YMB 127 – Christmas Traditions: Conversation with Rooted in Rest

We are getting close to the holiday season and that means homeschoolers everywhere are getting ready to lean into the Christmas season and enjoy doing Christmas activities — sometimes in lieu of any other learning activities. On this episode of the podcast I am joined by Abby Stone, mom of five, to chat about how her family slows down to make time for Christmas traditions each year — often learning a ton of academics along the way. Let’s show you how.

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I do feel for my kids in the sense that I say it’s off, time off, but I’m counting so much of what we’re doing toward their portfolio. You know, there’s, we do so much. For example, we’re doing Christmas around the world kind of stuff. They’re getting possibly more geography in December than throughout the rest of the year just because there’s so much to dive into in the holiday season and they’re more interested in reading and they’re so excited about the cooking and it’s so funny because to them it’s time off. But to me it’s just a shift in what we’re doing.

This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Well, hello there, and I just wanna welcome you to episode 127 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you are joining me here today for the final episode of this podcast season before we take just a little bit of a break for December. And speaking of December, that’s what today’s podcast episode is all about. It is about leaning into Christmas traditions and kind of doing a little bit of holiday school to make your life easier around the holidays. And so super, super excited to have my guest, Abby Stone on. Abby is from Rooted in Rest, which is a YouTube channel where she encourages homeschool moms. And it was just a fun conversation that I can’t wait to share with you.

