YMB 121 The Importance of a Living Education for Special Needs: A Conversation with Cheryl Swope

Moms of kids with special needs may wonder what their students are capable of doing. How much should you do and what does this child need? Cheryl Swope is on the podcast today to talk about how all kids need truth, goodness, and beauty in their education. We can provide that as well as meet the practical needs that children have.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 121 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host. And I’m so happy that you’re joining me here today. On today’s episode of the podcast, we have Cheryl Swope, who is the author of Simply Classical. Cheryl is coming on to talk to us about the importance of providing a living education with truth, goodness, and beauty for our special needs kids, Cheryl actually raised two special needs kids and just found it was so important to give them a classical education and education in all of the beautiful things along with teaching them the skills that they would need to survive in the world. And so I think Cheryl’s take on it is really wonderful, very enlightening. And we’re going to dig into that in just a minute.

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Cheryl Swope is a veteran homeschool mom with a master's degree in special education and a specialty in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She's the author of Simply Classical, a beautiful education for any child and the creator of the award-winning Simply Classical curriculum. Cheryl is a gift to the homeschool community as she shares her experience of classically educating her adopted twins, both of whom have autism and other learning disabilities. And she encourages others to do the same. Cheryl. Welcome to the podcast.
Thank you very much.
It is awesome to have you here. Well, can you share just a little bit about you and your family and kind of what led you to classical education?
What led me to classical education? Actually, Christianity is coming back to the faith. I had been baptized as a baby raised in the church, but then I went away to the state university. I heard all kinds of other things about humanity. And I did not hear that we are sinners in need of a savior. I had all of that undermined. Actually, my teacher training in large part was excellent, especially regarding special needs. And I'm very grateful for that. But a lot of the theories were antithetical to the Christian faith and mine, mine was beginning to erode.
So this was long before I had children, but I ran into someone who was similarly struggling and this person would become my husband. When, when we met, we both were being drawn back to the faith in which we were raised. We married and we were married five years and every, every month, every day we were hoping for children, but children did not come in.
In that time. I started reading about education from a different perspective. I'm in the St. Louis area. So Phyllis Schlafly was a big leader in kind of back to the basics and just encouraging parents that you can teach your own child to read. I had won this teaching, reading award at the university because it was such a complex and expert needing kind of a process.
We have these basal readers that were just like that thick to teach the littlest of children to read. And then here was this woman saying, make sure you teach your child to read before they enter kindergarten. And I thought, teach them yourself. How, I mean, how can this even be?
And then there was another, another man. I started listening to their kind of radio show. He's the creator of Alpha Phonics. So this is going back to the eighties. Okay. When people were saying, what is going on with education, something's really wrong. And what it was is they were exploring the errors of the progressive approach, not just to education, but also to the human being, to the child, like let the child lead and, and then leave it to the experts, not to the parents. So all of that, they were kind of tackling it. I think that started chipping away at what I had been taught. Then I, reclaiming faith or being drawn back to the faith by the grace of God. I was listening to Christian radio shows. I heard Dr. Jean Edward V on a program that I really appreciated.
He started talking about classical education. I had listened anytime that he spoke kind of soaking it up. Then I started seeing these articles. Now we're in like the early nineties articles on classical education appearing in homeschooling magazines. And it was really drawn to this. It was very similar to some of the best education I received when I was a child. And especially in high school. I had a high school teacher who taught us the Latin Greeks, Greek roots of words. And this was just in a public school. He helped us learn to write well, he taught us to read real literature. It wasn't called classical education. It's just what it was. So that was all resonating with me as was a return to the Christian faith that all happened in the five years that we were waiting for children.
So then when children came to us through adoption, I thought I, and I had prayed all along. If I am blessed with children, I want to give them an even better education than I received. And I want it to be a classical education.
Oh, I love that. I love that so much. And you know, that, that yearning for that classical education, I think that's something that we had little peaks of it, you know, from our own education. People, those of us who were educated in the public school. I mean, it so resonates with me. What you were talking about is I can remember teachers that I came in contact with that they just had something special and they were doing something different than what the other teachers were doing.
And they didn't call it by any certain name, but it just made such an impact on you. And it was different than what you might've been getting with other teachers. So that's interesting to me how that one teacher kind of had such a huge impact on you. And I can remember those particular teachers in my, my lifetime as well.
Sure. And then, and say grade school and middle school, I remembered when the contrast started. So for me, this was in the seventies. We had those old school teachers where the desks faced the front. She taught us and she taught us well, she taught us what she knew about, say English, grammar. I remember learning transitive and intransitive verbs. I write now I'm so thankful for Mrs. Hatch from fourth grade. And then in fifth grade we had a whole different teacher. She wore bell-bottoms, nothing against them, but it was, it was a statement. The other teachers had worn dresses. She wore pants. She was very, very free thinking and like the stereotypical swirlies of the seventies and laughing and just all of those things, that's what she sort of embodied.
So when we wrote, we were to write feeling journals. So we're in fifth grade that, and it was the kind of thing. Don't worry about your spelling. Don't worry about your grammar. So she was not in it to teach us these things. She having us explore ourselves. And we were 10 and 11, you know, just right for instruction.
So looking back, there was a, there was a stark contrast going on. So as I began to embrace more of a classical approach, then children did come to us through adoption, but they weren't prime candidates for classical education. If you look at say the homeschooling catalog, where, who should fit in this box of pedagogy, which I really don't care for, I don't like that we pigeonhole our children when they're two or three or four. I think that the riches of what we're restoring in a classical education are truly for any child, but mine in particular had some significant special needs. So I wasn't sure if I could bring a classical education to them, but I wanted to do it to the greatest extent possible.
