Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker unlike any you’ve heard before. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed wih the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family's Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she's spoken on a variety of humorous topics ranging from not being ready to be a Titus woman to why angels need a new public relations manager. She has been a guest on many radio programs and is a speaker to conferences nationwide.

While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her first born son’s 13 surgeries, her homeschooling challenges, her family’s many ADHD challenges, or her own walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, this woman speaks from the heart. She knows why she knows what she knows

She's the author of three books about dealing with (or possessing) a non-linear mind in a linear world. Her first book, How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On To Learning, gives the reader understanding into the mind of the highly distractible child. It answers the imponderable question, "Why does this child constantly fall out of his chair?" (hear the kathunk) It also provides idea after idea on how to teach a child who simply can't sit still.

Carol's second book, If I'm Diapering a Watermelon, Then Where'd I Leave the Baby?, was born of the realization that her highly distractible son had not fallen very far from the tree. (hear the next kathunk) This book celebrates women who are non-linear thinkers, women who are the Mary's in this very Martha world. It also provides strategies on how to keep the distractible mind on track while taking advantage of the gifts that come with being gloriously unregimented.

Her third book, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, takes all the mystery and complexity OUT of learning styles. This book keeps it simple, and puts its emphasis on the "What do we do now?" It takes each academic subject and then provides dozens of ideas on how to teach it from a variety of angles to a variety of learning styles. It makes teaching the atypical learner not only easy, but fun. No really, it does.

Carol will be speaking on:
What Are You Thinking? Learning Styles and Beyond
This talk is BIG on the beyond. So often, learning style materials pour all their time and energy into finding the right label for your child's learning style. (Yes, we now know he's a right brained, global, sub-dominant, argyle-wearing, rational wombat...but how do I teach him to spell?) And while there are many different tools for assessment, too often these same materials are light on just what you should do after the label. How do you teach history so it sticks? What if she can't understand fractions? What if he loves language but hates to write? This workshop will be all about "What do we do now?" come away with lots of ideas you can use Monday morning.
You can connect with Carol at her main website, CarolBarnier.com, SizzleBop.com, Facebook (seach for "Carol Barnier"), and Twitter @Carol_Barnier. You can listen to four audio clips done by Carol at Mid Atlantic Christian Artists.

Carol's Products

The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles

Many of the books on learning styles devote 98% of their text to identifying learning styles, then spend the remaining 2% telling you how to apply this knowledge. They are long on diagnosis and short on prescription. Carol Barnier knows from her own experience and from interactions with educators all across the country that while people are certainly interested in the "why", they are in urgent need of the "how", or the big "what now?" They need perfectly clear and practical information that can be applied tomorrow.

In The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles, parents and teachers will find an emphasis on "what to do about it". This book:
Supplies hundreds of activities keyed to learning styles for easy access and application
Covers practical strategies for success in spelling, writing, math, history, geography, science, and more
Inspires parents and teachers to act with confidence on the conviction of God's potential in each child

Click here to buy at Carol's SizzleBop Store

If I'm Diapering a Watermelon, Then Where'd I Leave the Baby?

Why do we start for the kitchen to get a drink for a child, get sidetracked by a paperclip on the floor and end up weeding in the garden with no idea why our child is still thirsty? As a self-proclaimed "Gloriously Unregimented Mom", Carol shares stories and strategies from the heart (and from the trenches!) about living in a home run by a mom whose brain hasn't had a linear thought since 1988 (pre-children). She brings to light the many "truths" distractible moms must own if ever they are to develop strategies that work. Best of all, Carol shares her firm conviction that the highly distractible mom has a real and God-given edge over the naturally organized mom. Who'd have thought? Learn strategies for coping in a world that loves order but also, learn to celebrate how you've been made.

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How Do I Get My Child Off the Refrigerator and on to Learning?

How do you teach a child with an impossibly short attention span? Why does 20 minutes worth of homework take 3 hours? This home schooling mom of a supercharged, highly distractible child shares the practical tips that turned their home schooling from an exercise in pain and frustration to one of pleasure and success. Topics include, putting motion into learning, making math fun, the unique difficulty with writing and decreasing distractions. Also a thought provoking commentary on “What was God thinking?” when he put such qualities in your child.

Filled with practical ideas used by public school districts, Sunday School teachers, therapists homeschoolers, and parents helping with homework. It's a resource you'll put to use immediately and come back to again and again.

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Distractible Child CD's


A two-session workshop that attracts not only families with ADHD children, but also those whose children are simply fidgety. How do you teach a child with an impossibly short attention span? This home schooling mom of a supercharged, highly distractible child shares the practical tips that turned their home schooling from an exercise in pain and frustration to one of pleasure and success. Topics include, putting motion into learning, making math fun, the unique difficulty with writing and decreasing distractions. Also a thought provoking commentary on “What was God thinking?” when he put such qualities in your child. Come and learn practical tips that you can start using Monday morning.

Click here to buy at Carol's SizzleBop Store


Practical Parenting CD

This homeschooling life IS a different one, with its own distinct practices and values. This talk will have you laughing about the funny experiences we homeschoolers share, and will give you some great responses to questions that you hear over and over again. Questions like... "So there's no school today?" and "Why does your family have so many kids?". Enjoy this walk through some of the funny and thoughtful aspects of homeschooling.

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