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Now, before we get on with that conversation, I would like to invite you speaking of Christmas School to come on over to the website at pambarnhill.com/christmas. We have a free Christmas download for you. These are our Advent Morning Time plans that you can download and do with your kids at home.
Print 'em out. There's a few weeks worth of activities, picture study, music study, wonderful picture book suggestions, and so many fun things to do for you and your kids. Now those are absolutely free. When you download those, you will get a special offer for our Camp Christmas. Camp Christmas is a lot of fun. It's a way that we just help you bring these Christmas traditions into your homeschool and bring a little Christmas cheer.
And our goal is to make this so easy for you. When you sign up for Camp Christmas, you get live events and recorded events that you can share with your kids. So if you're wanting to get in the kitchen and get a little bit of work done or if you need to wrap some presents, you can let your kids do a little bit of art or picture study or play with poetry or words or music appreciation and they are learning while you are working.
We also have Christmas bingo, which is something the kids get so excited about and it's a fun way to make doing Christmas school a bit more of a game. And we also have text, daily text where we send you one fun holiday activity a day. It comes straight to your phone in the morning with the link that you need to make it happen and it's easy peasy.
So come on over and download those Advent plans for free and check out the Camp Christmas experience. It might just be something you wanna add to your holiday. And now on with the interview.
Abby Stone is a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschooling mom of five. Born in Chicago and raised in Miami, she currently lives in a small Florida beach town with her husband and children who love all things sunshine and sand. Abby has a passion for sharing authentic and faithful motherhood on her YouTube channel, Rooted in Rest where she hopes to encourage mothers in their journeys as home educators. Abby, welcome to the podcast.
Thank you for having me.
Well, we are so glad to have you here. We want to talk just a little bit about something that you have a particular gift in and that is bringing in some holiday traditions into your homeschool through your Morning Time and through other activities over the course of the Christmas season. But first of all, tell me a little bit about your homeschool and your family.
Okay, so I am a homeschooling mom of five. My kids are from middle school, eighth grade. I have a 13 year old daughter all the way down to a four month old. So we are all over the place. We've got kindergarten happening, we've got, you know, two in middle school. And one of the reasons that I particularly love Morning Time is because it brings us all together for the start of our day, given the fact that for the rest of the day we're all kind of split up across the house. So that is, you know, my family, we've got five, my husband owns a business, so we have some flexibility there as a family and we like to travel and incorporate that into our homeschooling as well. And yes, we love tradition.
Yeah, does lots of things going on at your house. So many things. Wow. All the way down to four months. That is awesome. Well I especially thank you for taking time out of your day to talk to me.
Well let's talk a little bit about what, what does homeschooling look like during the holidays and leading up to Christmas in your home? Does it change?
It does. It changes quite a bit. So we year round homeschool and the way that we have worked that out is we take, typically there's about 12 weeks in a traditional school setting for summer. And so we like to take five or six weeks in the summer and then we like to take six or so weeks through December and the first couple of weeks of January.
And one of the reasons for that is because we do live in South Florida so our weather is fun in the summer, we love the beach, we're at the beach all year round. So we definitely wanna have a good chunk of time, we can surf and do all that. But then it's beautiful here in December and January and so we like to take time off so we can just enjoy the more enjoyable things without, you know, the swamp outside.
And one of the other reasons that we take time off in December as well, it's just because there's so much that is just so rich and beautiful about the holiday season. There's so many traditions to be incorporated and books to be read that I like to take time off of the traditional science and history schedule and just spend some time investing in my family, just kind of working on our family culture and traditions and there's just so much beauty to do in that season that I don't like us to have too much of a checklist going with our homeschool. So it's definitely different at Christmas time around here.
Okay. I wanna break this apart just a little bit because you're probably blowing some people's minds out there. So you school year round, is the term that you use, but you actually take your time off in two bigger chunks, one in the summertime. And then one at Christmastime. So you're not like a Sabbath homeschooler who schools year round who takes a week off like every six weeks. You really do the two bigger chunks.
Right. We do two bigger chunks and it changes year to year.
Sometimes like this year we had a baby in the summer so I did take six weeks in the summer. Sometimes I take three or four weeks in the summer and they wanna get right back into routine. I can tell my kids need their routine and we'll take, you know, last year we took all December and a good chunk of January off because we were traveling in January so we took a much larger break in the winter.
And so I think the schooling year round works for us in the sense of, you know, I can say our break's gonna be whenever I want it to be. And so, you know, typically it's a little in the summer and a little in the winter, but we give and take here and there, which I appreciate that flexibility.
I love that. I love that so much. So we are very similar in that, you know, we always took five or six weeks off in the summer because there were activities for the kids to do, you know, like there was like camps and vacation Bible school and all of those kinds of things. But then like you guys experience in South Alabama, I mean we're just 10 miles north of the Florida line.
It is hot here in the summertime, it's miserable. And so we're ready to get back to school and you know, we're still able to swim in the evenings or or whatever, but we're ready to get back to school and and do that. And then yeah, there are other times of year which are just way more lovely for us. It tends to be more like late October, early November and March, you know, other than January it does get a little cold here. But yeah, I love that flexibility and I love that you're doing that. And so how does that work with the state of Florida? Cause this is a question we get a lot from other people around the country is like how do you do that with your state? So I know in Alabama we only have to track attendance. What do you have to do in Florida?
Right. There are a few different ways you can do it in Florida the way that we choose to do it, I mean you can be a part of an umbrella school, which I think is fairly common across the country, different options for that. What we do is we do an annual portfolio review. So I just keep record of my students' work throughout the year and then I have to have a certified teacher from the state review it and then they give a document that says that they reviewed it. So it can be a friend of yours if you don't have a friend or somebody in your church or community who you know who can do a portfolio review for you, then you can go to the school board and they will assign you a teacher. And it's very simple in our state, the only thing that you have to show is progress. So from the beginning of the year to the end in the portfolio there is some sort of progress that can be seen. There aren't necessarily grade level requirements, especially in elementary and middle school.
And so we can just compile things, you know, throughout the year and turn that in. For me it has to be turned in by October every year and that's it. So that's what we have to keep record of. So no real like you have to do so many days or so many hours or anything like that so you have that freedom and flexibility.
Yeah, we do. And I think that initially that concerned me like oh am I gonna be, you know, self disciplined enough to do, you know, the right amount of days and hours when nobody's really forcing that upon me? And what I've found is the lack of requirements in that sense has made me most likely do more than would be required because there's so much beauty in the freedom of it. So we're constantly, you know, we're on vacation and we're doing nature study and we're reading books and it's just, it's because we're not measuring it, it's happening more times than not in our home.
And I think that's such a great point, especially for people who are new to homeschooling or new to the homeschool lifestyle is is just because you're not tracking a day, like you're talking about we are taking off school. But it sounds like a lot of the stuff you're doing is learning, you know, and it's very, right, it's very educational and even, even if I had to track those days, even if I wanted to count those days as school, there's a bunch of stuff you're doing leading up to Christmas that that could be counted. Yes?
100%. I do feel for my kids in the sense that I say it's off time off, but I'm counting so much of what we're doing toward their portfolio. You know, there's, we do so much, I know we'll kind of break this down during this podcast, but for example, we're doing Christmas around the world kind of stuff. They're getting possibly more geography in December than throughout the rest of the year just because there's so much to dive into in the holiday season and you know, we're, they're more interested in reading and they're so excited about the cooking and it's so funny because to them it's time off but to me it's just a shift in what we're doing.
Yeah, okay. So we're not gonna tell them, we're not gonna spill the beans or anything and let them know that Yeah, you're doing an awful lot of learning during this time off School.
Well the other thing I love that you said was, you know, there's so many good things around the holidays and if we don't shift our focus and take that time off, and I'm using my air quotes here, if we don't shift that focus and take the time off, then we don't have time for all those wonderful things. Like we never make time for it. So why is that important to you?
I just think that our culture is so fast paced now and when I think back to my own childhood there was still time that I would get home from school and my parents and I could do something fun or we could enjoy the season. But right now it's just, there's so many distractions and so to be intentional with the time, like you know, my kids are home during the day, their dance schedule and karate schedule is not demanding anything of them in the evenings yet because we have this little insulated time during the day.
And so I do have the control of we don't have to do school right now, we can say this is a break and we can, I can kind of reclaim this time with you during the day that nobody can take from us and when we're trying to do too much. And I've been very, you know, overzealous in many seasons in my life trying to do everything, trying to get school done, trying to do the traditions, trying to bake for everyone and it's just not enjoyable. And so taking the time to be intentional to really work on building your family culture and really just and showing your kids that you want to spend that time with them, taking the time off of traditional schooling and enjoying that time with them is just so special.
And you know, we've been doing this in particular for about five years now, doing our schedule this way and it has been so life-giving for us then moving into the next semester of school in January.
I love it. I love it so much. Okay, so let's get down to the nitty gritty. What are some of the traditions that you and your family do to make Christmas so special?
Well, we do love tradition, so, I'll share a few things but I wanna kinda give the disclaimer that these didn't all start at once. So these have just been things that have slowly built over, you know, the last 15 years of my husband and my marriage. So some of the traditions that we really enjoy in our family are, so when I ask my kids the first thing they said was Chinese food, which is so funny cuz that's nothing necessarily Christmas. But we have a night where we decorate our Christmas tree and we order Chinese food when we're doing it. And that started back when I was pregnant with my oldest. I must have had a craving for some, you know, Chinese food. So we got it and then the next year we did the same thing and now to my kids Chinese food and decorating the Christmas tree is the tradition that marks the holiday season.
And it's funny cuz you know when you're driving around town and you see Christmas tree tents up, my kids always be like, oh the tree tents are up already in October and November and when we drive by the Chinese food restaurant a couple of years ago, my son was six at the time and he said, Oh the Chinese restaurant's up already. Like it's only for Christmas
I love it, I love it.
It was so funny. He's like, it's, and then on that same night we give them Christmas pajama boxes we call it. And I saw this idea years ago online as something to do on Christmas Eve, but we do it the night we decorate our tree and I just give them clothing boxes and inside there are a new pair of Christmas pajamas and a book for them to enjoy for the Christmas season and then some hot chocolate and our little Christmas snack or something to kinda go along with our tree decorating night.
So that's a fun kickoff. It's like the first gift of Christmas that they get these pajamas and then they have them throughout the season. Some other things that they really enjoy, we call it secret sibling, which you know, it's like secret Santa but it's among the siblings we are, we have over the years tried to scale back on the gift giving and you know, we've followed that little rhyme with something you want, something you need kind of a thing. But the secret sibling gift, that's where they really get the gift that they're excited about. So somebody gets them a toy or something that my husband and I would be like, Oh that's just junk, we don't need that. But they love getting that for each other and then it's extra special that, you know, it's the only big plastic battery operated thing that they get that year and it comes from a sibling. So that's a really fun thing. And they're always quiet about who got who and you know, one of the large family benefits I guess because you know, nobody knows who got each other. Although we did have a year where it was very obvious, you know, we had three kids and if you got them they couldn't get you cause the other person couldn't get themselves but they never figured it out.
So I was gonna say, I don't think this would work with my three kids.
Right. Well yeah there's A strange number for that one but it's so, it's so much fun.
Yeah, Yeah it's just, just the idea of them shopping for each other instead of, you know, asking us for everything. It just makes it more of a connection for them. And then service, we do a lot of service in the Christmas season, which is so fun. And last year we were able to participate in the actual delivery of the angel tree presents with the Salvation Army and that was really special for my kids.
I think we're gonna do that again this year. We tried to always be a part of some service project specifically during the Christmas season, which is really fun. And then there's little things, there's, there's a, we do live on the ocean so there's a little Oceanside Christmas parade that was my husband and my first date. And so now I bring our kids there every year and actually now they bring us there because they're in it every year for one thing or another.
And so we almost have a date again cuz all of our kids are in the parade now. So there are little things we try to make sure are marked on our schedule and then there's things on our schedule that are flexible. Like maybe we'll go to this Christmas tree lighting or maybe we'll try to go, you know, see the lights in this neighborhood. But we try to not overwhelm our schedule as well.