I love that because I think so often when we think about as homeschoolers, a lot of times when we think about classical education, we think of this very stringent. What's the word I'm looking for?
The rigor, that's it? The rigorous is the word I'm after this very rigorous kind of education that, you know, this is for our most talented kids, our smartest skids. And they're gonna, they're going to really stick their nose to the grindstone and learn all of this stuff. And they're gonna have this vast wealth of knowledge. And, you know, sometimes I think that happens, but that's not really the point of classical education, is it?
No. And I think the, the flip side of that is we think that we have to be those people. We have to be ready to translate the Aeneid in the original language in order to give someone a classical education. So it's, it's not that it's not that it's just for the best and brightest or most bookish of our children, but it's also not for the best and brightest or most bookish of us. We can bring good literature, good music, good art, the being comfortable, just thinking about things, the realm of ideas, we can bring that approach to living and to learning to any child, even if we didn't have that background ourselves. And what I learned is that because the publishers I've worked with Memoria Press, but Mrs. Lowe is the founder was the founder of Memoria Press. She assumed that our generation and beyond did not receive a classical education. So she has it such that we can learn right alongside. I had never had formal Latin myself, but then I was able to teach because we taught from Latina Christiana and it was so straightforward. So orderly, so predictable that I felt as if we were reclaiming two generations of education all at the same time.
I love that. I love that. Let's think about classical education. You mentioned music, you mentioned art, you mentioned things like that. And that is kind of what we think of sometimes with classical education, but not always. I think we, we more think about like the, the memorizing, a large body of knowledge, that includes all of these dates and everything. And a lot of times we'll think about the Latin declensions and chanting those are chanting grammar rules. Do you see those as being able to exist in the same sphere, this kind of living education of art and music and things like that. And then what we traditionally see as classical education, because I do know that's part of it. Do you see them as being able to live together?
It is part of it. They do live together. If you go all the way back, things like mathematics, science, art, it was all together. So Pathagarus was a mathematician, but the ancient Greeks were also lovers of physical education and developing the body. Self-control certainly art sculpture. You see all of that. Plato, he wanted gymnastics for the body and music for the soul. Those things come to us.
But then in, in the Christian faith, we see sacred music, sacred art and controlling our bodies or strengthening our bodies for service to others. So that's when you move out of ancient Rome and ancient Greece, which only went so far, but then you have been like Augustine in the middle ages that bring that together the tradition of classical education, which was math, science, art, music, literature, history. It was all of that and the languages. And then you, you bring that into the church. That's where all of it comes together in this richness that I do believe was set aside in that early reclaiming of classical education, because we needed rigor. We had gone. So kind of sloppy with education, all of the focus on feelings, there was even a song in the 70’s. It was very popular called “Feelings, nothing more than feelings.” It kind of epitomized what we were doing in our classrooms. So we needed the rigor. We needed to restore a respect for academic learning, a respect for training. The mind when Susan Wise Bauer's book came out, her book was The Well-trained Mind.
She's trying to reclaim that purpose of education, but then the rigor, and I know Dr. Perrin often jokes, we don't want rigor unto death. We do not want rigor in rigor mortis. That's not what we want to do to our children. And, and when I saw my own little children, there had autism speech and language difficulties, coordination difficulties, they evidenced learning disabilities, very early difficulties with processing information. So I knew that if all it is is rigor, then you have to count us out because we will not be able to be rigorous. But if there's more to this, then what, then what those characatures were showing us. Then maybe that was something that I still could give them. That's where I started getting excited.
That's where Simply Classical the book comes in because the subtitle I chose then was A Beautiful education for Any Child. It's Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child. I saw my children learning to love going to the art museum and just gazing at paintings. We took sketchpads. My daughter was so very hyperactive, but when she was drawing a painting and really, like you said, living that artwork, she calmed down at the same with nature studies. When we would go outside and draw a praying mantis on the, wouldn't see one on the screen or something we'd go out and we would just calm ourselves and draw that it was good for them. It was just good.
That's a, that's another thing that we moved beyond the rigor. We now focus more on what they call the transcendentals, but the true, the good and the beautiful, all three of those. That's where I fell in love with classical education and felt like even I could bring this to my children because of all of the resources available.
So let's talk a little bit about your background in special education and looking at other than the calming effect that these transcendentals, this truth, goodness and beauty had on your kids or potentially, could have for kids with special needs. What are some of the other benefits of giving children with special needs this kind of education? I think that one of the biggest is they're just so many. I don't even know which one to highlight, but I think the elevating aspect. Elevating their tastes, elevating their loves; helping them go beyond where they are. You think of all of the books that have come out for the typical child, not just the child with special needs, but it's, it focuses on the grotesque or the base, the primitive and the idea there is, as long as they're reading, you know, at least the reading, but we, we don't as good parents do that with food. We don't say it just doesn't matter what they eat, just as long as they're eating. And then they just, we give them whatever their natural inclination would be. It's not good. That's not optimal health.
So we're looking for an optimal education. We want to raise what they love and raise what they know. So that even going into church, we would, we would sing the hymns that would be coming up. Our pastor would give us the hymns that he was going to give the organist. He would give those to us. So then when we were in church, it wasn't some distant experience. It was, it was, this is my song. This is my refrain that I learned all week. And then they were right there with it.
So just helping them join in something bigger than themselves. And then having a stronger mind. This was really important for my husband. He he was an attorney for 25 years. And he said with all of the problems that they're facing, they're going to need to learn to think. It was really important to him that they studied math even though they would never be mathematicians or engineers is important that they learned the general knowledge, but not in that caricature way, that you're saying where we just crammed facts. It was not like that. Like Eustis in one of CS Lewis's books, it was more just learning things. But often in story form history, as a story, my son fell in love with history.
