YMB #105 Teaching Christmas Manners: A Conversation with Brandy Vencel

If you have ever been in a situation where you were mortified at something your kids did then, well, you are in good company. It happens to all of us at some time or another. That is why my guest today took matters into her own hands and decided that the holiday season was the perfect time to teach some vital manners to her children. She did it each day during the season in her Morning Time and she is sharing the how-to-do-it with us. Don’t miss this episode!


I tried to bring things up before they really, really happened so that it wasn’t like everybody looks knowingly at the guilty child when we’re talking about it. You know, instead it was just like, here’s some things that we need to kind of head off at the pass and it’s not a big deal. And so we don’t have to be butting heads over this. It’s just us learning how to do life together.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 105 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, on today’s episode of the podcast, I am also being joined by a very good friend of mine Brandy Vencel one of my fellow Schole sisters. And we’re going to be talking today about using the time in your circle time, especially during the holiday season to work on some manners with your kids. Now, holiday manners can be tough because the holidays usually only come about once a year, right? And so it’s been a long time. Since the last time our kids have a kind of had to put these holiday manners on, and there’s some special subtleties that come with navigating family and friends and everything that’s going on at Christmas time. And so Brandy Vencel noticed she had a few little rough edges with her kids one year and decided that circle time during the holidays was a great time to tackle these issues. And she turned it into almost a devotional that she is going to share with us.

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Now, we're going to give you the download link to go download Brandy’s circle time manners class that you can use for yourself this Christmas season. But we're also going to talk today about how you can use it and exactly what it looks like in your home. So this is a wonderful gift that Brandy's giving us. And I think you're going to love this episode of the podcast.
Now, speaking of gifts, that is not the only gift we have for you today. We actually are giving as a Christmas gift to the podcast listeners this year, that's you, but we are giving away a set of our Morning Time Explorations. Now these are usually reserved just for members of the, your morning basket plus community. But this Christmas we are sharing our Christmas Around the World Explorations with you, and we would love for you to have those absolutely free. So if you go to Pam barnhill.com/christmas, you can download your free set of Christmas Around the World Explorations and study Christmas in all different cultures this year. So thank you so very much for being a listener and go do that now. And on with the podcast.
Brandy Vencel is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom of four, and the host of the popular podcast Schole sisters. She is the author of Start Here, a journey through Charlotte Mason's 20 principles and the after thinkers guide to Charlotte Mason's home education, which can be found on her blog, Afterthoughts. Brandy has a heart for serving classical and Charlotte Mason, homeschooling moms through the Ambleside Online auxiliary board and the Schole sistership, a community founded by the Schole Sisters for moms seeking comradery around big ideas in education.
Brandy, welcome to the podcast. Thank you.
Glad to be here, Or I, you really should say welcome back to the podcast because I think this is about your third or fourth time.
I think so. I try to get you to let me come here once in a while.
We love to have you, because there are such great, big, wonderful, juicy conversations that we always have, but for anybody who might be new and just listening to this one first, could you start off by telling us a little bit about your Morning Time?
Sure. So my oldest actually graduated in I'm like, how am I forgetting this 2020? And so this is our, this is our second full year. All right, I'm doing the math and I'm feeling like I'm wrong, but I'm actually not wrong. So this is our second full year of a Morning Time without him, but I still call it circle time, as you know, so we only have we're down to three and I have all teenagers and we only do it about three days a week as well, because we have a co-op day and we have one day that we have appointments. And so we're down to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and it's, we're actually working really great.
I'm really enjoying like the teenager circle time. I think I always thought that I would, but it's been fun to have it realized, I guess. So we do a little bit of everything. I mean, we always start with Bible and I'm trying to remember to incorporate things like that. We did when they were little like singing, recitation, that kind of thing.
But a lot of it is where I put anything that can be combined. So like grammar lessons, I don't think they all need to be in different levels of grammar. So we do all of that together. Church history. Is there, what else is there? Oh, we're doing, we're actually doing grammar poetry, which like a poetry curriculum. And I saved that so that I could do all three of them together because I did like it, but I didn't want him to teach it four times. And so my youngest one is a little younger than my oldest one was when he did it. And then my oldest child in circle time is older than anybody ever was when they were doing it. But that way I can have all three of them together, which is really nice. So we're on a great time and yeah, I am so glad that we stuck with it and have kept doing it because there were hard years in the middle, but doing it with everybody as teenagers, just super fun.