I love that. And you know, very first idea out of the gate was having Chinese food while you you put up your Christmas tree, that's not hard like you have to eat. Right. And actually it makes your life easier because somebody's buying Dinner. And This is not an unattainable Christmas tradition that we're talking about.
Right. Yeah, it's so funny. Yeah, I love it so much that you've taken these just seemingly little things and made them into something big because you just do them year after year. And that's basically what a tradition boils down to being is just doing something year after year. My friend Brandy Vencel reads A Christmas Carol with her kids each and every year.
And so, you know, that's just become their tradition and I think that's the important things for moms to take away is there are big things and there are little things that you could do. You know, obviously the pajama box sounds like a fabulous idea. I'm thinking like, why did I not think of this? You know, can I start it now when my oldest is 17? Right. That's a little bigger. But you know there are some, some things that are just so much smaller and still just as meaningful, you know, going to the parade, eating the Chinese food. So much so what are some of the more schooly things that you do with your kids around the holidays? Cuz you said you count some things as school.
I do, when we take our breaks in the summer and at Christmas time we still do like a morning gathering and that, you know, in the summer it's typically just our family bible study. But at Christmas time I have a whole Christmas basket and it's just the fun Christmas books. There's a Christmas around the world book that we always have in there.
We, because I'm very protective of our schedule, I try to not put too much on it. And so there are things like a Jesse tree or an Advent study that I tried for years to kind of squish into our evening as a family. And what would happen is we'd wanna go look at lights or we'd wanna go, you know, see this Christmas play.
And so then every third day we were trying to read three of the devotionals together and I realized pretty quickly I could just do this with the kids in the morning. It doesn't have to be at night, you know, so things like that go into that basket and we get to enjoy things a little more slowly at our little morning gathering with breakfast. So we have things along those lines.
You know, we have the geography things and I bring the geography up because years ago I had a girlfriend in our little homeschooling group who had the idea of starting a Christmas Around the World presentation. So with homeschool, a lot of times you don't have many opportunities for public speaking. And so Christmas time she thought would be a great way to have every kid pick a country and talk about the Epiphany or Advent traditions in that country and make a dish from that country.
And so for years we would gather and the kids would have an opportunity, you know, young as they want to. My daughter participated when she was in preschool, their own version of a presentation. And so what I love about it is that there were no standards. It was by family. So if you wanted it to be a report, it could just be a report if you wanted it to be a project display board or a performance, it could be that. But we would gather in the middle of December and have this Christmas around the world presentation and now that all of our kids are older and they're all middle and high school and everyone's kind of chosen different directions, everyone's in different co-ops. We don't gather any longer with that group, but we are in a smaller Charlotte Mason co-op and we've tried to continue that tradition because that's just one that my kids love so much.
So having some time in the mornings that they can work on their country, reading about their country, talking about their country, practicing the recipes from that country, that's one of the things that we really enjoy in that Morning Time. That's definitely more of a schooly thing.
The other thing I would say that I would consider to be more homeschool is whatever handcraft we are doing that year, we try to incorporate it in the holidays either as a way to serve, as a way to give gifts. And so this year our handcraft is watercolor, so my kids will be spending time this coming December working on watercolor gifts for their grandparents, for their friends, maybe making some cards, things along those lines.
Last year our handcraft was gardening and with living in Florida, we could still do that in December. It was actually a great harvest time for us in December last year. And I cannot for the life of me grow a thing. And so we actually volunteered at a community garden last year and that was how we learned gardening because he would just tell us, pick this, do that, plant this. And I'd be like, Okay guys, he's gonna tell us what to do. So in December last year it was a very, very much a harvest season. So we were out there quite a bit pulling sweet potatoes and kale and that was a way to use our handcraft to serve because that fed the homeless community. So that was last year.
This year we're using it to give gifts, but it's a great time to work on, you know, beeswax, candles as gifts or you know, if you've learned how to knit something, maybe knitting little stockings for someone. So it's a great opportunity in the holidays to really use those handcrafts or the skills that you're teaching. It's like the, you know, the big moment for those handcrafts gift giving and serving.
So we do like to do a lot of that as well in our Morning Time and advent picture studies, every now and then I'll bring that in. We like to sing Christmas hymns, do a little hym study, so really is quite a bit of school that we're packing in, but it totally goes unnoticed by my kids.
I love that sneaky school is what we like to call it.
Sneaky school. Yeah.
And I love how adaptive you are because that's the word that just comes to mind because you're talking about, you know, not being able to garden, that's your handcraft. You've chosen something you don't feel like you are good at doing, and yet you have found a way to bring it home to your kids, you know? I love that.
And then also the fact that you have this opportunity to participate in this pageant each year and instead of like cramming it in the night before and doing everything the night before, you're like, we're gonna work on it a little bit at a time, you know, during our Morning Time. Yeah. And so it's just fabulous how you like look at those little things and say, how can I figure out how to make this work in my homeschool? This is something I wanna do. I don't want it to completely and totally stress me out, especially during the holiday season. What little things can I do to make this work for my family this year? And so I just absolutely love that.
Yeah, I, I call it protecting our schedule because I just, I have gotten very protective of that as time's gone on, you know, I have a 13 year old now, I can't believe she's gonna be in high school next year and the days do go so quickly. And so homeschooling is a wonderful gift in the sense of you have this insulated time during the day that you can do so much and nobody can tell you, you know, you need to be here at this time because it's a typical school day for most. And so it is such a gift to be able to just be protective of that time and, and enjoy that extra time with your kids and give them time to do what they need to do and not stress everyone out. I don't want that to be the memory that they have of the holiday season.
You know, we were running here and there and everywhere and it was fun when we were there, but the, you know, the, the point of getting there was very stressful and that's just not what I want for my kids.
Yeah, yeah. Okay, so a couple more questions. So you mentioned geography quite a bit. What other skills are your kids picking up during this time of year that, for the mom out there who's new to the homeschooling lifestyle and who's like, you know, how can this be school?
Well I mentioned the handcrafts and I think that a lot of times handcrafts are very, they are concerning for most, they were, for me initially, they made me very worried because I do not know art. I felt like I had no skills going into teaching my kids. But one of the greatest joys of our homeschooling journey has been learning with my kids. So if there's something that you don't know or there's something that you would like to teach your kids, but you're like, I don't know anyone who could teach, you know, my kids this and I can't do it, YouTube it and learn it with your kids.
There's so much joy to be found in doing that alongside with your kids. If there's recipes you've never tried. Many of the new skills that I've developed as a homemaker have come because my kids have asked to learn something and I've had to learn it to help them learn it.
And so, for example, sourdough, that was one I really was avoiding. And my daughter got to the point where she really wanted to make sourdough. So we're learning that right now, and that might be what everyone gets for Christmas this year. So there's a lot of opportunity to learn and to develop new skills. So we have the geography, we have different forms of art or handcraft and baking and things like that.
There are so many wonderful things you can find online, different, you know, Christmasy STEM projects and experiments and unit studies and books. We love audio books and a good puzzle just, oh yeah, doing a puzzle with your kids while you're listening to a holiday audio book or, you know, it just, it brings in Christmas is its own feeling.
You don't have to do much to cultivate the experience of Christmas. So just enjoying something simple like that, a puzzle and a Christmas audio book that is a wonderful rich school day as is and a point of connection because there is this automatic feeling that tends to go along with, with Christmas time. There's hymn studies, there are, you know, like I had mentioned earlier, Advent picture studies. If you aren't doing picture study or an artist study throughout the year, Christmas time's a really fun time to just do a little sampling of that and try something new.
I love it. I love it so much. Such, such great ideas for all of that. And a lot of the learning comes in the conversation, you know, Christmas manners and writing thank you notes and yes, having conversations about doubling recipes or tripling recipes and it's so funny. Absolutely. You just reminded me like, oh, I don't think I've fed my sourdough starter in a couple weeks, so I need to go do that.
Oh yeah. The sourdough has been a whole thing. It's been a whole thing.
I'm like, I need to learn, learn how to use a kitchen scale. And we're talking about grams now. Okay. We've not done that very often. Yeah, yeah. So yeah, it's funny, there are, there are so many just skills and the math and the science, so just making sourdough and spiritual conversation that can come from that too. So there's a lot involved there.
I love it.
I'm not thriving, I'm not thriving with the sourdough. If you can't tell, it's not my, it's not my strong point. If you don't be fooled, I'm not loving it, but we're learning it, But the food is so good, so there you go.
Yes, it's worth it.
Okay, so how will things look different this year? Because you said at the beginning of the podcast you have a four month old, and so, we're talking about Christmas with a five to six month old. So how will all of this look a little bit different this year?
Well, she is our fifth, and so we have maybe for every one really strong Christmas season, we have a baby Christmas season, so we're a little, you know, we're familiar with adding a new family member in the holiday season. And so like I have mentioned a few times, just protecting our schedule. My kids don't expect us to be doing every single thing that comes our way. You know, we keep conversation open with them quite a bit,
you know, what are the things you really wanna do? What are things you would like to do if we have the chance to, And they're very aware of the fact that we can't do everything that's a running theme throughout our lives the rest of the year as well. So Christmas is no different. And I think that I'm the one who can set the tone for that.
So if I'm trying to do everything and I've got the running lists and I'm not prepared, then that can be the feeling in our home. So there's a lot of preparation that, you know, goes into it throughout the year. For me, there's a little shopping here and there, so December's not about shopping. And we can take that off of our plate and there's some organizing here and there, so I'm not having to do that during Christmas time so we can just slow down and enjoy the things that time does allow us to enjoy.
Thankfully this Christmas season with a five or six month old will be a little easier than next Christmas when we have a two year old. You know, that's, that's where it's hard cause then you can't really decorate and you can't really, yeah, do a lot of the, a lot of the crafts or somebody's got glitter in their mouth or things like that. But I think it's just the idea of keeping yourself from getting too overzealous, which I'm preaching to the choir because I've learned this the hard way by many years, you know, trying to do, this is a great Advent study and that's a great Advent study. So we're gonna do this one in the morning, we're gonna do this one in the afternoon and sorry if there was anything else you wanted to do, but this is what we're doing.
You know, so just being mindful of the fact that so much more life happens during the day than the things that you've written down on a schedule and not over packing that schedule so that you leave room for the life to happen.
I love that. Such words of wisdom right there. It's very funny. My kids, like I said, I had one year, two years ago where I, I found so many great advent studies and I didn't pace myself. Now I know, like I saw one last year and I thought, okay, I'm going to put it aside for next year.
That's the one we're gonna do next year, but we're gonna focus, we're gonna stay in our lane. This is the one we picked for this year. And so the year that I had done many Advent studies and you know, picture studies and crafts and all this, I asked my kids in January like, what was your favorite thing about Christmas?
And my son said, Do you remember that day you got Taco Bell and we watched a Christmas movie? And I was like, What? That is the thing that you remember the most the day that mom was defeated and drove us to Taco Bell for dinner and we watched a Christmas movie. That's your favorite memory. And it's like, of course it's the connection, it's the time together.
It's not in the plans. So a baby helps because it helps you reprioritize things and there is a forced slowing down and that can be a gift.
I love it. I love it so much. Abby, thank you. Thank you. Such wisdom you're speaking here and so much fun and so doable. Like this is something repeatable that we could absolutely do and bring to our family this Christmas time. So tell us where we can find you online.
All right, well I am on YouTube. You can find me at Rooted in Rest on YouTube. And I also have an Instagram where I like to share as well. That's pretty much my internet footprint there.
Awesome, awesome. Well, we will include links to Abby's YouTube channel and her Instagram in the show notes for this episode of the podcast.
So do go over and check her out. She has a lot of great wisdom and great goodies over there for you to just consume. I am kind of a late comer to watching YouTube, but I have started watching and I don't know, like I'm kind of digging it. And yeah, I love it. It took me a while, but I like it now.
Yes, it's a fun community. You can find a fun community of homeschoolers on YouTube. It is quite a gift.
Love it. Love it. All right, so go check Abby out over there and thanks so much.
Thank you.
And there you have it. Now if you would like links to any of the resources that Abby and I chatted about today,
you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those are pambarnbarnhill.com/ymb127. Also there you can find a link to those free advent plans and more information about our very own Camp Christmas experience, which you are not going to want to miss. I will be back in January. I will be back with some more great Morning Time episodes. Until then, keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Christmas Traditions and Morning Time

