YMB #33 Hymns in Morning Time: A Conversation with Kari Bass

Hymn study has long been a staple of many homeschool Morning Times. One of the greatest gifts you can give your non-readers is the ability to sing along during worship. This week we are chatting with Kari Bass of Hymns at Home about the benefits of studying hymns and some of the resources she has available to make it easier on homeschool families.

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Hi everyone and welcome to episode 33 of the Your Morning Basket Podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, Kari Bass was inspired by her toddler’s burgeoning love of hymns to create a hymn resource that would bless homeschool families everywhere. Looking for simple recordings of hymns that she could use to teach to her children, they created a website that now is available to everyone. Kari joins me on the podcast today to talk about that resource that her family has created, and also to talk about the role that hymns play in Morning Time and their importance for us as Christian people. It was a wonderful conversation, and I think you’re going to enjoy it. We’ll get right to it after this word from our sponsor.

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Kari Bass is a mother who homeschools her children in a classical education style, strongly influenced by Charlotte Mason and the AmblesideOnline curriculum. Her three children are ages six, four, and two. Kari has a baccalaureate degree in literature and a minor in piano performance. Before leaving the professional world to teach her children, she worked for medical and legal nonprofit organizations, and she teaches piano and is especially fond of the piano works of the romantic artists. Through her work at Hymns at Home, Kari strives to make beautiful recordings of great hymns easily available to families, and she joins us on this episode to discuss teaching hymns to our children during Morning Time. Kari, welcome to the program.
Kari: Thanks for having me, Pam. It's a pleasure to be here.
Pam: Well, let's start off with you telling us a little bit I know you do Morning Time in your home, tell us a little bit about what Morning Time looks like for you with a six, four, and two year old.
Kari: Well, often it looks a little bit crazy. The two year old is not always interested in what we're doing but like many on your podcast before have recommended, we have a little basket of special items that she is only allowed to play with during Morning Time. It's kind of developed over the years. I think we've been doing it now for about four years and it started when my son was about two and a half, and I hadn't even heard of the idea of Morning Time but kind of intuitively knew that I wanted to start the day with Bible reading and then it kind of grew from there. Right now we have a routine that we go through every day, and we start with hymns. We read the Bible, pray, do recitation, poetry memorization, free reads, and usually one other thing. And that might be artist study or it might be animal book, that's what which did most recently was just read one page out of an animal book every day because that was of interest to my children at the time. And so that's what our Morning Time looks like right now.
Pam: Oh, great. And so about how long do you think it takes you to do all of that?
Kari: Well, I like to leave the free read for the very last thing we do; so that if it's going well, I can read kind of as long as the two year old is interested. But it could be as short as just five minutes of reading, making it maybe 20 minutes long total or it could be even longer on a really good day.
Pam: Oh, wow. Yeah, I like that flexibility. Well, we're going to talk a little bit about hymns today; so let's kind of dig back into your childhood and talk about your experience with hymns. Were you raised on hymns? Or did you grow to love them more as an adult?
Kari: So I actually didn't grow up singing hymns. I was raised in the church, and I attended private Christian school through high school and both of those settings I mostly sang contemporary praise songs and a few hymns here and there. But it wasn't until I got married to my husband, about nine years ago that we began attending church that sang hymns. He grew up in a liturgical tradition that did sing hymns and that was something that was important to him. And so when we started attending churches that sang hymns, I kind of had this notion that congregations that sang hymns were kind of stiff and emotionless, because they did not express emotion in the same way that I was used to seeing it expressed when people sang praise songs. No one was closing their eyes or raising their hands but in singing hymns the last nine years, what I've come to realize is that closing your eyes and raising your hands may not always be the appropriate emotion that a hymn is expressing; it maybe a joyful hymn or a triumphant hymn or one that is sorrowful. And so there is such a variety of emotions expressed through hymns, and I've really come to appreciate that about hymns. It wasn't even really until two years