YMB #112 Faith that Morning Time is Going to Bear Fruit: A Conversation With Heather Tully and Brittny Bailey

You enjoy Morning Time but you sometimes wonder if it will really have the outcomes that you hope. When you have little ones, how do you keep pushing through the messy moments when the results of your efforts are so far away. I am joined by Heather Tully and Brittny Bailey today to talk about just that topic and together we offer the perspectives of a newer homeschool mom, one in the messy middle, and a mom who has graduated a few as we tackle the question: will Morning Time bear fruit?


My high schoolers in our gathering time. And they stay there for the whole time. And right now it’s about an hour and a half. And so that pressure that they have to get the rest of their work done, but that even being said, we’ve always done it. I’ve always said, if I have to let something go, it’s not going to be our gathering time. This is foundational to our day.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 112 of, Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy you’re joining me today. Well, today’s topic is something that moms know all too well. How do you have faith in the messy middle that Morning Time is actually going to bear fruit. We spend so much time doing these beautiful subjects when the world tells us that we really should be focusing on things like STEM and moving forward in mathematics and working on writing skills and don’t get me wrong. Those are all very important things, but how do we know that this music appreciation and reading these wonderful stories, and looking at beautiful pieces of art are actually going to make a difference in our kids.

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And, you know, it's, it's a real concern. And so today I'm joined on the podcast by two moms, my good friend, Heather Tully, and then a new friend, a friend of Heather's, her name is Brittny Bailey. What we tried to do is approach this question from multiple perspectives, because Heather has been doing Morning Time for quite a long time, Brittny, a much shorter time, and I fall somewhere in the middle. And so we all have different perspectives and different things to say. And I think you're going to enjoy the conversation.
Brittny Bailey is a homeschool mom of four ranging in age from two, all the way up to nine. She first heard about Morning Time back when her eldest was two years old. And it has since been experimenting with all the many ways to include it in her homeschool. She's been enjoying the fruits of this sometimes desperate and slapdash gathering of little souls.
Heather Tully is a mom of 10 kids who's been practicing Morning Time in her home for over 18 years. As a documentary photographer, she seeks to capture the wonder in everyday life. You can find her online heathertullyphotography.com, where she shares her work and the photos of her family from their Georgia home. And Heather is also the co-author of our brand new book, Gather, Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom, and Worship of Learning at Home.
Heather and Brittny. Welcome to the program.
Thanks for having us Pam.
Hey Pam.
Okay. So I also have to say, Brittny was one of the families who was photographed for the gatherer book as well. So Brittny, what was that experience like having Heather come and stick a camera in your face all day?
Oh, it wasn't quite like that. I know Heather very well. She's a dear friend. And so it was, it was quite nice and a real, a real gift. We just did our thing and she snuck around the perimeter and took some amazing pictures that I will always cherish.
Yeah. I have to say that, having Heather come into your home to take pictures is probably one of the least intrusive things ever. Like you think, oh, this is going to be so strange having somebody in my house taking pictures, but she does such a good job at like sneaking around and being unobtrusive and dealing with all of the issues that happen to come up with your children on the day that she comes to take the pictures.
There's a lot less pressure. I think so.
So yeah, Heather, I guess you do have quite a bit of experience dealing with just about any issue that any child could throw out there. Huh?
A few times before. Oh, I love it. Well, let's start with Heather. Tell us a little bit, you've been on the podcast a couple of times before. Tell us, just remind listeners a little bit about you and your homeschool. Yeah, so we have 10 children and now we have two graduated and this year I'll be graduating my third.
So I'm down to age four. We have nine kids home and this year I homeschooled seven. So it shifted a little bit through the years. It's nice to have two done and eight to go. We have a Charlotte Mason focus in our homeschooling. We have a co-op and Brittny is one of those families that we meet weekly to gather for lessons. So we have that community, which is really nice and we meet twice a month for nature walks. So I've, I've loved it. We've done Morning Times since my oldest was three. So I think this year is year 19. So it's been a part of our life almost from the beginning and a big solid foundation to our homeschooling days. So I laugh. I've got 19 years done and I think I have 16 years to go.
