YMB #123 Geography in Morning Time: A Conversation with Heather Tully

Don’t groan! Geography can be a fun and fascinating topic to study in your Morning Time. In fact, when you get a kid who is into geography they can be so excited over something as simple as locating countries on a map. It is so much fun to see. Join me and Gather co-author Heather Tully as we dig in to all the ways we have done geography in our Morning Baskets through the years and dish on all of our favorite books and resources.

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But also I think geography, it leads us to praise God because he’s made all these things, all these places and he’s sustaining them. And I think it gives us a sense of our smallness and how big and great God is. And, so I think that’s a really good thing. Humility is a good lesson to learn in geography is one of those ways. 

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 123 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you’re joining me here today. Well, on today’s episode of the podcast, I am joined by Heather Tully.

Heather is my co-author of the book Gather: Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom and Worship of Learning at Home. And one of the things that we wanted to do for you was take a little time to break down some of the subjects that we cover in the gather book. And today’s episode is all about how Heather and I do geography in our home schools, and most importantly, in our gathering time. And so we each talk about the different tactics. We use some of the different topics we cover, and also some of the books that we have used and enjoyed. So I really think you’re going to love this episode.

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Heather Tully is a mom of 10 kids. Who's been practicing Morning Time in her home for over 18 years. She's a documentary photographer who seeks to capture the wonder in everyday life. You can find her online heathertelephotography.com, where she shares her work and the photos of her family from their Georgia home. Heather is also the co-author of this great new book called Gather: Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom and Worship of Learning at Home. And we're laughing because Heather's my co-author on that particular book. And goodness, it's been out for four or five months now, hasn't it?
It has. It's exciting to see it, you know, to finally hold it after all that time, it Really, really is. And it is filled with the beautiful photography that Heather took of all the different families.
But one of the things that we wanna talk about today, there are a lot of how-tos in that book and we want to bring some of those how-tos to life for you, and we're gonna start with geography. And so that's what this particular episode is all about.
So Heather, just real quick, can you remind listeners a little about your homeschool and how long you've been doing Morning Time?
Yeah. So thanks for having me again, Pam. So we have been gathering together. This is our 19th year and it's our 16th year of homeschooling officially, but I started back when Patricia was three and I had a baby and I probably was close to expecting so 19 years of gathering together and I've got about, let's see, 14 more years to go with the children.
And then I get to gather just me as Cindy Rollins taught us. Right?
Yeah. You get to do your mother's morning basket for sure.
So what does geography look like in your homeschool? Is that something that you, you always do in your gathering time? Or do you sometimes do it independently? Like how does it fit into the whole overall plan as far as related to Morning Time?
Yeah, so we do a little bit, a mix of both. We have some geography time that we gather all of us together and then big kids work independently. And then I work with some maps with little kids. So I try to find a book. I kind of call it my spine, a main geography book that I can read to all of the children.
Sometimes I pick a book that's just gonna be one place. We're gonna read it all year long. Sometimes I pick a book per term, so we might read two or three different books, but I kind of do that summer planning and decide, where would we like to visit? What part of the world or what part of our state do we wanna learn more about?
And I'll read that book to everybody at the morning table. Okay. And, and so we start there. Sometimes we even do some map work together as a family. I might do that once a week, pull out a blank map lately. We've been studying North America. So we have a blank United States map. And then we have a blank has Canada, the United States, and a little bit of Mexico also. And so as we're reading in our book, when we come to a new place, we'll fill it into our blank map. So it kinda, it depends on how the morning's going. If I've got everybody's attention and, and the five year old isn't falling apart yet, we'll pull out those blank maps.
I keep 'em in a binder. So they're easy to find and we'll just do it right there at the table together. But often I have the big kids do that on their own. So it's just, they can pay better attention. So would you say that you have something geography related going on in your homeschool all the time?
Yeah, pretty much. We start when they're little books by the Holling’s and I know we're gonna go over, like, what's some favorite books, but there's geography books you can do when they're just first starting and then all the way through high school. And it doesn't just apply to a geography book. If we're reading something in the Bible, I pull out a Bible Atlas and we look at a map. When we're reading things in history you know, during our gathering time, we often read a history spine, I'll pull out an Atlas and we'll look, where is that happening? And so geography can kind of span several different subjects and then it can also be its own subject.