Taking time off during the holidays to slow down in your homeschool allows you to focus on building a family culture around special traditions.

Shifting from traditional schooling during the holidays creates special memories and can be life giving in your homeschool.

Morning Time is a great place to do special Advent or Christmas traditions as a family.

You can also use the time “off” of school to work on skills you’ve learned that year to make gifts.

And, you can find sneaky ways to incorporate learning by having them do a Christmas related project that invites them to learn about other countries, music or art.



Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:32] meet Abby Stone
  • [5:16] how school changes at Christmas time in Abby’s home
  • [12:09] the importance of traditions during the holidays
  • [14:04] Abby’s family traditions
  • [20:22] educational Christmas traditions
  • [30:17] Christmas school with an infant

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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!
    by Lizzie O' from United States

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

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

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

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

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

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

  • Very helpful and pleasant to listen to.
    by Heather homeschooler from United States

    I have listened to many episodes of this podcast and have highly recommended it to others. It has been a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement. Pam has a great voice and presence and I love that she does not interrupt or talk over her guests. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

    Pam always has great great guests who bring great insights and encouragement! I so appreciate her down to earth style and ability to ask great questions! Keep up the great work!!

  • A wildly encouraging and equipping podcast for homeschool families.
    by Eryn Lynum from United States

    As a homeshool mama of four (Ages 2-9), Pam's podcast has been an increidble encouragement to me. Not only that, but I have discovered so many helpful resources for focusing on what is lovely and true during our homeschool days. I love that it is not overwhelming in nature, but instead a gentle help for moving forward one day at a time in our homeschooling adventure.

  • Best podcast for homeschooling/variety of topics
    by Bethetal from United States

    I love this podcast for so many reasons. (1) Pam is friendly, funny, humble and kind (2) She covers a multitude of topics (one at a time)- I have learned about nature notebooks, classical music study, narration, living books, Shakespeare and so much more. Whenever I have a question about a new (to me)HS term or practice, I come here to listen to Pam interview someone about it. Her interviewees have all been all-in on their respective areas of interest/expertise and I love the way she interviews/asks questions to really let the guests shine as they speak. I have changed the structure of my homeschool, found books for my kids and me, purchased materials, and found inspiration due to this podcast and I can’t recommend it enough! This podcast has shaped my homeschool in so many positive ways, most of which I probably can’t even articulate yet, as the changes have been done inside of me. Thanks, Pam!

