Shipping Times Are Long, But You Don't Have to Wait
Every hard-copy curriculum purchase now comes with complimentary online access. See our blog for up-to-date shipping timeframes.
Shipping Status Updates
by Keith A. Howe
Published: 8/19/2020
updated September 14

This blog post will provide you with up-to-date information regarding our shipping timeframes so you know what to expect. We appreciate your patience and flexibility and sincerely regret the delays.

You can expect your order to ship within 3-4 weeks of your purchase.

Your curriculum will arrive in multiple shipments.
Some of these shipments will follow within a few days of the first from a different warehouse. Other backorders will come in the weeks following the first shipment. More information is provided below.

Your curriculum will have backorders.
All orders will have backorders, and we will update this post frequently to provide the status of backorder shipments. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to discuss the status of individual customers' backorders.

We apologize for the backorders. This is not what you want, and it is not what we want. We believe in the power of quality literature and engaging projects, and we are working 12-18 hour days 7 days a week to make this happen for so many families that have been affected by the current pandemic and the change in their children's schooling options.

Curriculum Backorders
We are prioritizing the production of first-semester curriculum so that every family can get started. We will start shipping backorders of second-semester curriculum by October 1.

Every order placed after July 1st received complimentary access to online curriculum. This will enable you to get started immediately on any unit that you have purchased. Just click the online link in the upper right corner of our website to access your online curriculum.

Literature Backorders
As a literature-based curriculum company, we invariably have backorders from book publishers, and the number has increased this year. Usually these backorders last 2-6 weeks. We will ship out backordered first-semester books with a higher priority than second semester books.

If you don't have the literature you need when you need it, you have a couple of options:
  • The easiest is to move on to a different unit until the backorder arrives.
  • If you can purchase the literature from a third party, you can cancel your backorder on the account page of our website. You will not be charged for cancelled backorders.
Math / Science Kit Backorders
We deeply regret that we will not be able to provide materials kits for every family before the end of September. We are making drastic efforts to get more kits made as quickly as possible, and the information below will give you an idea about when you can expect to receive your materials kits. We do have many kits that have just now become available, and we will be shipping these out in the coming weeks.

All of our kits will be shipped in priority order based on the date that an order was placed. Please bear in mind that once a kit is available, it may be a few weeks before your kit is shipped. We will be shipping as quickly as possible, and we will be shipping in priority order based on the date of your purchase. Whenever possible, we will also be including backordered books and curriculum with your kits as well.

Please note that many of our kits contain items that you can obtain on your own. For years, we sold the Age 8-10 Interdependence and Age 9-11 Energy units without kits. The kits make these units much easier to implement, but they can still be completed if you obtain the items on your own. If you source these items on your own, please visit the account page on our website and cancel the kit from your order. If you cancel the kit from your order, we will not ship it to you, and you will not be charged for it.

Another option that is available to you is to change the order of your units and wait to complete a unit that requires a kit until the kit is available. This might mean focusing on social studies units in the early fall and then transitioning to science later in the semester instead of alternating between the two subjects every three weeks as is usually done in the elementary levels.

  • Age 4-5 Materials Kit
    We will have Age 4-5 Materials Kits available for orders placed on or before September 2 available at the end of September. Orders placed after September 2 will receive kits in early 2021.
  • Age 5-7 Math Kit
    We are currently shipping materials kits for orders placed before August 19. We will have additional kits for all other orders available in mid-October.
  • Age 6-8 and Age 7-9 Math Materials Kit
    We are currently shipping materials kits for orders placed before August 20. We will have additional kits for all other orders available in mid-October.
  • Age 8-10 Math Materials Kit
    We will be begin shipping Age 8-10 Math Materials Kits in late September for all orders.
  • The Interactive Notebook is a three-ring binder that your child will use to document her work through the year. You can get started without it, and then you can add the work to the binder once it arrives.
  • Math Move-Up Kits
    We are currently out of all of these kits, and we will not have more in stock until 2021.
Science Kits
  • Age 8-10 Interdependence Kit
    We are now shipping these kits for orders placed on or before August 1. We will begin shipping all other kits in mid-October. If you want to get started sooner, this kit contains mostly common items that can be sourced by most families.
  • Age 8-10 Force and Power
    We are currently shipping kits for orders placed on or before August 10. We will begin shipping for later orders in late October.
  • Age 8-10 Exploration and Survival
  • Age 9-11 Energy
    We are currently shipping kits for orders placed on or before August 12. We will begin shipping for later orders in November. If you want to get started sooner, this kit contains mostly common items that can be sourced by most families.
  • Age 10-12 Our Changing Earth, Weather and Climate, and Force and Motion Kits
    We have a handful of these kits we are shipping to families that purchased before August 4th. The remaining kits will begin shipping in November.
  • Age 11-13 Semester 1 Science
    We are currently shipping this kit for orders placed before August 15. We will have additional kits available in early December.
  • Age 12-14 Semester 1 Science
    We are currently shipping this kit for orders placed before August 3rd. We will have additional kits available in early December.
Other Miscellaneous Items
Age 7-9: Kids Book of Weather Forecasting - Update: Originally this book was listed as out of print, but we have inventory now. We will be shipping this out in the coming weeks.

Age 9-11: The Scrambled States game that is used in the first unit is currently backordered. You can choose to skip those activities, substitute with a different game, or just come back to this unit at a later time.

* Update: We expect to receive copies of this game by mid-September.

Age 10-12: The book If You Lived When There Was Slavery In America went out of print. We have rewritten the unit so that uses other online resources instead of the book. This book is being cancelled from every order, and you will not be charged for it. You can access the changed lessons in IdeaShare.

In Closing
Thank you very much for your flexibility during this time. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused such an increase in homeschooling, and we are doing everything we can to make sure that as many families have access to a quality literature rich curriculum as possible.

Check back to this page for more information in the future.
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