Okay. I was going to ask you, have you ever done the math and figured out the grand total number of years, if you homeschool all the way out, how many will it be?
Yeah, a little over 30, I think 33 or something. So it'll, I'm about halfway. I'm at that halfway point right now.
So they say, homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint, but you're like doing the mega marathon.
So it's a good thing. It's a life, right? It's a life, But I love it. I've loved every minute of it. And, and now that some of them are gone, you just cherish it. You've been more Alongside of them. So I'm really grateful. The Lord brought us to this path, so, yeah.
Awesome. Okay, Brittny. Now this is your first time being, I mean, being on the show instead of being a victim, tell us a little bit about your homeschool.
Well, so my husband and I were homeschooled growing up. And so when we time for us to make a decision for our children, it came pretty naturally. His older siblings had been homeschooling before we got into that season of our lives. So we'd seen it done very well and pretty early, probably when my oldest was two, I came across Ambleside Online, which is a free Charlotte Mason curriculum and sort of started dabbling. And I think since then have really settled, put some roots down in the Charlotte Mason philosophy.
I met Heather about the same time I found Ambleside and saw her implementing some of those principles in her much larger school. And so that has been a constant source of encouragement and, you know, along the way.
I love it. And what a, what a wonderful, valuable resource that you have in Heather. So that's awesome. Well, let's talk about a little bit about Morning Time. So you guys have, I mean, Heather, you've been doing Morning Time for years and years and Brittny, you have as well ever since those preschool days with your oldest, have you ever had any fears or worries that spending your valuable school time on Morning Time would be a waste of time?
Not at first, at first Morning Time was an amazing way to do preschool and kindergarten. I loved it. It was very natural as we sort of added more, started adding more children to our homeschool and then those younger ones started growing up and we started into the grade school and I think maybe some panic started setting in. I started wondering like, okay, how am I supposed to tell them everything they need to know? And you know, how has, how has this really supposed to work? So that's when I started wondering, you know, but really Morning Time continues to sort of check this panic-induced methodology of, you know, trying to teach them, you know, under some horrible compulsion that it's, you know, it's up to me and I, I need immediate tangible outcomes, with workbooks and tests and spending time sitting down doing the thing as long as it takes to finish the thing. So yes, I have had fears and sort of have to work through those regularly, still even now.
Yeah. I, you know, and I'm very much the same way. I've struggled, especially in the beginning with some of those fears as I think you're right. I think a lot of it comes from it's easy when your day is easy, but the more kids you add to your homeschool and the more phonics lessons you have to teach and the more math pages that you have to get through with all of these different kids, I think a lot of times that that's where the questioning comes up. What did you find, Heather?
Yeah, I was thinking through this and I've never questioned its importance, I think because we started out with just, we started out with simply reading scripture together, singing a hymn, doing some poetry, and some catechism. And it was so it was very short and it had such a biblical basis, which was really important to our family culture. So I knew it was important, but fitting it in through the years, I've definitely struggled. There's been moments where the day feels so short and how do you fit it in, or especially with high schoolers. Because My high schoolers in our gathering time and they stay there for the whole time. And right now it's about an hour and a half. And so that pressure that they have to get the rest of their work done, but that even being said, we've always done it. I've always said, if I have to let something go, it's not going to be our gathering time. This, this is foundational to our day, but it's definitely, there's been bumps. We had a very busy baby, one year red hair, everybody can smile and know who that is.
A little Catherine and she, I couldn't do Morning Time with her. So we had to shift it to when dad could keep her busy. So yeah, I haven't questioned its importance, but how to fit it in has been, the hard part has been the tricky, tricky part.
Yeah. It has yours like fluctuated, you've mentioned moving it to a different time of day and you even mentioned it being an hour and a half. And you know, I do probably almost an hour and a half of Morning Time with my kids each day now. And I have some high schoolers, but you know, my kids are all close in age together. So there's things that we can really do together to kind of alleviate some of their concerns like, okay, this is a big chunk of your content area subjects for the day.
