YMB #76 Homeschooling Kindergarten: A Conversation with Rebecca Zipp

Nothing strikes fear in the homeschool mom more than starting kindergarten with that first child. I remember wondering how I was ever really going to make this work. (Pssst — it has!) I am joined on the podcast today by Rebecca Zipp, a homeschooling mom who has put much thought into a gentle kindergarten.

We have a message for the new homeschooling moms out there. It is going to be ok. Of course we also spend quite a bit of time talking about how Morning Time fits into the homeschool kindergarten (hint: they are a match made in heaven), how much time you should spend doing kindergarten, and what are the goals of a kindergarten education. Listen, mama, and be encouraged!

YMB #76 Homeschooling Kindergarten: A Conversation with Rebecca Zipp

Pam:

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring Truth, Goodness, and Beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone, and welcome to episode 76 of Your Morning Basket Podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, today’s topic is all about kindergarten. What do we do with those little a five-year-olds? If you are a first-time homeschool mom, this podcast is especially for you. We want you to come away from this one feeling good and empowered about what you’re going to be doing for kindergarten this year, and how Morning Time can fit into that homeschool kindergarten. You may be surprised at how it fits in. Now, if you’ve been around the block of time or two and you’ve done kindergarten before, there is still something for you in this podcast as well. All about kindergarten today, right after this word from our sponsor.

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This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Your Morning Basket Plus. Okay, I'm so excited guys. New in the Your Morning Basket Plus subscription is our Morning Basket Explorers Club. Now, this club features our brand new Morning Basket Explorations Kit. Each month, we present a new themed set of explorations on kid-favorite themes. Coming up in the next year, each month, we will be exploring a new theme, themes like flowers, apples, the farm, gratitude, Christmas around the world, arctic animals, George Washington Carver who is a favorite Alabama son, the solar system, the Holy Land, gardening, the flag, and sharks. And oh boy, we are just getting started. We have so many other ideas.

Each month we will put out an exploration guide for moms to set up these explorations. And these will include a do-it section of things to do during your Morning Time, a Strew-It section with ideas to strew for your kids that they can explore on their own, a Further Exploration section with ideas that your family can do outside of Morning Time, like something you can do in the kitchen or a field trip. We're also going to have level-up ideas that are going to help you bring your older students, your middle school students, into the exploration with the rest of the family. It's going to be age-appropriate for them.

Now, the guides also feature memorization and music to go with each theme, and we're going to include MP3 audios of the memory work and the songs so just to make it super easy for your family to memorize or sing along.

But the Explorers Club doesn't stop with the guide each month. We're also going to have two live events with your favorite Morning Time teachers that go along with these explorations. And if you can't make it to the events live, you're going to have access to the replays. Plus, your family is going to be able to submit your findings and activities at the end of each month and receive a special tracking form and monthly stickers in the mail to document your family's journey as Morning Basket Explorers. Your kids are going to love this. It's going to be so much fun. We are so excited about this new journey we get to share with your family. The Explorers Club is part of the Your Morning Basket Plus subscription, along with over 40 sets of done-for-you Morning Time plans that are also in the subscription. You can join today and get more information by heading to a pambarnhill.com/subscriptions for monthly and annual options. We cannot wait to see you there. And now on with the podcast.

Rebecca Zip was first introduced to Charlotte Mason in 2013 after exploring other educational philosophies, and she knew immediately that this was what she wanted for herself and her children. She enjoys the freedom found in the Charlotte Mason education and the fact that it not only nourishes the minds, hearts and souls of her children but hers as well. With a degree in art history, she also appreciates Ms. Mason's emphasis on exposing children to fine art. Rebecca is a regular contributor to Commonplace Quarterly, and she also writes at her website, ahumbleplace.com, where you can find her Charlotte Mason-inspired kindergarten curriculum. Rebecca, welcome to the podcast.

Rebecca:
Well, thank you. Thank you for having me. It's great to be here.