Oh, I love that. I love that. Yeah. I'm finding that too. Cause you know, my youngest is 12 at 12, 14 and 16 right now at this minute.
So it's really easy to remember everybody's ages and I will say I love it just as much as I always have, if not more. Yeah. Yeah, for Sure. Yeah. It's just really a lot of fun. And so you, you do give a thumbs up to the Grammar of Poetry.
I do. I do when I did it with my oldest, I had the DVDs and we did all of that. And this time I'm just teaching from the teacher's guide cause I've been through it once. And I find skipping the step of having to get out of DVD player DVD and all, I mean like I will just not do it because I don't want the hassle of all that. So if I can just get out with teacher guide, crack it open and do it, that works better for me at this point. But I think I didn't really study poetry growing up. So I think the reason why I feel okay doing that is because I did do it with the scripted lessons with the video lessons the first time. So I feel a little more like I have my bearings, if that makes sense.
Oh, So good to know. Good to know. Okay. Yeah. I've heard good things about that curriculum, so, okay. So you did something kind of genius a few years ago and then the lovely person that you are, you wrote about it and shared it on your blog. And I thought that this was something that just really needed to be shared with the world.
So at some point you noticed a problem that you had and you set out trying to solve this problem in your Morning Time. So do you want to tell us, because I think what we're going to break down here, Brandy is not just the particular problem that you solved and talk about that that's certainly what we're going to do, but also the fact that you had a problem and used Morning Time as a way to solve the problem that you had. So we could take this same idea and extrapolate it out to any problem that we might be facing. Yeah. Yeah. So tell us a little bit about what you noticed a few years ago.
It was that my children were completely embarrassing. Specifically. They were embarrassing at Christmas though they were actually embarrassing and other places as well, but I, I can be sort of a hands-off mom and while that can have benefits, I think I just expected my kids to intuit certain things that they then did not intuit. And so we got to this point where they were about trying to think how old were they? They were probably like, I don't know, 2, 4, 6, and eight, something like that. When I realized how completely rude they were at Christmas time. And at first I was like, do I have rude kids? But they seem really sweet sometimes. And I just concluded that I just had not actually taught them explicitly what I expected from them. And so they just, you know, said and did whatever popped into their heads, which was some times endearing and other times like completely rude.
So what I ended up doing was deciding that I was going to put them in manners boot camp before Christmas so that we could have a nice Christmas and I didn't have to be horrified by the rude things they said to their elders.
Actually, I was going to have to look at my, I pulled up my copy of it so that I could remember all the things I taught them. Cause I'm trying to remember. I even think there's one that's not in there, but okay. So here's the thing. We didn't do Santa Claus growing up. I mean, we did like the stories of Santa Claus, but we didn't do like Santa gifts and Santa come into your house and that kind of thing.
Well, so one of the things my kids would do is go to Sunday school in a ruined Santa Claus for everybody, which is great. And so it wasn't on the list because I figured most people don't have this problem. So in, in the download that I do, it's not in there, but I actually didn't have a day of like, you're not allowed to talk to other kids about Santa.
Okay. Well as somebody who did do Santa Claus, because my family did Santa Claus, I mean, it never occurred to me not to do Santa Claus. It was just something that my family had always done and I enjoyed Santa Claus as a kid. And so my kids did too. I really appreciate this because to me that is a pet peeve of mine for somebody to feel like they need to ruin Santa Claus for, for somebody else.
Oh, I just, it was so it was so embarrassing. Cause I was like, you know, you make some decisions for your family and then you're not intending to make them for everybody else. But when your kid goes and does something like that, you kind of just made the decision for everybody, which is totally not fair. So.
Right. Yeah. And, and so yeah, I really, really appreciate that. And there are going to be people out there who disagree and that's fine, I'm fine with you disagreeing with me over this, but I, I do think it's something that each family should decide for themselves. So I appreciate the fact that you did that. So, you know, I think something to point out here, Brandy is that your kids are not special in this situation. Like they're not especially rude. They're just normal kids. Right?
