YMB #102 Leveling Up Your Morning Time: A Conversation with Jessica Lawton

How do you manage when you have a number of kids spanning a wide age range? You want your older kids to still be part of your Morning Time, but you aren’t sure which activities are appropriate for them? How do you “level up” the activities you do so that little ones AND bigger ones still get something out of Morning Time?

This episode answers all of those questions. Whether you make your own plans, follow a set of ours, or use something else you find online, this podcast is the ultimate resources for how to have a fruitful Morning Time for kids from toddler to teen.

YMB #68 Choosing Books for Your Morning Time: A Conversation with Jessica Lawton


Right. And I think it’s hard to get out of that mindset of this is school time. So this is somehow gotta be some academic-y something or other, but that’s not really the purpose of Morning Time. It’s about fostering a love for all of those true, good, and beautiful things that we have in our world. Not necessarily about facts and, you know, while adds to our knowledge. I don’t think that’s the primary purpose of why we do it.

Yeah. Academic-y, that’s a word you made up, isn’t it.

Sure is. You know, I’m allowed, right? I’m allowed to do that.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 102 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host. And I am so happy that you are joining me here today. We’ll on today’s episode of the podcast. We are answering a question that we get often at your Morning Basket, and that is how do you take a set of Morning Time plans that might on the surface seem like they are for a younger group of kids and level them up to be able to use them with a wide range of ages.