Pam:
Well, I am so happy to have you here. And you know what I love about reading your intro is the emphasis that you are educating yourself along with your kids.

Rebecca:
Yes. Yeah, that has been such a wonderful sort of side effect of doing the Charlotte Mason method and just really realizing how much I have to learn, but then also being able to learn it in such a wonderful way.

Pam:
Yeah. Yeah. It makes me think of Cindy Rollins. I often like, boy, when I get to retire from this and get to read everything I want to study.

Rebecca:
Yes. Yes. The amount of books that she's able to read. Often I'm just like, "Oh, I'm so jealous."

Pam:
Yeah, yes.

Rebecca:
I want to be able to do that too.

Pam:
I'm looking forward to my homeschool mom retirement so I can continue my education. Not that I'm looking forward to the kids to leaving, but you know what I mean.

Rebecca:
Yes. Yeah. There is a side of it that's nice to be able to have that free time to also pursue things for yourself too.

Pam:
Yeah. Yeah. I think most homeschool moms really, when you get down to it, there is a large component of, I want to keep learning myself, and this is a good excuse to get to do that.

Rebecca:
Yes, definitely.

Pam:
Well, tell me a little bit about you and your family, and how you came to homeschooling.

Rebecca:
Okay. Well, my husband and I, we live in Colorado, and we've been married for 15 years and we have two children. My son is nine and he just finished his year three. And then my daughter just finished her kindergarten year. She's six. And I knew from the beginning that I wanted to homeschool. But as you read in my biography, I just wasn't sure how that could look for us. And so when I did find Charlotte Mason and decided that was the way to go, so thankful that I found that philosophy and that method so early on because we've been able to do that from the beginning. We just finished our fourth year homeschooling, which is really hard for me to believe because it doesn't feel like it's been four years. It's just been such a wonderful experience for us.

Pam:
Yeah. Yeah. Well, one of the things you focus on, on your website, is kindergarten curriculum. You said you were an art history major. What was it that drew you to focusing on kindergarten?

Rebecca:
Well, what I usually tell people is that it was out of necessity. My son's birthday is in August, which is kind of a difficult time to sort of figure out where to place a child for school. He turned five, and most of his friends were being enrolled in kindergarten programs. And he just felt so young to me. He's only a few weeks out from having been four.

And so my husband and I decided that we really just wanted to wait another year. I had started school later on as well, just a month before I turned six. And we just felt like that would be the best option for us. And so as that year went by and he had more about unstructured time, I started looking at what our options might be for when he did turn six and whether or not that would be sort of a first grade or kindergarten year.

And I found booklets and curricula that were mentioned in different places and laid out, but I really felt like they were either... It just seems like a lot to me for a child who had just turned six or I didn't really care for the book choices that were included in them. And so I decided to pull together some resources that I had found of different book lists and things like that, and just sort of put my own together. And I knew that it was something that other people were also looking for, for sort of a transitional phase from going from a less academic time in a child's life to a little bit more structure but doing it in a gentle way, that I decided to start offering it to others.

Pam:
Right. I love that, born out of necessity, but I have this, I'm going to share it. I'm going to put it out there and share it with other people.

Rebecca:
Right.

Pam:
Well, let's talk a little bit about Morning Time and how that fits into a kindergarten curriculum. What do you think are some of the benefits of a Morning Time for that five, six-year-old student?

Rebecca:
Well, in general but especially for children that age who sometimes still have a hard time with transitioning to a new activity, I feel that Morning Time is a wonderful way to do that transition in a very gentle way. We have breakfast, we do chores, and we have that time together in the morning, but then we come together in our family room, which is where we do our school time.

And instead of diving into something that's a little bit more academically rigorous like math or doing one of our assigned readings or scheduled readings, we do things like pray together and read poetry, and sing songs, and look at arts, and listen to music and things like that. These have been the things that my children have really enjoyed the most as part of their education. And so we do those things first to sort of ease ourselves into that more, okay, now we're going to go a little bit more in-depth later on. But right now, we're going to do these things that we enjoy doing together as a family.

