YMB 17 No-Fuss Art for Morning Time: A Conversation with Tricia Hodges

Tricia Hodges is a homeschooling mother of five and the co-creator of the art curriculum You Are an Artist.

Tricia is all about a stress-free approach to sparking a love for art in our children, and she joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk about weaving some easy art projects into Morning Time.

Tricia’s go-to medium for simple, forgiving projects is chalk pastel, and she offers a multitude of free chalk pastel tutorials at her blog Hodgepodge.

She gives us step-by-step instructions for set-up, clean-up, and everything in between, including some tips for encouraging the reluctant artist (even if that artist happens to be mom). So grab your art smock and get ready to enjoy a great interview!

No-Fuss Art for Morning Time: A Your Morning Basket Conversation with Tricia Hodges Feature

Links and resources from today’s show:

 A Year of Art Journaling by Christine Hiester



This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring Truth, Goodness and Beauty to your homeschool day.

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy you’re joining me here today. We have a fun episode for you today. It is all about incorporating a little bit of practical art in your Morning Time. We are going to be encouraging our children to be artists using a very simple art medium, chalk pastels. Tricia Hodges is here from ChalkPastel.com and she’s going to tell us all about how easy it is to encourage the artist in our child during Morning Time using something so simple as a little bit of paper, a few baby wipes, and some beautiful chalk pastels. I love Tricia’s no-fuss philosophy of art, and I think you’re going to love it too, so now on with the program.

Tricia Hodges is a mother of five with a flair for art. In collaboration with her own mother affectionately called Nana, she has created the You are an Artist curriculum which makes the beautiful medium of chalk pastels accessible and manageable for even the most non-artsy homeschool mom. You can find Tricia on the web at her blog, HodgePodge, where, in addition to plenty of great art tutorials she also talks about homeschooling, faith, health, and family. Tricia, welcome to the program.