ago, through our daughter, that we began incorporating hymns as part of our family culture. She came home from Bible school, which we went to every week, and she started singing Holy, Holy, Holy! And I had no idea that she knew this hymn or that she had memorized the entire first verse (at two and a half, and I have to say she was an early talker so that helped things) but I just realized that even at two and a half, she had the capacity to enjoy and memorize hymns. And not only that but whenever we would be listening to Pandora around the house she would start asking to hear "God songs" as she called them, and so that's when we kind of began incorporating hymns into our Morning Time because she had a particular interest in them and helped me to see that they had the capacity to begin learning them.
Pam: Oh, that's interesting. And, okay, so I want to touch on one of the things you said there. You said that you learned that the response for a hymn is not always closing your eyes and raising your hands, and it just got me to thinking about some of the hymns we use in the liturgy of our church, and you said some are triumphant and some are more sad and, I'm thinking to, you know, some of the liturgy around the Triduum, in our church, at Easter, and we have the Good Friday Service, and just kind of the kind of low, mournful, repetitive hymns that we sing during that service that it's almost like it's setting a mood there. And then you have these hymns that you do sing out really loud and really strong because they are more triumphant. And then you also have hymns that kind of encompass theology, and there's a deep theology in there; so that's very interesting about I haven't really thought much about the fact that there are all these different purposes and responses to hymns.
Kari: Exactly. And I think that's one of the great things about hymns is that they, through music, encourage us to write in proper emotion towards God, and our expressing these deep spiritual truths that maybe we know in our minds but that the music helps us to actually feel and really deeply know.
Pam: Oh, yeah. Yeah, the music helps to us feel. I love that. The music helps to us feel what we know in our mind. That's really yeah, that's good. Well, let's talk about so you came late to hymns. Do you have any favorites now that you've kind of developed in these past nine years since you started singing them?
Kari: Oh, yes. And this is one of those hard questions, like asking someone what their favorite book is. So I think I will share with you two of my favorite hymns. One general hymn and then one Christmas carol because those are really in a genre all their own. One of my favorite hymns is, And Can It Be, which is an important hymn in our family, because seven years ago, when my son was born, he's our first child, I decided that I wanted to include singing a hymn as part of our sleep routine, and so I picked And Can It Be. It was just a hymn that I was recently enjoying at church, and as you can imagine over the past seven years, I have sung And Can It Be innumerable times putting our children to sleep, and they all know it as well because of this. But the more I sing it, the more I love it. And I think that's part of the beauty of hymns, is that the more familiar we are with it, the more we enjoy it, and the more it has to offer. And it doesn't ever become boring or stale. And And Can It Be I specifically enjoy, because it is talking about a very important theological idea salvation. But it's talking about it in a very upbeat and positive way, and there are many ways to deal with the topic of salvation. Amazing Grace is expressing gratefulness. Christ Our Lord Has Risen Today is expressing praise. Alas, And Did Our Savior Bleed is expressing sorrow. But And Can It Be is a unique expression of praise, because it's expressing wonder and astonishment that I should gain an interest in the Savior's blood, and it's very triumphant. And so I just think that is really unique and that’s why I enjoy this hymn so much. The Christmas carol that I really have come to enjoy a lot recently is In the Bleak Midwinter, which we recently recorded for Hymns at Home, and when I post a hymn on Hymns at Home, I always include information about the composer of the tune, and the author of the text, and some hymn history. So it's all right there. And when I began to collect this information, I didn't know anything about In the Bleak Midwinter, but I discovered that the text was written by Christina Rossetti, who is one of the selected poets for the AmblesideOnline year two curriculum, which my son and I are currently going through. And the composer of the tune is Gustov Holts, who is a 20th century composer famous for "The Planets." And so you have this talented poet writing the text originally for a Christmas edition of a magazine, and a composer who is well known in the classical canon and together they're creating this hymn where the tune is just perfectly expressing the emotion of the text. And I think that in the greatest hymns, the tune is helping us to interpret the text. In this particular hymn, the text is talking about the Nativity of Christ and that cold, bleak night on which he was born. And the tune is simple and bleak and still, and so perfectly is paired together. And so if we, as classical educators, valued teaching our children poetry and we value teaching our children classical music together we have that in this hymn. And that's not always the case, but it is in this case.