But have you found that your Morning Time has fluctuated in how much time you spend through the years? Because I can remember when my oldest went into sixth grade, me thinking, okay, this hour and a half long, almost two hour long Morning Time. So now she's got these classes, we were in a co-op at the time, she's got these classes that she's got to prepare for, for co-op in a way that she never has before. We're not going to be able to do this as long so that she can prepare for that outside activity. You know, that was also something we wanted to participate in. It was a choice we were making. Have you found that yours has fluctuated some through the years?
Yeah, it for sure has fluctuated during football season when I had a senior playing football, we couldn't spend an hour and a half because he needed to get his schoolwork done. And so we shortened it that year to 45 minutes to give him some extra time. After a baby it's shorter when you've got a tiny one sitting at the table. So we would do, there's been a season where we did our Morning Time and then we did an afternoon time.
And so we just kept it at a shorter 20, 30 minutes twice a day. So I kind of try to look at the beginning school year. What are those outside obligations? Are they taking outside classes out of the home and kind of look at our schedule and determine then how long? But I try to keep us at our morning gathering as long as possible.
So about an hour and a half is kind of our cap because I still have toddlers, then many seasons where it had to be much shorter and maybe it's just one term of it being shorter. And then we can go back to the longer Morning Time. How long was yours? I'm trying to remember?
Well, it depends on the day.
That's such a valid answer right there.
It really is. I have no expectations. That's good, but, but I mean an hour, I mean, sometimes the older ones like to sit there as long as possible, but I have a two-year-old and a six-year-old and you know that they do not sit as long and sometimes they're louder than other times.
So yes. Yeah.
Having that flexibility, I think helps it not become rigid. And Then no, one's enjoying it. It's not living when it's rigid and mom is grumpy and the kids are grumpy. So I think being flexible is key. Yeah. I think a lot of times people get in their heads when they, when they get online and they start reading the blog posts and even listening to the podcast about Morning Time and they think this is like, you know, Pam Barnhill does, you know, gets up every day and does Morning Time and starts at the same time every day. And it lasts exactly the same length of time. And she does it every single day of the week and she never misses a day and that could not be farther from the truth.
You know, we are like pretty darn consistent with our Morning Time, but it is not always the same amount of time. There have been days Heather can attest to this where I've just like, looked at them and said, okay, we're done. Like, like you, people are just, your behavior is atrocious. I'm just finished with you for the day. It's not the same amount of time.
It's not always every single day of the week sometimes by plan sometimes not by plan, but it's consistent enough. You know, we do it most days, I think would be the best way to describe it.
That's a good way to put it
Okay. So let's talk about this. We kind of touched a little bit on how this can be hard sometimes. So what motivates you to press the process and to continue to do it? And Brittny, I'm going to start with you because you're fairly early on in the process.
Okay. So I've come to realize that whatever is required of me and my children, we all need a rhythm to do it. And the rhythm that Morning Time brings and the benefits of taking really small bites consistently has become a way for us to pursue an education regardless of the season. Like every time you have a new baby that season, it's like two years of, it's not chaos, but it's definitely unpredictable. So the rhythm, the rhythm helps the children know that to know what is expected of them and the rest of our homeschool. And I've seen, I've seen that. So, you know, you can think, I guess they can know when to listen to when mom reads loud or, you know, this is the part when we take our colors out and we draw what we hear or look quietly, speak in turn, you know, just these small little lessons that we can sort of establish with that rhythm gently. And, and that sort of transfers into the rest of the day, the rest of our schooling, you know, as we do have more grades and then the small bites, just a brief presentation of a dozen thoughts or subjects through poetry, memory, you know, history and artists or composers study, and then doing that on rotation just for us, it's a couple of times a week, not, not every day, but these things are not only digestible, but it is so sustainable. And it's, it's just been really good for us when there's so many physical needs and tiny attention spans that would otherwise just completely overcome my efforts in this area, you know?
Yeah. You know, you touched on the fact that you can cover so much when I sit and look at our Morning Time and I see there's it, well, you know, going back to like Charlotte Mason and spreading the feast, there's this, like, we never eat just one kind of food and Morning Time. There's so many different things that we can touch on in that compact period of time. And so just the fact that we're able to be exposed to so many different things in something that we just call like one single time a day.