Totally. I totally think it's like a stream of consciousness. Like if for a good example would be they get a gift and it's something that they already own. And instead of knowing that they should be quiet about that and say, thank you. They say what pops into their head, which is I already have this, which is know completely disappointing to great grandma who thinks she picked out this perfect thing that they're just going to love, you know, but who would not have noticed if they just said thank you quietly. And you know, looked at me and knew that I would take care of it later.
Right. I think, when kids are little, we really spend a lot of time kind of working with them on building the habits of saying please and saying “thank you” and being polite and things like that. But, but I think the problem that we run into when we come up with a situation like this is twofold, number one, I mean, how many times a year do you get gifts, really Christmas and your birthday, right? So it's not happening. There are multiple times each day to work with your child and prompt them to say, please, and thank you. But at Christmas time, it's, you know, Christmas and your birthday, that's about it. The second thing is the subtleties involved, right? When you think about it, it's not like somebody handing you a juice cup or getting your shoes for you or feeding the dog for you or something like that. There are some real subtleties involved in getting and giving gifts.
And this idea of you're getting something that you already own and you can't just blurt out the first thing that comes to mind, you know?
Right. Right now it's true. There's not enough practice for them to get good at it. Like Christmas is here and gone and they make the same mistakes year after year after year. And I mean, they may get it by age 12, 14 without training, but I just, I was just horrified. They really hurt one of their grandparents, like one of their great grandparents feelings one year. And I just felt so bad. And I thought, this is actually my fault. Like I didn't tell them how they should act. And so they acted the way they thought they should act. So I just, yeah. Yeah. So we, I just decided, you know, what they need, they need explicit teaching and it turned out to be this great experience also because it was a chance for them to start to understand that subtlety. I never actually used that word subtlety, but such a good one, because that was really what was going on is that they just saw the surface.
Right. They just saw their experience and they didn't realize how, you know, an 80 something year old woman spending her time and energy and money to go shopping for them. That's like a big deal. Like she doesn't have a lot of any of that. Right. And, and then there, you know, it's kind of like when, when you're little, your world is really small and then when you're really old, your world is really small. And so like her whole world is, you know, making her grandchildren happy and her great-grandchildren happy. And so I just didn't want them to be kind of trampling on that for their great grandparents, especially, but you know, they're too little to be able to reflect on that.
But what was interesting was that, you know, through the lessons, we actually ended up having some really good, good discussions. And it was like, especially the older ones, kind of like a little light bulb turned on like, oh, you know, the gifts. Aren't just about me. It's actually about also the person who, you know, spent the time to go shopping for me and was thinking of me. And I can say, thank you because of their intentions and their goodness towards me. And not just because of what the gift actually is, you know? And so I don't, I, I, I think that's a maturing process, but we were able to have those discussions younger just because we took time to try to put this together. And I mean, it really was a lot of times just me trying to not be embarrassed in public, but there were signs of benefits.
I love that though. I love that they saw that. And you know, just before we move on from this particular concept of your kids being kids or, you know, my kids being kids, cause you know, we've had these same problems before is that, you know, the kid was just coming out and saying the truth, which is I have this already. Right. And so, because we tell our kids to tell the truth, you know, until you instruct them that thank you is the appropriate answer. And that's all you have to say, you know, then they're going to do what we've instructed on do, which is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
That's a good point.
So, Oh, okay. So we've established that it's not just Brandy's kids, it's everybody's kids and Hey, we're doing what kids do. Not because they were purposefully being rude. Right. Because I, you know, I feel the need to stand up for your children. They were just, you know, telling the truth there. So how did you go about tackling this? You saw that there was a need there. Why did you decide that Morning Time was a good place to do this Really it's because I think they all needed it.
I mean, maybe the very first year, because I did this a few years in a row. Once I had written it up, we kind of did it every year until I felt like they pretty much had it down. So we did a re when we did it more intense the first year and then kind of did it a refresher. And my youngest, the first year was probably only two or three I'm thinking.
And so he obviously was probably not even gonna remember on Christmas day, but the rest of them, you know, we really, I used circle time because I felt like they all needed to know it. And so I've always used, I've always thought of circle. Time is the place where I do the things that can be done together. So to me it was just a logical place to put it, but I didn't really anticipate the kinds of discussions we had. And so I'm so glad that I put it there because it was much more interesting than it would have been to just take a side, maybe my oldest child and teach him. And then later the next one and teach her or something. It was, it was actually ended up being a lot of fun and getting to see them, you know, basically learning to navigate social situations and think about it in advance. I, I didn't realize how fun that could be to talk about beforehand.
