YMB #66 Art Appreciation for Your Ears: A Conversation with Alisha and Olivia Gratehouse

Today on the podcast I am joined by Alisha Gratehouse and her daughter Olivia from Masterpiece Society. As fans of art, Alisha and Olivia have started a new art appreciation podcast that takes a fun and “cheeky” look at artists and their work. In fact, it is quickly becoming a favorite of the teens and tweens in my house. In this episode of the show discover what is unique about the Masterpiece Maker’s approach to studying the artists, why it is far from boring, and how you can use this free resource in your own homeschool Morning Time to study the great masters.

Pam:

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness and beauty to your homeschool day.

Hey everyone, and welcome to episode 66 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, today’s podcast is about a podcast. I am joined today by Alisha and Olivia Gratehouse from masterpiecesociety.com, and they have started their very own art appreciation podcast called Masterpiece Makers. Now what Alisha and Olivia are aiming to do with this new show is reach tweens and teens and give them a little bit of information about art history in a 15 to 20 minute episode, and they really wanted to pull out the different aspects of art history that they felt like would be interesting to this specific age group. They call their podcast a little bit cheeky, I call it really down to earth and very relatable, and I am so glad that they were joining me to tell you all about it, and we’ll get on with it right after this word from our sponsor.

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Pam:
This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness and beauty to your homeschool day.

Hey everyone, and welcome to episode 66 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I'm Pam Barnhill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, today's podcast is about a podcast. I am joined today by Alisha and Olivia Gratehouse from masterpiecesociety.com, and they have started their very own art appreciation podcast called Masterpiece Makers. Now what Alisha and Olivia are aiming to do with this new show is reach tweens and teens and give them a little bit of information about art history in a 15 to 20 minute episode, and they really wanted to pull out the different aspects of art history that they felt like would be interesting to this specific age group. They call their podcast a little bit cheeky, I call it really down to earth and very relatable, and I am so glad that they were joining me to tell you all about it, and we'll get on with it right after this word from our sponsor.

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Alisha Gratehouse is a veteran homeschool mom and the mastermind behind masterpiecesociety.com, a website full of multimedia art lessons and open and go art appreciation curriculum. Through courses like Mixing with the Masters and Art School, Alisha hopes to create a meaningful art experience for both kids and teens. Olivia is a homeschool and college grad who now joins her mother as a contributor to the Masterpiece Society site, providing courses for early elementary students. This mother daughter duo is now sharing their love for art history through their new podcast, Masterpiece Makers, where listeners can discover some of the greatest artists of all time in a fun and engaging way.

Ladies, welcome to the podcast.

Olivia:
Thank you, Pam!

Alisha:
Thank you for having us!

Pam:
Oh, this is fun! It's going to be in stereo!

Alisha:
We're going to try to pause and let each other talk.

Olivia:
Yeah, sorry about that.

Pam:
That's okay. Okay, well let's get everybody's voices. So Alisha, I'm going to let you talk first and tell us a little bit about your family, and then Olivia, I'm going to ask you a question to let you come on, so everybody will know which voice is which.

Alisha:
Okay. Well this is Alisha, and I am a veteran homeschool mom, as you mentioned in the beginning, and all of our kids are young adults now, so I'm not homeschooling anymore. It's kind of sad, and when I hear about everyone's homeschool days, I kind of get a little sentimental for those times, because I really loved homeschooling our kids. I'm also an artist, and I just love the famous artists and the art history period, so this just kind of fell in my lap, creating the art courses and the art appreciation curriculum.

Pam:
So you were really following something that you absolutely love to do.

Alisha:
Yeah, I do love it.

Pam:
Oh, awesome. So looking back on your homeschool years, what would you say was kind of the flavor of your homeschool? Were you guys eclectic? Unit study? Charlotte Mason?

Alisha:
I would say that we were mostly Charlotte Mason, but definitely eclectic, because we did our own thing in certain areas. We loved the picture studies. No, sorry. We did not. Okay. Sorry about that.

Pam:
There's a story here. Tell me.

Olivia:
I will in just a minute.

Alisha:
We loved the read-alouds and poetry and Shakespeare and listening to classical music and learning about the great composers. Our kids loved nature walks and going to the creek in the woods behind our house, all those kinds of Charlotte Mason-y things, but we did not love the picture studies that Charlotte Mason promoted. So yeah, that was kind of the boring spot of our homeschool days, don't you think?

Olivia:
Yeah, definitely.

Pam:
Okay, interesting. Okay, so I'm going to let Olivia talk for just a minute, because I really want to dig into this little. It was a Freudian slip there, and I want to dig into what this is all about. So Olivia, tell me, what did you not like about Charlotte Mason style picture study? And, I just want to say for the listeners, we're not saying this is bad, we're just saying that Alisha's kids didn't like it.

Alisha:
The way Alisha taught it, maybe was boring.

Olivia:
Well it was really just the programs that we ended up using. They would end up just droning on and on, and they were a little more boring and they didn't really hold our attention as much, and it wasn't like we were really getting in depth with the artists, which was something I would have been more interested in, knowing more about the histories of what was going on at the time, and learning maybe what was their thought process behind making their art. So most of the picture study that we were doing at the time was basically just kind of fluff. There wasn't much meat to it when we would have preferred a little bit more going on.

Pam:
Okay. So you wanted to really dig deeper into the art and what was behind the art, and that was more appealing to you than just kind of what you felt like was a glossing over of just looking at some pictures?

Olivia:
Yeah. Sometimes it was just an overview of different eras, and it was just really quickly glancing through when I would have preferred to spend a little bit more time on what was going on.

Pam:
Okay. Fun. Okay, so I'm trying to do the introductory stuff for this podcast here, and you're already digging into why it was that you started doing it. So let's just go there. So what was the inspiration? Why did you ladies wake up one day...because you're busy, you have this wonderful Masterpiece Society art resource out there with all of these different art lessons, and I love the mixed media lessons, and now you have Art School with the drawing and things like that. You do have an art appreciation curriculum, which is kind of the PDF download version, and you have all the drawing videos for little kids. What made you wake up one day and say, "You know, we're not doing enough. Let's start a podcast."

