YMB #115 Celebrating Cultural Heritage Through Art, Music, and Poetry: A Conversation with Amber O’Neal Johnston

Morning Time gives us a gift. It gives us a time in our day where we can enjoy the music, poetry, and art of a culture — either our own or the culture of others. Today, I am joined by Amber O’Neal Johnston who talks about why exploring both are important, and she has a ton of examples and ideas of how we can do that in our Morning Time.

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And I think that’s the fear for a lot of us and people often think I don’t have that fear because I’m black and I’m like, well, yeah, I don’t have that fear about black stuff, but I have that fear about other cultures, just like you may have about my culture. I can read a book or see a piece of art and think, I think it looks okay. I think it sounds okay. And a friend of mine can be like, no girl, that’s not okay. And I’m like, okay, teach me. I want to know why I want to be. I want to share things that are true and good and honest with my kids.

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Welcome to episode 115 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host. And I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, today on the podcast, we have a special guest, Amber O’Neal Johnston also known as Heritage Mom. She’s here to talk about how we can use art music and poetry, especially in our Morning Times and our homeschool to celebrate cultural heritage, whether that be our own cultural heritage, one that we’re very familiar with, or even learning more about, or the cultural heritage of others around us. And so it was a really fascinating conversation. What I love about Amber is she brings so many great examples to the table, and I think you are going to love this conversation.

