YMB #97: Choosing the Best for your Morning Time: A Conversation with Cindy Rollins

Today I am joined by my Morning Time mentor Cindy Rollins. We meant to talk about trying to whittle down all the good subjects to choose only the best for your Morning Time but I am not sure we quite succeeded. 😉 We might have created more of an argument on why you should make your Morning Time longer.

It’s a great conversation and we do end up talking about what Cindy feels like we should prioritize in our Morning Times based on her years of experience doing Morning Time and mentoring moms. We can’t wait to have you join the conversation.

Pam:

But I just read a great quote by him where he said, all children should start with nursery rhymes and poetry. That is the beginning of language. Well, to tell the truth, it is not only the beginning of language. It’s the most sophisticated language that we have. And when you give your children a foundation of poetry, you are preparing them for life.

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 97 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you are joining me here today while we have a special guest on today’s episode of the podcast. It is my Morning Time mentor Ms. Cindy Rollins. She is the lady who taught me all about Morning Time, and she is here today to just share some of her wonderful wisdom with all of us. So we get the question a lot. Like I want to just do all of these things in my Morning Time. There’s so many good things to choose from, you know, but I don’t have time.

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I don't have time to do everything. Which ones should I put in there? And so Cindy and I are chatting today all about which ones should we be putting in our morning time, or that's kind of how the conversation started, but it actually took a slightly different turn as we went along. So you're just going to get to hear Cindy and I just chat about all kinds of things.

We even dive off into talking about reading poetry and so much more, it was a fun conversation. So I think you should just grab a cup of coffee or a cup of tea or a cold drink on a hot summer day and just put your feet up and take part of the conversation just with a group of homeschool moms. And we also talk about Cindy's new morning time book

that's out, you're going to want to check that one out as well. Now, before we get on with the podcast, I just wanted to let you know that we are soon going to be closing the doors on the Your Morning Basket Plus subscription. We are closing the doors on August 10th and they won't be opening again until early in 2022. And there is a reason why we are doing this.

We are doing this because we are going to be providing extra support and handholding to the moms who are in our membership. As they begin doing Morning Time in the new school year. We really want to make sure that we give lots of extra support and love and help to moms who are getting started with Morning Time for the first time or moms who are looking forward to a done for you Morning Time solution,

and want to know how to use that solution well. So we're going to be providing all kinds of support and to do that, we needed to close the membership down and have fewer people coming in every day, kind of get a bunch of people in and really be able to lead those moms through the process of having a Morning Time that they will love.

So if you have been interested in the subscription now is the time to go check it out and get inside. You can find out more information about it by going to pambarnhill.com and clicking on the green, get the tools button, and you can find out everything you need to know there. And now on with the podcast.

Pam: Cindy Rawlins is a veteran homeschool mom of nine.

With over 30 years of homeschooling experience, she brought mothers along on her homeschool journey through her blog. She explored Charlotte Mason principles and the practice of Morning Time. Cindy is the author of three books, Mere Motherhood, Morning Time Nursery Rhymes and My Journey Towards Sanctification: A Handbook to Morning Time and Hallelujah: A Journey Through Advent with Handel's Messiah.

Cindy now inspires mothers sharing practical tips for personal and spiritual growth or her writing speaking, and as the co-host of the Literary Life podcast. Cindy, welcome back to the show.

Cindy: I'm so happy to be here. It's always fun to talk to you.

Pam: I just love having you on, I think this is like our third or fourth time.

Cindy: Oh yeah,

I have no idea. I just talk and...

Pam: Well, we love it. Well, just in case, this is the first time that someone is, is listening to you on the show. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your homeschool was like.

Cindy: Well, so I had eight boys and one daughter, so our homeschool was a little bit chaotic. We had all the,

all the things that the boys bring, the silliness and the fun and the goofing off and the physicality. But I started homeschooling when I had read about homeschooling before my children were born. So I was ready to go in 1984 when I had my first baby. And we went onto homeschool from there.

