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 Child's Heart to...

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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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Elemental Biology for the Grammar Stage Review

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As homeschool moms already know, flexibility is an incredibly important skill to hone. We love our planners and our outlines (and our laminating machines!), and routine is the beating heart of a healthy homeschool day. But whether you're facing a world pandemic or trying to teach a subject across a smattering of varied ages, flexibility is a workhorse in our toolbox. As you know about me, when I make plans, schedules, outlines, or even just a grocery list, I like to stick to them. I stay focused and determined and I always see things through, so when a worldwide pandemic threatened to...

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How three lists can save your homeschool… and your sanity

I got an email this morning that almost made me break out into hives. It was from a popular homeschool planning company that was touting their ready-made homeschool plans. Now having done this homeschool mentor thing for a number of years I know that people really want plans that are already made -- after all we sell ready-made Morning Time plans for just those folks (and I use them myself!!). What made these plans so cringe-worthy was not the quality -- in fact, I am positive that they are excellent plans -- but instead the grid. These plans were all laid out on a weekly grid. So on Day...

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Organize Your Homeschool Room with this Handy Guide

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I wrote earlier that Pam’s The Homeschool Organization Challenge book makes my inner organizer happy. I’m a big organization geek and usually love to read anything about putting life into more of an order, but this handy guide from Pam is even fabulous for those readers whose ranking of organizing joy is pretty much right up there with a root canal on their list of things to do. She starts with such little steps – it’s all just so totally doable – and in 28 days or less, you’ll have a tidy, functional homeschooling space (whatever that looks like for you) that will breathe life into the...

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