His first job flashing forward to when he was 14 and then 16 was in a local history museum because unlike so many of his peers, who thought of history as a textbook and kind of a yucky thing, he loved history. So just giving them things that you would not think to give children with special needs.
You've mentioned my background. I just didn't see this in the special ed classrooms. I didn't see the richness, the inspiring, I didn't see that being brought to our kids. And especially, here's another thing, the, the love of service that no matter who you are, what your abilities are, you can serve other people, just that Christian understanding was not, it did not seem part of what I had experienced, and I'm not saying that it doesn't exist in some excellent special ed programs, but I had not seen that. And I wanted more for those children too back then, but I definitely wanted more for my own.
Yeah. Yeah. So if we're talking to a mom who has a special needs child, and she's looking at, she's kind of nodding along at this point, like, oh yeah, I would like my children to have that.
So let's talk about a couple of different things. A couple of different questions come to mind. One is, is there any place for, if not traditional rigor, but some kind of rigor with special needs children as well?
Oh, definitely. Yes. And I did not mean to diminish it. I just didn't want it to be the sole focus of a classical education. There is definitely a higher standard. We do learn grammar. We learned the parts of speech. It helped my daughter so much. She had a language disorder. Her language therapist was a Catholic nun at our local children's hospital. So when my daughter was just two and three and four, this nun took it very seriously that we were going to help Michelle's language.
There was a lot of rigor. We had homework. She was still in diapers and I had these flashcards of like a cow and a calf and just teaching her, teaching her words. And I'm not saying everyone has to do that. And I know that there are some people who would not want to do that. In our case though, early intervention became essential intervention.
There was a window that I really needed to take it seriously. We did from the very beginning. So rigor absolutely was important. And I think it's in those sequential areas, spelling, math, Latin, literature, the things that build on themselves, you want to keep taking that seriously and moving forward. Those are very important things to do. Yes.
And I think it can be done in a way that is, you know, when we're talking about rigor in this situation, we're talking about rigor. That's honestly life giving for the child because you know, it can be done in such a way that makes them feel good about themselves, but also meets the needs that they have for this structure. That's going to keep them moving forward.
Yes. It definitely provided us with structure. I think that's a really good way to say it. And it was not burdensome either for me or for them. There were some things that we would combine. We could, we used song a lot, music a lot. So she needed to stretch her little hamstrings. She was just tight as a rubber band.
They both kind of have a cerebral palsy, kind of. His is super low tone hypotonia and hers was very tight muscle tone. So we straddled on that bed and held hands and we would rock back and forth singing row, row, row your boat, or doing Itsy Bitsy Spider. And if she wasn't careful, then when she washed the spider out, she'd toppled off, off the bed, so she had to control her body and strengthen her core and all of that, but it was delightful. That's if you go back to Cicero, I learned that's where the motto of Memorial Press comes from; To Teach, To Delight and To Move, Docere delectare movere that's what we're looking at doing.
We, it is not the cramming of facts, although the facts will come and they're important so that you can hang your hat on, on that knowledge, but that's not the end. That's not the goal.
Right? Right. What other misconceptions, I mean, we've talked about a few things here today. Like that classical education is only rigor or that, you know, maybe rigorous something, you know, another misconception that when we have special needs kids, that rigor is not appropriate for them. You know, we've talked about how it can be, what are some other kind of misconceptions about this idea of teaching our kids in this more classical style that you've come across, that you would like…this is your chance to clear the air.
All right, here we go. Yes. Well, one is that you have to be able to have that output in order to have the input. So some moms will say, my child isn't even verbal yet, or just as not maybe minimally verbal or nonverbal, or certainly just not speaking. So do I need to wait until he's speaking so that he can recite with me or no, no, no. You don't have to wait.
Or like someone might say my child has dysgraphia. He just cannot write as fast or as much as a classical education demands. Well, neither could mine because my daughter has just graph yet. So she would write the first part of a copybook phrase and well, and this is why we modified all of our Simply Classical copy books have larger font, shorter verses. So instead of a big, long memory verse from the scripture, it's just “the Lord is with thee” with enough space. So that, that can be copied and we can modify these things. But we also don't have to require that level of expressive language. We can, we can focus our efforts on the receptive language, so they don't have to be watching or memorizing songs from movies, maybe that aren't the best lyrics. Maybe they focus on the self, believe in yourself, you know, that kind of emptying stuff that's just so prevalent. They are television jingles, or they're going to memorize something. They're going to hear something. We can give them beautiful music. We have this poetry in our, even for our little ones, there's songs that are Robert Louis Stevenson poems set to acoustic music that can be playing at bedtime, even if they're not doing anything, they're still absorbing. That or playtime. So that's another misconception is that you have to wait until they're somehow ready to start. You know, our Simply Classical curriculum, we start with an ability of just age to just with little books. And we have that input coming in. We're also working on the expressive language and working on the fine motor skills, gross motor skills through these books. But we do not, we don't require something beyond where they are. We just, we have assessments that let you know exactly where to place the child. They're free. They're online. It's simplyclassical.com the whole thing is. Then you can just start as, as soon as you are inspired to do so.
Just real quick. Just another one is that it's all, it's all mental. One thing that's really nice in the last five to 10 years is people have started reclaiming the physical aspects of a classical education. My husband received a classical education who was at a private school, sixth grade to 12th grade. He had the most rigorous physical education. It was, it was astonishing to hear what they did.
It was the ropes climbing the ropes up to the top of the gym. It was an all boys school. It was just perfect for those boys. It was not the half hour of recess. And then that's it or occasional gym class or something. This was a very big part of their education. So we're starting to see that come back that we're not, we're looking to have well-rounded individuals.