I read Charlotte Mason. I read the book For the Children's Sake and it really inspired me to start Morning Time. Now she never once mentioned more morning time or even insinuates Morning Time, but that was kind of my way to work of working out the ideas that were in that book that I wanted in my home. And so over the years,

it just grew and expanded. And so our homeschool was really based on Charlotte Mason and Morning Time.

Pam: Oh, I love it. Yeah. And you tell the story and guys I'll link back to the first time Cindy was on the podcast, which was episode one.

Cindy: Wow.

Pam: So many episodes ago. And we're getting really close to episode 100 now,

but you tell the story about you were going to buy a high chair and you went to the thrift store and spent your money. Like you found it cheaper, and then you spent the extra money on books or something like that. And that was where you picked up For the Children's Sake.

Cindy: That is right.

I had to go then and buy the high chair at Goodwill instead of, you know, JC penny or something. Pam: I love it. I love that you were so thrifty and now, now I can spend the extra money on books. So it's perfect. Well, I know that morning time looked really different in your home through the years,

but just as a generality, could you kind of tell us what was Morning Time like in the Rollins household? I mean, did it happen first thing, did it happen second thing? Was everybody really there, even when you had teenagers? Just give us kind of a brief overview?

Cindy: Well, in a way it really looked the same from the beginning to the end,

and within that framework, it changed around a lot. And I learned a lot as I went along it, when we first started it expanded more than anything else over the years, as I saw well, this would work in Morning Time and, you know, I'd be struggling to fit something in our school.

And then I'd think, oh, I could do a couple of minutes of this in Morning Time. And so each day we would just start off, the kids had their chores. We had breakfast, they had some Bible reading on their own, and then my kids would start math and they would just start math until I pulled myself together to say,

it's time for Morning Time. And then they would put their math aside and finish it after Morning Time. And then from there, Morning Time was, you know, Bible, hymns, poetry, on and on and on all the way down to, you know, memory work of different sorts, and then reading aloud from a couple of different books.

Pam: Okay. So a big variety of things. And you're beginning to hint at kind of what I'm having you on to talk about. So one of the big thing we wanted Cindy to talk about today is this question that we get so often where moms are saying, we want to put so much stuff. There's so much stuff we want to put in our Morning Time.

I don't know how to choose the best things, how do I know what to include when my Morning Time could honestly have 50 things in it? And so you're saying your Morning Time got longer and longer to accommodate more things.

Cindy: It did. And I would say that the point of no return, I would say at the peak of my homeschool, when everything was clicking with the right age group, and I wasn't worried about this age group and that age group, we had about two hours of morning time, but we read aloud a lot and the kids loved that part. So I always say sometimes it went to two hours because they were saying reading another chapter of Tom Sawyer,

and, you know, I'd do that. So, and I think after that, it begins to kind of wear on everybody. It's time to get up and move and do something else. Although I let my kids move around in Morning Time. Nobody had to sit there with their hands in their lap the whole Morning Time, that I think that would have been impossible.

We did various things. And this is one of the things you can do when you want to add more to Morning Time, you can kind of double up, you can draw during Morning Time, or you can have a read-a-loud notebook during Morning Time, or, or I even did nature study notebook during Morning Time that isn't strictly,

I guess I can drive the Charlotte Mason purists mad, but it isn't strictly what Charlotte Mason said about nature notebook, but it worked well in our family. And we actually have nature notebooks instead of just the idea of nature notebooks.