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

    I love the variety of things that are talked about on this show for homeschooling - things that I would never even think about including or doing - with easy ways to do them. Very much recommend this podcast

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

    I am listening to the past episodes and loving it. This podcast has helped me develop my own homeschool. So many ideas!! I love morning time so much, we do a nightly family time so my husband and public school attending son. We do all the things instead of watching tv, playing ps4, and YouTube. My kids hang around me every evening asking if we are doing family time. I can tell they love it but don’t want to admit it.

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

    I am so excited Pam is back to her morning time focus for 2020. Our homeschool has been shaped by the rich ideas and practical wisdom shared here.

  • Yay! Morning time is back!
    by Homeschooler in Germany from United States

    I was so happy and excited to learn that Pam is shifting her focus back to Morning Time for 2020! I’ve missed the morning time exclusive podcast and can’t wait to hear her back in my earbuds.

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

    I absolutely LOVE this podcast and was so disappointed when I realized you were not actively producing it! I’m NOW relieved to know there is a whole year of episodes ahead! I’m beginning my homeschool journey with 4 little ones very close in age and my style falls somewhere in the Classical and Charlotte Mason. I found your podcast by chance via Instagram recommendation as I was doing research on “morning menus.” Your content is beautifully philosophical but at a level most parents will be able to grasp and appreciate. Filled with truth, beauty, and goodness! Your episodes fill me up and leave me feeling inspired personally and in regards to my children’s education. Everything is so good! Please don’t stop producing ever again! I’ll be grateful forever!

  • So glad Your Morning is back!!!
    by alissajohn2020 from United States

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

  • So good I ran out of gas.
    by JoanieHummel from United States

    This podcast is awesome! It was recommended to me a few years ago by a very wise and experienced homeschool mom but I didn’t start listening until I saw it come up a few more times on Facebook, recommended in various groups (in particular, episode number 41). I wish I had picked it up years ago! So much great information, I’m learning so much! Be careful though, I was so interested listening to this podcast that I didn’t notice how low my gas tank was getting! I ran out of gas and as I write this review I’m stranded on the side of the road waiting for a friend to come rescue me! Happy listening!

  • Knowledge Goldmine
    by A.J. Edwards from United States

    I’ve just been eating up every episode of this brilliant podcast over the past few months. The guests are stellar and Pam’s interview style is wonderful. She gets each guest to the meat and potatoes of their topic but it’s anything but a plain meal. This is a feast for the homeschool mom’s mind. I know I’ll be revisiting many of my favorite episodes again and again. Feeling so inspired by each guest!

  • Myths and fairytale truths for homeschoolers
    by Allierhn from United States

    Mind blown! I’m listening to the myth podcast and it’s absolutely perfect. It is answering so many questions I’ve struggled with my whole life. It helps me to view our curriculum and informs my teaching so much more.

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

    I can’t speak highly enough about this podcast. It has been a huge inspiration and a practical help to my homeschool! Thank you so much Pam Barnhill and everyone else who contributes to this. It has been an amazing blessing to me and my children… And possibly generations to come!

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

    Not only am I inspired by each episode of this podcast but I have actually put so many of the ideas into practice in our own morning time. Such a huge help as I seek to inspire my non-stop boys to truth, goodness and beauty. We are now memorising poetry as they jump on the trampoline and they love Shakespeare. That's a parenting win in my book!

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

    Thank you, Pam! I’m now bursting with inspiration and can’t wait to start our 2019 school year with a strong morning time routine.

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

  • Just what I was looking for!
    by Joey5176 from United States

    I was looking for morning basket ideas—simple ones. These podcasts are giving me a picture of a good morning basket.

  • Wow!! What amazing nuggets of knowledge
    by HeRo84 from United States

    This is truly life changing information for me as a homeschool mother. Thank you Pam for this amazing series.

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

    I love all of Pam’s podcast but this one is prob my favorite. I love to listen to all her guest and see the different ways a morning time can be done

  • Excellent
    by W.A., R.A. Hall from United States

    Love this!

  • Love, love, love this show
    by SarahPMiller from United States

    And I'm not even a homeschooling mother! But I've created a Morning Time for my children nonetheless, and I wouldn't have been inspired to do it -- nor could I have done it -- without this podcast. It's my favorite, and I get something out of every single episode.

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

    This podcast has changed what I thought I could offer my children, my family and myself... I never would have believed that it would be possible to live a life as so many people actually do. Thank you for these tools and for what you do to help women, teachers, moms and all those on this path. You are amazing and I just can’t get enough, each episode teaches me so much!! Thank you again!

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

  • Insightful, Inspiring, Life-Giving Podcast
    by Mackenziechester from United States

    I love this podcast. It has turned cleaning my kitchen into a really valuable part of my day. There are great tips here for gathering your family together and finding ways to share the things you are passionate about but can never quite find the time to fit in to a typical school day. So many ideas, so many varied topics. Great, inspiring guests. Life-changing podcast. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas!

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

    This podcast is inspirational for your homeschool plans. Pam Barnhill has a delightful interviewing style and her guests share their insights and enthusiasm for their topics. Among my favourites are the episodes with Cindy Rollins, and Angelina Stanford. Don’t miss this encouraging podcast!

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

    Some great interviews and very helpful for figuring out the flow of our mornings.

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

    Just started this podcast. There are some very interesting ideas here on how to create quality time with your children, learning together and focusing on the things that are most important in life. Great hearing other moms' stories too.

  • WARNING: This podcast will revolutionize your homeschool!
    by JoysTeacher from United States

    Honestly, I started listening to this podcast because I had run out of other homeschool podcasts to listen. I really didn't think we needed a morning time! I homeschool one teen daughter and I thought the concept was too "baby" for us. WOW! I was completely wrong!! We needed a morning time, and it has changed the climate and the productivity of our homeschool. The habit was so important to us, we still do morning time when we are one break. (And neither of us is a "morning" person). Pam is an talented interviewer and will not waste your time (her time is precious, too)!

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

    I'm really enjoying the ideas and tips Pam bring up in this podcast!

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

    I have started a morning basket just because of listening to this podcast. Pam sold me on the beauty of having a morning basket. I love all of the ideas I've gleaned from listening and I've implemented many of the ideas I have heard about through this podcast. It's really helped simplify some things in our homeschool day!

  • Easy to listen too, incredibly practical
    by HarrisFamily0323 from United States

    I really enjoy Your Morning Basket. Pam is a great host and I have taken away many practical ideas and had many unrealistic expectations corrected. I don't listen to all the episodes, but the ones I've thought were pertinent to my needs and have been able to apply something helpful to our homeschool. Thanks Pam!

  • So helpful for this new homeschooling mom
    by klund08 from United States

    I'm planning our first homeschool year and have really enjoyed this podcast! The interviews are great and I enjoy hearing from different homeschooling moms and how things work in their family. I'm excited to start Morning Time with my kids!