Yeah. Yeah. I like that. Something that struck me earlier when you were talking about the receptive and the expressive is I think, you know, just let's take this outside of the realm of special needs at the moment. And this is the problem, or maybe one of the issues that some people have with Morning Time or morning baskets, like, “oh, it can't possibly count as school because in a morning basket, a lot of what we're asking them to do is that receptive. Listen to the beautiful music, you know, those kinds of things. And we're not asking them to produce like, you know, we're not asking them to fill out a workbook page. We're not asking them to, you know, take a test on the material or anything like that. They're just taking it all in. We're reading them beautiful stories where we're, you know, memorizing some poetry together, but we're not really testing them on anything.” And so I think people just get hung up on that in general, that it can't be real education if we're not asking for production of some kind.
And I think that's so false because a lot of that production comes from, you know, a teacher being in a classroom full of 20 or 30 kids and needing to know what they know. Whereas if you're there as a mom sitting next to your kids, you know that they're taking it in.
Right! Yeah. I think that's part of it. And I think it's also part of what you're identifying is. You you've deemed these things important. Poetry, reading the Bible stories or gazing upon the art selection for the week. And you've placed importance on those that, that teachers might not have the luxury of doing with all of the requirements they have to have in a classroom and especially in the public school with teaching to certain goals and outcomes and all of that.
It's as if the classic reading a book aloud after lunch to all the students, it's like that. There's not a time for that maybe and what we're doing and what you're doing with your Morning Time is you're putting that back in and you're making sure it happens first, so that no matter what else happens that day, you've, you have addressed the soul of education before, before tackling things like the math. And you're not throwing those out. You just, you're just prioritizing and allowing them to think of learning as something enjoyable and delightful and communal.
Yeah. Yeah. And I, I think there is a lot to that receptive learning, you know? So if your child is they're receptive is way ahead of their, you know, output, then go ahead and do it.
Yeah. Well, what words of encouragement do you have for moms of students with special needs, who might be uncertain that she can provide an appropriate education for her child at home? Because you know, other than teens going off to high school at a certain point after they've been homeschooled their entire life, I think that that kind of the second group that we hear of that it's like, I really would like to homeschool all my kids, but this child is in school so they can get their needs met because they have special needs. So how can we encourage moms who have these special needs kids that they can do it?
Well, I was one of those moms. So here I am with a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities and behavior disorders. And I was faced with the decision of sending my children to the public school or keeping them at home. I'm a homebody. I wanted to homeschool. I was not sure that I could teach my own two children.
It's just, I think that we have, we've underestimated what we can do as parents and overestimated what the experts can do with our children. So that's one thing is that we don't have to, we don't have to do that. We don't have to fear. Another thing is you can take it a year at a time. That's what I told myself. My daughter was three. She qualified for the public school program, but I just, I thought, will she learn poetry. Well, she learned Bible stories while she have the focus on language that she needs, or will she be picking up the language of these other children who are developmentally behind and also struggling hers was aberrant, it really wasn't delayed. It was just plain aberrant she later developed mental illness and we could, we can see now looking back, but, but I just wasn't sure. And I thought, well, I don't have to say right now that I'll go from three to age 21, but I can just start. We'll see how, we'll see how we do.
And then I kind of made a promise to myself that if I ever found any place or anyone who could do this better, get more out of my children than I was getting out of my children. Then I would place them there that this wasn't going to be a pride thing. This was just going to be whatever's best for them. Then I'll be open to that. But I could see, even in our therapy sessions that sometimes the therapist just couldn't get them to do what I knew they could do.
Now. Sometimes it's the opposite. Sometimes parents say they won't listen to me, but they sure didn't listen to their therapist. Well, then that might be a situation where you want to afterschool. You can, you can help in that way, but maybe you want the structure and the expertise of someone during daytime, but obviously it's very personal.
The other thing is that, that it's never too late. You may have thought that you should have done this way sooner, but you didn't. And you're feeling bad about that. You can, you can know that it is not too late. If we have moms who have children who are in their twenties or thirties and they're home, and they say, I just want to do something enriching with my son, my older disabled son, but they can start with our Simply Classical curriculum, even, even in that setting or maybe their age grade. And we feel like we've missed so much. You can customize so that you can start just right where they are, right where they are.
I love that. I love that, that it's not too late to start because, and, and this is how we tell our moms all the time. It's like truth. Goodness. And beauty is good for every age. You know, there's no specific age that it's it's for. So when you start with these kinds of materials, then they're perfect for everybody in your family. For sure.
So, well, Cheryl, where can we find Simply Classical and more information about your curriculum?
Simplyclassical.com. There are free readiness assessments there, and there's a free journal to a magazine. That's very encouraging. That's at Simply Classical.com as is the book. But if somebody wants to contact me from something more customized, then [email protected] I'm happy to do that. Sometimes you have four or five children, and you're wondering if I placed each one than how I one, how will I do this? So sometimes we can combine things so that you can have a customized plan w with the Morning Time and the academic rigor, but then also that beauty. So it doesn't feel all remedial all day. We can, we can do that too. So that's [email protected], but, but you can find community to as simplyclassical.com. We have a free discussion forum with moms who are doing this all across the country and other countries beyond ours.
I love it. And thank you for providing that for homeschoolers. And I just love that you said like we can combine. And so that's, that's, that's what we're all about here combining for that truth. Goodness and beauty. So we love it so much.
Well, thanks, Cheryl, for coming on and sharing your story with us and, and how you've done this and encouraging other moms as well. So I really appreciate it.
Well, thank you. And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the resources that Cheryl and I chatted about today, that you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast, that's at Pambarnhill.com/yMB121.
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So I hope you join us for that one until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Classical Education