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Tricia: Thank you, I’m happy to be here.
Pam: Well, let’s just dig in to the art topic. What is your philosophy behind doing art with kids?
Tricia: Basically, we just want to grow a love of, spark that interest in the children and I’m a very practical person so whatever we do has to be simple. So we found chalk pastels are just successful, they’re forgiving, and easy for all ages. And so, if we just practice a little bit, not necessarily every day, but just with practice we will just all realize we have that gift, that wiring for creativity.
Pam: And your motto is You Are an Artist, with the emphasis on the ‘Are’. But so many moms don’t necessarily see themselves that way. What’s your advice to moms who might have a little bit of trouble getting in touch with their artistic side?
Tricia: Well, I was that mom. And because I was raised by my mother who is a master artist and I felt like I just didn’t get the art genes, but my mother started teaching us just in simple five minute lessons whenever she would stop by. I would just watch what they were doing and I would take pictures, and the more I watched, I realized, ‘You know what? This really is simple.’ My children are enjoying this and I started sitting down and doing the tutorials myself, and I found that I am indeed an artist and it just took getting over that fear, and just a little bit of practice with simple shapes and objects and things that I enjoy to look at and to paint, so I would just encourage everyone to try. Give it a try.
Pam: Well, you know, that’s interesting that you talk about it that way. So you didn’t really do art lessons with your mom as a child, it wasn’t until you were an adult and she started with your own children that you felt like you could do this.
Tricia: That’s right. I do not have an art degree. And my mother, she would work with me now and then as we were growing up, she was a single mom and so she was working a lot, and I was in school, and now we’ve had this opportunity to have this multi-generational learning together, and it’s just been a great blessing.
Pam: Oh, that’s awesome. And it’s awesome that you had the courage to sit down as an adult and say, “You know what? I’m going to give this a try.”
Tricia: Right.
Pam: Well, let’s talk a little more specifically about chalk pastels because that’s basically what you guys focus on. I know you’ve done a few acrylic tutorials on your site, but chalk pastels is your big focus. So what makes them such a great art medium for families to explore?
Tricia: Well, when you think about it, chalk is one of the early things that a child picks up and uses in the driveway. It’s big and chunky. It’s easy to hold. So when my mother came with her pallet of chalk pastels, they were just beautiful to look at, to start with- all those colors. And then they were easy to hold. And once you start working with them you can be as detailed as you want to but what we found is they’re forgiving. So, recently I was doing a tutorial of the BB8 Star Wars droid and I went and did a little line around for the top part of the droid, and I realized, ‘No, I don’t want it exactly that way’ so I just took another color and went right over the mark that I did not like, and was able to make it into what I wanted. So, with chalk pastels, you can layer the colors, you can show depth, you can blend with your fingers, you can get all messy, or you can not get messy; we’ve just found that they’re a delight, and they’re also very frugal. You can get a pack for the entire family at your local arts and crafts store for about $8.00 and you can use those with all your ages and see if you enjoy them before you invest in any other types of bigger sets of chalk pastels.
Pam: A lot of times homeschooling families have a very broad range of ages of kids (teens all the way down to elementary or even preschool) and you have a pretty wide age range too, so chalk pastels can work in that situation, right?
Tricia: Yes, I’ll raise my hand as one of those families. When we started with chalk pastels my littlest was not even two, and then I had all the way up through the start of high school. So we now have my youngest is eight. We’ve grown with them and we’ve seen how to use them with little ones up to the older ones and whenever we do a tutorial we do it altogether. So when my youngest was real little, what we’d do is sketch off the start of what we were doing and, sort of, help him along and then the older ones would move forward in the subject we were doing, and then they would add the details that they wanted and the way that we do that altogether it just gives each child opportunity rather than having specific directions, they each have the chance to add the details that they want and the little fine tuning, and each have their own individual creativity, and we’ve also had times when we’ve had to stop and let someone go take a nap, so it’s just really an easy medium to work with.
Pam: Do you find that even though a lot of times you guys are working on the same subject, whether that be the droid, or a fall tree, or a shark, that what the kids end up with really looks different from the picture from the person sitting next to them?
Tricia: Absolutely, because they each have their own interpretation of it. Some of them might look exactly like something we were copying out of a book, we sometimes incorporate literature or a science subject and we will look at a picture off the internet or in a book and we will copy that, but yes, everybody has their own individual talent.
Pam: I have one girl I think would probably put like pink on everything she did.
Tricia: Right, that’s the artist.
Pam: That’s her own flair coming out in it. Walk me through how I might use one of your tutorials. Now, you have just a number of free tutorials on your site, and we’re going to link to those in the Show Notes, and then you also have some lovely eBooks where people can purchase those centered around a specific theme, and use the tutorials in the eBooks as well. If I were going to go to your site and I was interested in doing one of those tutorials that was there, can you walk me through how I might do that? What should I do before, during, and after that tutorial to help things go smoothly?