I don't know. It's just kind of a blossoming thing for me. It's like this bouquet of great, lovely, wonderful things. And why would I not want to have it in my school day? So I think that's one of the things that keeps me going with it, even in days that it's hard. It's like we just accomplished so much and we enjoy so much and we're exposed to so much beauty through this practice.
And so I think it's one of the things that really motivates me, even when I sometimes feel like it would just be easier to give everybody their own little book and send them off on their way. So Heather, what about you?
Well, you all touched on such great things. I've graduated a few and that helps me trust the process. I've seen the fruit of this gathering time in their lives. And a few of them have even commented of the fruit of, I'm really glad we read this or we sing these songs. And so that is very encouraging as a mom when you can look back and take stock of what you've done, like you said, all these things that we have feasted on as a family, and it's such a large amount that we wouldn't have been able to cover if they were all doing it individually. And so that really helps me to trust the process. I think learning from other mamas, you know, we all know Cindy Rollins reading her blog and then listening to her and hearing her testimony and her wisdom. That is such an encouragement to us who are in the midst of it. It just, it's encouraging to hear these mamas who were faithful and who graduated their children. That gives me a lot of hope. And then I think like you had mentioned seeing that bouquet and I trust the process cause I'm in the midst of feasting with them. And I wouldn't want to miss this. If I handed a book to a big kid and it's multiple children, I wouldn't get to read all those things. So if I read it aloud, we're all feasting and I get to feast on it. So this Morning Time, this gathering time was as much for me as it is for the children. And so, yeah, that's why something has to go. It can't be mama's book. It has to stay.
It's such a delight because often this is the first time I've read these books. It's the first time I've learned about these composers. It's the first time I've sung these hymns or folk songs. And so that's really enjoyable to do that alongside of them.
I love that because you're right. I mean, it's just seeing the joy that you take in at and the, and the fruit that it bears in you. I'm, I was struck by those photographs of Cindy and the book where she's sitting there still doing Morning Time, you know, even after all of her children have graduated from her home, she still gets up and does her own Morning Time each day. And she's not the only one. There are other homeschool moms who also still do their own Morning Time each day. And just that idea of, I know what it's doing for me. So therefore it's, it's got to be doing the same things for my kids as well.
And I would be remiss if I did not mention all of the moms who reach out to us via email or social media or in our community or something like that. And who tell us the stories of the changes that they see Morning Time bringing in their own home and give us the stories of, you know, kind of their despair at what their homeschool was like before they tried this. And then they try it and it's like, wow, this is so life-giving. This is so wonderful. And you know, I can't take credit for that. Maybe Cindy could take credit for that. We'll give Cindy credit for that. You know, but like that somebody came up with this idea. Somebody came up with this thing that is just, and Cindy wouldn't take credit for you. She would tell you no, but it's like, this is the thing that's changing lives every single day. And I don't know when you have enough people tell you that when you hear all of those stories, it's like, wow, this is really making an impact. It's really making a difference.
And the efficiency of gathering with multiple children is beautiful. Especially the more children you have when I can read a history book once instead of multiple times, that's awesome. Or when I can cover grammar one time a day, cause it's not my cup of tea. It's great. Let's get grammar done. But the building of relationships that connecting as a family, that's what brings us back. That's what makes me put the effort in seeing their relationships grow through regular time together. I wouldn't trade it for the world and I now know how quickly it goes when you're in the midst of it, it feels like it's going to take forever.
And on those hard days, it's hard to see the end, but the end comes really fast. And so I just cherish those times when we can get together, I don't take it for granted. We're not, we're not guaranteed to always have our children. And so I want to be really mindful that I'm cherishing these moments. And I think when we're all around a table and we're learning the same things and singing and delighting and things together, that just builds relationship at a totally different level than if everybody was off to their own corner of the house.
Oh yeah. I love the stories that we share together. Just the fact that we're all kind of reading the same thing and talking about the same books and we have that shared knowledge. I don't know. I think it draws us closer together as a family than if everybody were off in their own space, reading separate things all the time. You know, even if there's, there's always something to, well, I read that book three years ago and I remember that when it is, it's good, but it's totally different than reading it all together, I think. And having that opportunity to, to share that story at the same time, you know?