Alisha:
Well, I am a little bit crazy in the head, I guess, but really, like I said, I love art history, and I just feel I like there has been a void in the homeschool art arena, and I just am following the things that I love and trying to bless and encourage other homeschool moms out there. I don't know, I just feel like as I delved into the art courses, especially when I started the Mixing with the Masters courses, and I would get to know them a little more, and the quirks in their personalities or how some of them couldn't finish projects, which is a lot like me, it made me appreciate them more, and it made them a lot more human. Then I thought it would be kind of fun if we just made these little short podcasts to introduce kids and teens to the great artists. Obviously, we're going to be cheeky, we're going to be goofy, and to be honest with you, Pam, we will sit here and record, and we just have to do take after take of certain things, because neither of us are great speakers.

Pam:
Tell me, you mentioned kids and teens. What age group do you think is really good for what you're creating here?

Alisha:
Well, I am aiming this towards upper elementary, but mostly middle and high schoolers, because the younger set, there is a lot out there for preschoolers and kindergartners and the lower elementary grades, such as Deep Space Sparkle and Art History Kids, but I just feel like there is not a lot for the upper levels, and so this one is geared, I would say probably 10 and up, but of course, any of the kids are welcome to join in. It's just, we may not hold their attention, and like I said in our first podcast episode, we may not hold anybody's attention. We just sit around and entertain ourselves a lot.

Pam:
I think that you're going to reach a good audience with this, because you're right, you're absolutely right. There are so few resources, and we have moms tell us all the time that they need something and they're looking for something that's really going to grab their older kids and get them interested in some of these things. I was listening to you guys the other day, and speaking of not being able to say something, is it Albert Door? Is that his name?

Alisha:
Albrecht Durer.

Pam:
Okay, so you were talking about his hair, and I'm like, "Okay, I know there's some teens who are really going to have a good laugh over this, and it's gonna be something that they can relate to." What sparked your love for art and all of these great artists? Alisha, going back, now Olivia, obviously we know that this was in your house all the time because of your mom, but Alisha, going back, can you pinpoint what it was that made you kind of geek out over these artists?

Alisha:
I don't really know. I've always loved art and drawing since I was a little kid, and I just took an art class in high school of course, but I did have an art appreciation course in college. I went to school for an English degree, but I took an art appreciation course, and it was actually during that course I realized how much I loved the great masters, and I didn't do anything with it for years, but just teaching our kids and just getting to know them sparked even more, and then, of course, we've been able to travel to some of the great museums around the world, and it makes it grow even more exciting when you get to see these things in person.

Pam:
Yeah, yeah, because you guys recently spent some time in Europe, correct? Or you're going soon?

Alisha:
Yeah, both.

Pam:
So Olivia, I find some times that just because I love something doesn't necessarily mean that my kids are going to love something. In fact, sometimes I think that my kids don't like things because I like them so much. So where did your appreciation for art come from? Did it come straight from your mom, or how did you kind of find your own way in this?

Olivia:
Well, a lot of it did actually come from mom, just simply because she had all this art and more details about the artists just on hand, and she was always encouraging us to be artistic ourselves. And I've always enjoyed even seeing art produced by other artists, contemporary artists, today, and so when she was delving more into the art courses and with Masterpiece Society itself, it was more in front of me as something that I was seeing on a regular basis.

Alisha:
And she was having to help create courses and curriculum.

Olivia:
Yeah, I was having to help, and it just became, I don't know. It was just a gradual process where I realized, "Hey, I actually really enjoy learning about this as much as doing it, and doing courses as well."

Pam:
Okay. So you kind of grew into it. It wasn't something you just woke up one day and you were like, "I love artists!"

Olivia:
Yeah, it was definitely more of a process.

Pam:
So it was kind of a building of those loves based on what you were exposed to, which is something that we talk about a lot on the podcast. So when you approach a particular artist and you're going to record a podcast about them, what are some of the things that you look for to share with kids?

Alisha:
Well, obviously we want to give a short little biography, because I think that if we go too much into their lives. Some of them didn't live appropriate lives, and moms probably don't want their kids to know too much, and it gets boring. Art history in my high school, my public high school, was boring, but I love finding out fun or weird facts and letting kids know about certain things, and of course, we're kind of irreverent, pointing out Albrecht Durer's hair and how he was like the Renaissance rock star.

Olivia:
There was Michelangelo, the fact that he never bathed, or he didn't really keep up with appearances very well, and so it's just fun little details that we would find when we were researching them that kind of helped us.

Alisha:
Basically we like making fun of the artists.

Pam:
So it's kind of an irreverent kind of humor, but you're right, it's the kind of stuff that gets kids' attention, and it's almost like a stuff you missed in history class for art. And, all of the episodes are right at about that 15 or 20 minute mark, aren't they?

Alisha:
Yeah, definitely. I wanted to keep it short and sweet. Sometimes they're a little bit over 20 minutes because we just can't quit talking about a certain artist, but we want it to be something that moms will actually use, and when you get bogged down trying to do too much of everything or too much of one subject, it just gets overwhelming.

Pam:
Yeah. Well, let's talk about that. How do you envision families using your podcast in their homeschools?

Alisha:
Well, I envision it... For one thing, we have a lot of our members of the Masterpiece Society that do Fine Arts Fridays, and so I thought it would be great to incorporate it, and in fact, we released the podcasts on Friday, and so they could just play the episode and pull up the art piece that we're talking about and just follow along as we go into detail about the techniques or about the painting itself. It would be perfect for your crowd who love the Morning Time and have the morning baskets. You could print out a picture, you could print out a copy of the painting or open it up in a coffee table book of the artists, and listen to the podcast and follow along. Also, in not every episode, but in a lot of episodes, we're going to include a freebie, like a line drawing or a template, where moms could download it and their kids could color along or use it as the template to transfer on a canvas or watercolor paper, and they could paint it and just do that even during it or afterwards. It's adaptable. You can even use it in car-schooling.