Tricia: OK, well you might decide you want to go to the site and print out the tutorial so that you just have it on the table, or you can pull that tutorial up on a laptop or an iPad and have it close by if you were comfortable with that, that way everything is right there. You can place that in the center of the table and then I like to, just so I don’t get sidetracked, I like to prep the area first, especially when mine were a lot younger. I would have a plastic tablecloth so that it would be easier for me. And baby wipes close by or wet paper towels because chalk is a little bit messy and it can get all over your hands and you’ll want to wipe your hands in-between colors and that sort of thing. Really, all that you need is to the tutorial, some paper (we often use printer paper or construction paper), and then a set of chalk pastels. So then the tutorial will lead you through different steps and techniques for using shading and painterly affects and skumbling and all these things we’ve learned about using chalk pastels. You’re encouraged to sign your name in the corner because you’re an artist and you can name your picture – give it a name, and usually most of the tutorials last less than five minutes. Some of them are more detailed, if we’re doing something and the technique of a certain artist, but we like shorter, simple, and successful.
Pam: And so the tutorial itself consists of written steps and then model images for the mom to look at?
Tricia: Yes, and photos.
Pam: Photos of the art that Nana as has done and the art that your family has done, too. A lot of times, I have to say, I will just bring up the tutorial on the computer screen, and so if I’m doing this during Morning Time I’m reading from a book, so I really don’t have time to necessarily read out each step of the tutorial so I’ll put the picture up on the screen and just let them go to town, drawing the picture, and then when I get to a place that I can pause, I’ll say, “Oh, it says on here that you might want to use the side of your hand to swirl the colors together,” or “It says on here be sure how to shadow behind the vase,” and so I’ll come in and get those later, but I really let them look at the picture that you’ve got there and have at it.
Tricia: I like that. And we also realize that children learn differently. Some are visual learners, like you’re saying- just using the pictures we provide. Some are auditory learners, so they will like the mom to read out the tutorial. And some just simply like to read it and do it independently if they’re older.
Pam: And so a child could do that with one of your tutorials? They could take it themselves?
Tricia: Definitely.
Pam: That’s great. And the baby wipes- let’s talk about the mess for a minute because I know this was one of my hang ups about the chalk pastel tutorials at first, was ‘I’m going to have chalk pastel stuff all over my house’ so you’ve mentioned a couple of tips- you mentioned having a table cloth though I have found that the chalk does really just take one of those baby wipes and wipe your table and you’re done. The baby wipes were a big one for me. Do you have any tips for making the clean up more manageable?
Tricia: Sure. I would just say take a deep breath and give yourself a pep talk beforehand because if you focus on the fun and the smiles on your children’s faces you really can deal with any sort of mess. Also, that little bit of prep work that I mentioned; you really don’t have to have a table cloth if you have a table that you can just wipe off with a baby wipe. Sometimes when my children were younger (this was more for acrylics than for chalk pastels) but I would put towels down that led to the sink that way we could just walk that way and immediately wash our hands, but with chalk pastels, really, you just need the baby wipes and you can wipe up the chalk very easily with those afterward and then we keep some of our finished pictures and notebooks and we just put a piece of paper between them or we hang them up on the chalkboard or we mail them off to grandma.
Pam: Now, do you ever spray yours with affixitive?
Tricia: We do, and that is something that is very cheap and easy to do. You can buy a really expensive one at the arts and crafts store but you can also use a simple can spray hair spray, like Aqua Net or something like that, just really cheap and do a quick, fine coating over it. It’s best if you were to take the finished picture outside and do that, just so you don’t get all that inside.
Pam: And that helps the chalk adhere to the page and keeps it from rubbing off onto other things, but also smearing your picture too, if you’re going to stack pages.
Tricia: Right.
Pam: And what about clothes, Tricia? I’m sitting here and can see my six year old now with just chalk pastels all down the front of his shirt, how does it do with clothes?
Tricia: We’ve found that it washes out from clothes, but if you are concerned about that you can always put a smock on or use an old shirt like you used to in kindergarten when you painted, just anything that would make you feel better about the mess.
Pam: I’ve found it hasn’t really been all that bad. Once we get started with it’s something like, “OK, well, that’s no big deal.”
Tricia: It’s chalk. If you think of chalk that you would use on the chalkboard, there’s little dusty things that fall down on the chalkboard, so you will have chalk dust.
Pam: Right. I know with colored pencils, people are like, ‘Well these colored pencils are so hard. They’re cheap but they’re not soft enough, they’re not going to blend together’ but really that’s not an issue with chalk. You could start with an inexpensive set of chalk pastels and not be frustrated.
Tricia: We’ve found that the very inexpensive kinds that you can order from Amazon or find even at Walmart are very easy, and you can break them in half and share them around the table.
Pam: OK, and that’s great too, because a lot of times you don’t have to worry about breaking because they’re meant to be broken so everyone can have a little piece.
Tricia: Right.
Pam: Now, I’m talking specifically about doing art in Morning Time, and whenever I break out the art supplies my kids really get excited and they want to just do art all day. Some days that would be great but a lot of days I don’t want art to completely derail my school day. So, do you have any tips for how art can work into a set period of time and not necessarily take over the entire day?