I agree. So Brittny, can you think of a story or example when you were able to see clearly that the time that you spent and Morning Time was worth it?
Yes. This one is from this week, actually. We've had sort of a season of extended sickness in our household. So, you know, we've sort of been taking school. It's just sort of been like school with a limp.
Okay, hold on. That is awesome.
We didn't stop. We were just a little crippled. So our gathering time has really suffered with its members languishing and like a pile of pillows or sore throats, or, faces buried in boogers and blankies.
We have so been there.
So participation has been limited and hardly enthusiastic, but this week, this week was the first in about six weeks that we had a regular gathering with this sort of full offering of subjects that I keep on rotation. I went into it with very low expectations. I didn't remember anything about where we left off and I did not expect them to remember. So in this rather gloomy frame of mind, I called for Morning Time and y'all, they remembered like it was almost a reflex to grab their pencil and a notebook and to go sit in the living room. And they each like grabbed one of their favorite books out of the Morning Time basket. And they were like, mom, are we ever going to read these again?
You know, they were meeting an old friend and you know, and as we did read them again, they remembered every detail from the last thing we covered in every story, poem, and song, nothing had been lost in those weeks away from these subjects, they were excited to continue. And, you know, we picked up where we left off. So my adult brain was panicking.
You know, I was just thinking about backtracking and lost time and the confusion, you know, and the misery that was probably going to befall us. But I was reminded their child's mind is capable of so much more than I often expect of them. And there is value. I think in those small bites that I offer, they are being taken and digested such that, you know, we're still able to talk about so many ideas weeks after, you know, we had, first met them.
I love it. I love it so much. Yeah. When my youngest was five, we went into the summer and we just stop everything in the summer. We don't, we don't do anything.
We don't do Morning Time. We don't do anything that smacks of school for at least the month of June, it's gotten harder as they get older. Now we kind of have to take July off as well. But when they were little, it was the month of June. So we could go do vacation Bible school and things like that. And I remember him looking at me one night, I was laying down with him before bed and he says, Mom, why don't we do Morning Time anymore? And I said, Well, because we don't do school in the summer. And he was all, Morning Time is not school. And I’m like, That's awesome. So you just enjoy it so much. You love it so much that it's, it's not something that you would consider a school. It's just something that you enjoy doing every day. So that anticipation that they have now, I'm not going to tell you it's like that anymore as teenagers, the anticipation that little children have. I love it so much.
So Heather, what about you?
Yeah, I had two. One just happened last night. So I'll share that one last night. I had a, a big boy, a big, almost a man doing kitchen duty on his own. And I heard him humming and singing some hymns and folk songs that we have been doing this year. You know, so often those big kids, especially when you're the only big boys at a co-op full of a lot of little ones, they don't participate with the most gusto. And I wonder sometimes, you know, how much are they getting? And when he's humming and singing it to himself, when he's in the kitchen alone, that to me was a testimony that this is good stuff like this is, this is getting inside. They’re thinking on it. They just might not express it the same way. And so that was so encouraging last night,
especially cause it was a boy doing it. This mama needed to hear that. And then the other story I have is, so our oldest is graduating this year from college, with an English major. And one of her professors this past semester mentioned to her that she was so well-read and he said to her you must have had the most literary rich childhood.
And he was just blown away by the things that we had read as a family or that she had been given. But most of those things we had read aloud. That was just really neat to hear. And I was like, yeah, if all the things, there's a lot of things I hope for my children, but I hope it's literary rich. I hope it's a feast of ideas that we're giving them. And so that was really neat that he was able to see that that was one of those moments. You don't, you don't homeschool them for those moments, but it's kind of neat when those kinds of things happen.
Yeah. It's, it's nice to get the validation every now and then
It does really work! You’re not doing it for that but it's helpful to have it. So that was really neat to hear. There's always things you want to go back and redo and wish you had done better, but God is really good to encourage us mommas that just, just continue giving those little bites, like what Brittny said, because it adds up over time.
