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See the very bottom of this page for V*Enna's CD:


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"Where I Wanna Be"


The Heart 'n' Soul of

(and Door into)

Our Message


The Homeschool Guide-a-log (for Real-life Home Education) compiled/written by Barb Shelton. Let's start with a quote from one homeschooling mom about this book:


I am really enjoying the Guide-a-Log!  I've been homeschooling six years now, burning out every year, and wondering why God called me to this. Reading Marilyn's and now your books has been so refreshing and freeing. Thank you so much for taking the time to write all that God has revealed to you down on paper!!!

~Karen; a homeschooling mom for 6 years in NY



This book is about 175 pages, but only 18 pages of that is catalog.   I originally wrote it to introduce the books we carry, but it ended up being a thorough introduction to our whole message!!! It's what I want to say to people who are either just starting out homeschooling, considering it, burning out on it, or just dissatisfied, because the root problems are ALL THE SAME. If you are unaware of and (therefore) don't deal with them at the beginning, you WILL deal with them later, thus the tendency toward dissatisfaction and/or burn-out even twelve years into homeschooling!!!  Homeschooling for a long time does NOT guarantee good results or good fruit in your children or home! :-) The "a-log" part of the word "Guide-a-log" is as much for "dialog" as it is for "catalog."

Here's the Table of Contents. Any of you who have seen this page before will notice some major differences!!! It now has many links in it! To the various articles around my website!!! Sam and I are in the process of getting it ALL online. Ignore my little "notes to self". Like "TYPE" just means he needs to type that up because it was never online; just something I copied from something else. If something's just black, regular type, it's not linked yet! This unique book contains not only all the products that are dearest to my heart ~ all the ones I have written plus a variety of other favorites ~ but also many articles to help you in several vital areas!  "HELP! I Need to Homeschool But Have NO Idea Where to Start!" is good for those who are burned out on "school at home" and for veteran homeschoolers who know that God has something different and better for them and are wanting to RE-start.  Plus there are articles on: socialization, homeschooling through high school; taking a child out of public school; transitioning to homeschooling, the purpose of education, goals of child training, legal and testing issues, romance and relationships God's way (purity, integrity, and abstinence, but from a heart to please God, not from a legalistic or rule-based angle);  "Decide to Be a Homeschooled Mom,"  "Hearing God 101,"  "The Diploma Quest(ion)," and "Biblical S.A.T's of Learning," just to name a few.  One whole chapter presents an in-depth description of my suggestions for a "Season of Re-education & Renewing of the Mind" and a few reviews on my books that are detailed enough to help you decide if they are really what you want.  Again, click here to see the Table of Contents.  And here are a couple more comments on it(!)...



     This isn't a flimsy little catalog with a shiny flashy cover and little substance! This is a full-blown comb-bound BOOK! (about 173 pages). Nearly every section has a one-to-seven-page section of items to buy with descriptions that are related to that section. The paper is substantial, so it can be written on and flipped through and USED!  I have had mine for over two years, and you can tell it has been used, abused, and perused... but it isn't going to fall apart any time soon!   It is also one of the few books that I refuse to loan out for any length of time....  (If you are my friend, I will allow you to come to my house to look at it here... but it doesn't go home with you, my friend! )


~ Teresa W.; a homeschooling mom of 4 since 1985; in WV




       I love my Guide-a-log! While Barb has most of the info at her website, I like to have something physical. I love the website, but I can't take it with me on a car trip. Now I know Barb doesn't mind us printing articles from her site and putting them in a notebook, but life is short, and she's already done it in the form of the Guide-a-log. No, it isn't the entire website, but plenty to give me something to think about. I like to have something that I can write on, putting my comments in the margin ~ which sometimes change over time as my mind is renewed.

      I like having a physical catalog to put marks by things I am considering buying. Many of the articles give you a taste of what an author, such as Marilyn Howshall or John Taylor Gatto, has to say, which gives you an idea of whether you would be interested in buying a book by that author.  It is one of my favorite books ~ and it's inexpensive! So I give it a hearty endorsement! (Warning! It just whets my appetite for more!)

   ~ Susan S.; homeschooling mom of 3 for 7 years; in TX


8 X 11" /  170 pgs. / Comb-bound  $7.00






Field Trips, Socialization, and Wisdom in Coming and Going!