Pam:
Oh yeah, yeah. I could totally see us using it that way, and I love that idea. We were talking earlier about ... You were worried about the younger kids not following along or getting bored if they were younger than older elementary age, and I think having those line drawings and some watercolors, and I like to use the watercolor brushes with the water in the barrel.

Alisha:
Oh yeah.

Pam:
So they could sit and paint their own version of the masterpiece while they're listening, then that just takes this lesson down even further to any little kid who likes to sit and watercolor at the table.

Alisha:
Exactly.

Pam:
Yeah, very much so. Well, I see that you've covered quite a few different artists already. You have a number that are now available, your intro episode of course, and then some of the big ones like da Vinci and Michelangelo and Raphael, and then one of the things that I love is that you have told us who's coming. So if we go to masterpiecesociety.com/podcast, we can actually see who you're planning to release coming up all the way through the end of February. So that allows moms to plan.

Alisha:
Actually, we're planning on going through the entire year of 2020 and getting to the modern art at the end of the year. And then next year, we're going to go even further back in time and start with the pre-history and Egyptian art and Greek art. Even in 2022, go back and pick up some of the artists that we didn't get to study, and just have this available as a resource for years to come.

Pam:
Yeah, yeah. This is looking like something that moms are going to be able to jump in and use for artists that they're wanting to study or just take it in chronological order, as well, from where you're going now and then going back and picking up those earlier ages. So it looks like a really great resource.

Well, let's talk about art itself, because you said something earlier that I wrote down in my little notebook here because I thought it was so important. You said that what you found when you were studying the artists was that they didn't finish projects, and you could really relate to them because of that. Can we speak a little bit about the feelings that people have about perfection in art and everything needs to be absolutely finished perfectly? Tell me a little bit about your kind of more messy philosophy of doing art.

Alisha:
Well, I don't know that I have a messy philosophy as much as that I'm just a messy person. It's kind of chaotic, but I don't know. Like I said, I felt like knowing certain things about these artists made them come alive to me, and I could relate to them, and the one in particular artists that I was talking about was Leonardo da Vinci, because he was ... I'm not comparing myself to him, because I squirrel a lot, but he squirreled so much because he was so intelligent and he was working on so many different things at a time, and so he himself said, "Art is never finished, it's only abandoned," and so sometimes, just the process is what is enjoyable, and not trying to come up with a perfect product or a perfect end result. So definitely, I always encourage our people, the kids who go through our class not to get so serious about it, just enjoy the process. You know, I was a perfectionist for way too long, and I am still, and you just have to give yourself some grace, and if you have a kid who is a perfectionist and doesn't like what they've drawn or colored, just give them a copy paper and let them have the liberty to just tear it up or throw it away and begin again. I don't know, you're going to have perfectionist kids, but I definitely embrace the imperfections and just making messy art and just enjoying the process.

Pam:
I love that quote. "Art is never finished, it is merely abandoned." It's so funny, because I have so many unfinished projects around my house. Not necessarily art projects, but this makes me feel better. I think it's good for kids to hear from somebody like Leonardo da Vinci that it's okay, the process is what's important. It's okay not to completely perfect and finish everything, and I think the more we can hear this, the more our perfectionist kids can hear this, the more that they come to appreciate that this is true. This is absolutely true.

So Olivia, for families wanting to include more art appreciation in their homes, other than listening to your podcast, do you remember some favorite things that you guys did when you were growing up, or some resources that you remember using that you really loved?

Olivia:
Well, definitely one thing was that on Fridays, we did actually have the Fine Arts Fridays where we would maybe pick out handicrafts or study art in particular, and just having that kind of resource available where we would have different coffee table books. I do remember there was a specific book, I don't remember the name of it, but it had pictures of different famous art pieces throughout history, and we read through that book several, several times.

Alisha:
We loved that book.

Olivia:
Even to this day there are pictures, even when I'm researching for different artists, I'll see that particular art piece that I read in that book, and I'm like, "Hey, I remember this book!" ... "I remember this art piece," sorry. It was just something where having that resource available to us, it was something we came to appreciate more. So when you have that resource available more, I do believe it's something good to.

Alisha:
Like she was mentioning, keeping the coffee table books of certain artists laying around, and if you can't get the art books, you can get art calendars and just let the kids see the pieces up close, bigger than maybe in a book where the pictures will be tiny, but just let them form relationships with the art pieces themselves, because beauty and art just brings so much to your life.

Olivia:
Also, another idea is just having different kinds of art prompts, I think also helps make a difference, because sometimes when your kids may not know what to paint and they're just staring on a blank page, it's always nice to have the kind of different art prompts to look at and to kind of maybe go off of if they're wanting to keep on going.

Pam:
So explain to me what an art prompt is.

Olivia:
Okay. Maybe if you're just ... I don't know, different ideas, like maybe paint a rainbow over an ocean or something, or make a mixed media project, tear out some pieces of paper in a book and use that. How would you use that? Just different ideas where you're not limited to a specific lesson, but you just have different ideas where the kids could kind of imagine what they want to do and express themselves.

Alisha:
Express themselves creatively.

Pam:
Okay. So it's kind of like, you're not outlining the project for them and telling them specifically what to paint or what to do, but you're not making them start with a blank page and absolutely no inspiration or no direction. So it's kind of an in between spot.

Alisha:
Yeah.

Pam:
Okay. Yeah, I like that idea. So coffee table books, I hear, are big, art calendars, and we used to have one. I think it was from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was like art a day, and every single day, there was a different, there was a different piece for the 365 days of the year.

Alisha:
Oh, I like that.

Pam:
Yeah, that was a great calendar, and then Alisha saying larger art calendars so you can see bigger versions of the pictures, I know there are some art card games as well on the market. Yeah. Yeah. So all of those things are great, and then picture books, picture books about the artists. Do you have any of those that are favorites?

Olivia:
Well, I do know there's a series, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists. There's actually several famous artists picked out throughout the series, and I always recommend them because they're just full of all the information for the younger audience.

Alisha:
Yeah, and we get a reputation at our local library for giving all the artists books for kids in our age.

