on putting your button on my sidebar now. I have passed the info onto a homeschooling friend. She's thrilled!

    Thanks for doing this. I know it is a lot of work and quite a labor of love.

    By Blogger Bailey's Leaf, At July 31, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

  • I wish all of my teaching supplies weren't stashed in my parents attic 1500miles away! This would have been perfect to clean out the multiples of my science materials! Have fun everybody :)

    By Anonymous Waiting for Petronella, At August 12, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

  • You are so smart!! Seriously, I am just stressed because I'd love to follow a curriculum but we can't afford any right now. I will definitely be back to check out this McLinky!

    By Blogger S Club Mama, At August 12, 2010 at 11:29 PM  

  • Being a first-time homeschooling family, I'm really excited about this! I'm putting the button on my blog so all my other homeschooling friends can get involved. Thanks for doing this!

    By Blogger Kristin, At August 15, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

  • So excited about this. What a great idea! Thanks for hosting.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

  • Thank you for helping the Homeschoolers out and thank you for all you do, Angela Thompson

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 23, 2010 at 12:12 AM  

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