Pam: Yeah. And so, just to like you, what you would do is you would put the field guides on the table and then have the kids look at the pictures in the field guides,

and then draw all those things into their nature notebooks while you were reading aloud to them at Morning Time. That's right. And sometimes they could go out and find something. If we, if we needed a little break we'd, I'd say go find something for your nature notebook. And then I would read aloud where they drew it in their nature notebook. I did that mostly with books

I knew they loved. So there wasn't the temptation to not pay attention, but they played with Lego's during Morning Time or blocks different things like that. And things don't have to be long and Morning Time. You can add a lot if you just keep it super short, like two minutes, three minutes, like we did grammar in less than five minutes a day in Morning Time,

you know, you don't want to be labor, everything you don't want to yak away. You want to read the Bible. You don't have to waste waste a lot of time expounding on your thoughts on the Bible, or because you're wanting to do this every day and you don't want your kids to get tired of hearing your exposition. So it helps if you just read the Bible and move to the next thing and read the poem and move to the next thing,

you don't have to go into these long explanations where mom is constantly interacting with the material. The thing is, mom is doing that because she's making with the material she's learning. But if that, we also want our kids to be doing that in their heads. So we don't have to necessarily do that for them.

Pam: Okay. So can we ask them though?

I mean, would you ask? Like, you know, so you read a poem and, you know, so here's how it would go down at my house. I would read a poem and then I would say, you know what, I really love this word here, or this line here. And I might repeat the line a couple of times and say,

I just love the way that the words roll off my tongue. And then I might ask them, what was your favorite part? But still we're talking about something that takes like three minutes to do.

Cindy: Yeah. I mean, I think there's a time, even in Bible reading for Mom occasionally to say, wow, that really hit me because... and just share her heart as a fellow Christian with her children.

But I also think it, yeah. And in poetry you can, I think people need to understand. There's a lot of ways you can approach poetry and even a lot of ways that you can approach it in Morning Time. Sometimes you just read the poem and then sometimes you read it day after, day after day. And then you start asking some questions,

you know, you might have a poem that you're just, you might have a book. You're just going through the poetry. You can just read it. You don't have to even say anything, let their minds work on it. Or you might have a poem that you're reading every day. Cause you're trying to memorize it. And about two weeks in,

you know, you can start asking the kids questions about that poem. Like, you said what line really struck you? Or what do you think about this poem? Or what is this poem saying? Those are things that when you're with a poem, a lot, those kinds of things begin to really come alive

and the kids have something to say, what you don't want to do is try to pull something out of the kids about the poem that isn't actually there, or that they feel pressure to impress mom or impress everybody in there. And, you know, they're digging around in their heart or, you know, that's really not the point of it.

The other thing you can do with a poem that I think is great in Morning Time that's more of a skill. You can, you can figure out the rhyme scheme of the poem. Like, is it a, B, a, B, or, you know, a BBA and go and talk about that a little bit, but all of that,

like you said, it doesn't have to last a long time and better if it doesn't.

Pam: Right. Right. Yeah. I find that my kids, like if I'm, I don't know, just doing it kind of in a low pressure way. And if I'm just throwing the question out there in general so if we're talking about,

you know, metaphors or something, and so my kids are familiar with the concept of a metaphor, they know what a metaphor is. We've talked about it a lot in the past and things like that. And I'm like, you know, so can we, you know, can we find some metaphors in here? Where is this poet comparing two things?

And if I just throw the question out there at large, then somebody's going to step up. You know, whereas if I point to one certain kid and say, okay, you tell me where the,

Cindy: The deer In the headlights goes on. Yeah.

Pam: That's where I, I think Morning Time is actually great for something like that, because you can just kind of open it up to everybody.

And if that kid, like, if they're sitting there going well, geez. I can't think of where the metaphors are right now. Some sibling is going to pipe up with it and they're still going to learn. They're still going to be like, oh yeah, I could see that. That is kind of cool. And they might name the next one.

But that's one of the things I love about Morning Time is it really does take some of the pressure off.

Cindy: Really narration the way Charlotte Mason did it, and that is a type of narration, is really fun in a group of people because they do feed off of each other. If someone

says something kind of weak on their narration, they don't need mom to say, well, that was really weak because their sibling goes, oh, I know, let me tell what happened in the chapter. And or that you can go, well, now you stop and you finish what happens so that they each get a chance. And

it's more lively because there's more minds that work on it. So what you said about metaphor, kids who grow up with this kind of language presented to them in a natural way, like we're talking about a very organic way, a metaphor is a part of their lives. And so when you get around to telling them what a metaphor is,

it's already embedded in them as an organic way without the name. And when you tell them the name, they understand it. That is the beauty of this kind of learning, because we often think we want to teach our children skills, but we don't, they don't have anything to bring to those skills. And so they fumble around and their skills are poor.