Pam:
If you have a mom who's kind of a little intimidated by all of this art stuff, what would you tell that mom?

Alisha:
Well, first of all, don't be intimidated, because art is such an open ended subject. There is no right or wrong in art, and it really hurts my heart when mothers have said they can't draw, they're not artistic, they don't have a creative bone in their body, but I believe that everybody is creative. So I just think that you need to tap into what you can do, and then if there's areas that you're not great at, then find ... It doesn't have to be our website. There's YouTube videos that you could put your kids in front of that are child friendly. There are projects on Pinterest that you could ... Just gather things and follow along with their step-by-step thing. So there's plenty of areas in which you can let your kids experience art without having an art degree. I don't have an art degree, but I still love art, and I believe it just enhances our lives so much.

Pam:
So it's just a matter of getting out there and trying things and connecting your kids with the right resources that are available, and that's the wonderful thing about the internet, is there's so much now, so many ways that we can connect our kids with things like this that wasn't even available 10 or 15 years ago.

Ladies, the podcast is Masterpiece Makers, and it's so many great artists, little 15, 20, 25 minute snippets there about their lives and their artwork, and Alisha and Olivia, where can people find the podcast?

Alisha:
You can find it at masterpiecesociety.com/podcast, or we're also on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

Pam:
Okay, so the podcast is in all of those places. It's absolutely free, and then don't forget that the ladies also have the Masterpiece Society membership. Now, Alisha, that's not open all the time, right?

Alisha:
No, we only open twice a year, in January and August, but if anyone is interested, they can get on the waitlist and be the first to know when we open our doors.

Pam:
Okay, and so that's perfect because that's the start of each semester, and then the art appreciation curriculum that you guys have as well. Those are also available in the store. They are at masterpiecesociety.com. Well, thanks so much for joining me, ladies. I am looking forward to listening to some Masterpiece Makers with my kids and learning all about hair and non-bathing artists and everything else.

Alisha:
Thank you so much for having us, Pam.

Olivia:
Yes, thank you.

Pam:
And there you have it. Now if you would like a link to Alisha and Olivia's new podcast along with any of the other resources that we chatted about on today's show, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast at pambarnhill.com/ymb66, and we'll have all the important links for you over there. Now I will be back again in a couple of weeks. Our next show is all about Lent. We're going to be talking about the Lenten season, a little bit about the history of Lent, where it comes from, and how any family of faith can add some Lenten practices for more meaning in their Morning Time as we lead up to the Easter season.

Now my very special guest for next week is Father Doug Martin. He's a personal friend of mine. He is a Catholic priest, and he's also a homeschooling dad, so I'm going to leave you scratching your head over that one, and you'll have to see how that works out by checking this out on the show in a couple of weeks. Until then, keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Art Appreciation

Learning about the lives of great artists, especially quirks in their personalities and their habits, can help us to connect more deeply with them and appreciate their work more. This also allows us to embrace our own artistic process and engage more creatively. 

Art is not about producing the perfect product but about enjoying the process and allowing your creativity to be expressed. Gently guiding our children with art prompts can help them to overcome the fear of the blank page. And for moms who are intimidated by leading art at home, places online like YouTube, Pinterest and Masterpiece Society are a great resource.

Using things like coffee table books and art calendars make it easy to give your kids lots of exposure to great art.  

Find what you want to hear:

  • [5:33] Alisha talks about the ‘flavor’ of their homeschool
  • [6:34] Olivia’s thoughts on Charlotte Mason style picture study
  • [8:39] the inspiration behind the podcast
  • [9:50] best audience for the Masterpiece Makers podcast
  • [11:26] what sparked Alisha’s love for art and the great artists
  • [13:06] Olivia shares where her appreciation for art came from
  • [14:15] how Alisha and Olivia choose what to share on their podcast 
  • [15:40] length of Masterpiece Makers podcast
  • [16:10] how they envision families using their podcast
  • [18:08] plans for upcoming episodes
  • [20:17] overcoming perfectionism in art
  • [22:36] art resource ideas
  • [24:25] using art prompts
  • [26:29] favorite picture books about art
  • [26:49] encouragement for mothers intimidated by teaching art

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  • Myths and fairytale truths for homeschoolers
    by Allierhn from United States

    Mind blown! I’m listening to the myth podcast and it’s absolutely perfect. It is answering so many questions I’ve struggled with my whole life. It helps me to view our curriculum and informs my teaching so much more.

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

    I can’t speak highly enough about this podcast. It has been a huge inspiration and a practical help to my homeschool! Thank you so much Pam Barnhill and everyone else who contributes to this. It has been an amazing blessing to me and my children… And possibly generations to come!

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

    Not only am I inspired by each episode of this podcast but I have actually put so many of the ideas into practice in our own morning time. Such a huge help as I seek to inspire my non-stop boys to truth, goodness and beauty. We are now memorising poetry as they jump on the trampoline and they love Shakespeare. That's a parenting win in my book!

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

    Thank you, Pam! I’m now bursting with inspiration and can’t wait to start our 2019 school year with a strong morning time routine.

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

    My heart is enriched and I can’t wait to learn more.

  • Just what I was looking for!
    by Joey5176 from United States

    I was looking for morning basket ideas—simple ones. These podcasts are giving me a picture of a good morning basket.

  • Wow!! What amazing nuggets of knowledge
    by HeRo84 from United States

    This is truly life changing information for me as a homeschool mother. Thank you Pam for this amazing series.

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

    I love all of Pam’s podcast but this one is prob my favorite. I love to listen to all her guest and see the different ways a morning time can be done

  • Excellent
    by W.A., R.A. Hall from United States

    Love this!

  • Love, love, love this show
    by SarahPMiller from United States

    And I'm not even a homeschooling mother! But I've created a Morning Time for my children nonetheless, and I wouldn't have been inspired to do it -- nor could I have done it -- without this podcast. It's my favorite, and I get something out of every single episode.

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

    This podcast has changed what I thought I could offer my children, my family and myself... I never would have believed that it would be possible to live a life as so many people actually do. Thank you for these tools and for what you do to help women, teachers, moms and all those on this path. You are amazing and I just can’t get enough, each episode teaches me so much!! Thank you again!