Cheryl talks about the shifts that have taken place in educational philosophy over the years. She points out the shift away from the richness and rigor education once had to a feelings based approach.

In some ways the modern classical approach has attempted to restore a respect for academic learning and training the mind. But there needs to be a balance so that rigor isn’t taken so far that it kills education.

Classical Education is also about the beauty in the world and a focus on the transcendentals; the true, the good and the beautiful.

We don’t have to have a Classical Education ourselves in order to give it to our children. We can learn it alongside our children.

A child with special needs experiences many benefits from a Classical Education. It elevates their taste, their loves, and strengthens their minds. Even children who have special needs are deserving of the richness and rigor a Classical Education offers while keeping in mind that rigor isn’t the point of a Classical Education.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:15] meet Cheryl Swope al hear how she discovered Classical Education
  • [12:43] how math and grammar can live alongside art and music in education
  • [17:42] benefits of a living education for children with special needs
  • [25:33] misconceptions of Classical Education
  • [32:42] words of encouragement for the mom who thinks she can’t do this

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    Pam continues to do an amazing job with this podcast. She is a wonderful host, never hurried, asks great questions and really lets her guest share his/her experience fully. The variety of experience & wisdom here is fruit for the homeschooling community at large. I’ve been listening from day one and this podcast continues to be a top favorite. Thank you Pam!

  • Morning time will change your life
    by RachBoz from United States

    I’ve listened to YMB and Pam off and on for years, and she literally changed my life 7 years ago when I was just starting to homeschool. I’m so thankful for her ministry and encouragement to homeschool moms of all ages! I highly recommend doing morning time!

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

    This podcast is amazing and has helped me so much as recovering perfectionist homeschooling mama! Pam gives so much great insight into so many aspects of life and focusing on homeschooling.