Pam:
Okay. Yeah, I love... Actually, I was thinking about this today that probably more needs to be talked about, more needs to be written on transitioning in homeschool because it's one of the places where everything just can completely fall apart.

Rebecca:
Yeah. Yes. Yeah.

Pam:
And I think it's because if you're in a classroom setting, it is so structured that they go from sitting in their room playing with Legos to having to do math in like 30 seconds flat.

Rebecca:
Right. Exactly, yes. Yeah.

Pam:
Yeah, I love the idea of using Morning Time as a way to transition. Dr. Christopher Perrin has come on the podcast before and he talks about how Morning Time kind of sets the disposition for the school day, creates that disposition of learning.

Rebecca:
Yes. Yes, exactly. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Pam:
Yeah.

Rebecca:
Yep, and I think, again, for that age that's just so important because they're still really struggling with those transitions.

Pam:
Yeah, I think so too. Well, and honestly, even as they get older.

Rebecca:
Yeah. Yeah, that's probably true as well.

Pam:
Well, what does a kindergarten Morning Time look like? What kind of things... Let's just let everybody know, we're going to talk about this from a number of different standpoints. We're going to focus a little bit first on, if mom is at home with a new kindergartner and that is their oldest child or their only child. And then we'll approach it later from the other viewpoint as well, like what do you do if you have older kids.

Rebecca:
Okay.

Pam:
For right now, let's just focus on, I'm mom, I've decided to homeschool this year, I'm keeping my kindergartner home. We probably have a lot of moms who are going to be doing that in the fall.

Rebecca:
Yes.

Pam:
And what do I do with my kindergartner during Morning Time?

Rebecca:
Well, for us, for my son's year, like I said, it was my first time ever homeschooling anybody. It was only about 25 minutes and I really wasn't sure how to incorporate Morning Time into it in the first place. Up to that point, my understanding, what I thought was my understanding of Morning Time, was that it was more for families with multiple children and so I wasn't actually going to include it. But then as I started looking at the things that I wanted to include in our school time but wasn't sure where to fit them, they just fit so well in sort of a Morning Time format.

And so for us, just that year, it was we would open with prayer, and then we worked on memorizing the Lord's Prayer that year because that wasn't something that he had learned yet. And then when we did our hymn and our folk song, and we read our poem for the day. We did our Bible reading during that time. And then we would close with a benediction and sing the doxology together. It was really simple, but it was just a really nice way to include all of those little things that were important to our family, but I wasn't really sure where to fit them in among the other things that we were doing.

Pam:
Okay, and so that was when you used it. Now, at that point, did you have any little tagalongs?

Rebecca:
I did. Yeah, my daughter was two at the time and so she was in the room with us. And she wasn't really paying attention during Morning Time. But what was really funny was that sometimes later in the day I would hear her singing one of our folk songs, and so she had just kind of picked it up just by being in the same room and listening with us. And I think that was a time where she wasn't really able to sit down and listen while I was reading something to my son, but it was a time that she could sort of be part of if she wanted to and it required less mental effort on her part.

Pam:
Yeah. Yeah, I love that. And it's so funny. You hear that all the time how and probably not so much the five year old/two year old year. But as you moved into the six year old/three year old year, she probably started up some of that memorization too without-

Rebecca:
Yes.

Pam:
Yeah.

Rebecca:
Yeah. All of the poems that we worked on that year, a lot of them she had memorized by the end of the year as well. She learned the Lord's Prayer that year, so yeah, it worked really well for us.

Pam:
Yeah. Now you mentioned that your Morning Time was about 25 minutes long. How did you land on 25 minutes as the length of time that you were going to spend?

Rebecca:
Well, I didn't aim, that's just kind of how it worked out. The total kindergarten time that we would spend was only about 45 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on what we were doing. And so it just ended up being about half of our school time at the time.