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

  • Insightful, Inspiring, Life-Giving Podcast
    by Mackenziechester from United States

    I love this podcast. It has turned cleaning my kitchen into a really valuable part of my day. There are great tips here for gathering your family together and finding ways to share the things you are passionate about but can never quite find the time to fit in to a typical school day. So many ideas, so many varied topics. Great, inspiring guests. Life-changing podcast. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas!

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

    This podcast is inspirational for your homeschool plans. Pam Barnhill has a delightful interviewing style and her guests share their insights and enthusiasm for their topics. Among my favourites are the episodes with Cindy Rollins, and Angelina Stanford. Don’t miss this encouraging podcast!

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

    Some great interviews and very helpful for figuring out the flow of our mornings.

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

    Just started this podcast. There are some very interesting ideas here on how to create quality time with your children, learning together and focusing on the things that are most important in life. Great hearing other moms' stories too.

  • WARNING: This podcast will revolutionize your homeschool!
    by JoysTeacher from United States

    Honestly, I started listening to this podcast because I had run out of other homeschool podcasts to listen. I really didn't think we needed a morning time! I homeschool one teen daughter and I thought the concept was too "baby" for us. WOW! I was completely wrong!! We needed a morning time, and it has changed the climate and the productivity of our homeschool. The habit was so important to us, we still do morning time when we are one break. (And neither of us is a "morning" person). Pam is an talented interviewer and will not waste your time (her time is precious, too)!

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

    I'm really enjoying the ideas and tips Pam bring up in this podcast!

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

    I have started a morning basket just because of listening to this podcast. Pam sold me on the beauty of having a morning basket. I love all of the ideas I've gleaned from listening and I've implemented many of the ideas I have heard about through this podcast. It's really helped simplify some things in our homeschool day!

  • Easy to listen too, incredibly practical
    by HarrisFamily0323 from United States

    I really enjoy Your Morning Basket. Pam is a great host and I have taken away many practical ideas and had many unrealistic expectations corrected. I don't listen to all the episodes, but the ones I've thought were pertinent to my needs and have been able to apply something helpful to our homeschool. Thanks Pam!

  • So helpful for this new homeschooling mom
    by klund08 from United States

    I'm planning our first homeschool year and have really enjoyed this podcast! The interviews are great and I enjoy hearing from different homeschooling moms and how things work in their family. I'm excited to start Morning Time with my kids!

  • You've made my school year!
    by Lizzie O' from United States

    Pam, I wrote you an email when I first felt it placed on my heart to homeschool my now 6 & 8 year old children and you responded with a warm response. I then began to listen to every podcast you have (all 3!) and I have been so very inspired and encouraged in so many ways that it would take up too much time here to explain it all. This Morning Basket podcast is really a light for me and my children as not only are they the recipients of our mornings of gathering but so am I. I have learned so much from your guests (and you!) and have been able to take tips/ideas to add to what my own mornings look like. We truly have experienced Truth, Goodness and Beauty. God certainly has chosen you for this type of work and serving to others. Thank you for what you do!

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

  • Truth, goodness, and beauty
    by I'm Sonny from United States

    Need I say more? I am deeply grateful for this profound and practical resource as we seek to surround our children in the truth, in goodness, and in things beautiful. I leave feeling encouraged, refreshed, determined and equipped.

  • Very encouraging
    by .....hk..... from United States

    So helpful with recommendations for new things to do in morning time.

  • A wonderful podcast full of useful tips!
    by Klarnold79 from United States

    I have listened to almost every episode over the last few months on my morning runs and they have made me look forward to running! I have learned so much and have been inspired to add truth, goodness and beauty to our homeschool days. Thank you so much!!

  • Wow! Talk about a solid series!
    by KastenbauerFamily from United States

    Each episode is fabulous alone, and when you've been listening for a while, they all continue to be full of new information!

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

    I enjoy the variety of topics covered as well as Pam's cheerful personality. Thank you for being a cup of cold water for so many homeschool mamas.

  • Great guests and host
    by My Life as a Rinnagade from United States

    I love the people Pam has on and all the great morning time tips! Thanks for a wonderful show :).

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

    The ideas, information and encouragment that Pam shares through the different guests and talking about the purpose and practice of Your Morning Basket has been a huge blessing to our family. Helped me to practically see how to bring truth, beauty, and goodness to our day.

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

    I have just started listening and am gaining so much knowledge and practical advice. I can't wait to keep listening to more.

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

    I absolutely love Your Morning Basket podcasts. Pam interviews excellent people & so far, I've incorporated information from each podcast & have purchased many items that the interviewee's suggest. I think all families could benefit from this even if they don't homeschool! Thank you so much!

  • Love Pam's podcasts
    by Flourishing Mama from United States

    There are many homeschool related podcasts that I enjoy, both for their content and the host. But I must say that Pam Barnhill's podcasts are top-notch for the following reasons: 1) the content is both relevant AND in-depth, 2) she NEVER interrupts the guest speakers with incessant (annoying) "uh huhs," "ummms," and such, 3) she provides multiple lists and links to supplemental materials that are really useful and interesting, and 4) she shares forms she's created even though she could make you pay for them. She has a gift for tapping in to the issues homeschool moms are REALLY dealing with. Thanks Pam. Keep up the good work!

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

    Every episode inspires me to start my day bringing my children the true the good and the beautiful through our family time.

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

    Every time I see that I have a new podcast from Pam Barnhill I know it's going to be good. Every one I have listened to (which is all of them!) have helped, inspired and encouraged me in some way or another. Pam is so good at summarising what her interviewee has just spoken about; a great knack which helps me distill the main ideas from all that good conversation. I really like that she always has links to whatever is discussed so that I can go back to it in the future and find what I need.

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

    Such a help for a new homeschooler. Highly recommend that you check it out if you'd like to learn more about starting your day with morning time.