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Amber O'Neal Johnston lives in Georgia nestled among pine trees, hammocks, and zip lines with her husband Scott and their four children. Her happy place is the back porch on a rainy day, preferably with a giant mug of hot tea and a good book. And although she was raised in air conditioning, somehow the woods is where she feels most at home these days. Amber shares about the beauty of a culturally conscious home environment in her book, A Place to Belong: a guide for families of all backgrounds, celebrate cultural heritage and kinship with others while embracing inclusivity in the home and beyond. And when she's not spreading the feast for her children, Amber enjoys sharing experiences and resources on heritagemom.com and @heritagemomblog on Instagram. Amber, welcome to the podcast.
Thank you so much. I'm excited to be here, but it is so great to have you here and just start off by telling us a little bit about you and your family and your homeschool.
Sure. So I'm originally from Illinois. My husband is from Ohio, so we are Midwesterners through and through, but we met here in Atlanta at the art museum. So it's a perfect little homeschool story and we have four children. They are 12, 10, 8, and six. The older two are girls. The younger two are boys. We've been homeschooling them from the very beginning and yeah, we love it. And we're in it for the long haul.
So that is how you know that he's the one for you because you meet him at the art museum.
Yeah, for sure. And the funny thing is that I told my sister that night, I was like, oh my goodness, I met this guy. He's beautiful, he's intelligent. And he was at the art museum at the same exhibit as me. You know, this is meant to be, and I put all my eggs in that basket. And later he told me that he was there to meet a good woman. So he was not interested in being exhibited at all. And I thought, well, you know what, I'm still going to give him points for being smart. And it worked and let's go with it.
They went to a good place to meet a good woman. So there you go. I love it. I love it so much. Well, let's talk a little bit about art. That's one of the things we want to talk about today, and I want to talk about how art music and poetry, any kind of the arts in fact, can provide an entry point for families to learn about various cultures.
And I want to talk about it from kind of two viewpoints, like learning more about your own culture, but also learning more about other cultures that are not your own. So let's start with your own culture. Why are these things such a good place to dig into and learn more about the culture of your family?
Well, I, yeah, I found it to be really nice to have some delightful things that represent our culture for our children to hang in there kind of memory hall.
And I think that because we spend so much time studying history, which is really important, a lot of American history and the history of every country really has a lot of trauma, traumatic things that have happened, a lot of tragedy. And I think those things are important for our kids to know, but that doesn't, we don't want that to be the only thing that they think about when they think about a certain group of people, especially themselves. So for my kids in particular were African-American family and we were studying a lot about enslavement and civil rights and all of that. And it was great, but my kids were feeling pretty down kind of like, well, wow. I mean.
It was heavy.
Yeah. It was kind of like this, this really stinks, you know, like, you know, what else is there? What else do we have to talk about? And my oldest, she was like, I'm tired of talking about this. And she said that, you know, it was starting to make her feel kind of depressed, you know? And I thought, wow, this is, I realize now that I've gone really heavy on one side of the seesaw and I need to swing over to the other side and show the fullness of who we are as a people.
And so I thought, well, this is perfect because we follow the principles of Charlotte Mason and our lessons are already set up to include art and music and poetry. I just hadn't been utilizing those to the fullness of what I should have or could have for my family. And so we started really diving deeply into black or in most cases African-American, but sometimes black people from other countries into the music that they had created and Negro spirituals and hymns sung in a traditional way that our churches that I grew up in would sing the same hymns.
And with art, we had been really studying exclusively European artists that were well-known and important. And the art really was beautiful. So I thought, well, there was nothing wrong with that, but I could do more. I could expand. And so we started studying black artists and oftentimes their subjects were black people. So for the first time my kids were seeing reflections of themselves in fine art.
And we were listening to poetry poets that looked like us. And that I could tell my kids, you know, came from the Harlem Renaissance or from other time periods. And to hear them oftentimes talking about things that felt very familiar to us, family connections and music and food and culture. And this was the first time my kids could connect with something like that on a personal level.
And so I really got a chance to see that these types of subjects or studies can add delight to our days. And once I realized that I was like, Hey, I'm never going to go back again.
I love that. You know, it amazes me sometimes how often culture is divorced from historical studies. Like you're just studying the facts and maybe you like dip into the people. And I know Charlotte Mason is really big on kind of those hero stories when kids are younger, they want to, you know, we're going to talk about the people, not so much as all the facts and the wars and all of the things that happen, but then culture is kind of relegated to a different part. And that's such a huge part of history.
And I love what you said about your kids being able to see themselves in what they're learning about. And so marrying that culture with history, I think is a good thing. How though, can you learn about other cultures through this kind of experience? So my family is not African-American. So how do we go about finding the resources so that my kids can learn about other cultures this way?
Well, I think there are a couple of ways, you know, the low-hanging fruit I found as being in community with other moms, other homeschool moms and other parents, because all of the lessons that I do with my kids, I then turn around and share on my blog or my website. And I know I get a lot of ideas from my friends or people.