They have poor skills, but if you have this history of language, and then you are going to learn a skill, then they have something they're bringing to that. And it becomes very possible to teach things that would have seemed harder under other circumstances when their minds are empty and they have nothing to bring.

Pam: Yeah. Yeah. If you have a child who's been just read poetry for years and years and years,

when you sit down to talk about metaphor. And I think of the poor kids who get like this worksheet and the sixth grade go and pick out all the metaphors, you know? And they're like, if they have no frame of reference for metaphors, that's incredibly difficult, but you know, if they've been immersed in language and poetry for years and years,

then when you introduce the concept of metaphors, that they can start seeing those connections, you know,

Cindy: And it's not tedious, it's not boring. And they really take to it and it doesn't kill the idea of metaphor, make it just something on a worksheet, it places it, where it should be in living language.

Pam: Yeah. Yeah. Okay.

So let's go back to the topic cause you and I, I mean, we could just talk all day, so there are a lot of good things to include in Morning Time. And Cindy is saying let's include more good things in the Morning Time by making them short, you know, they don't have to take up a lot of time and it's okay to make your Morning Time longer to include these good things.

Is that what I hear you saying?

Cindy: Yeah. Because I'll tell you what, when you get to the end of your schooling the school years, as I have, you're never going to look back and say, I promise this. I absolutely guarantee this. You're never going to say, man, we spent way too much time in Morning Time. You're just never going to say that that is going to be the highlight and the memory and what you take that the kids take away from it.

Yeah. You might've done some other things better. Some science better, some math better. You know, I always say, I wish I had given my children a love for math because it's taken me so long to get a love for math. But so it's not to say that everything will be perfect, but I really don't think you can regret the time that you spend in Morning Time.

I at least I have never met anybody who, who did or does.

Pam: Right. Well, okay. So, but what, and you know, it's fine for us to say that now, just like, it's so easy for me to look back now and say to moms of preschoolers, like, don't do anything, just live your life and read them lots of books,

but you know when you're in the heat of this and you have, and I'm just going to use my kids as an example, when you have a 16 year old and you have a 14 year old and you have an 11 year old, and everybody has a million things that they're doing in the afternoon, and it feels like you've got all of these things that you have to get done and put on a transcript.

And I just, like, I only have an hour for morning time. That is all I have.

Cindy: Right.

Pam: How do you, how do you make that mom feel better about that?

Cindy: Well, I think what you do is if you have a child who really does have a lot, like a 16 year old, who has a lot of other work,

you don't belabor, Morning Time with them. You do whatever would contribute to what they're already doing. If you're reading Shakespeare, then they need to hear that because that's very much a part of their preparation for life. So, so you would do that first. So you might read a little bit of the Bible and hold off on your Bible memory with the other kids so that you can read Shakespeare with your older child.

You might, you might sing as a family, read a Bible verse and then let the high schooler go. You don't have to hold onto your children. As a matter of fact, it's really good for your children to see you willing to let them go. Now, in your heart you're not really willing to let them go, you've got their ankles as hard as you're holding on as hard as you can,

but they're going to grow up. And when they see mom, let them go a little bit. I think it, it lets them take a deep breath and cooperate with what else she has going. So you don't have to hold a high schooler in Morning Time. Sometimes you can for various and sundry reasons. A lot of times there'll be nearby and you'll hear them.

Oh, you're reading that. I love that book. And you know, that they'll remember things and really perk up, oh, I memorized that poem or something like that. So you can let those high schoolers go. You can, I always gear morning time generally to the oldest child in the room. And so that way your little, your little guys are always going to be able to get something out of that.