I love it. I love it. Okay. So you decided to do this in the Morning Time. So how did you go about figuring out how to teach this to your kids? Cause I'm going to tell you guys, we're going to include the link for you to go download this from Brandy's blog at afterthoughtsblog.net. And it's going to be Afterthoughtsblog.net/christmasmanners. And we're going to include a link in the show notes, but when you open this up, this is not just one page, it's multiple pages, it's five whole pages long because you're teaching five different manners in there. And this is pretty meaty stuff.
Like, I mean, like there's, there's a lot in here. It's not just, you're telling them, say, thank you for your kids. So how did you go about deciding how you were going to teach these?
I think some of it was just because for our Christmas circles, like we had it, let me back up a little bit. So for a very long time, until they got old enough that I really couldn't spend the time on this, I would basically around Thanksgiving switch everything to just a Christmas circle time. It was like 100% Christmas all the time. And part of that was just other ways of preparing for Christmas. Like that's what we do during Advent. We prepare for Christmas. And so if I wanted them to know songs to sing on Christmas day, we needed to practice those beforehand or those kinds of things. And so I think one of the reasons why it ended up kind of going this route because it's very scripture centered, like everyday has a little tiny scripture passage, sometimes just one verse. And then it's just a few discussions. And so there's, there's five points. Like there's five points for every manner.
But because at that time I was doing circle time five days a week. And so there was just one for every day. That's the only reason. But I think I started thinking about this idea of like, I really, I really want their view of manners and how we treat other people to be scripture centered. And so I wanted to keep pointing them back to scripture and showing them places in scripture where maybe there were examples of this, or there were ways to think about this. And so that's really why I chose to do it this way. So every single day has a scripture and then every single day has some discussion questions. And I did say in the blog post that goes with it, like, you know, if you only do circle time three days a week, like I do now, then two, three, and the questions are for a discussion, which means you don't have to use them all. I mean, it's like I was trying to prepare in advance so that I didn't have to make decisions on the fly. And so I made notes for myself that were very thorough, but I don't think I ever used every single thing that's written down here at any given year.
We know we did it a number of times. It was just like, this was all here so that I didn't have to. So I didn't have to think.
I love it all about reducing decision fatigue. Let me tell ya. So yeah, At one time It almost ends up being like a mini devotional. Really?
Yeah, It does. Yeah.
And so if, if, if the idea of training your kids on manners is not appealing to you because some of us might, would rather pluck our eye lashes out or something like that, then have to deal with this. This is actually a really great way to do it because it does, it ends up being almost like a little Christmas devotional and just some really great discussion questions in here that are gonna lend themselves to having some of these really meaty discussions with your kids.
And I love the fact that you say don't do them all, you know, don't feel like you've got to, there are 25 in here total. And so the idea is not to start on December 1st and do one every day until December 25th. Right. The idea is to use what's there for your needs and leave the rest because you know what, you're going to come back to it next year,
Right. Yep.
Cause they're not going to get it in one year. Remember because they don't, you know, only, only a couple of times a year, are we getting these kinds of gifts? So Yeah.
You might not even want to do all the manners. I mean, they could look through the set of five and say, you know what, my kids, aren't great on this, but you know, they're really terrible about, I don't know, like one of them is don't brag about your gifts and this happens in our neighborhood every year. And it's the worst because there's some kids who have a very generous Santa clause and some kids that don't and I'm like, oh, I wish that the parents would just tell them not to do it.
Right. But I just always feel bad for the little boy that doesn't have an intact family and doesn't get a lot of gifts and it's just really sad. And the other kids are very excited and they don't even realize what they're doing, but, you know, so it's that kind of thing though, where it was like, there was a year where I was like, if we don't get through anything else, that's the one we're going to get through because I don't want my kids to be the ones piling on inadvertently and making that little boy feel bad. And so, you know, so that was our focus that time and everything else was like extra if we had time to get to it. But it was just, I picked the manner that for that year, I felt like we really needed to do, because I'd seen what had happened the previous year.
Right. So do you find that, I mean, did any of them ever look at you and say, gosh, mom, we've gone. We did this last year. Do we have to do it again? I don't remember anyone doing that, but it's possible that they learned enough manners. They're being nice to me.