Pam:
Okay, so let me ask you this. I almost want you to repeat that. We need to highlight that and make it stand out. Like, "Okay, we're only spending about 45 or 50 minutes, and half of it is Morning Time." And so what did you do with that other bit of time?

Rebecca:
The other half was when we did really simple, gentle math, just a lot of counting and things like that. And then we would do our readings. And then if we had a handicraft, we would work on it during that time. But sometimes, usually the handicraft would be later in the day. Really that time, the rest of it was just reading together. There was copy work done but just very simple things.

Pam:
Very simple and very short amounts of time.

Rebecca:
Yes. Yeah, definitely very short readings, nothing very long or rigorous. I did not require any kind of narration or anything during the kindergarten year. It was just really a time for us to spend together.

Pam:
Yeah, and for new moms that we might have who aren't familiar with, the idea of narration, it's telling back, what you read to the child you have them tell back what they've heard. And it's a Charlotte Mason technique. And usually in Charlotte Mason education, it's not required until the child is six, unless they just spontaneously want to do it.

Rebecca:
Right, which they often do.

Pam:
Sometimes they do. Yeah, yeah. Sometimes that's the best way to encourage it is to just-

Rebecca:
Right.

Pam:
Yeah.

Rebecca:
Yes.

Pam:
Very much so. Okay, so I'm loving this. We have short days and we have half of the day filled with these subjects that are beautiful and wonderful, but you're like, "How do we get them done?" And we get them done by grouping them together and giving them weight, by giving them a name and a time in our day.

Rebecca:
Mm-hmm (affirmative). Yep, that's exactly it.

Pam:
Okay. Has your daughter done kindergarten now?

Rebecca:
Yes, she just finished her kindergarten year. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Pam:
Okay. So how did her kindergarten Morning Time look different than the one you did with your son?

Rebecca:
It was a little bit different. Because he has a separate Bible reading list or schedule, I decided to move hers out of Morning Time. But it was right after Morning Time because I really wanted to emphasize the importance of that, being one of the first things that we did. And then I also included things in it that were just specific to her. He had some things that were specific to him, like doing some Spanish review and things like that, but then I would read a nursery rhyme for her during Morning Time and we would work on her recitation poem during Morning Time.

But the rest of it, it's always been really this thing that we can do all of the things that we want to do together. And so, like I said, like picture study, composers study, our hymns and folk songs. We work on memorizing different things, so longer passages of the Bible are memorized during the Morning Time. We just read them together every day. It's not like rote memorization or anything like that. And praying together and things like that. It didn't change a lot, but I wanted it to be for both of them. And so I wanted to include her in that as well, to let her know that it was important for her to be a part of this as well. And that she's one of the big kids now, as hard as that is to say.

Pam:
It's breaking your heart, but she is.

Rebecca:
I know, it is. Yes.

Pam:
Has the length of time that you spend during morning changed?

Rebecca:
As I've tried different things in it, it has, but I think it's still just for us. And my son just finished form one, so as he gets older, I do want to include more things in Morning Time, like reading longer books together and things like that. I just haven't started doing that yet. It was still only around about a half hour, so not too much longer.

Pam:
Okay. Okay, so let's tell everybody Form One, and you're going to have to help me, is that-

Rebecca:
Oh, sorry.

Pam:
He's just finished third grade?

Rebecca:
Yeah. First through third grade is about Form One.

Pam:
Okay. You're making me exercise my Charlotte Mason muscle today.

Rebecca:
I'm still trying to get it down, so I don't know the other forms very well.

Pam:
Goodness. Okay, so let's talk a little bit about what you think as somebody who has developed your own kindergarten curriculum and you have this available on your website. What do you think are important things that a mom needs to focus on with a kindergartner?

Rebecca:
Well, I think the kindergarten year probably there's a few different things that I think are really important. That year is a lot about developing good habits for your child. They're transitioning into this more structured educational setting, and so developing habits like paying attention, sitting for longer periods of time, which is hard for some kids that age, not interrupting, and things like that.

