The Heart of True Education by Barb Shelton
To experience all God has for us in our homeschool, we must be willing to focus on HIS way of approaching education, and HIS priorities therein. If our focus is "avoiding gaps" or "preparing for college", we will strive to emulate the traditional school system, without realizing that the school system as we know it was not God's idea, but man's, and as such, is unable to produce the godly fruit we so desire to see in our children. Before going one more step on your path of homeschooling, make sure you are headed in the right direction, which starts with knowing what that is! Because the primary purpose of true education is "preparing us for the works God has prepared beforehand that we may walk in them, " what's "right and best" will be different for each family and each child. A generic, one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter education does not fit all! Broadening our view of "education" and getting a scriptural "God's eye view" of it is essential to making our homeschool experience all that it can be! You'll save hundreds of dollars in unused, misused or overused curriculum, and years of frustration and futility!
Preparing Heart, Soul 'n' Guts Now to Homeschool to the End by Barb Shelton
Does the thought of homeschooling through high school give you the shivers every time you think of it? Whether high school is still several years away or you're already doing it, you don't have to continue to be plagued by fear! Let's expose and deal with the myths, intimidations and misperceptions head-on, once and for all! The focus for this workshop is high school concerns - not "high school how-to's". (Those are in another workshop.) We'll delve into the fears and concerns, like the diploma issue, can I really do this, will my child be missing out. With these fears dealt with (as in dealt a swift "death blow"), you'll be free to approach high school with vision and confidence! It takes some time to go through this process, so do yourself a favor and do this early on!
Creating, Organizing, and Documenting High School Classes by Barb Shelton
Here's practical, do-able HELP for how to pull together all your student's learning experiences, from traditional, to natural, to lessons (like music), to sports, to life experience—and certainly any combination thereof—and turn them into wonderful classes. Plus: how to organize your high school experience and customize it to fit your teen(s); how to determine what kind of a framework to choose for high school that accommodates you and your student's needs, priorities, and styles; and how to organize and document ALL of your student's learning experiences, including traditional, natural, non-traditional, real-life learning!
Creative, Flexible Home Organizing by Barb Shelton
This pictorial tour of Barb's home and life - with lots of explanations along the way - will help and inspire you to make the most of what you have, organize it better, set up "centers" in your home that will help you function more efficiently, and thus create more order and peace in your home, which are part of the foundation of a peaceful homeschool.
Connecting Hearts - Now and Forever! by Barb Shelton
We see many people (homeschoolers included) who appeared to have their children's hearts during the homeschool years, only to see them "go their own way" (a way that doesn't include parents or family after leaving home). Many assume it is normal and natural to not have good, healthy, flowing relationships with their kids, that it’s okay for disrespect to reign in the home. Indeed it *is* "normal"; but it is not God's "norm"! He has SO much MORE for His precious people!!! Learn how to sweeten, correct, and heal relationships between parents and children (from baby through adulthood), how to get and keep your children's hearts, "until death do you part."
Real-Life Homeschool Learning and Organizing Tools for Younger Children by Barb Shelton
Practical help for organizing homeschool, chores, and life, plus how to set up a flexible lesson plan based on a healthy balancing and weaving of your child's real life experiences with their academic needs, and then how to "dish it out." Plus ten reasons to keep records and how to determine which ones you do and don't need! You will also get ideas for getting and keep your home and homeschool in order, your day running smoothly, your stuff (including kids' jobs) organized.