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

    Pam, I wrote you an email when I first felt it placed on my heart to homeschool my now 6 & 8 year old children and you responded with a warm response. I then began to listen to every podcast you have (all 3!) and I have been so very inspired and encouraged in so many ways that it would take up too much time here to explain it all. This Morning Basket podcast is really a light for me and my children as not only are they the recipients of our mornings of gathering but so am I. I have learned so much from your guests (and you!) and have been able to take tips/ideas to add to what my own mornings look like. We truly have experienced Truth, Goodness and Beauty. God certainly has chosen you for this type of work and serving to others. Thank you for what you do!

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

  • Truth, goodness, and beauty
    by I'm Sonny from United States

    Need I say more? I am deeply grateful for this profound and practical resource as we seek to surround our children in the truth, in goodness, and in things beautiful. I leave feeling encouraged, refreshed, determined and equipped.

  • Very encouraging
    by .....hk..... from United States

    So helpful with recommendations for new things to do in morning time.

  • A wonderful podcast full of useful tips!
    by Klarnold79 from United States

    I have listened to almost every episode over the last few months on my morning runs and they have made me look forward to running! I have learned so much and have been inspired to add truth, goodness and beauty to our homeschool days. Thank you so much!!

  • Wow! Talk about a solid series!
    by KastenbauerFamily from United States

    Each episode is fabulous alone, and when you've been listening for a while, they all continue to be full of new information!

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

    I enjoy the variety of topics covered as well as Pam's cheerful personality. Thank you for being a cup of cold water for so many homeschool mamas.

  • Great guests and host
    by My Life as a Rinnagade from United States

    I love the people Pam has on and all the great morning time tips! Thanks for a wonderful show :).

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

    The ideas, information and encouragment that Pam shares through the different guests and talking about the purpose and practice of Your Morning Basket has been a huge blessing to our family. Helped me to practically see how to bring truth, beauty, and goodness to our day.

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

    I have just started listening and am gaining so much knowledge and practical advice. I can't wait to keep listening to more.

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

    I absolutely love Your Morning Basket podcasts. Pam interviews excellent people & so far, I've incorporated information from each podcast & have purchased many items that the interviewee's suggest. I think all families could benefit from this even if they don't homeschool! Thank you so much!

  • Love Pam's podcasts
    by Flourishing Mama from United States

    There are many homeschool related podcasts that I enjoy, both for their content and the host. But I must say that Pam Barnhill's podcasts are top-notch for the following reasons: 1) the content is both relevant AND in-depth, 2) she NEVER interrupts the guest speakers with incessant (annoying) "uh huhs," "ummms," and such, 3) she provides multiple lists and links to supplemental materials that are really useful and interesting, and 4) she shares forms she's created even though she could make you pay for them. She has a gift for tapping in to the issues homeschool moms are REALLY dealing with. Thanks Pam. Keep up the good work!

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

    Every episode inspires me to start my day bringing my children the true the good and the beautiful through our family time.

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

    Every time I see that I have a new podcast from Pam Barnhill I know it's going to be good. Every one I have listened to (which is all of them!) have helped, inspired and encouraged me in some way or another. Pam is so good at summarising what her interviewee has just spoken about; a great knack which helps me distill the main ideas from all that good conversation. I really like that she always has links to whatever is discussed so that I can go back to it in the future and find what I need.

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

    Such a help for a new homeschooler. Highly recommend that you check it out if you'd like to learn more about starting your day with morning time.

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

    This podcast is filled with great information to help you take full advantage of morning time or all together time in your homeschool. It also has great tips for extending your child education whether they are in public or private school as well. We all want to aid our kids in thier success and no matter if you are a homeschool parent or a public/private school teacher this podcast will enlighten you and provide valuable information you to to better help your students.

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

    One of my favorite podcasts and I love and subscribe to all of Pam's podcasts. Thank you for the fabulous interviews.

  • Must-Listen for Homeschooling Moms
    by DaffodilSocks from United States

    This podcast has revolutionized how I homeschool my young children. A must-listen.

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

    Love Pam and all of her podcasts - can't wait for new episodes!

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

    Just found this podcast and have been listening to them over the summer break. Pam is a great host and has fun guests and together they bring a lot of inspiration to the concept of morning time in homeschool. Thanks for the great resource!!

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

    I would not be exaggerating if I said that I have learned so much from this practical, encouraging podcast that has changed our homeschool. Thank you Pam!

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

    This podcast does a great job finding guests who give a ton of practical help to make morning time enjoyable and educational for everyone. I always feel reenergized after listening to any of Pam Barnhill's podcasts.

  • by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

  • Such a wealth of information!
    by Jeaine6 from United States

    There is so much wonderful information to be found in these podcasts. I can go about my daily chores and fill my homeschool mom cup simultaneously! They allow me to look at areas of our hs that need improvement or just need new life and feel encouraged while I'm listening. Thank you!!

  • Encouraging & inspiring
    by God's Ranch Hand from United States

    So thankful for this podcast! I look forward to listening to each episode when it comes out.

  • Homeschool Professional Development!
    by Jo.W.17 from Canada

    As a new-ish homeschooling mama, I've found this podcast super encouraging and helpful. I would highly recommend it!

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

    I love the practical application that comes from this podcast! Thanks!

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

    This podcast has become my most favorite podcast on the subject of homeschooling. The topics discussed often go right to the heart of why I'm doing what I'm doing in our home--and God has really used the great advice shared in this show to help me be a more confident (and calmer!) teacher. Thank you, Pam, for creating such a great program! Already looking forward to next season.

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

    This podcast has absolutely changed my perspective on homeschooling, in a great way! All of the guests have been wonderful and I leave each episode feeling both sad that it is already over, and encouraged and excited to figure out how I can use what I’ve learned! It has a great flow to it, very light but meaningful, informative, encouraging….I could go on and on! Absolutely LOVE this podcast! Thanks to all involved!

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

  • Practical, helpful & concise tips
    by sproutnchic from United States

    This podcast continues to help. I appreciate the Pam Barnhill's professional, organized, yet warm interviewing style of some well-picked guests.

  • So refreshing and helpful
    by a. borealis from United States

    I've really appreciated the depth and breadth of Pam's look into Morning Time and also the practical ideas and tools to make it work. It is so inspiring! It helps me think through my own Circle Time, realizing what an opporunity I have. There are so many great ideas for additions and tweaking my approach. I am loving it.

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

    This podcast has been so helpful and packed full of practical ideas to use with my children!! Some of the episodes I have listened to more than once!!

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

    Pam makes this morning time concept so attainable! She gives great ideas but simple ways to begin. These tips and recommendations reach far beyond just morning time and are benefiting our entire homeschool and family life!

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

    This podcast is full of amazing ideas to grab my kids attention first thing in the morning. I love listening to Pam and her guests. Pam asks such great questions of her guests!

  • A Favorite for Homeschool Encouragement!
    by JamesDWitmer from United States

    I have been so encouraged by Pam's podcasts on Morning Time. She walks you through many of the wonderful activities that you can choose to include in your homeschooling, and also the details about how to do it! It has truly been a blessing. Thanks Pam!

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

    I just stumbled upon the "Your Morning Basket" podcast this weekend. I have already listened to 2 episodes, and they are wonderful - perfect for the homeschool mom. I am going to share this on my Periscope channel tomorrow. So great!! Jamie @OurLittleSchoolhouse.