But if you're just only doing it for the little ones, then you're, you're boring your older children. So you kind of tend to gear it towards the oldest child in the room. And then if that, you know, that's too old, then you, you can let that child go and move down the line to the next in line.

Pam: Well, you've alluded to the fact that you did things like grammar in Morning Time, and we've talked about that a lot, but are there things that you can put in Morning Time for your older kids that you can count like on a transcript?

Cindy: Oh, absolutely. I gave my kids, at the end of their high school years, they got a fine arts credit for our work and morning time. And I put everything, we did composer study. I kept, you know, they stuck around for that composer study, artist study. And it, and this, these things do not have to be,

Pam: Doesn't it have to be a year of one thing.

Cindy: No, it doesn't have to even be in depth that you,

if you, if you're studying say, Vermeer, you can look at the paintings by Vermeer. You really don't have to know everything about Vermeer and his background and a story book about him. There's also just, oh, this is Vermeer. Isn't this a lovely picture. What do you see in it? You can take a minute or two where they look at the picture,

then they turn it over. You say, what do you remember? And that can be it. You don't have to have these extended deep studies of these things, but, but over four years of listening to classical music, looking at various paintings by various artists, talking about these things, as you walk along the way that definitely can be for a high school student,

a credit in fine arts. And, you know, I mean, Shakespeare is literature, English, grammar, even, even grammar. If you, if you're going to diagram a sentence, it doesn't hurt to have the high school student there. Anything that, you know, as an adult helps you is going to be something that the high school student can also,

you know, can transfer to the transcript a little bit. But then sometimes they do have a lot of overwhelming work to do for the transcript. And, and you can, you got to kind of gauge that.

Pam: Yeah. Yeah. So it sounds to me like, I'm going to ask you this next question, but I think it's kind of moot.

So the question originally was, how do you make sure Morning Time doesn't take the entire school day, but it, it sounds like it would be okay if it did.

Cindy: In a way I do. I think that, you know, here's our school a school day for our family consisted of Morning Time, math, written narration, and reading lists.

Sometimes they had some skill work they had to do. Like I had to work after Morning Time, I'd work with kids who needed to have phonics. That kind of thing has to be squeezed in there, but, and there might be other skills like that, 30 minutes of Latin or one of those things. But to me, if I'm going to check it off as a school day,

we're going to have Morning Time. We're going to have math and we're going to have a written narration and we're going to, and the kids are going to read from a list. And that would be a really full, nice school day that would accomplish a lot. Now I considered science part of Morning Time, because we would read aloud books that were,

you know, in that genre of science. And that would be their science. I use the Ambleside lists, but then when they get to high school and you know, you do have to let them go. You don't want them sitting around reading, Madam How and Lady Why, while, you know, they should be doing biology.

Pam: Okay. That was my question is what do you do when you have a high school or are they still participating? So it sounds like that up through middle school science was in Morning Time, but then you, the high schoolers were actually doing your more traditional science courses. Right?

Cindy: Absolutely. That's how we did it.

Pam: How did you decide,

like what subjects were best suited for morning time, and then what subjects were best suited to go somewhere else in the homeschool day? Because there are a lot of moms who would take grammar and say, well, there's no way I can do this with nine kids who range in age from two to 18.

Cindy: Well, for one thing that the question is what are they going to do and what kind of a return are you going to get on this? So are you going to give them a grammar program, have them work on grammar all year, and then at the end of the year, when you ask him them, what is an adverb? They say something like, oh, I know, I know, I know this,

I know it. What is an adverb mom? I don't remember. That's, that's what a grammar program often does. And even when they're doing those fancy, cute grammar programs, where they sing all the songs and they know everything, they still don't have the interaction with language. They basically just have a list of memorize terms, which they're not that great at applying.

So for you to move grammar to Morning Time and say, I'm going to spend five minutes a day, examining an English sentence, either diagramming it, or, you know, using another form. I like the Michael Clay Thompson practice books. I would just buy the teacher's edition. And I would put the sentence in the teacher's edition on the board.