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So maybe you have just some middle schoolers and high schoolers, or maybe you have some high schoolers, middle schoolers, and some elementary kids. And you're wondering, how can I take a set of Morning Time plans, whether that be something we've created here at your Morning Basket or something that you find online, and kind of be able to include your older kids in this.
So joining me on the podcast today, I have the author of our Morning Time plans, Jessica Lawton, also a mom of kids from 14 all the way down to age five. And yes, they do Morning Time together. And she's joining me today and we're chatting about exactly how it is that you do that. How do you make the Morning Time kind of viable and interesting for all of your kids from age 5 to 14 or 2 to 20, or whatever the case may be.
So I think you're really going to enjoy this episode of the podcast and you're going to find it really practical. Now, speaking of Morning Time plans, if you have never tried out a set of our Morning Time plans, we actually have a free set and you can give them a try. If you go to Pam barnhill.com/month, you can download what we call our months of Morning Time plans.
And so this is a month-long sample set of plans that are set up exactly like our other sets, all of the sets in our store. So you could see just what it's like. And so we've chosen all the poetry for you, the music, the art, everything that you need. We've made all of the hard choices and paired them up with the picture books that Jessica and I are going to chat about today and just made it as easy on you as possible.
So go find those at Pambarnhill.com/month and now on with the podcast.
Hey there. And welcome today. I am joined by my good friend, Jessica Lawton, who also happens to be the author of the Morning Basket plans here at Your Morning Basket Plus. So she knows a thing or two about writing, Morning Time plans and coming up with different activities for different ages. And you have five kids yourself, right? Tell us their ages.
Sure. Great a quiz right off the bat! 14, 13, 11, 9, and five.
Okay. Large spread, large spread there. And do you guys do Morning Time all together as a family?
We sure do.
I was going to say that is the right answer that you do, but you really do. And goodness. I mean, how many years have you been doing Morning Time now. Before, I think it was the thing you and I had a conversation about it when we, that way back in the day, when we first started our co-op and we wanted to get our memorization in and we were talking about how to do that and when to do that, and actually mine did not start out as a morning, Morning Time. It started out as the little babies are sleeping for nap and we were going to have time together time. So it ended up being after lunch.
Okay. Okay. So that was probably gosh, about five or six years ago now?
I guess that was a very long answer for saying, I think closer to like eight.
Oh, wow.
My oldest is 14. And we started when she was maybe six.
Okay. Yeah. So nine. Yeah. A nice long time ago. So maybe I need to start. Cause I think I was doing it a little bit before you were probably. Yeah. Yeah.
So maybe, maybe I've been doing it for about nine years now, so, oh goodness. All right. Well, so one time, Morning Time, little kids, older kids, and now a mix of kids. Let's think about this idea of, we have a bunch of kids together in the room. We've got this mix of ages, maybe from five to 14, maybe a little bit wider spread. Maybe you're more like mine where the kids are about four years apart from the oldest to youngest. But what, what are the activities that we can do in Morning Time, first of all, where we don't even need to worry about the idea of leveling up. Are there some things that we can do in our Morning Time where it just is what it is?
Well, I mean, that is the beauty of Morning Time where it just naturally lends itself to that anyway. So for the 3.0 Morning Time series, we actually added jokes and riddles. So that would be the easiest one to go with. Everybody likes jokes and riddles, but that really isn't quite the truth, goodness and beauty, I know most people are looking for, I love the jokes and riddles, but yeah. So jokes and riddles, okay. There was one thing.
What else? Well, we have the music and the picture study and the poetry and any of that is good for any age because what you're doing is you're exposing right to breed appreciation. And so any of that is good for even moms to hear the different music, to maybe read some poetry by a poet they've never even heard of before. Things like that. I think it's important to remember that even at the most, at their most basic level, these subjects are good for everyone.
Yeah. Yeah. I would completely agree. And you know what? I tell people a lot of times when they ask me when they look at like one of our seasonal sets, some Morning Time plans and, and guys, we're going to be talking about our sets and Morning Time plans. But honestly, this goes for any, you know, anything you happen to find online, right? Any kind of music appreciation or any kind of art appreciation or anything like that, that you find out there. And there's some fabulous, some fabulous resources, that kind of stuff is really ageless.
And for mom, even if you've seen the piece of art before, even if you've listened to the piece of music before, even if the poetry is something that you've read before, you know, this is not a one and done kind of thing, we re-look relisten reread those kinds of things and we get something out of it. Even the next time that we revisit something.
So I like to say that these activities, these subjects that we do in Morning Time, for lack of a better word, really are good all the way up to mom.
Right. And I think it's hard to get out of that mindset of this is school time. So this is, this is somehow got to be some academic something or other, but that's not really the purpose of Morning Time.
It's about fostering a love for all of those true, good, and beautiful things that we have in our world. Not necessarily about facts and, you know, while adds to our knowledge, I don't think that's the primary purpose of why we do it.
Yeah. Academic-y, that's a word you made up, isn't it sure is.
You know, I'm allowed. Right. I'm allowed to do that.
Yeah. Well, and I, I think one of the places where people get caught when they think, oh, this kind of stuff is for little kids, is that so often we include, I know we do. And then I've seen it in other places online too, that the kind of the supplemental materials that we include in a Morning Time are picture books. So do you want to speak to that just a little bit?
Sure. Yet, you know, I love picture books because they are, they're just wonderful, concise, beautiful presentation of information, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, but I get it. Older kids are not going to be drawn to that. So skip them. Yep. Easy enough.