Tricia: Well, I would say that you can just remind your children that you can have art every day, you can practice every day if you want to, but we’re going to build this art time around a certain literature book. We actually have some challenges, art tutorial challenges, where you do an apple in less than a minute. So the tutorials as I mentioned before that we share are usually short within five minutes. So another thing that we do is we have an art box that we keep in the pantry close to the table. And if we start getting really carried away with art, and we do need to get some other subjects then I’ll remind then, ‘We can put this away for now but there’s the art box and this afternoon ya’ll can get it out and do it on your own.’
Pam: I love that, and I love the one minute challenges too. That sounds great.
Tricia: Those are fun.
Pam: You’ve mentioned a couple of times about doing art around literature. So, how might that look in a home? Could you give me a few examples?
Tricia: Well, we always loved the Five in a Row books. We’ve used those with all of our children, and so one that comes to mind right away is Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, and so we would read that book and then we would follow up the time with some art. Maybe flip open the page to one that is just really interesting and appeals to everybody and we would just sit down and use the chalk pastels and copy what we see. My Blue Boat with a lighthouse that shines across the water and then there’s the blue boat, so using children’s books that are already beloved just draws in that creativity even more because you just have that love of the words as well.
Pam: Have you ever done any art pastel projects based on poetry or Shakespeare?
Tricia: No, we have done art in the style of Monet, we’ve done some Picasso, not specifically poetry, I did mention the Robert Frost but that was based on the book.
Pam: Well, there’s my challenge for you?
Tricia: OK!
Pam: Give some poetry chalk pastels! Well, how can we use chalk pastels and art projects like these to study specific artists?
Tricia: Well, I would suggest if you’re using a certain curriculum or just studying a particular artist, then you look up on the internet some of the famous paintings by that artist, and you use that as inspiration, you use that for invitation, you just learn about the different techniques or the medium that that artist used, and then you just do some artwork in the style of that artist, that’s what we’ve done in the past, and we of course love Monet because he has that painterly affect, and that paints the light, and that very much is what chalk pastels do. So, I would encourage you to pick something that you’re interested in and just practice.
Pam: I love that. And so you take what the artist has done in a different medium and then you re-create it using the chalk pastels?
Tricia: Yes.
Pam: I love the flexibility of that medium. Let’s talk for a few minutes about different mediums. What are some other artistic media that lend themselves well to a homeschool setting (mom and the kids around the table and a mixed aged group)? What are some of the ones you like?
Tricia: Well, one I absolutely love is paint with water. It’s hard to find these days but you still can find them. It’s just fun to have even the littlest ones in a high chair with a paint with water page and that little paint brush just going at it, it’s just fun. And we also love acrylic, and the way you can build and blend with those, but you would definitely need a smock for that. We like fine-tip felt pens and using those for nature journaling. That’s another wonderful thing. Also, all those adult coloring books, they’re the rage these days, are fun because you can use those great pencils and color in all those wonderful designs. So those are just a few of our favorites medium. Also, I think it’s important to have bright canvases around, just also the opportunity to have something that’s blank just to start with, and I’d say also an art journal is a good idea to have.
Pam: OK and what kind of things might you encourage your child to put in an art journal? How would I do that as a mom if I’m excited, I’m going to go down to Michael’s and get my chalk pastels and while I’m there I’m going to pick up some art journals. How might I present those to my children?
Tricia: Well, you could decide to make it just a certain subject, like all of your literature art, or you could decide to have it be your nature journal, or you could decide to have it be a mixed media. There’s lots of freedom there. For your older children you could just ask them what they would like to do.
Pam: Now, explain to me exactly what mixed media is for somebody who might not know?
Tricia: OK, that would just be one page you might have done in chalk pastels, another page you could have a collage of all sorts of paper, on another page you could have acrylic, and then turn the page again and you have all of those together, where you have torn pieces of paper mixed in with the acrylics, there’s just the sky’s the limit.
Pam: Now, if we were going to create a journal like that and it were not going to be a nature journal or a literature narration journal from our literature but more of a creativity practice, would you give prompts for that to help them along?
Tricia: That’s a good idea. That’s not something I have actually done. I know that there is a year of art journaling and we have used that in our afternoon time doing some art journaling.
Pam: If I have a limited space and budget in my home, what do you think are some of the essential art supplies I should make room for?
Tricia: I would say, well, of course I’d say chalk pastels…
Pam: Of course you would!
Tricia: … they’re just so cheap and easy, a long list of art supplies really intimidates me, and it makes my pocketbook groan, but I would want my children to be able to experience as much as possible, so I would say lots of paint brushes, a good mixture of acrylic (you can get small tubes at an arts and crafts store), I would say felt-tip pens, and blank canvases, a big stack of construction paper. You might want to invest in some good watercolor paper just so that they have that experience of how that paper works with that medium. I would just start with a few things that maybe appeal to you and your children and just work from there, and as you see that they’re enjoying something then you can look more in that area and get more supplies along the way.