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

    I love the variety of things that are talked about on this show for homeschooling - things that I would never even think about including or doing - with easy ways to do them. Very much recommend this podcast

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

  • So glad Your Morning is back!!!
    by alissajohn2020 from United States

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

  • So good I ran out of gas.
    by JoanieHummel from United States

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

  • Knowledge Goldmine
    by A.J. Edwards from United States

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

  • Myths and fairytale truths for homeschoolers
    by Allierhn from United States

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

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

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

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

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

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

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

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

  • Just what I was looking for!
    by Joey5176 from United States

    I was looking for morning basket ideas—simple ones. These podcasts are giving me a picture of a good morning basket.

  • Wow!! What amazing nuggets of knowledge
    by HeRo84 from United States

    This is truly life changing information for me as a homeschool mother. Thank you Pam for this amazing series.

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

    I love all of Pam’s podcast but this one is prob my favorite. I love to listen to all her guest and see the different ways a morning time can be done

  • Excellent
    by W.A., R.A. Hall from United States

    Love this!

  • Love, love, love this show
    by SarahPMiller from United States

    And I'm not even a homeschooling mother! But I've created a Morning Time for my children nonetheless, and I wouldn't have been inspired to do it -- nor could I have done it -- without this podcast. It's my favorite, and I get something out of every single episode.

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

    This podcast has changed what I thought I could offer my children, my family and myself... I never would have believed that it would be possible to live a life as so many people actually do. Thank you for these tools and for what you do to help women, teachers, moms and all those on this path. You are amazing and I just can’t get enough, each episode teaches me so much!! Thank you again!

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

  • Insightful, Inspiring, Life-Giving Podcast
    by Mackenziechester from United States

    I love this podcast. It has turned cleaning my kitchen into a really valuable part of my day. There are great tips here for gathering your family together and finding ways to share the things you are passionate about but can never quite find the time to fit in to a typical school day. So many ideas, so many varied topics. Great, inspiring guests. Life-changing podcast. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas!

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

    This podcast is inspirational for your homeschool plans. Pam Barnhill has a delightful interviewing style and her guests share their insights and enthusiasm for their topics. Among my favourites are the episodes with Cindy Rollins, and Angelina Stanford. Don’t miss this encouraging podcast!

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

    Some great interviews and very helpful for figuring out the flow of our mornings.

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

    Just started this podcast. There are some very interesting ideas here on how to create quality time with your children, learning together and focusing on the things that are most important in life. Great hearing other moms' stories too.

  • WARNING: This podcast will revolutionize your homeschool!
    by JoysTeacher from United States

    Honestly, I started listening to this podcast because I had run out of other homeschool podcasts to listen. I really didn't think we needed a morning time! I homeschool one teen daughter and I thought the concept was too "baby" for us. WOW! I was completely wrong!! We needed a morning time, and it has changed the climate and the productivity of our homeschool. The habit was so important to us, we still do morning time when we are one break. (And neither of us is a "morning" person). Pam is an talented interviewer and will not waste your time (her time is precious, too)!

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

    I'm really enjoying the ideas and tips Pam bring up in this podcast!

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

    I have started a morning basket just because of listening to this podcast. Pam sold me on the beauty of having a morning basket. I love all of the ideas I've gleaned from listening and I've implemented many of the ideas I have heard about through this podcast. It's really helped simplify some things in our homeschool day!

  • Easy to listen too, incredibly practical
    by HarrisFamily0323 from United States

    I really enjoy Your Morning Basket. Pam is a great host and I have taken away many practical ideas and had many unrealistic expectations corrected. I don't listen to all the episodes, but the ones I've thought were pertinent to my needs and have been able to apply something helpful to our homeschool. Thanks Pam!

  • So helpful for this new homeschooling mom
    by klund08 from United States

    I'm planning our first homeschool year and have really enjoyed this podcast! The interviews are great and I enjoy hearing from different homeschooling moms and how things work in their family. I'm excited to start Morning Time with my kids!

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

    Pam, I wrote you an email when I first felt it placed on my heart to homeschool my now 6 & 8 year old children and you responded with a warm response. I then began to listen to every podcast you have (all 3!) and I have been so very inspired and encouraged in so many ways that it would take up too much time here to explain it all. This Morning Basket podcast is really a light for me and my children as not only are they the recipients of our mornings of gathering but so am I. I have learned so much from your guests (and you!) and have been able to take tips/ideas to add to what my own mornings look like. We truly have experienced Truth, Goodness and Beauty. God certainly has chosen you for this type of work and serving to others. Thank you for what you do!

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

  • Truth, goodness, and beauty
    by I'm Sonny from United States

    Need I say more? I am deeply grateful for this profound and practical resource as we seek to surround our children in the truth, in goodness, and in things beautiful. I leave feeling encouraged, refreshed, determined and equipped.

  • Very encouraging
    by .....hk..... from United States

    So helpful with recommendations for new things to do in morning time.

  • A wonderful podcast full of useful tips!
    by Klarnold79 from United States

    I have listened to almost every episode over the last few months on my morning runs and they have made me look forward to running! I have learned so much and have been inspired to add truth, goodness and beauty to our homeschool days. Thank you so much!!