Field Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities (A Christian Homeschoolers Guide to...) by Barbara Edtl Shelton.

 A guide for support groups or one or more families wanting to plan homeschool activities together. Author Ted Wade: "This hefty book is much more than a list of places to go. Barb has shared from her rich family and support group experience just how specific activities could be organized and made to produce worthwhile learning. It has an excellent chapter * (see next book) on using time wisely, not letting outside activities overshadow the calm routine of balanced home living that includes uninterrupted time for study, play, family interaction and just experiencing life. Field trip ideas and forms to implement the activities."  How-to's for an annual Home School Presentation Night, and many examples and masters.

150 pages  /  Comb-bound  $14.95


It's About Time * by Barb Shelton. This is the above-mentioned chapter of the Field Trips book - by popular request!  A refreshing gift for weary homeschool moms suffering from "too-activitis" or even burn-out. (So if you have/get the Field Trips book, you don't need this...  unless you want to give just this book as a gift ~ which is a very good idea for a burning-out-on-too-much-going friend.)  

15 pages  /  8 X 11"  /  Comb-bound  $3.50





COME HOME TO HOMESCHOOL by Marilyn Howshall.  We no longer sell this book because the Howshall's discontinued wholesaling mid-1999, but I highly recommend this book anyway!  It can be ordered directly from the Howshall's starting on the Lifestyle of Learning book list page.)



(For more on this topic, please see the articles on "Socialization" in the Article Chart under "Homeschool Issues and Concerns.")






Tools to help uproot the "old"
and implement the "new" in your thinking about education 


Dumbing Us Down - by John Taylor Gatto.  This book, written by the 1992 New York State "Teacher of the Year," and a public school teacher for over 25 years, reveals what is really being taught in the public schools, not so much in the curriculum, but via the whole system itself, and how it affects kids, their creativity, their mindsets, their desire to learn. It is eye-opening and enlightening. It is not written from a Christian perspective nor by a Christian, but this actually adds to its credibility and ability to convince a non-Christian spouse of some things that will make homeschooling look all the more logical and wise a choice.  

Softbound  /  $11.95



Homeschooling for Excellence - by David and Micki Colfax.  On back of book: "For over fifteen years, David and Micki Colfax have been educating their children at home. They don't think of themselves as pioneers, though that's what they have become. Unhappy with the public schools, the Colfax's wanted the best education possible for their four sons: a program for learning that met the evolving needs of each child and gave them complete control of how and what their children learned. The results? A prescription for excellence -- Harvard educations (or all four of their sons.) Now the Colfax's tell how all parents can become involved in homeschooling. In a straight-talking book that reads like a frank conversation among friends, they tell what they did and how they did it: their educational approaches, the lessons they learned, and what materials -- books, equipment, educational aids -- proved most useful over the years. Best of all, they show you how you can take charge of your children's education -- in an invaluable sourcebook that will help you find a rewarding and successful alternative to our failing schools."  

  Softbound  /  $12.99


() N.E.A. Trojan Horse in America - by Samuel Blumenfeld. "An educational Mafia captured the high ground of American public education in the late 1800's. Sam Blumenfeld shows how, by their own words and deeds, their carefully orchestrated, partially hidden agenda has deliberately steered the public schools, its teachers and children down a disaster road to socialism, secular humanism, radicalism, suffocation of Christianity, the trashing of basic values and the establishment of one of the most powerful and dangerous unions, the National Education Assn. (NEA)  The country owes Mr. B. a great debt of gratitude for his courageous work." "Every so often a book is written that can change the thinking of a nation. This book is one of them." (Steve Symms; U.S. Sen. ID) (I used to think this book was terribly radical; now I KNOW it is because our culture is! And nothing less will wake us up or move us to action!)  



() The Great Escape - by Geoffrey Botkin. There is a full write-up on this in the Legal Issues section.  I have it in both sections because of how important it is, and the fact that it fits both categories; and I don't want it to be missed. This book seems a bit radical at first glance, but a quick glance at what is happening (and not happening) in our schools balances it out. For an intro the heart of this message, see this article here at my website. (To return to this spot on this page, just click on your BACK button. )  




Teachers College Record "Research & Common Sense"- by Dr. Raymond Moore.  A small but powerful booklet that will help you see behind the myth of early child-readiness for formal education. The subtitle ~ "Research and Common Sense" ~ is actually a better title, in my opinion, but it was originally written for college purposes.