But also I think it's really important to use that year to really set a good foundation for instilling a love of learning in them. And I think you can do that so well with well-written, rich-living books that present fun, not fun in sort of a flippant way, but beautiful ideas, wonderful ideas that children enjoy reading and listening to. And then doing these things together. Enjoying that time together with your student and they can enjoy that time for you. Sort of getting the idea in their head that this is a time that you're together, you're learning together, And it's a beautiful time.

And then also, not trying to do too much, and allowing for a lot of still unstructured free time for them, because I think that is still so important at that age for them to be able to still explore the world to a certain extent on their own terms.

Pam:
Yeah. Okay, so the second part of my question was, how does Morning Time help with these things? And I'm sitting here mentally ticking off my boxes when you were talking about learning to pay attention and learning not to interrupt, and loving learning. And Morning Time is perfect for kindergarten.

Rebecca:
Yeah, it really is. It really is. And like I said earlier, the things that my children have really enjoyed, engaged with the most, are the things that we've done during Morning Time, like singing these songs. And my daughter loves picture study, which just speaks to my heart, and we do that during Morning Time. And reading poetry and things like that, these things that are just so beautiful that we do together have mostly happened during Morning Time.

Pam:
Yeah. Yeah, and it really does create that love of learning. Well, I know we have a lot of moms who are going to be potentially starting with a kindergartner this fall. And I think we kind of get it in our heads that, "Oh, this is real now. We've got to get serious. We've got to buckle down." And the urge comes to like, "I've got to buy a box, I've got to buy this complete curriculum." What would you say to the mom who, who feels like she needs to do that? Do you have something, a message for her?

Rebecca:
Yeah, I think it's so easy, especially for parents, we always want to do what we believe is the best for them. And homeschooling parents, I feel like in particular put a lot of pressure on themselves to do all the things. And especially in this society that we live in where there's such an emphasis on starting children at a really young age, and if they haven't learned X number of things by the time they're five or six years old then they're behind and they're going to struggle, and it's going to be really bad.

And I think what I have learned from just educating my own children and then getting feedback from other women who have had children this age who've gone through this as well, is that simple is really the best thing at this age and keeping it really, like I said, just really simple. And not trying to start too soon, not trying to do too much, working on those good habits, and then enjoying that time together.

Because when you're putting all of this pressure on yourself and your child, it can be really difficult to enjoy that time. You're putting so much stress on yourself that it's less about that time being spent together and the habits and what your ultimate goal is for how they view education. It's more difficult to focus on those things rather than like, "Okay, we have this checklist of things that we need to learn. And we need to do this and we need to do it all right now." I think that that really just doesn't set up a good educational foundation for your child.

Pam:
Right, right. Well, as we're looking at kindergarten and if we're not going to do that boxed curriculum, so what are some of your favorite resources for kind of a meaningful kindergarten, and not just a meaningful kindergarten, but a meaningful kindergarten Morning Time? Can you just give me one or two things that you really love to use?

Rebecca:
I really love book lists. There's a lot of them out there and I've found them all so helpful. The internet can be extremely helpful. There's a couple of books that I've really enjoyed, Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. And looking at what other women have done for Morning Time has also been helpful.

But then what you offer is also, I think, is wonderful. Especially for first-time homeschooling moms who aren't really sure what Morning Time can look like or how they want it to look like, it gives them a way to see what it can look like. But then also if they're already feeling overwhelmed with kind of diving into this homeschooling thing, it offers them a way to have it all done for them so that they don't have to have that extra stress and pressure on them.

Pam:
Yeah. Yeah, and I have a feeling that your Morning Time has a lot of good stories and literature in it.

Rebecca:
I've tried. I've tried to include that. My children haven't complained.

Pam:
When you ask a mom what's your best resource, and she's like, "A book list."

Rebecca:
There's some really great ones. Yeah, yeah. I'm so thankful for them.

