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Mrs. Barb Shelton:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details



Shelton, Barb

182 No. Columbia Hts. Rd.
Longview, Washington (WA)  98632
United States of America (US)
Keynote Speaker?Yes
Keynote PresentationsOklahoma City, OK Homeschool Convention 2003
Featured Speaker?Yes
Featured PresentationsW.A.T.C.H. Homeschool Convention in Spokane, WA, 1997

W.A.T.C.H. Homeschool Convention in Spokane, WA, 1998

Massachusetts H.O.P.E. Convention, 1997

W.A.T.C.H. Homeschool Convention in Renton, WA, 1999

W.A.T.C.H. Homeschool Convention in Redmond, WA, 2001

Valley Home Educators Homeschool Convention, Modesto, Calif., July 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma Homeschool Convention, April/May 2013

Oklahoma City, OK Homeschool Convention, May 2013

Valley Home Educators Homeschool Convention, Modesto, Calif., July 2013
Presentation Titles & Descriptions


Creative, Flexible Home Organizing

(For parents with children of ALL ages.)


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.  (The other part is having healthy, loving relationships, which Barb covers in her "Connecting Hearts ~ Now and Forever!" workshop.)




Papers and Records and Files ~ OH MY!!!


(For parents with children of ALL ages.


Are papers, stacks and piles eating you alive ~ or at least eating too much of your available living space? Does it take you too long to find a needed document?!? … To the rescue, this workshop!!!  Learn how to create order in your work/office space, computer area, and desk; transform overwhelming piles into under-control files, bins, and notebooks, deal with mail and incoming papers; and saving and organizing memories, keepsakes and heirlooms!




High School Organizing,

Record-Keeping & Frameworks


   (For parents with high schoolers now, or coming up soon.)  


Here's practical HELP for ORGANIZING your high school experience, customizing it to fit YOUR teen(s)!  You will find out how to determine what kind of a framework to choose for high school that fits your and your student's needs, priorities, and styles, plus how to organize and document ALL your student's learning experiences, including traditional, natural, non-traditional, real-life learning!  (Based on Barb's book, Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la, but this is NOT an info-mercial; you'll be able to use everything from this workshop without buying a thing.  ...   You will get the most out of this workshop by attending Barb's companion workshop:  "Creating High School Classes," but it's not necessary.)




Creating High School Classes


   (For parents with high schoolers now, or coming up soon.)


Here's 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. Many ideas for what to do for many learning experiences too.  (You will get the most out of this workshop by attending Barb's companion workshop:  "High School Organizing, Record-Keeping & Frameworks.")




The Heart of True Education


(For parents with children of ALL ages;especially those just starting out, or burning out)  


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!!!


The Heart of True Education" is the foundation to this workshop!  This one

does "stand alone," but the complete picture is presented in both together.


(For parents with children of ALL ages.)


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! 




Real-Life Homeschool Learning &

Organizing Tools for Younger Children


(For parents of children ages 4ish thru 12ish;from "tiny tots" through middle school age)  


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.




Connecting Hearts ~ Now and Forever!


(For parents with children of ALL ages.)


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 do 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, and between children, from baby through adulthood ~ how to get and keep your children's hearts, "until death do you part."



Barb's Achievements

Author of 8 books and 6 CD's to help parents with a real-life "true education" approach to homeschooling, including:  Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la.  (See this page for all of them: )

Co-owner/Manager of Homeschool Oasis website and ministry:

Leader of monthly Homeschool Oases in my home (free)

Shelton's Bio

Barb Shelton inadvertently became a "homeschool pioneer" without ever intending to do so.  She, with husband Dave, homeschooled their three children for 26 years, ending only because the youngest graduated (in 2006) and there was no one left to homeschool!  She has written 8 books for homeschoolers and 7 CD's all of which are on topics of vital interest to burning-out as well as brand new and wanna-be homeschoolers.  With vulnerability, humor, and God's Word, Barb has helped hundreds of parents recover from and avoid the pitfalls of listening to the loud and numerous voices of the world, inspiring them to hear the voice of the Lord for their own unique children.  Her heart is to refresh and equip the brethren (and "sisteren") and help them grasp God's vision for the education ~ the true education ~ of their children.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Barb Shelton and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.


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