Seven Natural Vital Signs of the Learning Process - [audio tape] - by Marilyn Howshall. This audio-taped workshop will help you hold a light up to the state of learning in your child by revealing what a healthy state of learning looks like.  It will also give you a "voice" to hear as you read all the books in this course that are by Marilyn Howshall.  Her gentle spirit comes through "soft and clear" in this tape!




Home Education Myths - by Karl Reed.  This booklet will reveal  many of the myths you are believing about education without even realizing it ~ which is the first step to dispelling those myths and changing the way you think about education! 




     This is going to be a bit confusing,

so if you're tired, please get some rest, and

then come back and read this!



Out of Fear & Burn-out;

Into Focus, Freedom & Refreshment


True education is so much more than mere academics! And until we understand what it really is, we will operate out of fear rather than wisdom. In this workshop Barb will help you discern ~ and follow ~ the voice of the Lord for your own family over the many loud voices of the world. With vulnerability and humor, she offers much spiritual and practical encouragement, research, examples, and scripture verses that will release you from fear and intimidation of homeschooling through high school and help keep you from missing out on God's richest blessings for you and your student!  The two tapes total about 3 hours. Handouts are included. You are free to share this with your support group!  (See the box below for some thoughts on getting my tapes and/or book.)  This one long seminar has now been broken down into two workshops and renamed:



~ and ~


(At some conferences, it  has also been called "DELETING THE FEARS FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS".)


We apologize for the confusion, but "Out of Fear..." was taped 6 years ago (as of 2003), and as my speaking and workshops developed and (hopefully) improved, I realized different titles would be better.  However, since this is part of my Homeschool Course (also called my "Season of Re-education & Renewing of the Mind"), and is listed in the Course Syllabus, I needed to keep the original title here as well.  Again, I'm sorry for the confusion!  It's all part of "growing pains"!    Please see the next two resources...  

The Heart of True Education

(Part I of "Out of Fear...")


Before you go one more inch on your path of homeschooling, make sure you are headed in the right direction! And 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, indeed, fit all! Broadening your view of "education" and getting a scriptural "God' eye view" of it is essential to making homeschooling all that it can be! You will save yourself hundreds of dollars in unused, misused or overused curriculum, and years of frustration! Too many people find out too late that they were on the wrong path! You have only ONE chance with your kids. God is a redeeming God (the theme of my LIFE!), but He doesn't time-warp us back to the infant stage to start over. We need to be seeking the heart and mind of God on this NOW.  (1 Tape/Handouts/ 1 hour)

TAPE $6.00

CD $8.00 [coming soon]




The High School Years:

Preparing Heart 'n' Soul 'n' Guts

(Part II of "Out of Fear...")



(This is actually Part II of "Out of Fear & Burnout."  Part I ~ "The Heart of True Education" ~ is foundational to this workshop!)  ~ 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 any longer! Deal with the myths, intimidations and misperceptions head-on, and once and for all! It takes some time to go through this process, so do yourself a favor and get thinking about it EARLY ON.  The focus for this workshop is high school concerns ~ which are best to get OUT of the way as early on as possible ~ we will NOT be focusing on "high school how-to's."  It is the fears at this level that are delved into, like the diploma issue, can I do this, will my child be missing out. With these fears dealt with (a clean swift "death blow") you will be free to approach high school with vision and confidence! (1 Tape/Handouts/ 1 hour)


CD $8.00 [coming soon]








To Help You Develop

Your Relationship with

Your Daughter


Growing Little Women - by Donna Miller. (Two editions:  One for older girls; one for younger; explained below.)  The subtitle of this book is actually the best way to describe it!  "Capturing teachable moments with your daughter."  On the back cover it says: "It seems that just yesterday you cuddled your baby girl. Your heart filled with hopes and dreams for her future, and you wanted to give her everything she would need to live a fulfilling life and grow to love God. But season followed season, and now her years under your wing are suddenly half over. As she blossoms, you can't help wondering: Am I sharing my insights and experiences with her?  Am I preparing her to become a godly woman?  Am I establishing a bond that will smooth her passage to womanhood?  This book is designed to capture those fleeting moments before she becomes a woman. Within these pages you'll discover engaging stories, fun activities, and lessons on life to be shared between a ... girl and her mother, grandmother or mentor."  (FROM BARB:  It actually says a "9- to 12-year-old girl" but believe that, for homeschoolers who are not as "worldly wise," this book is appropriate for a 10 or 11-year-old all the way through high school.)

