Fall Teacher Swap!

Here it is, everyone! Below you will find a list of partners. I also sent an email to each pair. Get to know each other (via email, blogs, etc) and have fun! Due to my tardiness is getting the list posted, I have changed a few dates. Swap packages should be mailed by September 30 (feel free to mail them anytime, though!). The price limit is $20, but you don’t have to spend any money at all. Homemade, second hand, etc are all fine for the items. Just remember, they should follow the theme of S-C-H-O-O-L, with one item representing each letter in the word “school”. For example, “C” might stand for cool pens and you would include some awesome writing implements in your package. “L” could stand for leisure activities, with a cool game thrown in the package. HAVE FUN! And if you have any questions, email me.

*Remember, blog about your package when you receive it! Pictures on your blog are great, because we all want to know what you get! If you don’t have a blog, just be sure to email your partner so that they know you received the package.


Teresa and Shelly

Kristen and Holly

Heather and Sarah

Kristine and Megan

Patti and Kyle

Jennifer and Terry

Lori and Stacey

Caroline and Cathy

Lisa and Carol

Sarah and Katie

Susan and Crystal

Check your email! And HAVE FUN!

*In the interest of full-disclosure, I had to take two partners. Every time I tried to get an even number, I still ended up with an odd one out!


1. Do you have any hobbies?
2. Do you enjoy crafting? If so anything in particular?
3. 5 favorite things you can’t live without.
4. Do you collect anything?
5. Do you have any Children or pets?
6. Favorite things to do during “back to school” season.
7. What makes you think of school?
8. Favorite treats?
9. Favorite color combo.

You might also want to find out what grade/subject your partner teaches (if they are a teacher).

Swap is coming!

I promise, the swap partners will be announced by tomorrow evening.  I ended up spending today in South Jersey and just walked in, exhausted.  So expect an email from me tomorrow, with your swap partner.

Thanks for your patience!


I still need one more person for the Teacher Swap!  As of now we have 19 participants and I need an even number to pair everyone off.  Just leave a comment or email me (see sidebar for address).



Partners will be emailed later today!

Last Call for Teacher Swap!

Friday is the last day to sign up for the teacher swap!  Be sure to email me (see sidebar for the address) if you want to participate!  I hope to have the partners selected and contacted by Saturday afternoon.


We have a bunch of people already signed up-some teachers, some not.  But we would love to have you, too!  Comment here, here, or email me!

Teacher Swap?

Just tossing an idea out there, trying to gauge some interest-

In my frequent blog reading, I have noticed a lot of swaps being mentioned. After a little bit of digging, I found out that a swap is when a group of bloggers/readers are paired up and send each other packages according to a theme. For example, there are New Mom swaps, Paper swaps, Pet swaps, and so much more. They are similar to random acts of kindness, or RAOKs, which are also popping up all over blogs and message boards. I LOVE this idea.

Would anyone be interested in a Teacher/Kidlitosphere swap? I am thinking the theme could be “Back to School”, though you wouldn’t have to be a teacher to participate! If you are interested, I will pair people up using the random number generator. You can send me your name and address and I will forward it to the person who has you. It will be a great way to promote blogs (yours or the ones you read)! Plus, who doesn’t like getting surprises in the mail?

For the actual swap, the theme word will be SCHOOL. You choose items to send to your partner based on this word. They can be teacher items, book related items, writing related items, or just plain fun ones! Here is an example:

S- Something to write with. You favorite type of pen/pencil to write with.

C- Crayons to brighten your life.

H- Happy things. I would totally send a copy of a favorite book here!

O- Organization. Something to keep you organized.

O- One thing I couldn’t live/teach without

L- Lazy days. Something that helps you relax, or calms you down during stressful times!

OK, in the act of typing this I have decided I want to host one!

Sign up by: August 21st
Partners given by: August 23rd (I hope!)
Send out items by: September 20th

Budget: $20 (not including shipping)

To Sign up: e-mail me at thereadingzone@gmail.com with your name, mailing address and blog address. You do not have to be a blogger to join in the fun….Lurkers this is your chance to come out and play!!

I will list randomly selected partners on my blog by first name or nickname with links to their blogs…don’t worry if you don’t have a blog you can use e-mail to get to know each other.
I will send each person an e-mail with their partner’s e-mail. You guys can then exchange address info.

Theme: Back to school. Think along the lines of being a teacher, or starting a new year (us teachers always see September as the “real” New Years!). You can also think along the lines of passing along the love of reading/writing.

Details: You send your partner 6 items (somewhat school/reading/writing/teaching) in the theme which will represent the letters “S-C-H-O-O-L” (see above for example).
Your items can be store bought, handmade, secondhand, whatever…Be Creative!
Most importantly have fun!!!
Any questions please e-mail me at thereadingzone@gmail.com
Have Fun!!! Happy Fall!!

*ETA:  Once you receive your package, you can blog about it and the sender!  Hopefully, we all meet someone new in the blogosphere, plus get our names out there on new blogs!