Pam: No, I love that. Okay, I'm not familiar with that one; so I'm going to have to go over to Hymns at Home when we get off the call here and listen to that, because now you have me totally intrigued.
Kari, why do you think it's important for us to memorize hymns?
Kari: Well, I think this is a real relevant question, and I think it is absolutely it is important for our children to memorize hymns. It's a valuable thing and as mothers and educators, when we decide what to include in our curriculum, how do we choose? We have limited time, and when we think about education, I like to use the Circe Institute definition of education, which is "that education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty." And hymns really fit that definition. They’re full of truth, goodness, and beauty. They’re full of truth. They often reference scripture. Be Thou My Vision has over 40 scripture references alone. And even if the hymns don't specifically reference scripture, they are expressing theological truths that have stood the test of time throughout generations of Christians and even different cultures. It is also good to sing praises to God. It is commanded in the Bible. Psalm 149:1 says: "Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song; sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful." And hymns are beautiful. Like we discussed with In the Bleak Midwinter, these are poetically expressed theological truths set to beautiful music that inspires our emotions to write in proper emotions towards God.
Pam: I like that. And, you know, I think about the role that stained glass used to play in a church. You would go into a church and there are all of these Bible stories or scenes from the life of Christ in this beautiful stained glass in the windows. And it served a couple of purposes, one of which was to educate the masses who came into the church about the life of Christ because you had all of these things displayed there in the glass. But they were also really beautifully done; so not only did it relay information through the pictures there but the beauty of it inspired people to love. I mean, beauty does that. It inspired people to love those stories because beholding it was so wonderful, and I think hymns are really similar in that you can get theological truths, you can get scripture references. In addition to that, you get it in such a beautiful way; it makes such a great package that it does order our affections in that right way.
Kari: Exactly. And I think just like art, music is another medium through which these truths are expressed and different people are reached by different mediums. Particularly my daughter loves music, and that's why I think hymns really speak to her. My son is more engineering minded, and so music doesn't appeal to him quite as much but that's okay. But to specifically address not only why do we teach hymns, but why do we memorize hymns, I think that one of the reasons why, is because we're helping to order their affections. And that these are concepts I want my children to internalize and to love. And when they experience situations in their adult life, they can recall these hymns and that they can be an encouragement and a comfort to them; this is what I want to furnish their minds with so that when they feel failure, they can recall Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine or Jesus Lover of My Soul or when they experience loss, they can be comforted by It Is Well With My Soul or when they really are wrestling with who God really is, they can think, oh, Immortal Invisible God Only Wise. So I want to provide our children with this resource of the wisdom of hymns that will serve them later.
Pam: I agree. And then there's a great practical aspect too because little kids it takes them a while to learn to read. So if you think about your two and a half year old memorizing hymns by the time she got to the age where she was reading (your typical child) she's been able to sing a lot of hymns in church, because she knew them.
Kari: Exactly. And I think that's one of the ways in which memorizing hymns has impacted our family; that our children, even before they can read, can participate in corporate worship and feel a part of the church family during church instead of simply being quiet.
Pam: I agree. And it really does make them feel part of that worship or that liturgy because they are able to do that. And even once a child learns to read, a hymnal is not the easiest book to follow along in.
Kari: Or even teaching the hymns to our children, they're not going to understand every word. It's really funny to hear my then three year old say "pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise," which is one of the lines of Oh Worship the King. But it's okay if she doesn't completely understand it now. We're just planting seeds for when she will understand it later.