       Gloria Gaither says: "There is no richer or more significant time in the developing relationship between a mother and daughter than the years of later childhood and early teens. If mothers and daughters can hold each other close, then they will likely be best friends for life. Growing Little Women is a wonderful collection to build ladders of communication and weave from the fibers of devotion strong ties that bind."

       Please note:  There are TWO versions, as listed below.  If you do not specify which one you want, (for younger or for older) we will automatically send the older (11+) version.


Growing Little Women (for 11ish+)  (Both versions are wire-bound) $12.95

Growing Little Women for Younger Girls (Age 10ish and under) $12.95




To Help You Along the

Homeschool Path


The Christian Homeschool - by Gregg Harris. Samuel Blumenfeld, author of NEA: Trojan Horse of America and Alpha Phonics, said: "This is an excellent introduction to Christian homeschooling by a pioneer in the movement itself. Parents concerned with the spiritual and moral upbringing of their children will find in this book the Christian way out of their dilemmas. Gregg Harris is to be commended for providing parents with the clear guidance they need to make wise homeschooling decisions." Chris Klicka, attorney with HSLDA, said: "Gregg Harris has done more to lay the biblical and practical foundations for Christian homeschooling than any other person I know. His respect for God's Word combined with his insights into the teaching process and his love for children make his book amazingly effective." Having gotten to visit their home on a few occasions, I can say Gregg lives his message!  (He's Josh Harris' dad, and that says a lot!! )  


() The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook - "A Creative and Stress-free
Approach to Homeschooling" by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore. These are the authors whom God used 18 years ago to usher me into the world of homeschooling! (Home Grown Kids was the actual book.)  "The creative approach to homeschooling puts the family first, without sacrificing educational quality. This book will help you: Avoid student resentment and parent burnout; Target your child's interest and motivation to make learning fun; Understand how a child's developmental stages contribute to learning; See the big picture of family and society in the learning process."   



The Way They Learn - by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. Subtitle: "How to discover and teach to your child's strengths."  [On back of book:]  "In this enlightening resource, [the author] introduces the variety of learning styles that shape the way students interpret their world. Once these approaches are understood, parents and teachers can become far more effective in helping children grasp confusing concepts, stay interested in lessons, and utilize their strengths.  ..  By recognizing a child's learning preferences, you can reach them more efficiently and effectively!  ...  These concepts are powerful tools for drawing out the best in a child."










Here's where you can get V*Enna's CD:


"Where I Wanna Be"


(Click on the cover to go to

V*Enna's official website!)

The girl on the left of the CD cover (to the right) is Sharnessa, our daughter, who was homeschooled from start to finish!  The CD has a variety of songs ranging from slower ballads to bouncy Christian pop.  The music is fun and enjoyable to people of all ages (my mom, age 72, loves it!  And so does my 4-year-old niece!  So do *I* ~ Sharnessa's Mom ~ for that matter!)  The lyrics are wholesome, some being of a more worshipful nature ("Take me all the way to Heaven, I will follow You forever...") and some being of a more encouraging nature, as in encouraging kids (people) to follow God and embrace His will for our lives.  The song titles are below. 


1. Where I Wanna Be
2. Make That Noize
3. Do You Wanna Know
4. Sometimes
5. Hold On
6. Why Did I Let You Go
7. Best Friends
8. Sunshine and Rain
9. Don't Stop
10. All the Way To Heaven
11. Don't Get Left Behind

My (Barb's; Sharnessa's mom's) personal favorites of the above songs are "Hold On,"  "Sometimes,"  and  "Don't Get Left Behind."  I also LOVE "Sunshine and Rain" and "All the Way to Heaven."  CD (which is all we sell) is $12. (They sell it at their concerts for $15, and we wanted to sell it for the same price, which, including the $3 s/h it is.)  

CD ~ $12.00







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