Pam:
Yeah, we can actually link to a few different book lists in the... Well, Honey for a Child's Heart, of course, as a book resource but also some other book lists as well. Let me make a little note for myself.

Rebecca:
And then one thing that has been helpful too is your list on things to learn for recitation or memorization during Morning Time. I've used that so many times too. That's been really helpful.

Pam:
Oh yeah, the 100 Things to Memorize. Yeah. Yes. Yeah, that's a really popular one.

Pam:
Okay, so let's talk a little bit about your kindergarten curriculum that you have put together. Can you tell me a little bit about what makes it different than what moms might find elsewhere?

Rebecca:
Well, it is a lot shorter, from what I know, and I believe it's a lot more gentle than what other ones you might find out there. I really wanted to include things that would make the time together special and meaningful. I just wanted a way to introduce my children to homeschooling, and myself in the beginning, that would give them a love of learning. And so I've tried to sort of keep that goal in mind as I chose books for it.

Rebecca:
It's only two readings a day. Like I said earlier, half of it is math. It's a very gentle math... Half of it is not math. I'm so sorry. Half of it is Morning Time. It's a very gentle math, that's very short. It's just a really relaxed form of kindergarten. It's not rigorous or anything like that. And I think in that, from what I know of other kindergarten curriculum, it is different in that regard.

Pam:
Yeah. Once again, that goes back to what you were saying about our Morning Time plans. It's completely laid out.

Rebecca:
Right. Yeah.

Pam:
If you are a new homeschooling mom and you're diving off into this for the first time and you're looking for something, it's completely laid out for you.

Rebecca:
Yeah. I wanted to make it as easy as possible so I put out weekly schedules and there's term schedules, but then I also feel like it's really flexible. If there's a book that's on your shelf that you feel would be a good replacement for one of the books that I've listed, then I encourage moms to do that, to just really make it theirs and use it as sort of a foundation for what they want their kindergarten year to look like.

Pam:
Yeah, yeah. And it is lovely. What do we do, if I'm a mom, maybe I have or have not ever homeschooled before, but I have a 13 or 14 year old and maybe the kindergartner's my baby. How does Morning Time look different than do you think?

Rebecca:
Well, like I said earlier, as my son gets older, I really do want to start including more things in there, like longer books that cover different topics like theology or even fiction, some of the free reads that we have for our curriculum. And so I think it's important to also be flexible with your younger student. And so, one thing that I had for my daughter was that if we were doing something that it wasn't necessarily for her, it was for my son, she had freedom to color or play with Legos or do something that was fun for her, but if she wanted to, she could still be in the room. She could look at books or things like that.

I think, for me, it was just more about being flexible and saying, you know what, if this isn't something that applies to her or that isn't being read for her, that she could do something else during that time.

Pam:
And that's such an important part of that habit training. It's like, "Okay, it's not just for you. The whole world doesn't revolve around you, so here are your options."

Rebecca:
Right.

Pam:
And it's such an important lesson to learn.

Rebecca:
Yeah. Yeah, and then also transitioning back to something that was for her and expecting her to put aside what she was working on or what she was doing and coming back for her time. Which it actually worked out so well for us to do it that way because that's how it's going to look going forward.

Pam:
Right. Right. And so it's just very good practice for her or any child to be able to do that. Those skills are so important. And it goes back to the heart of the habit training is what's really, really important about those kindergarten years, so much more than getting to a certain reading level or something like that.

Rebecca:
Right. Yep. Yep, I definitely agree with that.

Pam:
Well, what words of encouragement do you have for moms who are preparing to do kindergarten?

Rebecca:
I think just, my heart always goes out to moms who are starting that and feeling a lot of pressure. I really just want to say, just enjoy this year and don't put too much pressure on yourself because education itself is a long road. And there are so many opportunities throughout your child's scholastic career to learn things. And the kindergarten year, as I said, is just really about spending that time together and developing that love of learning. And again, just don't put too much pressure on yourself. I know it's so hard not to, but..