Pam: Well, that bring up another question I was going to ask you. As a rule, do you explain what the words mean in the hymn? Or the theology behind it when you introduce a new hymn for your kids to memorize?
Kari: You know, my kids are quite young; so no. I don't. And I can't speak to what families with older kids would do, and that's one of the reasons why I do include hymn histories and background information on Hymns at Home. But we simply sing them and enjoy them and occasionally I'll say, "do you know what that word means?" Then we can talk about it, but I just kind of teach from rest and plant that seed.
Pam: So you could do it differently? For if you have a family with a lot of younger children or even a mixed family where the younger children are going to check out and start causing mischief, it's enough just to sing the hymn. But if you have a bunch of older children, then you can dig in a little bit deeper.
Kari: I think so. For us, we've kind of just sung the hymns and enjoyed them. However, for my daughter who’s now four and enjoys hymns, we have delved a little bit deeper and done some things outside of Morning Time that are just fun with hymns. For example, I found a book on Amazon called, Amazing Grace: Illustrated Stories of Favorite Hymns, by a hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck. And it has illustrated stories of a really good selection of about 30 hymns and so I ordered it, and when it came, we immediately sat down together and started looking at the pages. And I told her these were stories about "God songs" that we like to sing. And so she pointed to one of the pictures and she said, "Mom, why is there a ship here? What is that?" And I was able to tell her, "Well, this is the story about Horatio Spafford who wrote It Is Well With My Soul, and his daughter died on a ship." And he was able to still say "When sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul." And so she was fascinated by the story and started asking me later to sing, you know, the song about the ship. And so I do think that if you have a child that has a specific interest in music or hymns, there are so many things that you can do to encourage that interest. On Hymns at Home we have a resources page and it lists a number of resources that you can do further with your children.
Pam: Okay, great. So you can add extra things to it. Well, let's talk a little bit you kind of hinted at this just a minute ago that people might make the argument that old hymns are no longer relevant and the language is a little too archaic and lofty for children. What do you say to those people who are, like, why do you do this with your kids, and they don't know what the words mean?
Kari: Right. I think in response I would say, “You know, whether or not the language is archaic and maybe old fashioned, are the ideas expressed in them archaic and old fashioned?” And the answer is, absolutely not. And I like to compare hymns to books because maybe that's something we understand a little bit better when we're trying to judge what is a worthwhile or living book to teach to our children? And recently I was reading Beatrix Potter: The Tailor of Gloucester to our children, and they loved it. And that has tons of archaic and lofty language, but when we were talking about a “pipkin of milk” or a “cherry twist,” they loved it. Even if they weren't able to understand these old British terms, I think they grasped the concept of the story, and they loved it. Another example is Shakespeare. We teach our children a very complex form of language through Shakespeare, and we believe the ideas are really valuable, and that it's worthwhile to teach Shakespeare for its ideas. And not only that, but that the language is valuable as well. Andrew Pudewa from IEW, I can't remember exactly how he says it, but he talks about teaching our children well structured and highly developed language patterns through poetry. And that learning those language patterns, they will internalize it and reflect it in their words and their writing. And I think that hymns are just another way to do that. Hymns are well structured, highly developed language patterns, and we hope that they will reflect it, not only in their language, but that the concepts expressed by the hymns, they will also reflect that in their own lives.
Pam: That's great. Okay. Well, let's get down to the nitty gritty of how to do this. So first of all, let's talk a little bit about Hymns at Home. This is a website that you've started, and it's really a labor of love; isn't it?