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

    This podcast is filled with great information to help you take full advantage of morning time or all together time in your homeschool. It also has great tips for extending your child education whether they are in public or private school as well. We all want to aid our kids in thier success and no matter if you are a homeschool parent or a public/private school teacher this podcast will enlighten you and provide valuable information you to to better help your students.

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

    One of my favorite podcasts and I love and subscribe to all of Pam's podcasts. Thank you for the fabulous interviews.

  • Must-Listen for Homeschooling Moms
    by DaffodilSocks from United States

    This podcast has revolutionized how I homeschool my young children. A must-listen.

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

    Love Pam and all of her podcasts - can't wait for new episodes!

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

    Just found this podcast and have been listening to them over the summer break. Pam is a great host and has fun guests and together they bring a lot of inspiration to the concept of morning time in homeschool. Thanks for the great resource!!

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

    I would not be exaggerating if I said that I have learned so much from this practical, encouraging podcast that has changed our homeschool. Thank you Pam!

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

    This podcast does a great job finding guests who give a ton of practical help to make morning time enjoyable and educational for everyone. I always feel reenergized after listening to any of Pam Barnhill's podcasts.

  • <3!!!
    by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

  • Such a wealth of information!
    by Jeaine6 from United States

    There is so much wonderful information to be found in these podcasts. I can go about my daily chores and fill my homeschool mom cup simultaneously! They allow me to look at areas of our hs that need improvement or just need new life and feel encouraged while I'm listening. Thank you!!

  • Encouraging & inspiring
    by God's Ranch Hand from United States

    So thankful for this podcast! I look forward to listening to each episode when it comes out.

  • Homeschool Professional Development!
    by Jo.W.17 from Canada

    As a new-ish homeschooling mama, I've found this podcast super encouraging and helpful. I would highly recommend it!

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

    I love the practical application that comes from this podcast! Thanks!

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

    This podcast has become my most favorite podcast on the subject of homeschooling. The topics discussed often go right to the heart of why I'm doing what I'm doing in our home--and God has really used the great advice shared in this show to help me be a more confident (and calmer!) teacher. Thank you, Pam, for creating such a great program! Already looking forward to next season.

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

    This podcast has absolutely changed my perspective on homeschooling, in a great way! All of the guests have been wonderful and I leave each episode feeling both sad that it is already over, and encouraged and excited to figure out how I can use what I’ve learned! It has a great flow to it, very light but meaningful, informative, encouraging….I could go on and on! Absolutely LOVE this podcast! Thanks to all involved!

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

  • Practical, helpful & concise tips
    by sproutnchic from United States

    This podcast continues to help. I appreciate the Pam Barnhill's professional, organized, yet warm interviewing style of some well-picked guests.

  • So refreshing and helpful
    by a. borealis from United States

    I've really appreciated the depth and breadth of Pam's look into Morning Time and also the practical ideas and tools to make it work. It is so inspiring! It helps me think through my own Circle Time, realizing what an opporunity I have. There are so many great ideas for additions and tweaking my approach. I am loving it.

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

    This podcast has been so helpful and packed full of practical ideas to use with my children!! Some of the episodes I have listened to more than once!!

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

    Pam makes this morning time concept so attainable! She gives great ideas but simple ways to begin. These tips and recommendations reach far beyond just morning time and are benefiting our entire homeschool and family life!

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

    This podcast is full of amazing ideas to grab my kids attention first thing in the morning. I love listening to Pam and her guests. Pam asks such great questions of her guests!

  • A Favorite for Homeschool Encouragement!
    by JamesDWitmer from United States

    I have been so encouraged by Pam's podcasts on Morning Time. She walks you through many of the wonderful activities that you can choose to include in your homeschooling, and also the details about how to do it! It has truly been a blessing. Thanks Pam!

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

    I just stumbled upon the "Your Morning Basket" podcast this weekend. I have already listened to 2 episodes, and they are wonderful - perfect for the homeschool mom. I am going to share this on my Periscope channel tomorrow. So great!! Jamie @OurLittleSchoolhouse.

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

    I love the idea of a morning basket, and this podcast has helped me learn a lot about the different ways it can look! I love all the different subjects she discusses within it!

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

    This podcast has been such a blessing to me! Informational and insightful, it opens a window into how other families incorporate morning time into their day, as well as what they fill it with. This has completely changed the rhythm and content of our days for the better. Our whole family has fallen in love with morning time! Thank you!!

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast! It has been so encouraging as I begin to implement Morning Time with my 5 girls. I have listened to them all & can't wait for more!

  • This podcast has changed our homeschool
    by Momof4athome from United States

    Pam has relieved some of the pressure to "get it all in". We now begin our day with the good true and beautiful in an almost effortless way and are all enjoying our time together before the "serious" subjects! Yay for the morning basket! Her guests are all lovely people you would want to have over for tea. I love this podcast.

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

    I am loving this podcast. I just stumbled across it after hearing the recommendation over at Read Aloud Revival. I have been wanting to start 'Morning Time' for a year now so this is giving me direction and so many wonderful and helpful tips and suggestions. I love Pam's enthusiasm and personality.

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

    I was lucky enough to find YMB and Pam’s other podcast, Homeschool Snapshots, when I started my first year of homeschool this year. These 2 podcasts have been SO helpful to me with getting ideas for morning time and the rest of our homeschool day. I am very grateful for the excellent work Pam has done on both of these podcasts, and I hope they continue for many more years!

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

    This podcast was inspiring and encouraging. It was a good blend of practical and theoretical and exactly what this tired homeschool mom needed to hear today to rejuvenate.

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

    Very well done! I really enjoyed listening! Very practical and informative.

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

    Pam lays out a feast of homeschooling topics that are relevant, helpful, and validating. The show is well organized and her interviews are clearly well thought out. In addition, Ms. Barnhill's relaxed and warm personality puts one at ease. It's like going to your favorite homeschool conference without leaving home!

  • I love this podcast, great content!
    by Sara V from United States

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast. The show is well organized with great guests and helpful information.

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

    I'm so happy that I found your podcast, it has truly blessed our homeschool life!