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

    I love the idea of a morning basket, and this podcast has helped me learn a lot about the different ways it can look! I love all the different subjects she discusses within it!

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

    This podcast has been such a blessing to me! Informational and insightful, it opens a window into how other families incorporate morning time into their day, as well as what they fill it with. This has completely changed the rhythm and content of our days for the better. Our whole family has fallen in love with morning time! Thank you!!

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast! It has been so encouraging as I begin to implement Morning Time with my 5 girls. I have listened to them all & can't wait for more!

  • This podcast has changed our homeschool
    by Momof4athome from United States

    Pam has relieved some of the pressure to "get it all in". We now begin our day with the good true and beautiful in an almost effortless way and are all enjoying our time together before the "serious" subjects! Yay for the morning basket! Her guests are all lovely people you would want to have over for tea. I love this podcast.

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

    I am loving this podcast. I just stumbled across it after hearing the recommendation over at Read Aloud Revival. I have been wanting to start 'Morning Time' for a year now so this is giving me direction and so many wonderful and helpful tips and suggestions. I love Pam's enthusiasm and personality.

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

    I was lucky enough to find YMB and Pam’s other podcast, Homeschool Snapshots, when I started my first year of homeschool this year. These 2 podcasts have been SO helpful to me with getting ideas for morning time and the rest of our homeschool day. I am very grateful for the excellent work Pam has done on both of these podcasts, and I hope they continue for many more years!

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

    This podcast was inspiring and encouraging. It was a good blend of practical and theoretical and exactly what this tired homeschool mom needed to hear today to rejuvenate.

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

    Very well done! I really enjoyed listening! Very practical and informative.

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

    Pam lays out a feast of homeschooling topics that are relevant, helpful, and validating. The show is well organized and her interviews are clearly well thought out. In addition, Ms. Barnhill's relaxed and warm personality puts one at ease. It's like going to your favorite homeschool conference without leaving home!

  • I love this podcast, great content!
    by Sara V from United States

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast. The show is well organized with great guests and helpful information.

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

    I'm so happy that I found your podcast, it has truly blessed our homeschool life!

  • Wonderful help in my homeschool
    by BT and Jessica from United States

    This is a great resource for all homeschoolers (and I would say any educator). I am challenged to make sure I am giving my children truth, beauty and virtue through the morning ritual of our morning time. I’ve learned of new books to share with my children, how to incorporate fine arts, good habits for our day… I could go on and on. Pam asks great questions and has wonderful guests.

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Excellent inspiration and tips for homeschoolers! I have learned so much from this podcast.

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

    I have gotten SO many practical tips from this podcast! A must listen for homeschoolers!

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

    Another home-run podcast! Pam has a knack for inspiring great things in your homeschool! And the wonderful thing is she doesn't leave you with the "lofty ideal," but offers practical tips, aids, etc. all while encouraging you the whole way. Each interview is professionally done and such a joy to listen to! Thanks, Pam, for putting your heart into this! 🙂

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

    Like having a cup of coffee with a friend. So helpful and informative.

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

    This was been a great podcast about Morning Time! How encouraging and informative to hear from other homeschool moms who are in the midst of it all!

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

    I have finally had opportunity to listen to this podcast and regret not doing it sooner!!! Very informative and encouraging.

  • Full of Goodness, Truth and Beauty
    by CJMance from United States

    This is such an inspiration to get the beautiful ritual of morning time established. Thank you Pam!

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

    I'm so excited about this podcast! My kids range from ages 4 - 11, and I've been needing to reduce my workload a bit. I'm using the fantastic things I'm learning here to combine all my kids together for read-alouds, Bible time, memorization, and some other fun things. Thanks so much, Pam! I love your other podcast as well!

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

    I am so glad I found this podcast. Morning Basket / Circle Time / Morning Time - lots of interviews with families who make this part of their day a treasure for years to come. Just getting started homeschooling, and this is going to help shape our days. Thanks Pam.

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

    Loving learning about how so many families are using Morning Time in their homes!

  • Wonderful ideas for creating your best morning time.
    by Flowerpetal2 from Australia

    The ideas presented here are wonderful, it's great to hear how different families put together their morning time and how we can all make this a rich but simple time of beauty in our schooling days.

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

    Pam Barnhill is a truly excellent host and producer of podcasts. They are a pleasure to listen to, full of applicable and inspirational content. Unlike other podcasts in this genre, which are produced at home, Pam's podcasts never make me cringe because of awkward pauses or bad sound quality. Another of Pam's strengths is her ability to reflectively listen and summarize what she's heard from her guests in a way that wraps up the different segments of her interviews. Well done, Pam!

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

    We’re just starting out with morning time and this podcast has been an invaluable source of inspiration and ideas. Keep up the good work!

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

    I’m always counting down the days until the next podcast…one of the best homeschooling podcasts out there!

  • Among the Best I’ve Heard
    by More Like Mary from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie so when I say that this is among the best, that’s really a compliment! Pam is an excellent interviewer. She re-states main ideas and summarizes information in a way that is helpful and not condescending. She asked poignant questions and stays on topic. Her guests are phenomenal and I’ve learned so much from each episode. So far, this podcast is “big picture” homeschooling talk with lots of tips for implementing lofty ideals into daily life. The perfect combination. I will be looking forward to many more of these!

  • Gave me the tools I needed!
    by Momofmany:) from United States

    This podcast is amazing. (I am spoiled now; the quality alone is superb!) I have listened to the four current episodes several times and now understand "morning time" in a way I never have before-- in particular, the schole part. I've longed for restful learning for ten years, and now I have tools to actually do it. Our whole family has benefitted so much. Thank you, Pam!!

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

    Pam Barnhill’s new podcast on Morning Time is a great help to those of us who are homeschooling. I’ve only listened to the first episode so far, but it’s wonderfully encouraging to hear Cindy Rollins’ talking through her own experiences with Morning Time. I’m looking forward to listening to more episodes with others who are focusing their schools on the important things - the true, good, and beautiful.

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

    I just started listening to the first podcast this morning and I am completely hooked on this podcast. I took the advice in the first podcast and just started with morning time. Instead of trying to “give birth to an adult” morning time I just started doing something and will add things in as this becomes a habit. Thanks for the wonderful tool!! I am now off to listen to episode 2!!

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

  • A Gift to the Homeschool Community
    by HGPII from United States

    This podcast is so well done, informative, and just what the homeschooling moms needs. It includes achievable, sound suggestions as well as an abundant dose of inspiration. I can’t wait to revamp my Morning Time and watch the results!

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

    I have enjoyed Your Morning Basket from its first episode! I am a second generation homeschooler and just started our own family's homeschooling journey. Thanks to YMB, I implemented our "circle time" starting our second week of school and it has been such a blessing to me already even its very simple form of prayer, Psalm, Mother Goose, and then read-aloud time with my kindergartner. My 2 and 4 year olds also love it and it encourages me to include things in our day that might get left out, like nursery rhymes and simple children's songs! Thanks to Pam and YMB I feel like I am starting out with a great centering tool and routine that can be expanded and adapted as we grow!