Kari: It is. We started it really because of our daughter requesting to hear "God songs," and when we started searching for hymns online, what we found were kind of two different types of hymns. We found choral recordings, or four-part harmony, which still very beautiful, had a very rich and full sound that was hard for her to distinguish the words; and so she couldn't hear them to sing along. And the second type of hymns we found were recordings by Christian music artists that had done their own take, or maybe interpreted a hymn through the music, and those were also hard because sometimes the music overwhelmed the voice; and she couldn't hear the words to the hymn, which is what she really was looking for. And so when we were trying to find just simple, accessible recordings of hymns we couldn't find them, and so we finally decided to put an example of what we were looking for out there, because we thought if we want this resource, surely other families are looking for this resource too. And we do hope for it to be an example. We hope in the future that this will become a collaborative effort. We want it to become a searchable database of hymns that many people contribute to, and so, if you know someone who loves singing hymns or you have a high schooler at home who loves to sing, this would be a great project for them to record a hymn and contribute to this database. And the only piece of recording equipment that we used was an iPad.
Pam: Okay. And so do you sing these A capella? Or do you have an accompaniment to them? Because I know you play piano.
Kari: I do. So my husband and I both have musical backgrounds, and that's how we met in college; and so he wanted to do this for our daughter. And he said, "Well, Kari, why don't you sing, and I'll play the piano?" And I said, "Me sing? No, I'm not a vocalist. I never have been. Any time I performed in a choir, I was playing the piano” but we really wanted to do it. If, not only for our children, and then we decide if we were going to do, may be it would be helpful to other families as well.
Pam: Okay. And so what can I find at Hymns at Home? What kind of resources do you have for me, if I want to use this in my Morning Time?
Kari: We have an A to Z index of hymns. We have about 30 hymns on there right now and growing, and we have specifically the hymn rotation for this year's curriculum of AmblesideOnline, which is the curriculum we follow because we knew that those families in particular would be looking for recordings of hymns to use in their home. And each page of a hymn has, like I said, some background information on the hymn but it also has ways to listen to the recording on YouTube with lyrics to stream it online or to download it for free, and that was really important to us. We live in southern California, and we drive a lot, and so we always want to redeem that time in the car by putting on audio books or music that we enjoy; and one of those are hymns, and so we wanted other families to be able to do that same thing. You'll also find that the recordings are very simple. The music is serving the text, and this is an educational resource not a performance.
Pam: Okay. So as a mom and I just really want to stress here that while you follow that AmblesideOnline rotation, the resource is not only for families who are doing AmblesideOnline, any homeschooling family, no matter what flavor of homeschooling they do, if they want to bring hymns into their home, they can go over and find a selection of hymns that they can incorporate into their Morning Time?
Kari: Exactly. And even though we do use the AmblesideOnline curriculum, we don't actually follow the hymn rotation ourselves. I've decided that for our own children, who are very young, it was best to pick hymns that we did sing in church and that they could immediately relate to. And I also pick hymns that I myself have affection for because I enjoy it, and because I want to share those with them and share that relationship with them. And I think they can see when I enjoy a hymn, and they enjoy it more because of that.
Pam: And if you're the one singing it and putting it out on the internet, then you get to choose the ones you like!
Kari: Exactly. So you will see our favorite hymns on Hymns at Home.
Pam: Well, and one of the things that you just said that I love, and I really want to stress for families who are listening to this and thinking about incorporating some hymn study into their Morning Time, all of the resources that Kari offers at Hymns at Home are great, and the site, Kari, is just beautiful, but you really do have to start with those hymns that you sing at your church for it to really have the most meaning for your family. Don't you agree?
Kari: I agree. And I know this can be a problem if you don't go to a church that sings hymns, and so I think there are resources for those families because teaching hymns can still be valuable and meaningful for your family. And so if you don't have a church that sings hymns I do have a couple of recommended resources that I think are helpful: Simply Charlotte Mason puts out a curriculum called "Singing the Great Hymns" that has a wonderful selection of hymns that you can choose from. There are illustrated hymnals and resources that you can find. The one I mentioned earlier by Kenneth Osbeck, Amazing Grace: Illustrated Stories of Favorite Hymns, is a good place to start that simply has 30 hymns included. My First Hymnal by David Johnson, which is put out by Concordia Publishing House, is another one, and those are hymnals for children but they're not childish hymnals. It's simply a good selection of hymns that are accessible for children.
