YMB 84 Advent Carols: A Conversation with Genie Shaw

Continuing with our November theme of celebrating Advent this year, I am joined on today's show by the Your Morning Basket Plus music specialist Genie Shaw. We are talking all about Advent music, what makes it different from Christmas music and why you might want to add some of these pieces to your holiday playlist. We give you ideas for which pieces to start with and how to add celebrating these to your holiday season.Links and resources from today's show: SPONSOR:  Advent Morning Time Plans Awaiting the Messiah Catholic Morning Time Plans Singing with the Saints The Choir of King's...

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Advent Morning Time Plans

I have always loved the Christmas season, in a childish, it is all about the fun, food, and presents sort of way. It wasn't until after I was married that the season of Advent took on a more sacred meaning. This year I am looking forward to Advent more than ever, because I plan on being intentional in how we celebrate as a family. Advent begins the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and is a full four weeks before Christmas. There are many different traditions, but we plan to light our Advent candles, read selected Scripture, and follow some special Morning Time plans made specifically to...

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YMB #83: Why Advent? A Conversation with Tsh Oxenreider

Today on the show I am joined by author and mom Tsh Oxenreider to chat about her new book Shadow and Light: A Journey Into Advent. In this episode Tsh and I chat about what Advent is and how Tsh came to celebrate it. We also talk about what the season has to offer all Christians -- not just those who attend liturgical churches. With tons of ideas for families and an enlightening conversation about why 2020 may be the best year ever to lean into Advent, I think this is a show you will enjoy.Links and resources from today's show: SPONSOR: Advent Morning Time Plans Tsh's Website Books and...

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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...

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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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