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Recipient of $100 Educents Donation

Announcing the recipient of the $100 Educents donation.

Business Vendors for the Birthday Auction

This summer, for our second annual birthday auction week, we're inviting business vendors to join us. We have an exciting line-up of vendors who are going to be auctioning off their products and giving a portion or all of their proceeds to Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping.

Donation #18: Educents $100 from TFHSM

This donation is for a $100 shopping spree at Educents!  If you are a homeschooling family in financial need, don't miss it!

2nd Annual Birthday Fundraiser Auction!

It's been an amazing two years.  From the start of our organization on July 1, 2014 until now we've been able to help countless homeschool families to afford curriculum for their families, and have provided BRAND NEW curriculum from generous donors on

Curriculum Scholarship Opportunity for Homeschool Families in Need

A very special curriculum resource is available to homeschool parents that would not normally be able to afford it (this summer only - ends August 31st, 2016). 

FYI: Get Ready for Auction Week!

Ok, so it's almost June. That means it's about one month away from our annual Summer fundraiser -

the birthday AUCTION WEEK!!!

Donation #16: Mr. Science Teacher

Today's donation is a giveaway-style one, sponsored by Mr. Science Teacher!  One homeschooled high-schooler in financial need will receive a completely free subscription.

Donation #15 Recipient Report

An anonymous donor provides Life of Fred, Story of the World, and games for Math for two homeschool families in financial need.

Donation #15: What D'Ya Need?

This is going to be a fun one! One donor wants to provide some specific curriculum items for some homeschool families in need. You say what you're most in need of, and if it's what she wants to give away - it's yours!

Recipient Selected for Donation #14: Homeschool Manager

Announcing the winner of Homeschool Manager - The Easy Online Planner. One family in need is receiving a free subscription!

Donation #14: Homeschool Manager Software

Today's donation is sponsored by Homeschool Manager - The Easy Online Planner. One family in need will receive a free subscription!

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Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping is excited to offer one subscription of Homeschool Manager to one homeschool family in need.


Twice a year, we host an "Auction Week" in which members can SELL!  This week is IT!  Go sell your used curriculum, and help homeschool families in need at the same time!

Winter Auction Week is the week of Monday, January 4th through Sunday, January 10th.

Homeschool Family Receives Christmas Blessing from Generous Donors

Announcing the recipient of the 2015 Christmas Blessing from Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping donors! One homeschool family in need is receiving a $150 Amazon giftcard.

About the Moderators of the Facebook Group (Member Education Post #8)

The moderators, group owner, and everyone involved with Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping are volunteers. We are not getting paid for our time spent moderating the Facebook group wall.

Christmas Gift of $150 Amazon Gift Card for a Homeschool Family in Need

Instructions for Bloggers (Member Education Post #7)

Hey, Bloggers!

Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping has always been a community effort, and we enjoy having you visit and share freebies and "kinda like FFS" deals with us!

Winter Auction Week is coming up soon!

Birthday Auction Week (back in June) was a fun event, and we received a lot of good feedback about it. We said we would do it twice a year, once at the end of each "semester" - as folks are switching gears and perhaps needing to get rid of curriculum. So, we are planning an upcoming Winter Auction Week, and we're letting you know about it ahead of time so you'll be prepared!

Winter Auction Week will officially be the week of Monday, January 4th through Sunday, January 10th.

Last summer we raised enough money to file as a 501(c)(3) charity ($400!!!), but we still need a whole lot more to proceed. The leadership team and I feel that the safest and smartest thing is to consult with a lawyer before we can proceed any further in the process, and that's going to be expensive. Any proceeds from the upcoming Winter Auction Week will go towards that.

We can still truthfully say that 100% of donations is used to benefit the homeschool families we serve. All persons involved in the running of this organization are still completely volunteering their time and talents, and do not receive payment for their work here. And, we are families just like you - we don't have much money either, so we need your help!

So, GET READY! We are so excited to be working toward our goal to gain 501(3)(c) status. WINTER AUCTION WEEK is coming up soon!

If everyone in the group (over 13,000 of us!) sold just one book during Auction Week and gave $2 - that would be a complete miracle, and we'd have an amazingly HUGE budget to use for sending out curriculum to needy families. But, not everyone will see this. So we hope that at least some of you will see it, participate, and give.  All proceeds from the Auction Week will go towards our savings fund for gaining 501(c)(3) status.  We hope to earn it ALL with this next auction!

We receive so many requests for help every week.  And right now, we can't help them all.  We think and hope and pray that when we finally gain 501(c)(3) status, more cash donations will begin to roll in, and more families can be helped.

Thanks for helping us to help others! Thanks for your donations!

As always, thank you so much to all the generous families who are sharing curriculum every day within our Facebook group! We are so blessed to witness your kindness!