  • Wonderful help in my homeschool
    by BT and Jessica from United States

    This is a great resource for all homeschoolers (and I would say any educator). I am challenged to make sure I am giving my children truth, beauty and virtue through the morning ritual of our morning time. I’ve learned of new books to share with my children, how to incorporate fine arts, good habits for our day… I could go on and on. Pam asks great questions and has wonderful guests.

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Excellent inspiration and tips for homeschoolers! I have learned so much from this podcast.

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

    I have gotten SO many practical tips from this podcast! A must listen for homeschoolers!

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

    Another home-run podcast! Pam has a knack for inspiring great things in your homeschool! And the wonderful thing is she doesn't leave you with the "lofty ideal," but offers practical tips, aids, etc. all while encouraging you the whole way. Each interview is professionally done and such a joy to listen to! Thanks, Pam, for putting your heart into this! 🙂

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

    Like having a cup of coffee with a friend. So helpful and informative.

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

    This was been a great podcast about Morning Time! How encouraging and informative to hear from other homeschool moms who are in the midst of it all!

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

    I have finally had opportunity to listen to this podcast and regret not doing it sooner!!! Very informative and encouraging.

  • Full of Goodness, Truth and Beauty
    by CJMance from United States

    This is such an inspiration to get the beautiful ritual of morning time established. Thank you Pam!

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

    I'm so excited about this podcast! My kids range from ages 4 - 11, and I've been needing to reduce my workload a bit. I'm using the fantastic things I'm learning here to combine all my kids together for read-alouds, Bible time, memorization, and some other fun things. Thanks so much, Pam! I love your other podcast as well!

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

    I am so glad I found this podcast. Morning Basket / Circle Time / Morning Time - lots of interviews with families who make this part of their day a treasure for years to come. Just getting started homeschooling, and this is going to help shape our days. Thanks Pam.

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

    Loving learning about how so many families are using Morning Time in their homes!

  • Wonderful ideas for creating your best morning time.
    by Flowerpetal2 from Australia

    The ideas presented here are wonderful, it's great to hear how different families put together their morning time and how we can all make this a rich but simple time of beauty in our schooling days.

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

    Pam Barnhill is a truly excellent host and producer of podcasts. They are a pleasure to listen to, full of applicable and inspirational content. Unlike other podcasts in this genre, which are produced at home, Pam's podcasts never make me cringe because of awkward pauses or bad sound quality. Another of Pam's strengths is her ability to reflectively listen and summarize what she's heard from her guests in a way that wraps up the different segments of her interviews. Well done, Pam!

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

    We’re just starting out with morning time and this podcast has been an invaluable source of inspiration and ideas. Keep up the good work!

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

    I’m always counting down the days until the next podcast…one of the best homeschooling podcasts out there!

  • Among the Best I’ve Heard
    by More Like Mary from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie so when I say that this is among the best, that’s really a compliment! Pam is an excellent interviewer. She re-states main ideas and summarizes information in a way that is helpful and not condescending. She asked poignant questions and stays on topic. Her guests are phenomenal and I’ve learned so much from each episode. So far, this podcast is “big picture” homeschooling talk with lots of tips for implementing lofty ideals into daily life. The perfect combination. I will be looking forward to many more of these!

  • Gave me the tools I needed!
    by Momofmany:) from United States

    This podcast is amazing. (I am spoiled now; the quality alone is superb!) I have listened to the four current episodes several times and now understand "morning time" in a way I never have before-- in particular, the schole part. I've longed for restful learning for ten years, and now I have tools to actually do it. Our whole family has benefitted so much. Thank you, Pam!!

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

    Pam Barnhill’s new podcast on Morning Time is a great help to those of us who are homeschooling. I’ve only listened to the first episode so far, but it’s wonderfully encouraging to hear Cindy Rollins’ talking through her own experiences with Morning Time. I’m looking forward to listening to more episodes with others who are focusing their schools on the important things - the true, good, and beautiful.

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

    I just started listening to the first podcast this morning and I am completely hooked on this podcast. I took the advice in the first podcast and just started with morning time. Instead of trying to “give birth to an adult” morning time I just started doing something and will add things in as this becomes a habit. Thanks for the wonderful tool!! I am now off to listen to episode 2!!

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

  • A Gift to the Homeschool Community
    by HGPII from United States

    This podcast is so well done, informative, and just what the homeschooling moms needs. It includes achievable, sound suggestions as well as an abundant dose of inspiration. I can’t wait to revamp my Morning Time and watch the results!

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

    I have enjoyed Your Morning Basket from its first episode! I am a second generation homeschooler and just started our own family's homeschooling journey. Thanks to YMB, I implemented our "circle time" starting our second week of school and it has been such a blessing to me already even its very simple form of prayer, Psalm, Mother Goose, and then read-aloud time with my kindergartner. My 2 and 4 year olds also love it and it encourages me to include things in our day that might get left out, like nursery rhymes and simple children's songs! Thanks to Pam and YMB I feel like I am starting out with a great centering tool and routine that can be expanded and adapted as we grow!

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

    Your Morning Basket Podcast is a great resource for to help implement morning time into your homeschool day. I have enjoyed every episode so far.

  • Thank you for wonderful bonus at the end!
    by Caj312 from United States

    I just discovered this show and listened to the first 4 episodes. All were inspiring and I loved the useful links at the end of the show that help me improve my homeschool days! Well done and I look forward to the next episode.

  • One of my VERY favorites
    by Dianna @ The Kennedy Adventure from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie, but YMB ranks among my very, very favorites. If you’re a homeschooling mother, or a mom who wants to connect with your children and show them truth, goodness and beauty, this is a must listen. Kudos, Pam, on a another amazing podcast series.

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

    I’ve been trying to figure out morning time on my own, but Pam with this podcast has figuratively sat down with me and explained how to get things going. I’m so glad to have this resource at the beginning of my family's homeschool journey! The Basket Bonuses have also been so helpful.

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

    Thank you Pam for a great podcast, I am really enjoying it. I always come away inspired and with ideas I can use!