I think, I think the heart behind my question is really this though. Did you find that the conversations were just as rich year after year? Like it's totally something you could do every year and things are slightly going to shift and change depending on their perspective. And it's not something that's just absolutely. You know, their thoughts are going to change because they're getting older.
Right. Yes. I do think it was worth it to do it a number of years in a row. And I will say like, once I feel like they got it, I stopped. I didn't like drag this into the ground and do it every year. You know, even when they were like, you know, 18 or something, but only They got It. I can text him at college. Here's your discussion question for today? Remember your manners? Yeah. So I mean, I did it a number of years, but I think I did stop maybe before they got annoyed with me, it's possible, but it was definitely worth it to do it many years.
And part of it was just because they didn't necessarily remember year to year. I mean, just like they didn't remember their manners initially from year to year. They also didn't even really remember the discussions that we had. Like it took a few years before they even really got the pattern because 12 months is a long time when you're a little child, it's a huge percentage of your life.
And so for them, I mean, for me, it was every year, but for them it was a lifetime apart, especially for the littlest ones. So it was definitely worth revisiting. And then it was nice too, I mean, having done it with the older children, I feel like it kind of the quote right ages because they were six and eight.
They also helped when I was there. They did police some of what went on. And I, I heard about this later, but you know, they said, well, I caught so-and-so, you know, starting to brag about her presents. And so I told her to stop them. I said, remember, we don't brag about our gifts. And it was, you know, it was very convenient because when you're at, you know, a holiday thing and you as the woman, you're in the kitchen, helping everybody with the food, you don't necessarily know what's going on with Johnny so-and-so in the other room talking too much. Anyway. So there was a little bit of that, like where the older kids were kind of invested because they eventually got old enough to also be embarrassed by the antics of the younger children.
Okay. Well, let's talk about those ages for just a minute. So let's say I'm a mom with a bunch of little kids. And so you would think that about eight, six to eight is probably the right age when your oldest is that age and then just let everybody else come along for the ride. Is that about? Yeah, that's what I, that's what I did. I probably could have started with my oldest a little bit younger. I just didn't think about it. I think I didn't think about it until I reached this critical mass of embarrassment. So, but it, it felt like the right age, especially when I talk about this discussion style that I had in there, that it just, they were definitely old enough to have a good conversation. And then the little ones did chime in. I mean, it's not like they didn't participate just because they were, you know, two and four or so. I had a kind of a wordy four year old at the time. So she had a lot to say, sometimes it wasn't related to what we were talking about, but we had a good time. But I do think with this, I mean, you can teach manners younger than this, but the discussion style, I think makes them need to be probably at least five, I would think to be able to have a good talk about it. It kind of depends on the child though. Some children are born having conversations.
And then is there an age where you think you wouldn't start with something like this? I mean, if let's just, you know, throw an 11 or 12 year old under the bus, if they're still struggling with these kinds of things, I mean, this would still be appropriate even for that age. Right?
I think it is. I just think we have to be probably just a little more careful in how we do it and not make it sound babyish, I guess, and how we do it. But I mean, I'm even thinking, like, there's just other things I didn't get this formal with my teenagers, but there were still other things when it came to family events that had to be taught over the years and I did use this kind of style, just not quite as formal. things. Like, no, you can't bring a book to your cousin's birthday party because you need to be paying attention to everybody. Who's like, you need to be fully present and I'm not going to let you bring a book, even though that's probably what I did as a child, but it doesn't make me. Right. So, you know, or I don't know, I'm trying to think of other things like teenagers will start mumbling and not engaging and kind of have to be told, like, that's not how we're going to do things and no, you're still part of the family, even though maybe you don't feel like when you're starting for 13 being part of the family. So we still did some of this kind of thing in circle time. I just tried to do it a little less formal, a little bit more like funny. Like I tried to make it a little bit more lighthearted so they could kind of like get the joke and not resent me for it.
Yeah. Cause it's a big thing, you know, in Charlotte Mason circles, you know, children are born persons and also that the mother is not supposed to like, and I'm gonna say this badly, Charlotte, Mason, people don't, you know, write me or go ahead and write me and Dawn will take care of you. But you know, it's like the mom's not supposed to harp on things.