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4 Fun Fall Traditions for the Family

I've always valued traditions. Traditions that we come back to time after time, year after year, help to build family unity. We all know that the tradition is something special, something we do as a family. We have quite a few traditions that focus on different seasons of the year- not just holidays but everyday fun that we take time to do each year. Here I'm sharing some of our favorite, fun fall traditions. I hope that this will help you build your own family traditions for the season.

Leaf rubbings

From the time the kids were little, we've enjoyed doing leaf rubbings when fall arrives and the leaves begin to turn and fall. We head outside to collect leaves. Leaves that are still soft and not crunchy are the ones that work best. We put the leaves flat on a hard surface. Using fall colors like red, yellow, and brown, we pull the wrapper off of the crayons. Then we turn the crayon sideways and rub. These make beautiful leaf pictures we can display for the season.

Corn maze field trip

A few years ago we found a local corn maze and going to it has become a favorite fall tradition. The corn maze we enjoy is a pretty intricate one, better for older kids and adults. Little ones can have fun if they stick close to the group, but it has taken us around two hours each year to make our way through, so younger kids will probably give up and get tired easily. My youngest was eight the first year we went. Here is a map of all registered corn mazes in the US.

Pumpkin carving

Whether or not you choose to celebrate Halloween, pumpkin carving can be lots of fun. There have been quite a few years that we didn't even get ours carved before Halloween, but we still took time to carve it afterward. Daddy is usually in charge of the sharp tools. The kids help pull out the pumpkin insides and help design a face to carve. One year, as the kids have been older, we bought some smaller pumpkins as well and let the older kids carve their own.

Apple orchard tour

There's nothing like a visit to the apple orchard to make it feel like fall. We've visited a local orchard for many years in the fall. Our orchard has hayrides and pumpkin picking as well as the delicious apples, apple cider donuts, and apple cider. This site has a huge list of apple orchards in the US and some international sites.

Taking time to build traditions brings the family closer together. The changing of the seasons is a fun time to have yearly traditions that the family looks forward to.

HiRes_4711443580053D (2).jpgLeah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.

It's almost the 15th of the month!

That means it's ISO Album clean-up time.

At the HSCFFS Facebook group, it's time to clean house.  We delete the comments from the ISO photo threads twice per month.  Once on the 1st, and once on the 15th.  If we let them accumulate, they would very quickly become overwhelming and donors would hesitate to visit them.  Although we have to make sure the ISO threads adequately represent current needs, and that our current, ACTIVE members in good standing have a chance to get their needs met, there IS hope.  Don't worry!  Read on.

Here are some helpful tips for you, so that your requests remain visible, and so that your hopes might be eventually met.

We will usually keep comments up from about the 13th/14th of the month, and don't delete them.  If you go into your comment, and simply edit it - within a couple of days or so of the volunteer moderator's clean-up (normally around the 15th of the month), then your post will be updated with a more current date - we will see that it has been recently updated, and will not delete it!  What's even better is that your post will then be pushed to the top of the list, and our generous donors will see that you are still in need.

Don't give up!  I know for a fact that there are donors who search the ISO posts FIRST, before posting to the wall, and attempt to send you a PM to offer you their donation.  IN FACT - WHEN USED DONATIONS ARE GIVEN TO ME, I NEVER ANNOUNCE IT - INSTEAD, I MYSELF WILL CONTACT YOU VIA THE ISO ALBUM!  Used curriculum that is donated to the organization is NOT STORED ON A SHELF but immediately offered through PM to those on the ISO wall.  Be sure to check your "other folder."  Donors will usually attempt to tag you on the wall, but sometimes donors don't know to do that, so it's best to check that folder every once in a while. 

Don't give up!  This post, in fact, is being written due to one donor's request to encourage you to continue to try again on the ISO album!  She's waiting for you!  Don't delay - update your request TODAY!

For fast and easy access, feel free to click the links below to be taken directly to the specific ISO album for which you need to request curricula.

And here are the individual photos to which you can visit and make your request:

(yes, we allow just about anything 
that could help another homeschool family)

The Purpose of this Blog (Member Education Post #6)

The Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping blog is a great place to learn more about the organization behind the Facebook group.

Be sure to sign up for email updates or follow us at our Facebook page - to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes at our nonprofit organization! Although blog posts are shared withing the group, you can easily miss these announcements if you're not an email or Facebook page follower.

The updates on the blog include:

  • Information about our status as a charity (currently in the works at the time of this post) 
  • Fundraisers 
  • Giveaways and BRAND NEW curriculum donations 
  • Announcements about the winners of giveaways, and the recipients of new donations 
  • Guest posts from our very own members, and bloggers who volunteer their time to create content for our members 
  • Member-Suggested resources 
  • Free printables 
  • Timely resources for homeschooling on a budget 
  • And more!