I've received some emails from moms saying that they were really scared that they were going to mess their child up during that kindergarten year. And I just always want to emphasize to them that you're capable and you can do this, and you're not going to mess your child up.

Pam:
Yeah, I think we should just dispel that one right now. We're saying it right here, right now, there's no way you're academically going to mess your child up in kindergarten. It's not possible.

Rebecca:
No, it's pretty much impossible.

Pam:
We've stated it. There it is.

Rebecca:
Yep, it's there. It's fact now.

Pam:
There you go. Yeah, I think that's so important. I'm scrolling your website a little bit, looking at your curriculum as you're talking about it. And I'm like, "Oh, if only I had a kindergartner. Where was this when my oldest was in kindergarten?"

Rebecca:
Yeah, it's been such a wonderful thing for us and I'm just glad that I'm able to share it with other people because I feel like it's just a nice way to spend the kindergarten year, yeah.

Pam:
Yeah, it really is. It really is. And the fact that Morning Time was about half of it. Just got to love that.

Rebecca:
Yes. Yeah, it was a very important part. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Pam:
Well, Rebecca, thank you so much for coming on today and helping encourage moms about kindergarten, what it can look like and how Morning Time can be part of it. I really appreciate it.

Rebecca:
Well, you're so welcome. Thank you again for having me on this. This has been an honor.

Pam:
Well, tell everybody where they can find you online. And I just want to point out before you do, not only does Rebecca have her kindergarten curriculum on her website, but she also has picture study resources as well because she has a background in art history. Tell everybody where they can find that.

Rebecca:
Well, my website is ahumbleplace.com and everything is in my shop. I have the kindergarten curriculum and then I also offer picture study aids and picture study prints that can be shipped to them. Yeah, that's the main place to find me.

Pam:
So many good things. And then the seasonal art devotion-

Rebecca:
Yes. Yep.

Pam:
... Lots of loveliness there, so do go check it out. Well, thanks so much.

Rebecca:
Yeah. Thank you.

Pam:
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources that Rebecca and I talked about today, including those book lists and Rebecca's website, ahumbleplace.com, you can find them on the show notes for this episode. Those are at pambarnhill.com/YMB76.

Now, also on the show notes are some instructions on how to leave a rating or review for the Your Morning Basket Podcast on iTunes. The ratings and reviews that you leave help us get word out about the podcast to new listeners, and we really appreciate it when you take the time to do that so thank you very much.

Now, we'll be back again in a couple of weeks with a very special guest. Sally Clarkson is going to be coming onto the Your Morning Basket Podcast. She has been a mentor of mine for a long time in the homeschooling space, and I cannot wait to get to chat with her. We'll be back with that interview in a couple of weeks. Until then, keep seeking Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Homeschooling Kindergarten

Doing Morning Time as a part of a kindergarten curriculum is a gentle way to include a variety of subjects and create a disposition for learning in your children. It also gives them a chance to practice good habits, like paying attention.

For kindergarteners, their entire school day should be short, allowing for plenty of unstructured free time. Morning Time should also be short and delightful, maybe only taking up half of the entire school day. Keep it simple!

Remembering that education is a lifelong pursuit can alleviate some of the pressure moms feel to get everything just right.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [4:23] meet Rebecca
  • [7:30] why Rebecca felt drawn to write kindergarten curricula
  • [9:30] benefits of Morning Time for 5-6-year-olds
  • [11:58] what to include in a kindergarten Morning Time
  • [15:10] ideal length of Morning Time for kindergarten
  • [17:37] kindergarten Morning Time when you have older students
  • [20:10] what to focus on in kindergarten
  • [22:47] advice for the mom who wants to buy a boxed curriculum
  • [25:00] Rebecca’s favorite resources for a meaningful kindergarten Morning Time
  • [27:07] how Rebecca’s Kindergarten curriculum is unique
  • [29:22] balancing younger and older students in Morning Time
  • [31:50] words of encouragement for moms who are preparing to do kindergarten

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Thanks for your reviews

  • 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!

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