I see online, other moms who have done that research on their own cultures. I think that's the best place to get the recommendations because parents in that culture are able to really sniff out authenticity and resources that really ring true to their own cultures better than I would be able to do with someone else's culture. And I think that's the fear for a lot of us and people often think I don't have that fear because I'm black and I'm like, well, yeah, I don't have that fear about black stuff, but I have that fear about other cultures, just like you may have about my culture. I can read a book or see a piece of art and think, I think it looks okay. I think it sounds okay. And a friend of mine can be like, no girl, that's not okay.
And I'm like, okay, teach me. I want to know why I want to be, I want to share things that are true and good and honest with my kids. So I think depending on friends is one way, the other way is following up on things you might find online. I am not a historian. I always tell people I'm just a mom, but I found that a passionate, you know, being a passionate mom has been more than enough. So to give you an example, when we studied the 1700s or we started it, we're still there now in American Revolutionary times and all of this I was looking for like, is there anything that I can say that black people were doing in this country that is not negative or depressing or sad?
And I'm like, surely we were creating something somewhere. And through some research, I found that there were a couple of artists who were either enslaved or formerly enslaved in New England who were painting portraits during that time. And one of them, Prince Demah and the other one, Joshua Johnson, there were very little known about Prince Demah. But I saw online that the Hingham historical society in Massachusetts owns, or has two of his paintings in their facility. So I was like, well, I'm kind of crazy. I'll just go ahead and email them. Like, Hey, I'm a homeschool mom. I want to teach my kids about this artist. I don't know anything about him. Surely you guys must've read, must've researched you own two of these coveted originals.
And they wrote me back the president of their society. And she was like, yeah. She was like, well, let's hop on and talk about it. I was like, can I record it? And she was like, yes. So I recorded a zoom session where I interviewed her, my kids were on as well. They also interviewed her and she told us everything she knows about that artist. And you know, that's just an example of kind of the types of things that didn't cost me anything. It was an hour of time. And I was able to show my children that no matter what circumstances people are in, they will find opportunities to show their creativity and to express joy.
Yeah. Yeah. I think of like Phyllis Wheatley from that same time period as well, you know, a poet, not an artist, but so yeah, you've introduced me to a couple of artists that I had not heard of before. And I love that. Like just, don't be afraid to get out and seek out what you're looking for and research what you're after, because you're right. There had to be, you know, black people who were making that kind of contribution who were doing that kind of art. And it's just a matter of us finding, finding them or finding, you know, whatever culture who's doing that. So, yeah, I like that.
Another thing too, I found, I think that a lot of it, sometimes we think we have to do too much, like we have to become experts at something or deeply study it. And I found that with my kids when we're studying other cultures and I want to bring that in, honestly, just the exposure is a gift because our eyes and ears almost have to be trained to see beauty in other cultural expressions of things at times, because if we're used to only seeing one type of art or hearing one type of music, I mean, adults are guilty of it as well. But especially for our children, they can see that as the norm that's normal and everything else is not normal, or this is beautiful and everything else is. And so I think just the pure exposure, even if you aren't able to really study it deeply is something that can go a long way.
You know, that's what I love about the Charlotte Mason approach though, is because as the mom, you really are supposed to just expose them to this stuff and then kind of step out of the way. So using that kind of approach makes it easy. It like takes a lot of the pressure off the mom. Like I don't have to know everything about this artist or this style of art or this kind of poetry. Like I can expose my kids to some of the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance without like knowing everything about it. We can just share some of the poems together. I stepped back and get out of the way and let the poetry speak for itself.
Right. And that's great for me because I don't know, you know, and, and then that's the thing a lot of times, you know, with my brand online and the things I talk about, people assume that I've been studying all of this for years and that I've become an expert.
No, I'm like girlfriend, I have the same education you had. I have the same lack of knowledge that you have. I'm just basically helping my children walk through the threshold and presenting them with this information. And we're learning together. I always tell people, I am about three nights ahead of my oldest child in school. So, you know, I research at night when she goes to bed and I'm like, okay on Wednesday we’re I going to learn about this together. So you don't have to know it all and it's kind of nice. I think when there's a little bit of imperfection, because I don't want to come in to my kids, like, Hey, I am the grandmaster and I'm going to impart all of my knowledge and didn't dump it all on you, but instead I can say, Hey, I mean, this is the general goal. Let's dig around and see what we can come up with. And I think the kids remember that more too, when there's a little bit of our digging and research involved.
Yeah. We talk about that a lot with Morning Time, kind of like you're a co-learner along with the kids, you're not just dumping all the knowledge and it takes a lot of pressure off you as the mom, me is the mom to just say, Hey, we're going to experience some of this stuff together. But I think the important thing is the willingness to embrace other cultures. And you're right. Beauty is all about exposure. There are a lot of kids out there who don't like classical music by dead white guys, because it's not, you know, right? And so what we do as moms is just expose our children to that over and over again. And the same goes with stuff from other cultures as well. You just expose them over and over again. And then they begin to see the beauty in it.
