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I'm so glad you've found your way here to my Oasis! My husband, Dave, 

and I homeschooled our three kids from start to finish as in we graduated them from our homeschool - and we lived to tell about it!



In fact, I have lots to say that I hope you'll take time to listen to before you give in to the temptation to go out and buy a huge, expensive pile of curriculum and submit your poor kids - and their childhoods, their creativity, and their love of learning.


If you are burning out, you need the exact same thing as anyone just starting out, because you missed some foundational truth in the beginning that would have prevented you from burning out.


And that truth is regarding what "true education" is all about. Hint:  It's much less complicated, difficult or expensive than what you might think it is!


I love this quote by John Taylor Gatto, who you'll be hearing more from here: 




     "I don’t think we’ll get rid of schools any time soon, certainly not in my lifetime, but if we’re going to change what’s rapidly becoming a disaster of ignorance, we need to realize that the school institution "schools" very well, though it does not "educate"; that’s inherent in the design of the thing. It’s not the fault of bad teachers or too little money spent. It’s just impossible for education and schooling ever to be the same thing."

– John Taylor Gatto




That last sentence!!! "It's just impossible for education and schooling to ever be the same thing"!  If you can get this right at the beginning, it will drastically reduce the amount you spend on unnecessary curriculum that will only burn out you and your kids...  and it will change the entire course of your homeschooling journey...  of the remaining years you have with your children...  the relationships you have with them and the direction they go in life...  and ultimately how prepared they will be for "the works God prepared beforehand for them." It changes everything!!!


So I hope you'll spend some time here at the Oasis I have prepared for you to take in what is here! My intent and hope are to help you lay aside fear...  wrong thinking that's only binding you up... and preconceived ideas of what education is so that you can experience all that God has for you and your kids during these years.


And, believe me, they come to an end all too soon! Of course, once they leave home, they often come back...  with a wonderful spouse and wonderful grandkids. And you'll enjoy even these even more if you focus on getting the most out of these precious years that they are in your care.


Here are the original 5 of us five in our younger years... (This is a picture of a picture - in the olden days when there were covered wagons and NO digital cameras, let alone smart phones!)  ...  And here we are a few decades later...







  The extended Shelton Family at Tory and Tasha's wedding winter of 2023 :

L to R:  Sam, Weston, Chase, Sharnessa, Jonah, Henry, Tory, Tasha, Isaac, Barb, Dave, Annelisa, Carlianne, and CJ



Here's where to go!


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Homeschool Launch Course by Barb Shelton


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at homeschooling with Barb's own

homeschool course!


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and on YouTube - to

encourage and stretch you

in many creative ways!


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the many resources that Barb

Shelton has created!


31-Day "Let's DO This"



This course (on Udemy) created

by Barb will expand your creativity, deepen your soul & relationships,

and brighten your heart!



Homeschool Summit


The conference coming

up this fall here in the

Longview/Kelso area that

Barb will be speaking at!


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to find help for those just

starting out or who need new

focus and vision!






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