YMB 82 More than Just Pun and Games: A Conversation with Carl Azuz

On today's podcast I am joined by the very punny host of CNN10, Carl Azuz. With balanced news coverage, wonderful explanations, and a winning host, the 10-minute news show has become a favorite part of our family's Morning Basket. It's the way we love to cover current events. On this podcast Carl and I chat about how he got his start in journalism, how he ended up doing student news, and the process he uses to produce an objective journalism show for his audience. Enjoy!Links and resources from today's show: SPONSOR: Your Morning Basket Plus Carl Azuz Profile CNN 10 Website CNN 10 YouTube...

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YMB #81 Morning Time with Gifted Kids: A Conversation with Colleen Kessler

Today on the podcast I am joined by my good friend Colleen Kessler who is a homeschooling mom of four and a gifted education specialist. Colleen and I chat about the benefits of a Morning Basket for your gifted kids as well as some of the challenges that moms of gifted and twice exceptional children might face when it comes to getting everyone on the same page for group learning. Colleen gives us practical tips for discussion, activities, and what to do for kids who struggle to hold still and focus. Full of ideas and encouragement, this episode has something for everyone!Links and...

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YMB #80 Beloved: A Conversation with Missy Andrews

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Today I am joined my Missy Andrews from the Center for Lit to talk about her book My Divine Comedy: A Mother’s Homeschooling Journey. I can't explain how encouraged I was by today's episode. No spoilers, but there is one nugget that Missy lays down that is going to have lasting change on how I view myself as a homeschool mom and how I view the work I am doing with my children. We also chat about the definition of education, homeschool disillusionment, and the dangers of tying our identities to the success of our homeschool. I think you will be encouraged. Links and resources from today's...

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YMB #79 A Themed-Based Morning Basket: A Conversation with Jessica Waldock

The theme of this episode of the podcast is all about making Morning Time work for your family. I am joined by Jessica Waldock, host of the Morning Baskets and more Facebook community to talk about how using themes saved her Morning Basket. Jessica homeschools an only-child who likes to deep-dive into topics, so a themed Morning Basket is a perfect fit. In the show we also talk about the difference between themed Morning Time and unit studies, where Jessica gets her theme ideas, and how Morning Baskets can work in a single-child homeschool. Links and resources from today's show:...

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YMB #78 Civics and Current Events: A Conversation with Jill Hummer

Professor and homeschool mom Jill Hummer joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk all about teaching civics and current events in your Morning Time. We chat about what Civics is, exactly, as well as the best ways to bring a living knowledge of citizenship to your kids. We also discuss age-appropriate ways to include civics, what to do about current events, and how you can make citizenship a natural part of your homeschool and family.  Links and resources from today's show: SPONSOR: Your Morning Basket Plus Silverdale Press Homeschool Current Events Quick Start Guide from Silverdale...

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YMB #77 Awaking Wonder: A Conversation with Sally Clarkson

On today's episode of the podcast I welcome Sally Clarkson, author and homeschool mom, to chat about her soon-to-be-released book Awaking Wonder. Education does not have to be difficult or stifling. Find out how homeschool families can create delightful learning based on good books and beautiful experiences.  Links and resources from today's show: SPONSOR: Your Morning Basket Plus Educating the Wholehearted Child Awaking Wonder The Ministry of Womanhood The Lifegiving Home The Lifegiving Table Poetic Knowledge  Educating the Wholehearted Child Awaking Wonder: Opening Your...

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YMB #76 Homeschooling Kindergarten: A Conversation with Rebecca Zipp

YMB #76 Homeschooling Kindergarten: A Conversation with Rebecca Zipp

Nothing strikes fear in the homeschool mom more than starting kindergarten with that first child. I remember wondering how I was ever really going to make this work. (Pssst -- it has!) I am joined on the podcast today by Rebecca Zipp, a homeschooling mom who has put much thought into a gentle kindergarten. We have a message for the new homeschooling moms out there. It is going to be ok. Of course we also spend quite a bit of time talking about how Morning Time fits into the homeschool kindergarten (hint: they are a match made in heaven), how much time you should spend doing kindergarten,...

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Help students succeed with Mr. D Math

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One of the best things about my job and all the years I've spent in the homeschool community has to be the access I have to truly excellent programs. Without dropping any names, I often am able to discuss curricula with the actual creators of the programs and get insider information on just what makes a product so good. One of the programs that has consistently come up over the years is Mr. D Math. Friends, colleagues, and educators have all been raving about Mr. D. While I trust and respect my friend's opinions, I couldn't understand how people were getting so excited over a math...

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YMB #75 Teaching History through Story: A Conversation with Rea Berg

Rea Berg loves books and stories. She has become quite the collector of them through the years as she homeschooled her six children and then later went on to found Beautiful Feet Books. On today's show Rea joins me to chat about how we can use literature to teach history from story. We will be chatting about some of the challenges homeschool families face in the teaching of history, why stories and living books make an effective approach to history study, and how to pivot from using textbooks to using living books instead -- even in middle and high school. Enjoy!Links and resources from...

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Finding Time for Morning Time

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I was recently asked, “How can I possibly fit Morning Time into my jam-packed day? It takes us all day to just do the basics with my kids. We don’t have time to add anything else.” That could absolutely be true. However, I’ve found that work, like slime, expands to fit the time available. So if you have a wide swath of hours to fill and no reason for urgency and all the seeming drudgery of the basics, it will fill those hours. In my experience - and I realize this is anecdotal - the days we do Morning Time are the days our other studies go better. I think it's a combination of two things:...

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