Yeah. So I would say we don't always have something geography related going on. I would say that probably about once a year, we take a little portion of the year and do something geography related. So like last year we took a portion of the year and one of the books we read in our gathering time was Halliburton's book of Marvels. We read the Occident, which is the non-orient section of the world. And just really in love, you know, really, really enjoyed that and loved it. But then we've also done a whole year where we didn't do history at all. And we just went around the world and studied different world cultures as well.
Yeah. And I was gonna throw that out there too, that I think not only do we wanna study, like where is it in, you know, where is it on the map, but we also wanna dig deeper and go, what is the culture? Like, what are the people like, what are their songs and their dances and their food. Just this past week, we were studying Brahms Hungarian dances. And so we went and looked up there dancing, and we looked on the map where Hungary was.
And so, geography can go beyond just a specific location. And then I think it helps to flesh it out. It makes it really interesting when we see those things that make a place specific to it that's different from where we are.
Yeah. I would say other than books, YouTube is probably one of the best geography resources out there. Wouldn't you?
Yeah. I'm so grateful for YouTube, spend the money, get the premium so you don’t get ads popping up and it is such a great resource. You can make playlists. So yeah, I use YouTube in our Morning Time almost every day.
Yeah. Yeah. Definitely. If you're looking for a way to get in touch with other cultures that certainly, other than books, that’s certainly one of the ways to do it. Okay. So in Gather, I laid out how I did map drill with my kids and it sounds like they're probably really similar. The only thing is I would not start map drill with, I wouldn't give my kids an Atlas. I always made them a model that they then learned from, because I found that when I, if I tried to give them an Atlas, their eyes just kind of glazed over because there was way too much information on the page.
Yeah. That's really good. We might start with an Atlas. We tend to start there and look at it for a few weeks before we start a map drill. And so like the first time we're talking about a location, we do pull out that big Atlas or the big wall map and just spend time looking at it. What close by. What do you notice? Are there mountains? Are there rivers and lakes? So spend some time getting familiar with it before I give them the blank map and ask them to be more specific in what I'm wanting them to learn. I love maps.
We have several different Atlases on the shelf. We have a big wall map and we have small ones that we bring to the table. So I tend to collect them. I love looking at maps.
Yeah. And I love a good line map, you know, and I I'll put some resources in the show notes for those. I usually get mine from notebookingpages.com. I'm a member over there. And a lot of times I'll get my, my kind of black line master maps from that. And then I used to have a CD ages ago. This tells you how old it is. Uncle Josh's outline maps was another one that I used to use.
I have a different CD. So I'm one of those old homeschoolers too, that I still have my binders of CDs that I pull out for resources.
Oh My goodness. But you had a different one. Yeah. I had a different one and I was just gonna say, I think it's a really great idea to have your children drawing maps. That's what we mean by map drilling, having them physically draw it, not just fill in the blanks, but have them outline when you're learning your state, have them learn the shape, have them draw in the lakes. Don't just label them. There's a connection there with the brain when they physically draw it, that it's just different. And it helps with memory versus just filling in. So I think a combination, sometimes we fill in a blank map and then other days they're drawing it.
They're drawing it. And as some families, I know, do the drawing on, they do it on like a whiteboard or something like that. The child doesn't necessarily have to draw it on a piece of paper. So we have the books. I don't know if you ever did these or not, but we did like the Draw Europe, it's the Draw the World series of books. We did draw Europe, Draw Asia, Draw Canada. Or, we didn't do Draw Canada. Excuse me. Draw the US. Did you ever use those books?
Yes. They're awesome. I love those. And this year, because we're doing North America, we're gonna draw the US or yeah. USA, and we're gonna do that right in our Gathering Time, just a little piece each day. And by the end of it, you're able to draw the United States. It's pretty amazing.
Yeah. And that is one of the great things about this book is she does show you step by step. Like, you know, each book is what, 40, 50 pages or something. And you turn to the first page and she helps you add a little segment each and every time.
And so one of the ways that I used to use this with my kids is we would go in and we would do the first segment. And we would add for a while, we would add a few different segments and then I would have them go back and start fresh every time. And then sometimes we would add onto one that we had already started.
And then other times we would go back and start fresh. So we were not starting fresh at the very beginning, every single time. And the kids feeling like, oh my goodness, like every single time I sit down to draw the USA, I've gotta start with a blank piece of paper. Sometimes we would just add on to the old ones, but so we kept them all as we worked. And so sometimes we would be starting from the beginning and then other times we would be starting from something that already had a beginning to it. If that makes sense.