She's not supposed to preach things. She's just supposed to like present the information and have the discussion and step out of the way and not, not nag. Right. And so that's one of the reasons why I love the fact that you use all the different verses in here and have a discussion. But I mean, this is the same approach. I think you're going to catch more flies with this kind of honey than you would by doing the nagging.
And I do think this is a little bit it's less combative because it's not starting off with you made this mistake and now we're going to remedy this in circle time. Because by the time I did this, like it was a year ago, I wasn't bringing up old things that had happened. So it's more like, here's how we act and we're going to talk about this and we're going to talk about it before anybody makes a mistake.
And so it's not like it's not preaching in the sense that like, it's not like I've identified, you know, all your hidden sins and now we're talking about it. And I kind of felt like it's the same kind of thing when they're teenagers. Like I tried to bring things up before they really, really happened so that it wasn't like everybody looks knowingly at the guilty child when we're talking about it.
You know, instead it was just like, here's some things that we need to kind of head off at the pass and it's not a big deal. And so we don't have to be butting heads over this. It's just us learning how to do life together. Not a big deal. I don't know. I found that that is better.
Charlotte Mason even has a book that she wrote called ourselves and it is direct teaching, but it's just like, you talk about these things before. They're an issue. So like the very beginning of it talks about basically being a slave to your five senses. So what does it look like if you're a slave to your taste gluttony, you know, what does it look like if you're a slave to your thirst, drunkenness, those kinds of things.
But it set up to where you're talking about all of that before a child ever is tempted really in those ways. And so it's not, it's not combative. You're just on the same team, learning about life and the things that humans naturally fall prey to. And it's, so I feel like it's a way of like seeking wisdom together instead of nagging is often like I'm standing against my child's behavior.
Like you are wrong. And I'm going to remind you 500 times today, maybe six, which is very different from like here, we're going to, you know, read about these things and think about what, you know, good and good and mannerly behavior looks like. So,
okay. Okay. So let me ask you, I'm, I'm looking at the download right now and the first manner is to say Merry Christmas. So would you, when you introduce this to your child, I mean, or to your kids do the whole group, would you just, would you start by saying, we're going to talk today about why it's important to say Merry Christmas, or would you just read the passage and start discussing the questions and maybe end it with, you know, if they didn't come to that conclusion themselves, end it with that whole idea of, Hey, this is like a same Merry Christmas to each other.
That's probably a great way to do it, but I actually did tell them this week's manner is say Merry Christmas. I didn't say that.
And then, okay, so there's another question. So did you do it like that? Like, would you work on one manner for like, if you have five days, five days or if you have two days, two days or three and then move to the next one. Okay. So you actually, you actually stuck on say Merry Christmas for a few days before you moved on to say, thank you for your, And this was very specific because I had children who would like refuse to say, I don't know why, but they would refuse to say Merry Christmas to anybody like multiple of my kids. What is wrong with you? So, so we just, I just set it up as a manner. Like that's just something that we say, but they had to be convinced, which is why there's five days.
Okay. And that's a good point. So if you have kids who like, you know, are very happy to say Merry Christmas to everyone, this is one you can probably skip. Exactly. Yes. Yeah, Yeah. Very much so. Okay. I love it. I love it. Love it. Love it.
Okay. Before we go, you mentioned that you just do Christmas circle time from the end of Thanksgiving through the basically when you stop for Christmas.
So what are some other things that you have added? You mentioned the songs, the Christmas songs, which I think is absolutely brilliant. If you have young children or, you know, we're not necessarily familiar with these songs though. I would say that you can just turn on the radio about Halloween.
Oh my goodness. It starts so early now probably like September.
Most of them are secular. I will say most of them are secular teaching them the Christmas songs so that they will be able to sing them on Christmas. I love that. And then for that, just look at your church tradition. I don't know about your church, my church sings the same songs on Christmas every single year, but what else did you do?
We did Cindy Rollins's Messiah study. We did that a very primitive version of it.
Oh it’s fancy, you can get the little advent book. I think it was literally a printout chart at one point then, and then you just matched it to the CD and she told you what CD she was using. So that's what I say. I still have that CD.