And then I have the teacher's edition. So, you know, we could check if we were right about everything, but I didn't buy the workbooks for everybody. And, you know, it was very expensive. So I just use the teacher's edition and did these sentences. And you get to know the English sentence very well by doing this, one thing I think helps is if you're consistent,

you can do something a little bit each day, but you kind of need to do it consistently for it to add up to something.

Pam: Yeah. Yeah. Because we, and we did this, so Cindy taught me how to do this with the Michael Clay Thompson books. And so I did that for level sentence analysis for a couple of years in Morning Time.

And if we went too long in between analyzing a few of those sentences, then the information would kind of fall away a little bit and we wouldn't see good results. But if we were consistently talking about those sentences every day, it really did. It only took three or four minutes. And, you know, they were interacting with the language and such great vocabulary in there as well.

Cindy: Well, grammar is an abstract subject and it's much more important for a child to be familiar with language, hear language and use it well than actually know why he's using it well, or that the verb did this. And then noun did this. Those are great things, but you actually can go to college and continue to write well, without knowing all of that stuff.

I mean, you should know it exists, but if, if you're reading a lot and you're using language a lot, then that that's a side issue. It's fun, and it's good to know, but it's not going to hinder you from being a good writer. I mean, you might not make it to a copy editor status,

but you can write.

Pam: Yeah. Yeah, for sure. Well, okay. So if you only had 30 minutes, if Cindy Rollins only had 30 minutes to do Morning Time in her homeschool, what would you make a priority?

Cindy: Boy, That's a hard question. Well, you know, Jesus is the answer, right? Of course I would read the Bible a little bit.

The one thing that I would make a priority. And, and, and I've, this has just hit home to me this year, how important it is. And I'm not a good singer. I sing terribly. Some of my kids sing very well. Some don't sing so well, but I don't think there is anything more important than Morning Time than singing as a family together. There's just something about it. Number one, it's healthy. It, it activates that. What is that, that Vegas nerve in our bodies, it produces just, it helps us to breathe. I said, in the age of COVID, we all need to be singing. It's like going out and jogging around the block.

We just need to have this cultural sharing of music. And there's something in that that if we don't do it in Morning Time, when else are we going to sing? And I think as human beings, we all need to be singing every single day. There's just something there about that. So I would not skip singing even though singing is the easiest thing to skip.

I would not skip poetry. I think that there Northrop Frye, if you know, I know you you've had Angelina Stanford on before she loves Northrop Frye, but I just read a great quote by him where he said, all children should start with nursery rhymes and poetry. That is the beginning of language. Well, to tell the truth, it is not only the beginning of language,

it's the most sophisticated language that we have. And when you give your children a foundation of poetry, you are preparing them for life and almost any kind of language that they're going to come up against. So poetry, many people in our day and age don't like poetry. They don't want to do it because they think I don't like it.

I would say, you know, try to overcome yourself and read poems. And I would say, don't analyze them, just start reading them. Don't worry about if you don't understand them, just start getting that language in your heart because you'll go to bed at night and you'll have read a poem and all of a sudden you'll wake up and you'll go,

oh, I get what that line means. Your brain will be working on that. And it's so I wouldn't skip poetry. So I would say you would do Bible. You would do some singing, you would do poetry. And then probably I would say read aloud, pick a really good book and read aloud to your family. So you can build that family culture of a shared,

shared story that when they grow up, they can, you know, they can say, oh, he's so he's so much like, Eor, and you know, your whole family is like, oh, oh yeah, he's Eor, he's he, or he's he, that he's Eustas Scrub, you know, a boy who almost deserved that name and you have a family culture that is built through reading aloud.