Yeah. That makes sense. And then we did similar things. You're gonna want cheap copy paper when you use, because you do go through a lot of paper, but it, that just little sections each day is really doable and it's good. You can, you know, pause if your kids start to get overwhelmed, especially as the map grows bigger, just repeat a day several times, but that one's really handy. And so we just, we do a combination. I like the detailed map that we work on throughout the year that we're filling in, but then learning a broader map. That's a little less filled in, but they have it memorized is I think a really good tool for kids to learn.
Yeah. So, you know, we're talking about, it's good for the kids to do this. Why, why is it good for the kids to know these locations? And I will tell you, I am not ashamed to say that the reason I want my children to know is because if anybody walks up to them on the street with a microphone and asks them a geography question, I don't wanna look like an idiot.
But I'm sure you, You probably have a more, you know, a higher brow reason than that.
Well, I dunno. I mean, I do want them to have a better sense of geography than I have. I just, I remember once way back in the day, I I'm trying to help my husband get somewhere and he looks over and the maps upside down and I'm trying to, you know, navigate where we're going and I don't even have the map in the right direction.
So there, I definitely want my kids to know how to use maps, but also I think geography, it leads us to praise God because he's made all these things, all these places and he's sustaining them. And I think it gives us a sense of our smallness and how big and great God is. And so I think that's a really good thing. Humility is a good lesson to learn in geography is one of those ways. And then I think we learn to appreciate other cultures. We get to see the wonder and the beauty of this amazing world that God's made. And so I just, it's pretty awesome to learn about other parts of the world, especially those that we don't always get to see. Yeah.
It just, it opens up our eyes and opens up our mind that it's a lot bigger than just me and this little place I live in.
Yeah. Yeah. I love that. Okay. So they're gonna be some moms out there who are like, oh, I can't believe they're talking about like drawing maps and labeling them. That is so boring. I will just tell you that you are likely going to have one kid who just loves that, right. Who you're gonna be amazed and surprised, but there's gonna be like that one weird kid that just eats that stuff up. I have one of those kids. I was actually one of those kids, myself. I love geography and labeling maps.
My daughter is the same way. Not every kid is though. And sometimes we want, you know, there is more to geography than just the drawing and the labeling of the maps. So let's talk about story and how we can study geography through some really great books. So what are some of your favorites?
Yeah, some of my favorites. So we mentioned the Holling's books.
So if you have young children Tree in the Trail, we just finished this this week. It was last year's book. So here's the encouragement to all your moms who are like, oh no, I don't get done in time. I don't either. So we finished it in term one of the next year. So it was okay. So Tree in the Trail, she has Minn in the Mississippi. So you're following down the Mississippi river. And along the way, you're learning different states. I'm trying to think of Paddle to the Sea. You go through the different lakes of great Michigan, which is awesome. I love that book. So if you have young ones, definitely look up the Holling's books.
If you have older children, what I try to do there is find stories of people or a place, and that really makes geography come alive. So my big boys in high school read Endurance, and I can't remember the author. We'll have to put it in the show notes. But that was a great story of courage and perseverance, but it also taught us a lot, about Antarctica that we didn't know very much about and about the seas and learning the different oceans.
And so reading that book just, I kind of look at it as living geography. And that's how I, I tend to think of it this year. My daughter is in, let's see seventh grade and she's reading Trailblazer of the Seas. And that is the same author that does Carry on Mr. Bowdich, which is a family favorite here.
And both of those are great geography books because they're charting the oceans and you're learning then different islands that they're visiting. You're learning the currents of the oceans, which I think is also geography, geography isn't just a place. We also need to learn some of the terms we need to learn sense of direction when we're studying geography. And so finding some of these books that are written in a story format are a great way to make geography come alive.
Yeah, I love it. You know, the land features are also part of these geographical studies. And so those are, are good things to talk about and to study with your kids. And so many of these geography books bring those to life. A book that I loved myself that I think would be perfect for a high schooler is Prisoners of Geography:10 maps that explain everything about the world. And that was just an excellent book that talked about, you know, why Russia is like it is and why Africa is like it is. And so much of there's so much geopolitical stuff that goes into why this country is like it is. And you know, when you think about the United States, it's the river system that is one of the things that makes so much abundance here. Whereas you look at some of the other countries and you look at like Africa, there's not the same kind of river system that we have here. And so just some of the, you know, there's so much richness and so much abundance in a lot of places, just simply because of the geo, the geography of that place. And it's, it's really fascinating to look at. And, you know, like as we're recording this, there's the fighting going on between Russia and the, and the Ukraine and the author of this book said this was coming because Russia needs that port that will not freeze in wintertime. And that is there at the Ukrainian end of Russia. And so, you know, there's just so many really cool things that come out of that understanding of the geopolitical features as well.