Yeah, very much so, you know, it's interesting. We were reading, talking about the idea of reading things together versus reading things alone. And so my oldest for sure has read all of the Narnia books and then my second child has been exposed to more, but probably not all actually, in fact, I know not all because the one we're reading right now, he has not read before. And then my youngest had read none of the Narnia books, so, okay. It's time. We're going to read all of the Narnia books together and Morning Time this year. And you know, it's review like some of them have heard them before, but we've never all heard them together. And so right now we're in a Horse and His Boy and we were, we start Morning Time by watching CNN 10. We do our current events for the day and we were watching all the events on the news. And right now, as we're recording this podcast where, you know, a little, probably about a week into the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And so we had been watching that on the news and we're reading a horse and his boy, and there was a line in there and I'm not going to get it exactly. But that talked about a larger country moving in on a smaller neighboring country and taking over.
And I'm reading those words out loud. And my daughter just, she like gasps. She's like, and she looks at me and I finished the sentence and she's like, Mom, that's like Russia and the Ukraine. And I'm like, wow, how much that this comes out right now. And she's making that connection. And then we all, you know, talked about this and how this was just such an interesting little where our literature was actually speaking to the current events of the day and what was going on. And it was like, wow, these are the kinds of connections that I don't know that they would be making if they were sitting off in their room, reading it by themselves. But we certainly wouldn't have the opportunity to talk about it like we did if we weren't all sitting here together.
And so I love seeing them make those connections, you know, during that time. And often those connections happen, like you said, just very organically. And so I think when you can do a wide feast and you can, you know, read it, read across several forms, not just literature, but history and science and they stay, do start talking to each other. It's really exciting to see connections. I didn't catch the first time I read a book, but the second time when I go to read it aloud, it's, it's really neat how the Lord works those connections out.
Yes, very much so. And we, we had a whole conversation the other day about reading aloud and why we do it. And that was one of the things that came up that idea of, you know, that Andrew Pudewa talks about. When you read silently, you chunk things and you don't get every single thing, you tend to skim over it really quickly. And so by reading that aloud, you do get kind of dig down into some of those things. Like you're, they're more, they're more noticeable, I think when you read them aloud sometimes then when you read them yourself.
So it's easier to hear so very much so. Any other fruits that you would like to, to bring out and talk about that you've seen from Morning Time through the years?
Well, I think we might have already touched on it, but I, I think consistently I've seen that it sets the tone of our day. I think we've sort of established that, but when they have sort of started the day, you know, it is for us, they know at school, you know, that's how we start school. We just do our Morning Time, but we have all these common interests and you know, these conversations, we've just come off of that, you know, with our Morning Time and they're kind of ready, they have this expectation they're sort of oriented and they're like ready to go on to their piano practice. Or, you know, they're not like hiding from math, you know, they're like waiting for me to do. And there's a lot less of me, you know, like corralling wayward children or explaining to them what we're about to do. And that's something I had sort of had a tendency of just,
you know, I get into a bad habit of explaining everything. Okay. This is how your life is about to do in the next minute. I want you to go and grab that book and go sit down for me, you know? But I feel like when we've sort of had this time, that is expected, they just know it's going to happen.
And it just prepares them for the right posture for the rest of the day. And so they just sort of naturally fall into those other subjects that would be, you know, more one-on-one.
You know, I don't think we could say that too much. I don't think that we could say too often, you know, about how much Morning Time does get you in the right mindset for the rest of your day.
And we talk a lot here about the idea that before we asked them to produce something, we need to pour into them first. You know, we need to give them things before we asked them to, to show us what they know. And Andrew Pudewa has a great quote about you can't get anything out of a mind that has nothing in it to begin with. And so Morning Time is where we can fill them up with all kinds of ideas so they can make those connections. So then they are ready to go on. I love that you said that they weren't hiding from you about math. You know, they were ready to do it. And I, I think that's one of the things that makes them ready are these beautiful subjects.
So Heather, what about you?