Pam: Yeah. You know, with all that, the things that you can put in the Morning Time, and you could put so much in there, you can do so many different things in there. And honestly, there are some things that are not on your list right there that my kids absolutely love to do in Morning Time. But just to hear that simple list right there,

it's so doable and it really gets to the heart of a lot of what a Morning Time is about, you know, interacting with language in a myriad of ways that are just going to make you a stronger reader and writer, you know, building up your, your own personal relationship with God, through reading the Bible and studying that. And then, and I used the term study very loosely there,

right. Reading and listening and, and then, you know, interacting with those really good books and things. And so I love that. It's very simple, but it so much would be packed into that 30 minutes every single day. Yeah. Since you know, I I've asked people recently, well, what have you added to Morning Time? So many people have things I never even dreamed of adding.

I didn't get around to, but I know people will do like the joke of the day that I know people who start morning time with the joke of the day. And I thought, well, that is really great. You come and you immediately start off with something that brings a smile to your face, but there are me, like you said, you could just go on and on and on with,

you know, the joke of the day, the missionary of the day, the, this of the day. And it there's really no end to what you can do in Morning Time as we are for years, we had to do mad libs every day just because, you know, that was how I got that nine-year-old buy-in yes. And finally,

now I just quietly let them go away. And he doesn't ask for them every day anymore. So it's awesome, but yeah. Well, what are some of your favorite resources to gather for inspiration for Morning Time? You've mentioned poetry a number of times, and I know that's something that particularly intimidates people. So do you have a favorite poetry resource or another resource?

Cindy: Well, there are some good poetry resources out there. William Harman has the hundred, oh man. It's, it's something hundred poems. I didn't come prepared to talk about this. There is a great poetry resource called something else, but really honestly, just getting in there. Well, Thomas Banks has a beautiful podcast called The Well Read Home,

and that is a fantastic resource because he does a little tiny bit of analysis, but he doesn't carry it too far. And he reads the poems beautifully. Any nursery rhyme book is great for poetry. There are, I, you know, there are lots of compilations of poems just to have a basic poem book in your house that you can read through my I'm.

I know you said we talk about this at the end, but my new, so I used to have, what's called the Morning Time handbook. We're about to release the it's going to be called Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love. And we have all the poems in the book so that you don't have to go look for them. So that's going to be a much more expanded.

It's going to be easy to find poems to memorize and read. It'll be right at your fingertips in that book when it releases. And it's probably released already at, at this point. So that is a book that will be a good resource for all, for all of Morning Time. I think life is the best thing. Like when you go to church,

you sing a song, you love it. You put it in Morning Time. I think it's fantastic when people use what is going on in their church, the songs they're singing to, to learn at home. I think that is a great way to make Morning Time relevant and to keep it and, and the nature of your family, when you read book lists and you come up with things,

you know, I partly, the reason I did read alouds in Morning Time was there were books I wanted to read. So I picked what I wanted to read and here that was also something that children would enjoy. And that I got through a lot of great books that way, when, at a time when, you know, I wasn't going to be reading in,

otherwise that was it for me during some of those years.

Pam: Yeah. Yeah. And you know, we tell moms this all the time, that like Morning Time counts. So the time that you spend reading the Bible and Morning Time, the time that you spend praying in Morning Time, the time you spend reading to your children in Morning Time, it all counts for you.

So if you're not finding other times during the day to have a quiet time for yourself, the stuff you're doing in Morning Time totally counts. So well, Cindy, tell me a little more about that book of yours. That's coming out it's Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love. And tell me, you mentioned the poems in there. What else is going to be in there for us moms?

Cindy: Okay. So it is going to have basically the lots of memory work. Like I can have the geography questions that I used with my kids in the Morning Time will be in there. Hymns, lyrics. Some of the lyrics will be in their folk songs. We'll have a list of folk songs, a long list, an annotated list of read alouds that we'd enjoyed in our family will be in there.

And it goes through Morning Time, kind of as a real on a real basic here is what Morning Time is. And then it expands from there to go through each of the, you know, Plutarchs, I have a chapter on Plutarch, have a chapter on Shakespeare. I have chapters on singing and Morning Time and, and all the different manifestations of that.