I'm gonna have to write that one down. I don't know that one. It was really cool. And there's a young reader's version too. Now I have not read that one myself, but there's a young reader's version and it's really fascinating, really, really fascinating. That's really neat. So you mentioned a few, just a few minutes ago, learning like geographical terms. And I have right in front of me, a really great it's a picture book, but I'm telling you, Pam, I pull it down all the time.
I Think I have it.
I have no idea what this means. And it's called Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary. Yes. So I feel like that's like, you need that book on your shelf.
Yeah. Just a great reference, right?
It is. Last year I was teaching geography to six year olds at our co-op and I didn't know what an Isthmus was.
I was like, I'm gonna have to go look that up. So it's, it's a great one. I think I try each term to pick a few geographical terms that we can learn and we can find on a map and just so that we can get familiar with some of those phrases and words that you'll often hear. So that's another good tip is you can throw in a few of those terms and try to make that part of your study as a group at your gathering time.
Yeah. What other supplies? So we've talked about paper pencils for the map drills. I always, when we were labeling maps, I always like to put those into page protectors and then use kind of like the wet erase fine tip dry erase markers or the fine tip dry erase markers with the erasers on the end.
Yep. Lots of maps. Collect atlases. Yes. I like to have maps that are not just current but old maps. So if you're studying colonial America, get a map, get some maps from that time period. And then you can compare 'em how has Boston shifted? How has a state shifted in its boundaries? So that's a lot of fun and you can pick those up, you know, not just online, but if you're visiting a place, they often will have those kinds of resources. So lots maps get a globe. You know, that's a great way to teach our children. You know, it's a, our, our world is round and getting to see the size of the ocean. You know, the difference between the Pacific and the Atlantic ocean.
A compass is another thing that I think is really great teaching our children to orient themselves. Okay, here's north here's south, you know, here's the lines of longitude and latitude. And so a compass is, we always start there when we're making our map, we make a little compass rose down in the corner, and then we try to talk like that.
So tell me, you know, is Georgia north or south from Ohio? And you know, is this ocean, which direction is it? So that's a really helpful tip for kids. Oh, and I have one more thing. One. Yeah. You really wanna get ambitious. This might really scare moms, but it's not scary. Kinetic sand. Everybody's like AHH!!
I love kinetic sand.
Okay, Good. Sometimes I say that. And moms are like, that sounds scary, but you put it in a box with a lid and then it stays there when you're not using it. And you put it high away from toddlers, but you can also use kinetic sand to form different areas on the map that you're talking about.
So use the sand and form Africa, and then the children, not only are they drawing, but they're able to shape it into the correct shape. And so it's a lot of fun, even big kids get into it. They won't, they won't wanna admit it, but even my big kids enjoy using the sand to make landforms.
Oh, I love it. I love it. Okay. So something else, we've always enjoyed games, like any kind of like game, even if we just make it ourselves where we do like a memory game or a matching game where we're matching like the names of capitals to the shape of a state or something like that. We also had a, oh, it was a little board game about the states. And I'm trying to think of the name of it now. And we played it so much when the kids were little and they absolutely loved it. It was the one that had the silly book that went along with it, but they also loved, oh, it's not how the shapes got their state or how the states got their shape, because that was the documentary.
Okay. Scrambled states. That was it. It was Scrambled States of America. And it had this kind of goofy little picture book. And I think there was even a sequel called the Scrambled States Talent Show, but there was a board game that went along with it and my kids love to play that board game. And so we played that. And then another thing that we often enjoy doing, and this was not so much in gathering time, but we would, I would put it on my kids' list for later in the day was using the shepherd software where they would actually do the little online quizzes or the stack, the state's app on the, the phone. That was something else that they really enjoyed doing as well.
Yeah. And we have lap boards, white boards that are a blank American map. And so then they can quickly fill in the state abbreviations or the capitals. And I've seen those also with the continents. And so that's a quick, easy way to do it cuz you can just quickly erase it and then it's there for the next time.