And I think it's also teaching them to order their affections, right? If you can't get out what you don't pour in and what we pour in needs to be worthy of getting out. And so you get to choose these beautiful books to read these beautiful songs to sing, even if you're not great at music, you should still sing. That's what Cindy says. So I'm going on with faith, even if it's not great, there's so much out there. And it varies through the years. We've read a lot of different things, but I find because I've got such a wide span of ages, we keep coming back to some of those main things, Narnia, Little House Books, Genevieve fosters history books. I love reading those aloud and it's fun to revisit them, but they're just so rich. And I feel like this it's worthy of our time to repeat it. As, as they get older, I'm always doing poetry. I'm so grateful to Andrew Pudewa. We started that poetry back when Patricia was three and it's never gotten old it's Matthias's on his last poem and he's a senior.
And I said, you can't graduate until you get it. This is it. You have to memorize this. It's just so rich. And it helps to orient their thoughts on truth and on beauty and on goodness. And, and then I think it helps their affections know what is right and good. And it makes me feel better. I know we've listened to some good classical music before then my high schoolers go put whatever else they put in their ears.
You know, I'm like, that's not the music, but you did have Bach this morning. So, okay. So I think that's an important part. Math is important and grammar is important, but I think ordering their affections, isn't a key reason why we have them home.
I love it. I love it. And I think that is a great note to end on.
So Heather and Brittny, thank you so much for coming on today and talking a little bit about the fruit in Morning Time and how you can persevere and just, you know, everybody, I think, well, okay I said that was a great place to end, and now I'm going to say something else, but you know, I think that the important thing to know is that we all have these fears.
You know, whether you're a mom of three, you're a mom of four, you're a mom with young kids, or you're a mom of 10 and you've graduated. If you you're still dealing with doubts and fear sometimes. And so just keeping on persevering, pushing through and having the faith that it's all gonna work out in the end, I think is big, but we all have them, but yeah, just keep on pushing through. And I did want to say, I didn't dig into, I know people are gonna listen to this podcast and they're going to say, well that Heather Tully, what subjects is she doing in her Morning Time? I'd really love a really in-depth look at that. And I'm just going to tease the gatherer book for that to point you towards that particular resource is that Pambarnhill.com/gather and getting a peek into different people's Morning Times, I think is a wonderful way to, to kind of inspire your own. So thanks guys for coming on.
Thanks so much, Pam. So encouraging.
Thank you, Pam. And there you have it now. Yes, that was a shameless plug there at the end for our new book, Heather and I got together and worked on Gather.
You can find more details about that at Pambarnhill.com/gather. And I just think anybody who loves this podcast and who really enjoys listening about other people's Morning Times probably will enjoy reading about and looking at pictures of the Morning Times as well. And these Morning Time pictures are absolutely stunning. I can say that because I did not take them, but do go check that out.
Then you can find the link to that and everything else that Heather and Brittny and I chatted about on today's episode of the podcast on the show notes. And those are pambarnhill.com/YMB112.
Okay. We will be back again in a couple of weeks. We're going to be talking about how to have fun with memory work. Even if you don't consider yourself a fun mom and I will be joined by another person who doesn't consider themselves a fun mom, my good friend, Abby Whal. But we do have some really good tips for you. So until then keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Having Faith in Morning Time

  • Morning Time is a valuable tool for establishing a family culture. Though it may be hard to fit into the schedule at times, making adjustments to fit it in will help to solidify that culture you are building.
  • Flexibility with Morning Time is key when going through busy or challenging seasons.
  • Morning Time allows you to cover so much more than you’d be able to if each child was trying to do it individually.
  • Morning Time sets the day up well and gets everyone in the right mindset setting up the day for learning.
  • When you do Morning Time as a family, it allows opportunity for kids to make connections and have conversations that they likely would not make if they are reading the books on their own.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:14] meet Heather Tully and Brittny Bailey
  • [7:35] is Morning Time of waste of time?
  • [11:02] how Morning Time fluctuates through the years
  • [15:08] motivation to continue even when it’s hard
  • [24:35] Brittny shares a story of when she saw the fruit of Morning Time
  • [28:09] Heather shares a time that encouraged her in her Morning Time

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  • 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.

  • <3!!!
    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! <3 THANK YOU!!!!

  • 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!