Pam: Do you think it's important for families who go to churches that don't sing hymns to incorporate hymns in their home?
Kari: Absolutely. I think hymns have value apart from corporate worship- just like we were discussing to help order their affections and to provide them with another resource through which to understand the Christian faith.
Pam: Oh, that's a great answer. I love that. Okay. So if I want to introduce a new hymn to my kids in Morning Time I'm getting off the call with you; I'm super excited tomorrow morning, and I want to run down and introduce a new one. How do that I do that?
Kari: Well, first of all, it does not take that much time or energy. It takes us less than five minutes to do our hymns in Morning Time, and what the prep work that I had is simply selecting a hymn and printing out the lyrics. Now, you can do that by using a hymnal. Or you can print it from an online resource. Two really good ones are CyberHymnal and Hymnary. CyberHymnal uses complete text of hymns, as in all 18 verses of Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing. And Hymnary uses a more condensed version of verses that a variety of denominations use, and they actually have images of public domain hymnals that you can print out, if you can read music, then you can follow along with that. When we do hymns in our Morning Time, I'm always teaching a new one and reviewing one that we've already learned. And we simply do one new hymn a month and one verse each week. So that only means we do four verses of a hymn, which sometimes is not the entire hymn, but I found that after a month of singing one hymn every day, we kind of get a little tired of it; and we want to do something else. So, simply when we're reviewing it, I try to slowly add new verses, but that's kind of what our family can take at this point. I don't make them just sit there and sing- their hands can be occupied with art or LEGO's or whatever you have them do at Morning Time, and I want them to enjoy it; so I found if I get too precise on did we memorize ever word of the hymn? We all start to enjoy it less. But if I simply sing it through once and let that be it, they actually learn a lot more than if I am pressuring them.
Pam: Those were some really good points in there, and one of the ones that I loved is you know your families limitation. You know that a month of singing any one hymn is enough, and it's time for you to move on to something else, whether you learned every verse or not.
Kari: Exactly. And so for many, that means we only know the first four verses, but I think for now at these ages, that's enough.
Pam: That's awesome. And then so when you do the review, you said any given month, you're learning one new hymn, and you're reviewing an old hymn, and so you just kind of have all of those old hymn stored in a binder and you rotate through which one you're going to review each month?
Kari: Exactly. I actually review a new one every day that we've done in the past.
Pam: Oh, okay. So every day is the new hymn you're working on, and it's the current verse. So let's say week one of the month you're doing the first verse of the new hymn and then every day you're also doing one review hymn. And then the second week of the month, you're doing the second verse of the new hymn, and also one review hymn. One new review hymn every day; so is that the pattern?
Kari: I actually had not thought of it, but that sounds like a wonderful way to do it. We actually review a different hymn every day, but I think that there is a lot of flexibility with families, and what they find works for them. So I'm going to try that, Pam.
Pam: Okay. Well, just keep those old hymns in review rotation, however, you work that out. And the wonderful thing about the world of homeschooling, is six months from now, somebody's going to leave a comment on the Show Notes for this post, and they're going to tell me some fabulous idea of what they do, and it's going to be, like, wow! I they ever thought of that? So that's great.
Kari: Yes. Exactly.
Pam: Okay. So what kind of tools do I need in my Morning Basket in order to do hymns? Do you keep an MP3 player in there? Or some kind of speaker? Or not at all?
Kari: Well, it really depends if you're high tech or a low tech. And our family is definitely low tech. So all I use is the printed out lyrics and my voice, and I teach from there. But for high tech families, I have heard from other moms, that they use the Hymns at Home recordings, streaming online to actually teach the hymns. And I think this is a great option for moms who may not feel confident in themselves singing the hymns or may not even be familiar with the hymn themselves but really want to learn it. And I think that, you know, as Charlotte Mason said, "Education is a life." And that can be showing our children that we're learning right alongside them, and we're learning it together and enjoying it together. And so definitely having the printed out hymns that your family has learned in a folder or binder for easy tracking is something you would want in your Morning Basket. And whether or not you want to stream it would be up to you.