I love it. So what would you say to moms to encourage them if they feel like, eh, I'm not sure about this geography thing because I don't have any idea about it.
Right. Just get started. You know, I think often the fear of the unknown keeps us or we're afraid of not doing it right. There's no wrong place to get started. I, you know, local geography is fun because it often gives you a place to visit. But if you have somewhere that you love, find a book and read about it and it's, I think it's less intimidating once we start doing it. Yeah. Find a book that's living its story format I think is, is more than dry facts because it'll keep the kids attention and then find a, you know, a blank map that you can draw and you can fill in, get a few Atlases and just, just jump in.
Yeah. Don't be afraid to learn right along beside your kids, which you know, gathering time is great for that. And one of the books, if you, if you're not finding fiction books about an area, a lot of times there are non-fiction travel books. And so you're not looking for the travel guide necessarily, but books where people have visited that area and have written about their travels. And so they might be nonfiction, but they're going to be that living book that Heather's talking about, where they're telling you about the place, but it's wrapped up in this wonderful trip that they're taking.
Oh, and so many travel documentaries as well. I mean, we were watching, I was watching this with a teen and my husband, so I'm not sure. I, I would not insinuate that it was child friendly, but like James May and Italy, not too long ago. And so, but you will find some that are definitely completely family friendly. These kind of travel shows, especially unlike the food network and things like that, that are a lot of fun as well.
Yeah. We often watch a documentary. We'll also go to the library and look for a cookbook from a certain place. So last year we studied South America and so we made some dishes from South America and that was a lot of fun. Right? Yeah. Like it was just, it made, it does make it more living and more enjoyable.
And obviously, you know, you can't make the food at gathering time, but we picked out what we were gonna do. We looked at the cookbook and then we did watch some different clips about South America right there at our gathering time. So the library often has also, if you're old school, you're an old mom, you can go get a DVD at the library or you can try YouTube, but it's, I love the library because I can go to that section and, you know, in the children's section and look and see what they have. And so it helps sometimes to not just hear it in a book form, but to be able to see it and Book of Marvels, which we both love. There is a website that has videos linked for each chapter.
And we that's great. We'll have to put that in the show notes. Yep. Highly recommend book of marvels that has been a family favorite. Yep. Well, so many great resources and just thank you so much, Heather, for coming on and chatting with us about geography. I think we've given moms a lot of great resources to help them get started with some geography studies and I really appreciate you doing it.
Yeah. Sounds great. I, I would love to hear, maybe people can share in your forum if they have other geography resources, because it's a lot of fun to add into your gathering time and then give some resources to your other kids to do on their own. Yeah. And that's the great thing about it is like it, it's almost one of those subjects where it seems like the fabulous resources are limitless.
And so anytime you start the conversation, you just find two or three other things that you never even knew were out there, but now you want to use them and study them. So. Awesome.
Yeah. Sounds good.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the games, resources, and all the books that Heather and I chatted about on today's episode of the podcast, including our own book, Gather: Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom and Worship of Learning at Home. You can find them on the show notes for this episode. That's at Pambarnhill.com/ymb123. And I will be back again in a couple of weeks.
Next podcast, I'm gonna be interviewing two good friends of mine, Jessica Waldock from the Waldock Way. And Amy Milcic from Rock Your Homeschool. And we had this great three-way conversation about what Morning Time can look like for people using any different philosophy of homeschooling. You know, there's all these different methods of homeschooling out there. And Morning Time can work with any of them. And that's what that conversation's about. So join us next time for that one until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Geography in Morning Time

Geography is a great subject that can stand alone and can span other subjects in your curriculum.

Having maps on hand for the various places that will come up in a book is a great way to include geography in other subjects like history or Bible.

Studying world cultures is also an important part of the study of geography.

Labeling maps is a great way to have kids learn geography, but learning to draw maps can be an even more effective tool.

Learning geography through story is an engaging way to discover the culture and the features of a particular place. Using stories is especially helpful for teaching younger students.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:17] meet Heather Tully
  • [4:06] geography in Heather’s homeschool
  • [9:00] doing map drills
  • [14:11] why geography matters
  • [16:07] studying geography through story
  • [22:25] must have supplies
  • [26:50] encouragement for moms who are unsure where to start

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  • 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!