Yeah. So easy enough to skip home. If you're looking and you're saying, oh, my kid's never going to go for this picture book. Then you still listen to the music. You still read the poetry. You still look at the artwork, you still do the nature study. But the part that you don't do is the picture book supplemental that goes along with it. Having said that if you have a kid who's older who will sit and listen to a picture book, they might be amazed at what they would actually learn. And they might be amazed at how much they would enjoy it too. I mean, I wholeheartedly agree with that too, because when I was going to the library, getting picture book after picture book to sift through for this year's explorations, I put them all on a special shelf down in the living room. So they didn't get mixed up. And where would I find my teenagers most of the time? Sitting on the floor in front of that shelf, the picture books, enjoying themselves, reading every single one I brought home
And then flipping through.
Yeah. Yeah. I think I, and I don't know, you know, cause it's always tricky. I have not pulled out a picture book recently for my older kids. I probably should just to see what their reaction would be to that like, you know, are they going to turn up their nose? Are they going to kind of scoff at them or something? But I kind of get the feeling that if I just opened one and started to read it and it was a really good engaging picture book that my kids might just sit there and listen,
but I get it. I totally get it. So if we're not going to use picture books, if we're going to kind of skip the picture books, is there anything else we can do to provide some similar content to those older kids?
Of course, I mean, there's podcasts. So in some of our newer plans, we have level-up activities and I give ideas for podcasts. Like there's a history podcast called History Chicks. And these ladies talk about women in history. Then there's always myths the Myths and Legends podcast, if you're, if you're really into the myths, but you find some of the stories and picture books kind of not as complete or as exciting because they've, you know, myths are very violent. So that can be more engaging for an older child where the stories are more complete and I will have to say more violent, but that's an actual podcast that my kids like. So those are some resources. Biographies. You can always look up the person on YouTube or oftentimes a poet or an artist or a composer. We'll have a society totally dedicated to them. You can find their website and look up their biography and, you know, knowing who the person was, helps us to understand their work better.
So take it from a, not again academic-y standpoint, but learn about them for the purpose of understanding their work and then looking for the inspiration behind their works through the events in their lives is also a good thing to do with the biography resource. YouTube is a great resource.
Yeah. We like to use YouTube a lot if there's, and you know, this is something we use quite a bit in the explorations. I know that if we were looking for something about, say a Robert Frost or a Matisse or somebody like that, that going, you know, of course, we were going to have our great picture book resource, but going to something like YouTube and, and we have some good sources over there. Can you name a couple of YouTube channels that you like that we used?
Sure. I'd love to, for example, the Royal Academy of Arts has some great videos where they take you around their museum, their art museum, and show you a certain painting. And they sit in almost have a mini-lecture for people about the painting and when the artists painted it and what time of their career and some of the meanings behind it, why it's so important, why it's sitting in the Royal Academy to begin with. So it's a great resource for picture study.
Yeah. You know, museums are often a really great resource for educational materials for older kids. And so you can actually go to museum websites or some of those society pages that you were talking about earlier for poets and for composers and things like that.
And a lot of times there will be lesson plans there. And so I'm not saying that you need to use the entire lesson plan, but usually those lesson plans have some resources embedded. And a lot of times, because we know that they're made for teachers who teach in schools, where they do age segregate, everyone they're kind of labeled with, like, this is a great resource for middle school, or this is a great resource for high school. And so some of those museum websites or society websites are great places to go.
What about if you're combining your kids for something like a history, which is such a great efficient use of your time, how do we supplement what we're doing? You know, let's say we have a, you know, a bunch of kids who are similar in age who are kind of the upper elementary, maybe all the way down to the five-year-old or whatever. And we're doing a great history and Morning Time. We're using a lot of picture books and things like that. And then maybe we have a couple of outliers who are seventh, eighth grade, how do we supplement that history, so that that older child kind of gets what they need, but still can do most of their history with the family to make things easier on mom.
So for the history Morning Time plans, I think that a great way to involve the older children is just to get them talking to have discussions with them. And this is a hard thing for a mom to begin to do, but I'll tell you, instead of focusing on asking questions, I usually make a passing remark about my observations. So for example, huh? I never thought about the ship in Boston Harbor in quite that way before, what do you think? And then they usually make a passing remark about my observation and are ready to go right on with their own. So the best way to help them share their observations, I think is just to show them an example. Sometimes they're intimidated by questions. And so it's easier if you are making the effort, then they're seeing an example to follow. So learning how to have great discussions with your kids about what you're looking at hearing or seeing is a great way to bring in those older kids.
Yeah. I love that. I love that idea of modeling for them, what it's like, you know, to make an observation. And sometimes it could just be, we go off on really great kind of tangents, you know, based on something that we read and somebody brings up a comment and we started having, we start having this really great discussion about it and kind of go off into a bunch of different directions and the conversation just becomes so good.
Another thing that I've done for history, as you know, trying to kind of level up a history program for an older kid is pair it with a history based writing program. And so one of our favorites in the past has been the IEW history, theme-based writing programs. And so you're kind of studying history together as a family in Morning Time, but maybe that seventh-grader is doing that historical theme-based writing program.
And that is adding just enough to their history. You know, it's a writing program, but it's adding enough to their history to really supplement it. And then another thing is to have them sometimes read another spine book and a spine is just simply a book that, you know, if you're studying the middle ages, a spine would be a book that gives you an overview of the entire middle ages.
Or if you're studying American history, a spine would give you an overview of that section of American history that you were studying, or even some historical fiction that's written at a slightly higher level as well.
I agree. I agree. Adding, adding more books for them to read on their own is always a great idea, especially if they're interested in the topic.