Pam: Right. We would probably stream it, just because I always like to have the music to go along. Okay. So there are going to be people out there, I can hear them now, who cry out in the wilderness, “We can't sing.” What do you say to those people?
Kari: I would say, exactly, that we're learning together. And that if we can show our children that even if we're not confident in our voice, that we still believe singing hymns together is important, then that is the important lesson. Not that our pride keeps us from singing because we're not confident in our voice, but that we believe this is important enough to do together, that I'm going to show you my voice. And just to teach confidently. And if using the Hymns at Home recordings to lead that hymn time is a helpful resource, then I am so glad that we can help provide that.
Pam: I think that's a key probably for a lot of people who are a little more apprehensive about trying to lead singing; and having a resource like Hymns at Home to kind of lean back on and help them along with that is it going to be a big confidence builder for them and allow them to enjoy hymns in a way that they might not have otherwise been able to do that. So that's great. Well, Kari I noticed on Hymns the Home, you actually have a space there, a page about submitting a hymn; so tell us a little bit about how people can help you with this project and have a hymn on the site?
Kari: Sure. We do have a page that sets some guidelines that we use for recording hymns on Hymns at Home. Simple recordings just an instrument and a voice and how to do it. And so if people can record hymns and submit them, then we can grow our database so much faster and provide so many more resources for families. And we are definitely even open to having multiple recordings of the same hymn. I have a fairly low woman's alto voice, and that range may not be comfortable for everybody. But if we were able to have multiple recordings, we would have different ranges that people could sing, and so if you want more information about that or know someone who would be just perfect to record hymns, please contact us and send them the link to our website.
Pam: I bet this is a huge undertaking for you guys; so having help like that would be really helpful.
Kari: It would be. We have so many hymns that are waiting in the wings to be recorded, and we have limited time and though this has been a wonderful way for us to recall our passion of music that we first met in college upon and share it with our children, we just don't have all the time to record the hymns that we'd like.
Pam: And you know who I think this would be a great project for? Would be musical teens. You know that would just be a real good project for them to record a couple of hymns for your site, because it would help them with their performing, and they would learn a little bit about recording. And it would be a service project as well. So moms out there with musical teens turn them on to Kari's site here and see if we can get a few more hymns up there for them.
Kari: Exactly. I thought this would be the perfect project to give music credit for, for high schoolers, because I've learned so much in recording a hymn. I've really had to internalize the words and learn the breathing patterns for different hymns that this really has grown my vocal ability, and so I think it would be a really good project for teens.
Pam: Awesome. Well, Kari, thank you so much for coming on today to talk to us about hymns and their importance and the work that you're doing at Hymns at Home and tell everybody where they can find you online.
Kari: Sure. They can find Hymns at Home at hymnsathome.com, and all the resources that we talked about today are right there.
Pam: Pretty easy. And we'll include links to everything in the Show Notes as well. Well, Kari, thank you so much.
Kari: Thank you, Pam.
Pam: And there you have it. Now, our Basket Bonus for this episode is a printable tracking sheet for the hymns that your family has learned. You can print out this attractive sheet, put it in your Morning Time binder and it will allow to you keep a record of all the hymns you've learned. And it even has some spaces there for you to help you with your review of your hymns as well. Now, you can find that at the Show Notes for this episode. Those are at pambarnhill.com/ymb33. There you can get the Basket Bonus and plus links to Hymns at Home and all of the other resources that Kari and I chatted about today. Also, at that location there are some instructions there for you if you would like to leave a rating or review for the Your Morning Basket Podcast on iTunes. The ratings and reviews that you leave on iTunes help us get word out about the podcast to other listeners, and so we really appreciate it when you do that. We’ll be back again in a couple of weeks with another great Morning Time interview. Until then, keep seeking Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Hymns in Morning Time