And, and it's going to be really a special book. I'm very excited about it because it's just, it's something I would have enjoyed having it brings it all together in one place. And I, I think it's going to make it very easy for moms to, to get a feel for it. And, you know, I think there's other places that can become places where people have Morning Time.

Sunday schools are one area where I think Morning Time, I think Sunday schools would be great if they were just a Morning Time session and, you know, and, and even care homes right now. You know, if people could go in, I'm actually going to try and see if I can pull this off, but I'd like to do that at my mom where my mom is at assisted living,

go in and have Morning Time with those people because they do have songs and poems in their heart that you can bring back to their remembrance. I think a Morning Time movement of taking Morning Time into nursing home facilities would be one of the best gifts, you know, to offer to society and to elderly people.

Pam: And yeah, it really is because it,

it really is for all ages. And I know you, you still continue to do Morning Time, even though it's much, much smaller or now?

Cindy: Yes, I have to. I just did. I just couldn't quit. So I just kept right On.

Pam: Oh, I love it. Well, Cindy, what date does the book come out?

Cindy: Well,

it'll be the end of June that it comes out, hopefully. So I don't know when this airs, but if it's past June and you haven't seen it then, Okay. So this one airs July 27th. So you guys should be hearing it on July 27th or after. So that means the book is already out and you're going to want to go and find that Amazon your website.

Yes. You can find it on Amazon. I do have a website a morning time for moms.com and we'll have links to it. But for the most part, it'll be available on Amazon, maybe Barnes and noble. I'm not sure where the publisher will have it, but I do know it will be on Amazon. And we're going to include a couple of links to that one in the show notes for you guys.

So you can be sure to pick up this fabulous morning time resource. Well, Cindy, thank you so much for coming on and joining me today. I really appreciate it. Well, thank you. It was a lot of fun. And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books or resources that Cindy and I chatted about today,

including Cindy's new morning time book, you can find those by going to the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those [email protected] forward slash Y M B 97. And while you're on the website, be sure to check the done for you your morning basket plus membership, where we have live events and done for you. Morning time plans to help you make mourning time and reality in your homeschool.

Now I will be back again in a couple of weeks with a really fun interview with Lotus Stuart, from art history, kids, Lotus has a unique approach to teaching your kids about art history and doing art with your kids that any mom can do. And I think you're really going to love that podcast. So be sure to come back in a couple of weeks and check that one out until then keep seeking truth,

goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Choosing What’s Best for Your Morning Time

Morning Time doesn’t have to take up a large portion of your school day. It can be done in 30 minutes. But, you are never going to regret the time you spend in Morning Time, so don’t worry if it takes up a good chunk of your school day, either.

Choose a large variety of topics and spend only a few short minutes on each consistently and you will have a wonderful Morning Time.

Some of the most important things to include in your Morning Time are Bible, poetry, singing, and a good read aloud. Choosing a good read aloud will allow your family to have a shared language and family culture around the books you read.

Always aim your Morning Time subjects to your oldest child. The younger children can always get something out of material. If your older students are in high school and have a heavy workload, allow them to stay for prayer and bible and then let them go to their studies.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:45] meet Cindy Rollins
  • [6:50] Morning Time in the Rollins home
  • [19:25] how much of the school day should Morning Time take?
  • [26:02] deciding what to do in Morning Time
  • [34:45] favorite poetry resources
  • [37:44] Cindy’s new book, Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love

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  • Thank you
    by mrsbeliever from United States

    I take my walks outside two times a day. I enjoy listening to all the knowledge you have on your podcast! I am a mom of 7 and have been homeschooling for 18 years! I’m not a novice but have loved all your advice and input! Thank you for everything you do! I love it!

  • Always a favorite!
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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!
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    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…
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    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!

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    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!!
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    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!!

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    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.

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    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!!!
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    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

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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
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    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
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    My heart is enriched and I can’t wait to learn more.

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    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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