  • Wow! Talk about a solid series!
    by KastenbauerFamily from United States

    Each episode is fabulous alone, and when you've been listening for a while, they all continue to be full of new information!

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

    I enjoy the variety of topics covered as well as Pam's cheerful personality. Thank you for being a cup of cold water for so many homeschool mamas.

  • Great guests and host
    by My Life as a Rinnagade from United States

    I love the people Pam has on and all the great morning time tips! Thanks for a wonderful show :).

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

    The ideas, information and encouragment that Pam shares through the different guests and talking about the purpose and practice of Your Morning Basket has been a huge blessing to our family. Helped me to practically see how to bring truth, beauty, and goodness to our day.

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

    I have just started listening and am gaining so much knowledge and practical advice. I can't wait to keep listening to more.

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

    I absolutely love Your Morning Basket podcasts. Pam interviews excellent people & so far, I've incorporated information from each podcast & have purchased many items that the interviewee's suggest. I think all families could benefit from this even if they don't homeschool! Thank you so much!

  • Love Pam's podcasts
    by Flourishing Mama from United States

    There are many homeschool related podcasts that I enjoy, both for their content and the host. But I must say that Pam Barnhill's podcasts are top-notch for the following reasons: 1) the content is both relevant AND in-depth, 2) she NEVER interrupts the guest speakers with incessant (annoying) "uh huhs," "ummms," and such, 3) she provides multiple lists and links to supplemental materials that are really useful and interesting, and 4) she shares forms she's created even though she could make you pay for them. She has a gift for tapping in to the issues homeschool moms are REALLY dealing with. Thanks Pam. Keep up the good work!

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

    Every episode inspires me to start my day bringing my children the true the good and the beautiful through our family time.

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

    Every time I see that I have a new podcast from Pam Barnhill I know it's going to be good. Every one I have listened to (which is all of them!) have helped, inspired and encouraged me in some way or another. Pam is so good at summarising what her interviewee has just spoken about; a great knack which helps me distill the main ideas from all that good conversation. I really like that she always has links to whatever is discussed so that I can go back to it in the future and find what I need.

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

    Such a help for a new homeschooler. Highly recommend that you check it out if you'd like to learn more about starting your day with morning time.

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

    This podcast is filled with great information to help you take full advantage of morning time or all together time in your homeschool. It also has great tips for extending your child education whether they are in public or private school as well. We all want to aid our kids in thier success and no matter if you are a homeschool parent or a public/private school teacher this podcast will enlighten you and provide valuable information you to to better help your students.

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

    One of my favorite podcasts and I love and subscribe to all of Pam's podcasts. Thank you for the fabulous interviews.

  • Must-Listen for Homeschooling Moms
    by DaffodilSocks from United States

    This podcast has revolutionized how I homeschool my young children. A must-listen.

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

    Love Pam and all of her podcasts - can't wait for new episodes!

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

    Just found this podcast and have been listening to them over the summer break. Pam is a great host and has fun guests and together they bring a lot of inspiration to the concept of morning time in homeschool. Thanks for the great resource!!

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

    I would not be exaggerating if I said that I have learned so much from this practical, encouraging podcast that has changed our homeschool. Thank you Pam!

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

    This podcast does a great job finding guests who give a ton of practical help to make morning time enjoyable and educational for everyone. I always feel reenergized after listening to any of Pam Barnhill's podcasts.

  • by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

  • Such a wealth of information!
    by Jeaine6 from United States

    There is so much wonderful information to be found in these podcasts. I can go about my daily chores and fill my homeschool mom cup simultaneously! They allow me to look at areas of our hs that need improvement or just need new life and feel encouraged while I'm listening. Thank you!!

  • Encouraging & inspiring
    by God's Ranch Hand from United States

    So thankful for this podcast! I look forward to listening to each episode when it comes out.

  • Homeschool Professional Development!
    by Jo.W.17 from Canada

    As a new-ish homeschooling mama, I've found this podcast super encouraging and helpful. I would highly recommend it!

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

    I love the practical application that comes from this podcast! Thanks!

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

    This podcast has become my most favorite podcast on the subject of homeschooling. The topics discussed often go right to the heart of why I'm doing what I'm doing in our home--and God has really used the great advice shared in this show to help me be a more confident (and calmer!) teacher. Thank you, Pam, for creating such a great program! Already looking forward to next season.

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

    This podcast has absolutely changed my perspective on homeschooling, in a great way! All of the guests have been wonderful and I leave each episode feeling both sad that it is already over, and encouraged and excited to figure out how I can use what I’ve learned! It has a great flow to it, very light but meaningful, informative, encouraging….I could go on and on! Absolutely LOVE this podcast! Thanks to all involved!

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

  • Practical, helpful & concise tips
    by sproutnchic from United States

    This podcast continues to help. I appreciate the Pam Barnhill's professional, organized, yet warm interviewing style of some well-picked guests.

