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Practical and full of the encouragement any high school homeschool mom needs, Barbara Shelton's High School Form+u+la contains advice and reproducible forms to guide you through credits, hours, extra curricular activities, graduation, applying for college, grading techniques, teaching guides and much more.
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Author: Barbara Edtl Shelton
Located in: Longview, WA
Submitted: October 14, 2000
Tell us a little about yourself. I along with my wonderful husband, Dave, operate a ministry to homeschoolers out of our home in Longview, WA. Dave is the "back (and funny) bone" of our family and of our business/ministry; one could call me the "heart" of it. But that analogy is pretty limited, as God is the LIFE behind and through it all! My books and seminars ~ and that fact that almost NO one else was homeschooling when we began (we knew of two other families in our entire city) ~ resulted in my inadvertently becoming a "homeeschool pioneer." I have written 8 books for homeschoolers thus far (and am working on others), but thats the easy part; Dave does all the producing of these books, as well as all the processing of orders, and all wholesale distribution. He is truly the "wind beneath my wings," my prayer support, our business manager, and an awesome Dad! We were married 25 years ago as of last summer (of 2000), and we've been homeschooling since 1982 18 years as of fall of 2000. Our three precious children are Sharnessa, 23; Tory (male), 21; and Carlianne, 14. As of this last August (2000), we are also the delighted parents-in-law of not one, but TWO more "children"! One is a dear man named Samuel Sandén who Sharnessa married on August 19th, and the other is Chrissy, Tory's delightful wife as of one week later!
What was your motivation behind this project? I was ~ and AM ~ especially excited about helping those trying to recover from ~ or wanting avoid ~ the pitfalls of listening to the loud and numerous voices of the world, and hear the voice of the Lord for their own unique children. I want to be used of the Lord to refresh and equip the brethren (or "sisteren") and help them discern and grasp God's vision for the education ~ the *true* education ~ of their children. My book, "Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la," presents several flexible frameworks for doing high school on an independent basis. There are 160 duplicable forms to use in organizing and documenting your student's high school experience, for them to use in the learning process, and to help explain concepts in the book. But it's much more than just forms and frameworks! I share insights from the Word that the Lord has opened to me that have helped free me up to hear and follow HIS voice, and not feel compelled to be bound to the world's priorities. In it I also open up my ~ and my family's ~ lives and experiences in hopes that they may be of use to others. I am careful all through the book to make it clear that this is just what *we* did and is *not* what I am suggesting for anyone else. I have made my life an open book ~ literally! ~ to give them real-life examples of how to implement the concepts, and to show how they look in real life. My heart is simply to try to free people up to follow the leading of the Lord in their own lives ~ which looks different from family to family ~ and not copy *anyone* else's experiences ~ including mine! Also, being that I am a strong (-only-in-Jesus) Christian, everything in the book is non-apologetically from that perspective. If that is not the reader's bent, there is still PLENTY that they will get out of it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? When people read my book(s), my hope is that they'll be challenged, and moved to think and re- think their views about education, and best of all, get set free (or freer) in Jesus! To that end, my writing is very conversational, as if we were having a good, heart-to-heart talk over a cup of [choose favorite beverage], grappling over some hard ~ and heart ~ issues. I have heavily sprinkled the pages with humor, girded them with scriptural truth, and loaded them with practical forms, ideas, and encouragement. If the reader is closer to Jesus by the end, my mission is accomplished, because HE is the Author and Finisher of your faith-walk through education, and will take you far past the pages in my book to His perfect will for your family!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The major influence on my thinking in the areas of education and relationship with God has undoubtedly been Marilyn Howshall, the developer of the Lifestyle of Learning message. She has opened my eyes to so much, including the fact that true education has very little to do with academics, and mostly to do with the parents' own walk with God, and educating themselves and their children as part of that process ~ not something separate, or apart from our "real life." I have also learned and gleaned much from Gregg Harris, Dr. Raymond Moore, John Taylor Gatto. As for my favorite artist? Mmmm, that's easy! The new Christian pop band called V*Enna! Our oldest daughter, Sharnessa, homeschooled from start to finish, is one half of it! (Visit them at www.v-enna.com.)
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: All of my speaking and writing reflect my "lite" approach to homeschooling that is based on the verse in Matt. 28:11 in which Jesus says "My yoke is easy, my burden light." Using a combination of vulnerability, humor, and God's Word, my heart is to inspire parents to pursue God's unique plan for the education of their children, and I offer much practical help in doing so. Those wanting to find out if they connect with my message can start at out website at www.homeschooloasis.com. In particular, check out the Article Chart (which has a high school section) and the "Season of Re- education and Renewing of the Mind." These will give you a good glimpse into the heart of my message.
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