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

    I have been listening to the Your Morning Basket podcasts recently and Pam's blog writings about creating morning time traditions with your children and I feel like it has made a huge positive difference in our homeschool. I love Pam's ideas for creating a restful learning environment and focusing on truth, goodness, and beauty as we begin our day together. I listen to these podcasts over and over and take notes!

  • Excellent for homeschooling veterans and newbies
    by ASnow512 from United States

    I'm very new to homeschooling and I'm still deciding if our family will pursue that path. This podcast has been such a wealth of information and a wonderful encouragement!

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

    I was immediately inspired to create a more cohesive structure to our homeschool mornings. This podcast is full of helpful suggestions to make morning time meaninful for every type of homeschooling family. I've already implemented many of the wonderful suggestions and I can already see the benefits! An absoulte must for the homeschooling family!

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

    What an amazing podcast! This podcast has wonderful suggestions for bringing joy to (or back to) your homeschool. Everything is doable and enjoyable for the children and parents alike. Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

    This is our first year of homeschooling and I am really enjoying the concept of morning time. It is a sweet way to start our day together and this podcast has been amazing! Enjoyable, super practical, and filled with lots of creative ideas. Thanks for creating it.

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

    Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast is one not to be missed! She and her guests inspire and spur me on to do great things in our homeschool, but it's not just adding more to my to-do list. There are practical suggestions for how to make morning time a refreshing and vital part of our day.

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

    I have been homeschooling for a many years. I like that I can count on Pam to make to make it worth my while (and my short amount of time!) for a listen. As always, practical info I can start using right away.

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

    Love Pam's interviews. I learn much from each poscast!

  • A Joy to Listen to!
    by Cude 🙂 from United States

    I am thoroughly enjoying this new podcast! I love to listen to people who encourage me on my homeschooling journey and I have added Your Morning Basket to my list.

  • JUST what I needed!!!
    by Foodie in Training from United States

    This is our first year homeschooling (Kinder) and this podcast has been INCREDIBLY helpful and a GREAT source of information!!! I cannot wait for more to come! <3 THANK YOU!!!!

  • Practical - worth a listen!
    by Bloggerific! from United States

    As a homeschooling mom of 6, my free time is limited. But I always come away with some practical, useful tips from Pam Barnhill. I love to listen if I’m alone in the car (rare these days!).

  • Well done [FIRST NAME]
    by MattMcWilliams from United States

    WOW… Your Morning Basket Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Pam. Keep bringing it.

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

    What a great podcast. At first I was dubious whether you could have an entire podcast series about homeschooling using morning time, but now that I have listened to two of them, I see where Pam is going with this. It is affirming for me in what I am trying to do in our homeschool, and at the same time inspires me in ways to improve and refine our time together as a homeschooling family. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to simplify their homeschool efforts while simultaneously enriching their family's experience!

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

    I absolutely love it. Ever since I read about morning time, I wanted to know more. This podcast clearly explains what to do and how to do it. Episode with Cindy Rollins was brilliant. It gives you the overall idea of morning time practice, as she is doing it for 27 years. Andrew Pudewa in second episodes shared some insights about memorisation, which really makes so much sense. Pam asks clear questions and then repeats the main points in answer, which is very helpful, especially for new homeschooling mums. Overall this programme has everything one can ask for to get inspired and motivated. Thanks very much for putting so much effort. Well done.

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

    I have really appreciated everything Pam Barnhill puts out. I have been introduced to so many great homeschoolers and their resources through The Homeschool Snapshots podcast, and I love that she is digging deeper into a great homeschooling practice on her new show, Morning Basket. It is definitely on my Must Listen list each week!

  • Bring the best you to your homeschool
    by mystiewinckler from United States

    Our Morning Time is the best part of our homeschool, and Pam’s podcast helps us learn how to make it even better and encourages us to pursue the true, good, and beautiful still more. So helpful!

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

    I've only recently found out about Morning Baskets, after 14 years of homeschooling. What a find! And now to have these podcasts to help guide me along on my new journey! I've been sharing this like crazy, and my morning routine is fabulous now! Thank You!

  • Education to Educate
    by Isaac in St Louis from United States

    I have gained so much from these first two early podcasts. I am grateful to you, Pam. Thank you for offering this as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty and privilege to give our children an education. Please continue. I see such great things coming from this. I rank this up their with Circe’s offerings.

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

    When you're on the homeschool "circuit" it's easy to become one of Andrew Pudewa's groupies. So the excitement level for Pam's newest podcast doubled when I opened it on my iPhone and saw Andrew's name. I was remiss in not reviewing her first segment. Pam is a wonderful interviewer and has the ability to make conversation with her guests based on their answers and move seamlessly to her following questions. That is not easy to do. Highly recommend this to parents who Homeschool. Encouraging, motivating, and validating.

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

    So inspiring! This podcast is what I needed to get our homeschool off to a great start this year. I will not miss an episode.

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

    I've always thought memory work was so important in my 8 years as a teacher in a high school setting. I often required memorization and was criticized for this requirement. I recently decided to homeschool my children and this podcast was so affirming to me. I am glad to be able to follow my instincts as a teacher and give my kids what they deserve! Thank you for this wonderful podcast that inspired me to make memory work an important part of my homeschool.

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

    I knew I would enjoy this podcast but I didn't know that I would LOVE it! As our family has moved more and more towards a simplified homeschool method, this podcast is just the thing to reaffirm our choices and continuously inspire us with new ideas. I can't wait for each new episode!

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

    This is just the kind of podcast I need to breathe life into my homeschool year. I’m so grateful for this new show, and Pam is a talented host. I won’t miss an episode!

  • Delightful...a Must Listen
    by 1coltsfamily from United States

    While I have heard Cindy Rollins speak about morning time before, I was pleasantly surprised to glean many new nuggets of wisdom that I can incorporate right away into our morning time. I always enjoy listening to Pam and find her questions spot on! The podcast is a wonderful balance of inspiration and practical tips. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

    So lovely and inspiring! Looking forward to more...

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

    A great resource for homeschool moms and so well put-together. Full of useful information, not fluff. Pam has a wonderful conversation style that keeps the show moving at a steady pace. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next one!

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