So we were really good example. I often say, you know, whatever, I want my kids to see as beautiful. We go through long periods of time where we're listening to that as like the soundtrack of our lives. So we play the music and we have Alexa in the kitchen. And every night at dinner, we have a little bit of music. Sometimes it's jazz. Sometimes it's classical music. It may be the composer we're studying at the time.
It could be folk music, but I just, I don't say, Hey, kids let's listen at that time of day. I'm just playing it. And I just want them kind of like elevator music. I just want them to grow up hearing it. And I think that that's a large part of my strategy there. If you want to call it, a strategy is just pure exposure. And I think that's all that I'm looking for there. And, you know, I think that you mentioned about Morning Time, for me part of the proof that all of this is working, that's my children's favorite time of day. And in my opinion, that's my least buttoned up time of day, you know, I, where I'm kind of winging it and learning alongside them and flowing and moving and they love it.
Yeah.
I think there is some amount of beauty that the children see in that natural learning more so than some of our afternoon stuff or late morning stuff, I have really gotten, we're going to read these pages and this is what we're studying and you know, not that they don't enjoy it, but no one's begging me for that. And if we ever miss Morning Time, they're begging me for it.
Yeah. Yeah. I love it. I love it. Okay. So let's talk about food. Okay. Yeah, let's do it. Well, yeah. You also talk about food. It's kind of like a natural entry point to explore cultural heritage. So tell me about that.
Okay. So a couple of things, I come from a family of cooks. So my grandfather was a chef. He was a chef in a hotel by day, and then he had his own place that he would go at night and work. And my grandmother's, as many grandmothers were known for their cooking and their special dishes.
And I come from a big family. And so food was always part of our love language. And so that was my background. And then I became a registered dietician. So kind of by trade that's one of my many, I say I had a portfolio career, one of the many things I did. And so I have a keen interest in food and it was natural then for me to share that with my kids, as me, try to get to know people, and as we try to connect with our own culture, I would often start with food. So we'll make recipes, go to certain restaurants and that's layer one tasting, knowing, getting to know the dishes and the actual food. But I think the deeper layer is then learning about how certain cultures feast, like what are they thinking or feeling, and what's happening in the moments that they're sharing food or breaking bread. And I can talk, you know, for my own culture, you think of something like soul food Sundays, where you have all of this extended family in this huge table filled with greens and cornbread and macaroni and cheese and fried chicken and blackeyed peas.
I mean, when I say that, even to you right now, I'm feeling
You're making me hungry.
I'm like, woo, this is exciting. It's like warm and fuzzy. I think of, I feel loved. I feel embraced. And you know, it wouldn't be the same if we had, you know, cold cut sandwiches on the table, that's a completely different feeling. And I want to know what I feel when I talk about my culture's food. I want to know that feeling from other people. And that takes discussion conversation, really digging in and asking questions and spending time learning, but also hopefully being around other people and kind of talking to them like, okay, so what are we doing right now?
I'm like, oh, this is my mom's favorite dish. You know, this is what she always ate growing up. And I'm like, yeah, let me try it. You know? And I think it's a great connecting point. And at that same time, I am always teaching my kids to not wrinkle up your nose and turn down or say disparaging things about someone's food, because to you, you're just thinking this food tastes gross or I don't like it. But to them it's hurtful because you're really, you know, making a blemish or a mark against who they are and where they come from. So that's been something that's been interesting for us.
I love that. I love that so much. Yeah. Food is such a huge part of just the fact that you said, you know, how they feast. So it's not just what you eat, but it's how you encompass celebrations with food. And that makes it such a larger part of a culture, you know, and all cultures do this, all cultures have this kind of, of feasting. And I think we all can think of situations where the food kind of defines like holidays for us and special occasions and even just something as simple as a Sunday dinner.
So how do you go about connecting for these kinds of things? So you've mentioned a couple of times throughout this conversation, you've mentioned conversations. So if you have, you know, the homeschool mom, who's maybe feeling a little isolated or, and I'll just be honest with you. Homeschooling is a lot of sameness where I live. There's not a lot of diversity in the homeschooling in my area. So how do we go about making these kinds of connections so we can have these conversations?
Sure. I think, you know, for us, for instance, recipes, we started with cookbooks, I'm old school. And so I know there are all these recipes online, but I get overwhelmed. And so like when we were digging into Puerto Rican culture, I got a Puerto Rican recipe cookbook, and we just started making things from there. And I don't know if they weren't legitimate, I'm going to blame it on the cookbook writer, but you know, it felt good. And it, and there, I like to get cookbooks that have storytelling, not just recipe after recipe, but where they talk about the recipe a little bit, or the writer will talk about how it relates to their family. I love that type of cookbook. So that's one, you know, easier way.
And for us, a lot of our interaction has been through travel and yes, global travel. That's a part of what we do as a family, but also local travel. So one of the things we did last year, we went really deeply into studying the American south. And I wrote this whole study. It was called sweet tea and cookies. And it's funny because I got a lot of feedback online. People were like, Ooh, girl, I'm glad I saw who it was. Cause at first I was like, they were like the study and celebrating the American south who is this.
And I was like, see, that was your misperceptions about what it could be. And my whole study is about the beauty of the south and that was throwing people off. And so I thought that, you know, my kids are from here and I want them to be proud of where they're from. And yes, there's a lot of hard history.