Hymns express truth, goodness, and beauty. They contain theological truths from scripture or ideas that have been expressed in various ways through generations of Christianity. Hymns are good in that they allow the person to sing praises to God. And, they are filled with beautiful language that will furnish the mind and inspire proper emotions toward God.

Memorizing hymns allows even the youngest of children to participate in worship at church. Learning hymns is a way to order our affections to God and they proviide comfort and encouragement throughout our lives.

Learning hymns in your homeschool doesn’t have to be difficult. You can be as high tech or low tech as you’d like. The goal is just to start singing!

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:50] meet Kari Bass
  • [3:43] Morning Time in Kari’s home
  • [5:30] Kari’s experience with hymns: hymns provide various expressions of deep spiritual truths
  • [9:39] favorite hymns
  • [13:39] the importance of memorizing hymns
  • [18:59] when to dig deeper with the meanings of the hymns
  • [21:30] why it’s worthwhile to teach hymns even if the language seems outdated
  • [23:50] how to teach hymns to children: Hymns at Home resource
  • [33:19] rotating hymns and practical tools for teaching
  • [36:02] when mom doesn’t think she can sing

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  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

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

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

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

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

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    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.

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    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

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    Love this!

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    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!
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    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!!

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    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!



  • Joy Pullmann says:

    Kari was so articulate. I’m really impressed. What a great guest and topic. Thank you for bringing her on.

  • Christin says:

    I love this episode! Our family just made new “hymnals” for our morning time and I can’t wait to use the resources on Kari’s website.
    For our morning time hymnals, I print off copies of about 10 hymns for everyone in the family. We staple them together and my kids (6, 4, and 18 mo) get to decorate the covers of their own “hymnal”. When we sing, the only rule is that they sing or play their instruments (drum, xylophone, tambourine, recorder, etc). We have a lot of joyful noise going on. I love it when they request a favorite during morning time. It is also a great way to introduce reading music with them.

  • Amy says:

    Kari mentioned a book that was illustrated hymns; was this the one she meant? https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Grace-Illustrated-Stories-Favorite/dp/0825434335. I know she also mentioned this book: https://www.cph.org/p-19266-my-first-hymnal.aspx. I am our church’s librarian and I’m adding things to our wish list 🙂 Thank you!

  • Kim says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve been lacking in hymns but so have been wanting to add them. Kari’s website is such a great resource.

  • Adrienne says:

    Another resource for hymns is http://www.traditionalcatholicliving.com/. They include outlines as to how to teach one hymn each month, additional resources about its history, and links to youtube of different performances of each hymn.

    • Christine says:

      Thank you a million times over for the website link to the Catholic hymns. I’ve struggled with hymn study because most of the hymns are not ones that my children will hear in our church. I’m so so excited to explore that webpage more and find hymns that come from our faith.

    • Valerie says:

      We love ” traditional Catholic living “hymns website too !!!

  • Christina says:

    This episode was one of the most enjoyable I have heard in a while. Kari was so warm and likeable, and this topic is so practical. Pam, you picked a great one! Thank you. I am going to share this episode and this resource with many friends.

  • Danielle says:

    Hymns at Home is a great resource! I just checked it out this morning. I’m reformed, and go to an Orthodox Presbyterian church. We sing nearly all hymns! We also have a “song book” that contains newer songs/hymns that have been carefully selected by the board of elders. They review any “new” songs for theological truth, the ability for the song to be sung by a group, AND, even review whether the tune is appropriate to the words and is reverent to God. We sing maybe one or two songs/hymns from this song book each Lord’s day. All others are hymns from the Trinity hymnal. We want to bring honor and glory to God-that is what worship is all about! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Keicia says:

    So glad to find this resource! I’ve been doing a few hymns with my 3 yo – just ones she’s started picking up on from church and we practice more at home. I wanted to find something to help us do even more hymns and I think this is just it! Thanks!!

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