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

    Your Morning Basket Podcast is a great resource for to help implement morning time into your homeschool day. I have enjoyed every episode so far.

  • Thank you for wonderful bonus at the end!
    by Caj312 from United States

    I just discovered this show and listened to the first 4 episodes. All were inspiring and I loved the useful links at the end of the show that help me improve my homeschool days! Well done and I look forward to the next episode.

  • One of my VERY favorites
    by Dianna @ The Kennedy Adventure from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie, but YMB ranks among my very, very favorites. If you’re a homeschooling mother, or a mom who wants to connect with your children and show them truth, goodness and beauty, this is a must listen. Kudos, Pam, on a another amazing podcast series.

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

    I’ve been trying to figure out morning time on my own, but Pam with this podcast has figuratively sat down with me and explained how to get things going. I’m so glad to have this resource at the beginning of my family's homeschool journey! The Basket Bonuses have also been so helpful.

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

    Thank you Pam for a great podcast, I am really enjoying it. I always come away inspired and with ideas I can use!

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

    I have been listening to the Your Morning Basket podcasts recently and Pam's blog writings about creating morning time traditions with your children and I feel like it has made a huge positive difference in our homeschool. I love Pam's ideas for creating a restful learning environment and focusing on truth, goodness, and beauty as we begin our day together. I listen to these podcasts over and over and take notes!

  • Excellent for homeschooling veterans and newbies
    by ASnow512 from United States

    I'm very new to homeschooling and I'm still deciding if our family will pursue that path. This podcast has been such a wealth of information and a wonderful encouragement!

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

    I was immediately inspired to create a more cohesive structure to our homeschool mornings. This podcast is full of helpful suggestions to make morning time meaninful for every type of homeschooling family. I've already implemented many of the wonderful suggestions and I can already see the benefits! An absoulte must for the homeschooling family!

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

    What an amazing podcast! This podcast has wonderful suggestions for bringing joy to (or back to) your homeschool. Everything is doable and enjoyable for the children and parents alike. Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

    This is our first year of homeschooling and I am really enjoying the concept of morning time. It is a sweet way to start our day together and this podcast has been amazing! Enjoyable, super practical, and filled with lots of creative ideas. Thanks for creating it.

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

    Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast is one not to be missed! She and her guests inspire and spur me on to do great things in our homeschool, but it's not just adding more to my to-do list. There are practical suggestions for how to make morning time a refreshing and vital part of our day.

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

    I have been homeschooling for a many years. I like that I can count on Pam to make to make it worth my while (and my short amount of time!) for a listen. As always, practical info I can start using right away.

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

    Love Pam's interviews. I learn much from each poscast!

  • A Joy to Listen to!
    by Cude 🙂 from United States

    I am thoroughly enjoying this new podcast! I love to listen to people who encourage me on my homeschooling journey and I have added Your Morning Basket to my list.

  • JUST what I needed!!!
    by Foodie in Training from United States

    This is our first year homeschooling (Kinder) and this podcast has been INCREDIBLY helpful and a GREAT source of information!!! I cannot wait for more to come!

  • Practical - worth a listen!
    by Bloggerific! from United States

    As a homeschooling mom of 6, my free time is limited. But I always come away with some practical, useful tips from Pam Barnhill. I love to listen if I’m alone in the car (rare these days!).

  • Well done [FIRST NAME]
    by MattMcWilliams from United States

    WOW… Your Morning Basket Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Pam. Keep bringing it.

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

    What a great podcast. At first I was dubious whether you could have an entire podcast series about homeschooling using morning time, but now that I have listened to two of them, I see where Pam is going with this. It is affirming for me in what I am trying to do in our homeschool, and at the same time inspires me in ways to improve and refine our time together as a homeschooling family. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to simplify their homeschool efforts while simultaneously enriching their family's experience!

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

    I absolutely love it. Ever since I read about morning time, I wanted to know more. This podcast clearly explains what to do and how to do it. Episode with Cindy Rollins was brilliant. It gives you the overall idea of morning time practice, as she is doing it for 27 years. Andrew Pudewa in second episodes shared some insights about memorisation, which really makes so much sense. Pam asks clear questions and then repeats the main points in answer, which is very helpful, especially for new homeschooling mums. Overall this programme has everything one can ask for to get inspired and motivated. Thanks very much for putting so much effort. Well done.

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

    I have really appreciated everything Pam Barnhill puts out. I have been introduced to so many great homeschoolers and their resources through The Homeschool Snapshots podcast, and I love that she is digging deeper into a great homeschooling practice on her new show, Morning Basket. It is definitely on my Must Listen list each week!

  • Bring the best you to your homeschool
    by mystiewinckler from United States

    Our Morning Time is the best part of our homeschool, and Pam’s podcast helps us learn how to make it even better and encourages us to pursue the true, good, and beautiful still more. So helpful!

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

    I've only recently found out about Morning Baskets, after 14 years of homeschooling. What a find! And now to have these podcasts to help guide me along on my new journey! I've been sharing this like crazy, and my morning routine is fabulous now! Thank You!

  • Education to Educate
    by Isaac in St Louis from United States

    I have gained so much from these first two early podcasts. I am grateful to you, Pam. Thank you for offering this as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty and privilege to give our children an education. Please continue. I see such great things coming from this. I rank this up their with Circe’s offerings.

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

    When you're on the homeschool "circuit" it's easy to become one of Andrew Pudewa's groupies. So the excitement level for Pam's newest podcast doubled when I opened it on my iPhone and saw Andrew's name. I was remiss in not reviewing her first segment. Pam is a wonderful interviewer and has the ability to make conversation with her guests based on their answers and move seamlessly to her following questions. That is not easy to do. Highly recommend this to parents who Homeschool. Encouraging, motivating, and validating.

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

    So inspiring! This podcast is what I needed to get our homeschool off to a great start this year. I will not miss an episode.

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

    I've always thought memory work was so important in my 8 years as a teacher in a high school setting. I often required memorization and was criticized for this requirement. I recently decided to homeschool my children and this podcast was so affirming to me. I am glad to be able to follow my instincts as a teacher and give my kids what they deserve! Thank you for this wonderful podcast that inspired me to make memory work an important part of my homeschool.

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

    I knew I would enjoy this podcast but I didn't know that I would LOVE it! As our family has moved more and more towards a simplified homeschool method, this podcast is just the thing to reaffirm our choices and continuously inspire us with new ideas. I can't wait for each new episode!

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

    This is just the kind of podcast I need to breathe life into my homeschool year. I’m so grateful for this new show, and Pam is a talented host. I won’t miss an episode!

  • Delightful...a Must Listen
    by 1coltsfamily from United States

    While I have heard Cindy Rollins speak about morning time before, I was pleasantly surprised to glean many new nuggets of wisdom that I can incorporate right away into our morning time. I always enjoy listening to Pam and find her questions spot on! The podcast is a wonderful balance of inspiration and practical tips. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

    So lovely and inspiring! Looking forward to more...

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

    A great resource for homeschool moms and so well put-together. Full of useful information, not fluff. Pam has a wonderful conversation style that keeps the show moving at a steady pace. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next one!