And I specifically chose the states that were part of what was considered the deep south, where chattel slavery was the worst. And I chose those dates because I wanted to show my children that beauty can come from anything. And so we studied the art and poetry and music and stories and food of those states, things that originated there. And of course, sweet tea and cookies. Cause in the south, you got to have sweet tea. So every week we made a different batch of a different type of sweet tea. And so I think things like that in that case, we didn't necessarily need anyone, but we were doing it at home with just ourselves, but we were extending ourselves to really dig deeply into a certain area and all of the things that happened or associated with that area. And that's just within our own country.
So I think things like that, you know, those intentional things. And if you do have the chance for global travel, I mean, we have learned amazing things. I remember in Bolivia, in our ignorance it’s in South America and our ignorance, I thought we were about to go down there and tear up like rice and beans and tortillas and salsa and guacamole that's I love that food.
And we got there and none of those things were available. And I was like, oh my gosh, I'm so ignorant. And where we were staying was mountainous and they were really known for potatoes and it was a meat and potatoes place and we're vegetarian. So hello, surprise. And I was like, okay guys, this is it. We were settling in, we were there for three months. I was like, we just, we're going to have to figure it out. That's an example of how I made some assumptions based on the limited information that I had and I was wrong. Surprise!! And so, you know, we learned, and we made adjustments. I'd never cooked at a really high altitude before. And you know, we just, we got a chance to really see what it was like to live there. So I think it's not one big thing to answer your question. I think it's just a series of ongoing small things.
I love that. And I love how you don't beat yourself up, you know? So you were wrong. I mean, you just, it, and it's fun to watch you because you throw your hands up, you know, I was, and then you like, okay, we learned something new. So every opportunity it seems is a learning opportunity. I think that's what I'm hearing.
Yeah, definitely. I think so. I think it's more about your intention and being open to opportunities as they come along and then also not looking for perfection. Like I'm sure that there are so many, an expert could come to my home and point out all the ways that we're learning about other cultures in the wrong way or imperfectly. But I just, I don't know. I don't care. I feel like this is so much more than what I ever received. It's also the best that I have to offer. And I'm not sure if anyone could ever expect me to do more than that with my kids.
I love it. Well, we mentioned before the kind of, some of the heaviness that your kids were feeling and that prompted you to go off and study some of the art music and poetry to relieve some of that heaviness. But let's talk a little bit about how approaching culture in this way helps when you're trying to tackle some potentially difficult topics.
Sure. I think that it allows us mostly to connect with the beauty, the ingenuity and creativity and culture of people rather than solely kind of the tragedy and trauma, or even the triumphs of their past or current situations. So I think that looking at some of these things, the art, the music, the poetry, the food, the nature, I'm not trying to gloss over hard history because I do do that. I go through that with my kids. I think that what I'm trying to do is show them that people are multi-dimensional and yes, things can happen to you, or sometimes you do things or whatever it may be, but that's never the sum total of who you are. And, you know, to give you an example, there's a book that I like, and it's like Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters. And it talks about obviously what it sounds like Christmas day or, you know, and what it was like for people who were enslaved and living in a slave cabins and people in the big house there. And I have always loved that book. And I was reading online one day where it came up in a Facebook group or something.
And a lot of the moms were like, that's a horrible book. I would never read it to my kids because it shows enslaved people dancing and having cake and celebrating. And that's just making it seem like slavery wasn't that bad. And I haven't really sit with that and think, wow, there's so many things that are up for interpretation because what I drew from that was even in the middle of the worst possible scenario that you could ever imagine, you can still choose to grasp on to whatever little tidbits of joy you can find even if once a year. And so I just thought, well, you know, I think that sometimes we have a choice with how we interpret things and that I want my children to see that bad things happen to all of us, all of us do bad things. And that neither of those define who we are, there are other things that we can do and make and create and other ways that we can be. And those are just as important as the things that happen to us and the things that we do that we may not be as proud of.
Yeah. You know, it's interesting, as I was thinking, as you were talking and just thinking about, you know, these subjects that we've been talking about are called the humanities. And I think one of the reasons that they're called the humanities is because it's, it's, it's about the humanness in all of us. And so when it comes right down to it, we, all humans, you know, art, music, poetry, this is something we all have in common, no matter what our cultural background is.
Yeah, I think so. And it's a way of connection and I think that's a good point that you bring up because one of the things that I often talk about, just the nature of what I talk about brings up a lot of differences, but I always remind parents that mostly we have tons of things that we have in common that are similar.
We just have often a different lens or a slightly different bit, or turn here or there. And that it's nice for our children to see both that a lot of us are very different, but at our core, we share this humanity that connects us. And so the poetry of my people maybe different than the poetry of your people, but then yet we're both American and we have some shared poetry and culture there as well. And I think that it's so nice for our children to see the nuanced approach to that.
Yeah. Yeah. There's a lot more we have in common I think then we have different.
That's right.
So we've talked a little bit. I just, I want to give you the opportunity,cause we've talked about art and we've talked about poetry and we've touched on music a little bit, and food. Let's don't forget the food now that we're all hungry. So anything else that you might add to your Morning Time along the same vein? I just want to give you the opportunity to give me anything I forgot.