Pam: We are actually pretty big watercolor fans around here too, so we usually keep a pretty good stack of watercolor paper, and I cut it in half because typically it comes in those really big pieces and I find that they don’t necessarily fill up that entire space and so I’ll cut it in half for them a lot of times, but they really love the experience of painting on that thick paper.
Tricia: Yes, that’s a smart idea to cut it in half.
Pam: And, Do-A-Dot markers are really popular. Do you know the ones I’m talking about? And so they’ll get those and they’ll paint rainbows and pictures and some of them have form to them and some of them don’t, but it’s a forgiving medium, I think. The experiences that your children get from doing art, how does it spill over into the rest of their academic subject areas? How do you think it helps them?
Tricia: Well, I know that there has been multiple research studies done on how art blesses all the other subjects, and I have seen it happen when we’re having a time struggling in math or another subject where we just take a break and go and have a little bit of creativity time, and then come back and it’s better. It’s those two sides of the brain that you’re exercising and if there’s a lack of art, art just complements all the other things is what I’ve found. I can’t explain it scientifically but that is just what I have seen in my home.
Pam: I love the idea of if you’re struggling with something that’s hard, just taking a break and stepping over here and doing some art and then coming back to what you were doing before.
Tricia: Yes.
Pam: Yes, I think that would probably work in many, many situations. Well, other than repeating to my child, “You are an artist” what do you about the child who’s very dissatisfied with their work, maybe they’re a perfectionist and they always want it to be perfect, or they don’t even want to try because they feel like they can’t do it as well as their sibling or something of that nature? How do you encourage them?
Tricia: Well, I actually have a child like that, and what we have done is we have created a little bit of art time separate from everybody else. Children do tend to compare to each other if they’re all sitting around the table, so we have chosen some subjects that really appeal to this child and just given some separate art time, so this child has the opportunity to just grow and develop that creativity on his own. Just a little bit of that time has really helped him to see what all he can do, and then he’s slowly started to come back in and do things with all of us, and so it’s a little bit of experimenting and lots of praise offered. You don’t want to actually push it you just want to offer that opportunity. Sometimes I just make art time appealing by sitting a big bowl of popcorn in the middle of the table and sitting down and starting to do it myself, so modeling that art time is something that you could do. Those are some things that have just came from the top of my head.
Pam: You mentioned the Star Wars robot earlier. You guys have never been afraid to jump in to those popular culture subjects for your art tutorials and I know you’ve done the Star Wars, I’ve recently seen those. You’ve done shark week. Did you do lego themes?
Tricia: We’ve done lego, how to train your dragon, there’s ‘I Have Seen the Light’ there’s lanterns that rise up for the Repunzel movie.
Pam: OK, so this is a way that you can approach those kids who might be a little more reluctant to sit down and do art and approach them with a topic that’s really going to be fascinating to them, and kind of pull them in, so I love that a lot. So, how do you display your art work in your house? Once we’ve created a few pieces, do you have any suggestions for display?
Tricia: Well, we do have a lot of magnetic chalkboards around right in our kitchen so whenever we finish a paper we turn around and just automatically put it up on the chalkboard. For them, of course, there’s the refrigerator, and I like a plain string with some clothes pin on it, and then I have mentioned the journal where you can actually three hole punch your paper and put it in a notebook, a binder, and keep a whole year’s worth of your art. And then you can also send it off to grandparents, that’s always really fun to get in the mail.
Pam: Oh yeah, that’s a great idea too, because I have a feeling that they’re going to come back and praise that artist for the art that they’ve received.
Tricia: Right.
Pam: Well, Tricia, thank you so much for coming on today and talking to us about simple, easy ways that we can bring more, non-intimidating art, into our homeschool day. Tell everybody where we can find you online.
Tricia: You can find us at hodgepodge.me, and we have all sorts of tutorials, we have the regular written tutorials and we also have video tutorials on our youtube channel, and then we have eBooks all on a particular theme at chalkpastel.com.
Pam: Well thank you so very much for joining me and I just loved having you on.
Tricia: Well thank you for having me, I enjoyed it.
Pam: And there you have it. Now for our Basket Bonus this week, we have for you the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Chalk Pastels. This is a web resource that you can click on and there will be links there to chalk pastel supplies and other supplies you would need to get started as well as some of Tricia’s easiest and best tutorials to help you get started doing chalk pastels with your family. For that and the Show Notes to today’s episode, you can go to EDSnapshots.com/YMB17, there we’ll have links to all of the resources that Tricia and I talked about today as well as to your Basket Bonus. And if you would like to leave a rating or review in iTunes for the Your Morning Basket podcast, you can do that there as well. We really appreciate the ratings and reviews that you leave because it helps us get the podcast out to more people. We appreciate you being here today listening. We’ll be back again in another couple of weeks with another great interview and until then keep seeking Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Art in Morning Time