Yeah, very much so. So what are some other simple ways that a mom can make any Morning Time topic kind of fit better for an older child?
Well, I would say diving deeper, like you said, not being afraid to allow those conversations to take their course and not saying, okay, let's get back to this. We have something else to do, but instead just diving deep into that conversation and where it takes you is always good for older kids. But for, you know, being more specific with some of the subject areas, you can memorize something they're interested in instead of using what your program says to really well, this doesn't interest, you let's pick something that'll fire you up and help you to want to sit down and memorize this. Or for art projects, if they're really a simplistic drawing or picture, try adding a different medium or more color, more detailed, it's just a simple drawing you can get some YouTube videos on shading or watercolor techniques. That'll bring some life to your artwork.
So I liked that. I liked that idea of, you know, if everyone is drawing tree fog, then you know, and you have kind of a simpler drawing of a, of a tree frog. That's hard to say, then you could pull in a tutorial for the older child that gives a little more detail on doing this drawing, or maybe even going so far. If you're doing this for nature study, as labeling, adding some labeling to what you're doing or adding some more information around the outside, every, all of the younger siblings are kind of drawing the simple pre frog and then the older child comes along and, you know, labels it or add some additional information around the outside. And then I absolutely love your idea of giving them some choices over the things that they want to memorize.
Especially if some of the poems are some of the pieces for memorization are shorter or are more childlike, more appealing to younger kids by giving them the freedom and flexibility to switch that up a little bit and make some choices about what they want to do. And I think that's a wonderful way to kind of level up the the Morning Time for the older kids. So what else?
Well, I mean, you compare and contrast different art and music. So instead of just putting one poem or one piece of artwork or one piece of music in front of them do two or more from either the same composer or somebody else, a contemporary of that composer or two different pieces of artwork from two different periods in an artist's life, you know, anything that would compare and contrast, you're observing more and you're thinking about each piece more. So really think of level up as fine-tuning, all of that appreciation you've built up through the exposure that you're giving your children through Morning Time.
Yeah. I love that idea. That's a fabulous idea to, you know, whereas the little kids,
you're just, you're not expecting them so much to make that comparison and contrast between two different works from a certain composer or from a different artist, or works from one composer to another, you know, or even even more fun. I think the look like comparing one style of painting or music to another style of painting or music and by adding kind of those little extra kind of thinking things,and then always, always when you have teenagers asking for their opinions about things.
Oh yeah. They're always willing to give you your opinion, their opinion. You might not like it, but I'm willing to give it
Yeah, that, that, that's a fabulous idea. Yeah. I love that. Anything else?
Well, I mean, nature study is a harder one, but you could always study the technical drawing behind nature study. You could learn about the proportions of how to draw that coming from the field to inside again, anything that is going to increase their observation of what you're doing is going to be great for leveling up any subjects that you want to tackle in the Morning Time.
Oh, I love that. Yeah. So it's really just kind of taking what we've been doing and, you know, in, in school circles and educational chat, they call this differentiated learning, right? And so you're just taking one level of learning and you're, you're adding an extra layer on to it. And so we can still all study the same things, but we're adding an extra layer on to some of the activities for the older kids and it challenges them a little more, you know, it gets them thinking in different ways. And, and when they see that it's different from what their siblings are doing, I think there's an appreciation there that they're, you know, kinda not doing the quote-unquote baby thing.
Right, right. We're not all sitting around in the carpet with their legs crossed, doing circle time where, you know, this is a sophisticated study of our culture. I liked that Morning Time, the sophisticated study of our culture though, I do often say that our Morning Time is not all pinkies up and tea time.
For sure, not.
I love it. I love it. Well, so many good ideas here for moms who are wondering, what do I do when I have the five-year-old and the 15 year old and how do I take something that, you know, and we always include all the picture books, because number one, the picture books are absolutely fabulous, right? We want to include those. They are so wonderful. And we want to give moms a help in figuring out which picture books are the good ones, which ones are the worthy ones that you, you want to spend your time and energy on. But just because those are in there, that doesn't mean that there aren't ways to kind of stretch our older kids as well.
Well, Jessica, thank you for joining me here today.
You're welcome. It was a pleasure.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources that Jessica and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode, that set Pam barnhill.com/YMB102. Also on the show notes for that episode is a little set of instructions for how to leave a rating or review for the podcast on iTunes. Or you can also do it in whatever podcast app you listened to any rating or review that you leave for us always helps us to get word out about the podcast to new listeners.
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Key Ideas about Leveling Up Morning Time

Morning Time is about fostering a love of things that are true, good and beautiful. It is not necessary to focus on academics, or fact based subjects. Instead, we should be using that time to develop our children’s taste for good things by exposing them to as much beauty as possible.

When kids get older, sometimes they don’t appreciate being read to from picture books, so finding supplemental material is important. In order to level-up your morning Time for older students you can search out themed podcasts, YouTube videos and society pages online for the person you are studying. They often have great suggestions for older students.

Another great way to get older kids engaged in material is to invite them into conversation about the topic. Using open ended questions or sharing your own observation and inviting theirs is a great way to open the door for discussion.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:05] meet Jessica Lawton
  • [5:05] activities that don’t need to be “leveled up”
  • [8:22] picture books and older kids and what to do instead
  • [14:10] supplementing when the older kids need a little more

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    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!