I mean, like in music, I mentioned briefly hymns and one of the things we do, that's really big. I talk about heritage hymns. And so we use traditional hymns and we listen to them each week though, song a different way. So maybe more traditionally, and this was basically born out of, I was following different curriculum options when my kids were little and they would have hymn study and I'd click the link and there would be music there. And I'm like, okay.
And my husband walked by one day and he mouthed the words, “What are you doing?” Because these songs were not like we were used to. And I was like, oh my gosh, okay, kids, listen, the truth of the matter is black folks don't sing the song like this. So here I'm going to play a different link for you. This is how we sing the song, but we're still going to listen to other people. And my kids were like, oh yeah, you know, we kinda got into his gospel music and they started learning it. And, and I thought, you know, I think this is telling basically whatever we're used to hearing with our families or in our communities, that's what becomes cool, normal, fun, nice. And so I said, I'm gonna introduce my kids to that same him country with banjo and, you know, Bluegrass, Celtic, which I was like a bagpipe, you know, that's new for me, but we listened to that and instrumental and jazz and acapella and all of that. And I that's become how we do our hymns, but also folk music. And, you know, just all kinds of things like that.
Also in the morning, I read picture books because my little guy, you know, that's his, a big portion of, you know, what he's getting from me. But my older kids were like, listen, here, we did not want you to go in the other room and read those books.
They kept meandering in following us. And I said, you know, they love these. And so we read picture books, whatever I'm reading that week for picture books, I read out loud in the morning and our family read alouds, which are all over the place. So basically our Morning Time is everything that we all do together, no matter what it is with no restrictions. And it changes throughout the year. And then after that, we kind of end up slowly splintering off here or there.
Yeah. Yeah. That's a lot of how ours looks as well. And my little guy is 12 years old now, but still a large part of his history is what we read in the Morning Time. And then the older two go off and do more history. So yeah, it still works that way even when they get older.
okay. So if I am looking for some good resources to help me explore other cultures, whether that be the black culture or whether that be cultures overseas, where are some good places to start? Do you have some specific resources and then do you have just some general places to look as well?
Yeah. I definitely think that there are a few different websites. I usually use. One is stories of color.com. And I really like almost like don't tell me what to read, just present me with all my options. And that's what this is. So you can look by time period, by culture, by country and find a lot of really great books.
Another one is called Biblio Guides and it's similar, but there'll be summaries of all of the books and series and different things like that. I really like to search on there as well. And, you know, I spend a lot of time just looking at like, we have the Newbery award. We think the Newberry, Newberry honor and the Caldicot, th those are both really popular, but each culture also has their own award, you know, system. So there's the Coretta Scott King award and the Ezra Jack Keats award. And, you know, all of the different cultures have their own awards. And I like to go each year and look and see what they chose for their culture, that they feel is best represented. What they feel are the best books, you know? So that's another option or resource.
I love it. And then what about like music? Do you publish like your Heritage Hymns studies on your blog as well?
Yeah, I do. So those are all up there. I have different series. I think each one has 15 hymns. So it'll take you quite a lot to get through each one of those and same thing. Some of my folk songs, if we do a particularly like really awesome folk study that my kids really get into, I'll put that out there as well. Pretty much everything that I do, that my kids love. I put out there because I think for a homeschool moms, a lot of our issue, I haven't found very many people who are like, I'm not willing to do new things or expand, or I don't want to, it's usually like, oh, you know, I'm so time-starved, I don't know what to do. And so I share to make that easier for them.
I love it. I love it. Okay. So Amber tell everybody where they can find those wonderful resources online.
Yeah. You can find me on heritagemom.com and you can find my book aplacetobelongbook.com and I'm on Instagram, Instagram, and Facebook at Heritage Mom Blog. Okay. So let's talk real quick about the book. I'm so glad you brought it up. Give me the publication date and talk a little bit about pre-order bonuses. Okay. So it comes out May 17th and for everyone who orders before May 17th, they will be able to go and download on my website two heritage packs. So some there they are choosing them. So it could be the heritage hymns that we talked about, or the sweet tea and cookies. And I have, I think, seven other ones that the Harlem Renaissance, a lot of the things we talked about today, they can download those multicultural lesson guides. And I have some other goodies coming up that haven't been announced yet. That will go to everyone who already pre-ordered and those who pre-order before May 17th still.
Awesome. So you still have time to go and check out the book, a place to belong, and pre-order your copy and go and get those wonderful pre-order bonuses as well. I've had a sneak peek at the book and I really enjoyed it.
So Amber, thanks for sharing that with me as well. So thanks so much for coming today. It was fun.
It was thank you for having me.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources that Amber and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at Pambarnhill.com/ymb115. Also on the show notes, we'll have information about how you can pre-order or order. If you're listening to this after the publication date, you can order Amber’s new book, a place to belong and get those pre-order bonuses. We'll be back again in a couple of weeks, we're going to be talking all about summer reading here on the podcast, and we hope you will join us for that episode until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Celebrating Cultural Heritage

