Blue Tent OnLoan
At Blue Tent, we offer a 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 interactive ebooks.
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?
Our hard-copy textbooks are loaned free. We just ask you to cover the shipping. We try to ship textbooks in the most economical way possible--so we charge $6 per book for media mail postage and packaging.
RETURN IT. OR BUY IT.
After you register for a Blue Tent science or math class and request a loaned 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. Not all of our textbooks are new, but we try to ship only conscientiously cared for texts.
We ask that you not highlight or write in the books you borrow. That way we can put them back on our shelf at the end of the year to loan out to other students in the future.
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're welcome to purchase it at our cost.
Otherwise, please plan to return it to us in a gently used condition at the end of the class.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS
To borrow a math or science textbook for the school year, 1) complete this textbook request form and 2) send us $6 per book to cover U.S. shipping. If you are an international student, please contact us to discuss options.
That's it! We'll confirm your submitted request and then send you a note with a tracking number when your textbook ships.