The goal of doing art with children is to spark their interest and creativity, and to grow a love in themfor what is beautiful.

Chalk pastels are an easy, forgiving, versatile, and affordable medium that can be applied to a vastnumber of projects.

Using chalk pastels, siblings of a wide range of ages can do art together at the same table. Little onescan simply grasp the chalk and go to town on a blank piece of paper, while older children can refinetheir drawings and work on layering, blending, and shading

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:35] tips for non-artsy moms
  • [4:10] what’s so great about chalk pastels
  • [5:47] chalk pastels with a wide age range of kids
  • [7:55] how to use the tutorials step-by-step
  • [11:22] what to do about the mess
  • [12:42] fixatives
  • [14:21] breaking the chalk
  • [14:43] fitting art into a short period of time
  • [15:52] art and literature
  • [17:07] chalk pastels and artist studies
  • [18:02] other art media
  • [19:17] art journals
  • [20:40] essential art supplies
  • [22:36] the connection between art and other subject areas; taking a break from a tough subject to do some art
  • [23:29] tips for the reluctant artist
  • [25:34] displaying kids’ art

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    by Heather homeschooler from United States

    I have listened to many episodes of this podcast and have highly recommended it to others. It has been a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement. Pam has a great voice and presence and I love that she does not interrupt or talk over her guests. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

    Pam always has great great guests who bring great insights and encouragement! I so appreciate her down to earth style and ability to ask great questions! Keep up the great work!!

  • A wildly encouraging and equipping podcast for homeschool families.
    by Eryn Lynum from United States

    As a homeshool mama of four (Ages 2-9), Pam's podcast has been an increidble encouragement to me. Not only that, but I have discovered so many helpful resources for focusing on what is lovely and true during our homeschool days. I love that it is not overwhelming in nature, but instead a gentle help for moving forward one day at a time in our homeschooling adventure.