Using art, music, and culture is a great way to explore your own family culture. It gives you an opportunity to dive into things that may feel familiar to you but also to better understand them.

You don’t have to be an expert on any topic in order to teach it to your kids. Allowing your children to share what they find interesting, following their lead, and letting go of doing it all perfectly is a great recipe for learning about other cultures.

Learning about the food of a particular culture also provides a unique opportunity to enter in on a deeper level. There is so much to learn about a culture based on how they prepare meals, feast together and share life over a meal.

Studying the beauty of a culture does not mean you have to ignore the hard history that might also be there. Instead, it gives you the opportunity to see the multi-dimensional nature of human beings. And, it can be inspiring to see that even in difficult times, people find ways to create and find joy.

One way to use music in your homeschool is to listen to the same hymn, or piece of music, sung in many different ways. If nothing else, play music of the culture you are studying in the background throughout the day so that your kids can get more exposure to it.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:28] meet Amber O’Neal Johnston
  • [4:43] art, music, and poetry to learn about your own culture
  • [9:13] learning about other cultures through art, music, and poetry
  • [18:13] using food to learn about various cultures
  • [26:52] dealing with difficult topics
  • [31:16] using music in Morning Time
  • [33:57] Amber’s suggested resources

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  • Always a favorite!
    by Lizzie O' from United States

    Pam continues to do an amazing job with this podcast. She is a wonderful host, never hurried, asks great questions and really lets her guest share his/her experience fully. The variety of experience & wisdom here is fruit for the homeschooling community at large. I’ve been listening from day one and this podcast continues to be a top favorite. Thank you Pam!

  • Morning time will change your life
    by RachBoz from United States

    I’ve listened to YMB and Pam off and on for years, and she literally changed my life 7 years ago when I was just starting to homeschool. I’m so thankful for her ministry and encouragement to homeschool moms of all ages! I highly recommend doing morning time!

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

    This podcast is amazing and has helped me so much as recovering perfectionist homeschooling mama! Pam gives so much great insight into so many aspects of life and focusing on homeschooling.

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

    This podcast has been so great. It’s so practical and encouraging without being overly preachy or narrow. It gives ideas in a take-what-fits kind of way. I have used many of the recommended resources and ideas mentioned and been inspired by many others. Even the episodes that I found less relevant to me specifically, often had tidbits that I could use. Pam’s podcasts, books, and resources have been a godsend to me in my beginning years of homeschooling, helping me discover my own way to teach my kids in a way that prioritizes what is most important to us.

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

    Pam, My children are almost 11 and 13 and I never sent this review in! I found it sitting here. This is testimony that I am still so blessed by this podcast years later. So here it is: I wrote you an email when I first felt it placed on my heart to homeschool my now 6

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

    Love your content and the guests you have visiting the show! I am a huge believer in using the morning hours well. Thank you for your direction and products!

  • Enjoy the podcast & some thoughts…
    by rufocused from United States

    I enjoy listening to tips on starting and using morning time as I am just starting it this year. We have kind of done it in the past, but when you only have one child you tend to just call it bible, story time, etc… but now that my second one is old enough to join we’re going to have more of a true morning time. I did notice Pam mentioned CNN ten in one episode. CNN can be pretty liberal biased in the main news, I’m not sure if they curb that in the “CNN ten”, but thought I would mention the Daily Wire, which is from a conservative viewpoint (and often covers indoctrination in public schools) and could be fun to compare and contrast with CNN. Our family also recently discovered Daily Citizen from Focus on the Family which has a very Christian perspective, which has been refreshing as news can be so depressing sometimes! Just thought I’d throw that out there… but really do appreciate the perspectives and insights of these women who have been doing this for awhile!

  • Very helpful and pleasant to listen to.
    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!

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