And like the printout chart we did that I also did, and this is just kinda my own thing, but Rembrandt has a number of different Christmas paintings. And so every year I just, I have a set of, I have six frames up on the wall in my dining area that I put their current artists study. So every year I take those down and put up, I refill it with the Rembrandt painting. So there's like, I'm trying to remember what they are. There's like an annunciation. There's like, there's a nativity. There's just a number of things that are associated with basically Luke chapter two, I would say most of them are Luke chapter two. And then there's a little bit from some of the other gospels.
And so, so every year I've put those up and then we will do like a more formal artist study, but not with all of them. Cause we wouldn't get through six in that time, but we'll do a couple of them every year. And we've been doing those forever. I mean, it's just the same ones over and over. I just figure, I don't mind seeing them every year. So they probably don't either.
Right. There was one time, there was one time I tried to get. And so I did like a series of nativity painting. So I found like famous nativity paintings and there was this one that was from like, I can't remember, it was like a really early oil painting really early. And so it wasn't quite, mm, it wasn't quite as high art as some of the others, because it was just an earlier style. And I'll just never forget my little daughter looking at baby Jesus. And I was like, what's that? And I really thought she was going to say baby Jesus. And she looks at me and said potatoes. Oh my goodness.
So I went back to Rembrandt after that. I don't blame. I absolutely don't blame you. Oh my goodness. Oh, We do that. We do like Christmas read aloud. So every year I read Dickens Christmas Carol, for those of you who don't know Pam and I missed you and I have an ongoing debate over Dickens, Christmas Carol.
So we do that. And then I usually choose some other Christmas books. So when they were little, we did Christmas picture books, but now every year I try to find like a new Christmas, like a full length story. So we've done all sorts of things over the years. Like some of them are sappy and sad Victorian books, and some of them are more modern and everything in between.
And it's just been really, it's been really fun. So it sounds like you have a combination of your staples, the things that just bring you joy and you bring back year after year, and then also you put in one or two new things yeah. To keep it fresh. So I liked that. I liked that a lot, like those traditions, but also a little bit of surprise every now and then.
Yes. And by the way, when they were little, that was all the school we did all day. Like it probably wasn't until my oldest was fourth or fifth grade that I made them do school during that time. So we had our little, you know, hour, maybe even an hour and a half, if I was trying to add in something else that needed to be done, like cookie decorating or something. But then like that was it. They, so they had basically half days of school or quarter days of school during that three week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, And that gave you time to do the things that you needed to do. Amen.
Yes, it did. Yeah. Yeah. Love it. Love it so much. And it's perfectly appropriate for that age group. Lots of time to play and just leaning in and enjoying those traditions of the season and really learning so much, especially manners. Right. Well, Brandy, thank you so much for coming on here, to share with us about how you really solved this problem that you had in Morning Time.
And, you know, that's just what I would encourage other moms is that if you're noticing some habit building that needs to be done, if you're noticing something that you know, needs to be taken care of in your kids, like Morning Time is the perfect place to put that kind of thing. So thank you for coming and sharing that example.
Thank you for having me. It's been fun.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources thatBrandy and I chatted about today, including her Christmas manners class that you can use in your own circle time or morning, time, or power hour or whatever you call it, you can find them on the show notes for this episode. Those are at pambarnhill.com/YMB105. So you can get those there also don't forget to pick up your Christmas present from us here at your morning basket. Those are the Christmas Around the World Explorations that you can get just by going to Pam barnhill.com/christmas. Now we have one more podcast episode for this fall season. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks, and we're going to be talking about what you can do when your Morning Time has kind of fallen into a rut. How do you beat out of a rut and switch things up a little bit and start enjoying your Morning Time again? So we'll be back with that in a couple of weeks until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Teaching Christmas Manners

Taking the time to explicitly teach children the manners we expect from them, especially ones that are not practiced often in everyday life, is so important. It will help prevent a lot of embarrassment for both you and the child

Tying manners to specific Scriptures is a great way to anchor manners to the Christian life.

Teaching manners is appropriate for any age. Using discussions to teach them is easily done with ages 5 and up.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:12] meet Brandy
  • [7:24] teaching Christmas manners in Morning time
  • [16:00] why do it in Morning Time
  • [23:00] repeating topics and ages rages
  • [33:14] Christmas Morning Time ideas and the value of it

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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!!

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    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!

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    So glad to have the morning basket podcast back! Thank you for bringing it back!!

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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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    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!

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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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    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.

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    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!