Blue Tent OnLoan
At Blue Tent, we offer a free textbook loan program to our students. We've been in your shoes, and we well remember surfing the web and scouring local homeschooling consignment stores for economical resources.
When choosing textbooks for our classes in the past, we always found it a balancing act between content and cost. So in order not to cut corners, we decided to offer free loaners for our math and science classes. That way we have much more freedom to choose resources we think are the very best.
A PRINT + DIGITAL APPROACH
Our math and science classes utilize online resources--and most include an interactive ebook.
We like ebooks in math and science because they have interactive features embedded within them that offer students links to examples, instruction, and immediate help.
But we also know that ebooks are not always the ONLY way that students want to access information. Even if an ebook is the primary resource, a hard copy is often still desirable.
The Blue Tent OnLoan program makes this ebook + textbook combo an easy choice since hard-copy texts are freely available on loan.
WHAT'S THE COST?
Is the program really free? The hard-copy textbooks ARE loaned free. We just ask you to cover shipping. And we ship textbooks in the most economical way possible--so its usually about $6 by media mail.
RETURN IT. OR BUY IT.
After you register for a class and request a textbook, we'll ship a new or gently used (highlight-free and writing-free) textbook to you during the summer, and you can keep it for the school year.
We ask you not to highlight or write in borrowed books so that we can put them back on our shelf to loan out the next year to other students.
If you decide you'd like to write in a borrowed book or keep it--no problem! We'll let you know the price we paid, and you can purchase it for that amount.
Otherwise, plan to return it to us in a gently used condition at the end of the class.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
To borrow your math or science textbook for the school year, send us an email with:
the registered student's name
the class name
your mailing address
That's it! We'll send you a note when your textbook ships.