  • Best podcast for homeschooling/variety of topics
    by Bethetal from United States

    I love this podcast for so many reasons. (1) Pam is friendly, funny, humble and kind (2) She covers a multitude of topics (one at a time)- I have learned about nature notebooks, classical music study, narration, living books, Shakespeare and so much more. Whenever I have a question about a new (to me)HS term or practice, I come here to listen to Pam interview someone about it. Her interviewees have all been all-in on their respective areas of interest/expertise and I love the way she interviews/asks questions to really let the guests shine as they speak. I have changed the structure of my homeschool, found books for my kids and me, purchased materials, and found inspiration due to this podcast and I can’t recommend it enough! This podcast has shaped my homeschool in so many positive ways, most of which I probably can’t even articulate yet, as the changes have been done inside of me. Thanks, Pam!

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

    I love the variety of things that are talked about on this show for homeschooling - things that I would never even think about including or doing - with easy ways to do them. Very much recommend this podcast

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

    I am listening to the past episodes and loving it. This podcast has helped me develop my own homeschool. So many ideas!! I love morning time so much, we do a nightly family time so my husband and public school attending son. We do all the things instead of watching tv, playing ps4, and YouTube. My kids hang around me every evening asking if we are doing family time. I can tell they love it but don’t want to admit it.

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

    I am so excited Pam is back to her morning time focus for 2020. Our homeschool has been shaped by the rich ideas and practical wisdom shared here.

  • Yay! Morning time is back!
    by Homeschooler in Germany from United States

    I was so happy and excited to learn that Pam is shifting her focus back to Morning Time for 2020! I’ve missed the morning time exclusive podcast and can’t wait to hear her back in my earbuds.

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

    I absolutely LOVE this podcast and was so disappointed when I realized you were not actively producing it! I’m NOW relieved to know there is a whole year of episodes ahead! I’m beginning my homeschool journey with 4 little ones very close in age and my style falls somewhere in the Classical and Charlotte Mason. I found your podcast by chance via Instagram recommendation as I was doing research on “morning menus.” Your content is beautifully philosophical but at a level most parents will be able to grasp and appreciate. Filled with truth, beauty, and goodness! Your episodes fill me up and leave me feeling inspired personally and in regards to my children’s education. Everything is so good! Please don’t stop producing ever again! I’ll be grateful forever!

  • So glad Your Morning is back!!!
    by alissajohn2020 from United States

    So glad to have the morning basket podcast back! Thank you for bringing it back!!

  • So good I ran out of gas.
    by JoanieHummel from United States

    This podcast is awesome! It was recommended to me a few years ago by a very wise and experienced homeschool mom but I didn’t start listening until I saw it come up a few more times on Facebook, recommended in various groups (in particular, episode number 41). I wish I had picked it up years ago! So much great information, I’m learning so much! Be careful though, I was so interested listening to this podcast that I didn’t notice how low my gas tank was getting! I ran out of gas and as I write this review I’m stranded on the side of the road waiting for a friend to come rescue me! Happy listening!

  • Knowledge Goldmine
    by A.J. Edwards from United States

    I’ve just been eating up every episode of this brilliant podcast over the past few months. The guests are stellar and Pam’s interview style is wonderful. She gets each guest to the meat and potatoes of their topic but it’s anything but a plain meal. This is a feast for the homeschool mom’s mind. I know I’ll be revisiting many of my favorite episodes again and again. Feeling so inspired by each guest!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!



  • Debbie says:

    I really love the idea of using chalk pastels with my almost-first-grader for her “first grade art.” So glad I clicked on this podcast! But I’m a little confused: Do I need an actual teaching book, or is the “You are an Artist” material only via e-book? How do the tutorials fit in? I perused the HodgePodge website, but I’m still a little confused about how to implement lessons. (I’m technologically-challenged; that’s my excuse)! 😉

    Pam or Tricia, could you help? Thank you!

    • Tricia says:

      Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for your question! I understand the confusion – we are, indeed, a Hodgepodge!

      We have quite a bit to offer – in two, separate and easy ways:

      1. 100+ Art Tutorials to choose from at Hodgepodge.me. You simply click on the art tutorial link you are interested at the link listed above (100+ Free Art Tutorials for All Ages)
      2. You ARE an Artist curriculum organized by theme in ebook form, also a link above.

      I hope that helps clarify. And please enjoy – because you ARE an artist!

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