  • So refreshing and helpful
    by a. borealis from United States

    I've really appreciated the depth and breadth of Pam's look into Morning Time and also the practical ideas and tools to make it work. It is so inspiring! It helps me think through my own Circle Time, realizing what an opporunity I have. There are so many great ideas for additions and tweaking my approach. I am loving it.

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

    This podcast has been so helpful and packed full of practical ideas to use with my children!! Some of the episodes I have listened to more than once!!

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

    Pam makes this morning time concept so attainable! She gives great ideas but simple ways to begin. These tips and recommendations reach far beyond just morning time and are benefiting our entire homeschool and family life!

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

    This podcast is full of amazing ideas to grab my kids attention first thing in the morning. I love listening to Pam and her guests. Pam asks such great questions of her guests!

  • A Favorite for Homeschool Encouragement!
    by JamesDWitmer from United States

    I have been so encouraged by Pam's podcasts on Morning Time. She walks you through many of the wonderful activities that you can choose to include in your homeschooling, and also the details about how to do it! It has truly been a blessing. Thanks Pam!

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

    I just stumbled upon the "Your Morning Basket" podcast this weekend. I have already listened to 2 episodes, and they are wonderful - perfect for the homeschool mom. I am going to share this on my Periscope channel tomorrow. So great!! Jamie @OurLittleSchoolhouse.

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

    I love the idea of a morning basket, and this podcast has helped me learn a lot about the different ways it can look! I love all the different subjects she discusses within it!

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

    This podcast has been such a blessing to me! Informational and insightful, it opens a window into how other families incorporate morning time into their day, as well as what they fill it with. This has completely changed the rhythm and content of our days for the better. Our whole family has fallen in love with morning time! Thank you!!

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast! It has been so encouraging as I begin to implement Morning Time with my 5 girls. I have listened to them all & can't wait for more!

  • This podcast has changed our homeschool
    by Momof4athome from United States

    Pam has relieved some of the pressure to "get it all in". We now begin our day with the good true and beautiful in an almost effortless way and are all enjoying our time together before the "serious" subjects! Yay for the morning basket! Her guests are all lovely people you would want to have over for tea. I love this podcast.

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

    I am loving this podcast. I just stumbled across it after hearing the recommendation over at Read Aloud Revival. I have been wanting to start 'Morning Time' for a year now so this is giving me direction and so many wonderful and helpful tips and suggestions. I love Pam's enthusiasm and personality.

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

    I was lucky enough to find YMB and Pam’s other podcast, Homeschool Snapshots, when I started my first year of homeschool this year. These 2 podcasts have been SO helpful to me with getting ideas for morning time and the rest of our homeschool day. I am very grateful for the excellent work Pam has done on both of these podcasts, and I hope they continue for many more years!

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

    This podcast was inspiring and encouraging. It was a good blend of practical and theoretical and exactly what this tired homeschool mom needed to hear today to rejuvenate.

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

    Very well done! I really enjoyed listening! Very practical and informative.

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

    Pam lays out a feast of homeschooling topics that are relevant, helpful, and validating. The show is well organized and her interviews are clearly well thought out. In addition, Ms. Barnhill's relaxed and warm personality puts one at ease. It's like going to your favorite homeschool conference without leaving home!

  • I love this podcast, great content!
    by Sara V from United States

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

    I absolutely love this podcast. The show is well organized with great guests and helpful information.

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

    I'm so happy that I found your podcast, it has truly blessed our homeschool life!

  • Wonderful help in my homeschool
    by BT and Jessica from United States

    This is a great resource for all homeschoolers (and I would say any educator). I am challenged to make sure I am giving my children truth, beauty and virtue through the morning ritual of our morning time. I’ve learned of new books to share with my children, how to incorporate fine arts, good habits for our day… I could go on and on. Pam asks great questions and has wonderful guests.

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Excellent inspiration and tips for homeschoolers! I have learned so much from this podcast.

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

    I have gotten SO many practical tips from this podcast! A must listen for homeschoolers!

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

    Another home-run podcast! Pam has a knack for inspiring great things in your homeschool! And the wonderful thing is she doesn't leave you with the "lofty ideal," but offers practical tips, aids, etc. all while encouraging you the whole way. Each interview is professionally done and such a joy to listen to! Thanks, Pam, for putting your heart into this! 🙂

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

    Like having a cup of coffee with a friend. So helpful and informative.

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

    This was been a great podcast about Morning Time! How encouraging and informative to hear from other homeschool moms who are in the midst of it all!

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

    I have finally had opportunity to listen to this podcast and regret not doing it sooner!!! Very informative and encouraging.

  • Full of Goodness, Truth and Beauty
    by CJMance from United States

    This is such an inspiration to get the beautiful ritual of morning time established. Thank you Pam!

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

    I'm so excited about this podcast! My kids range from ages 4 - 11, and I've been needing to reduce my workload a bit. I'm using the fantastic things I'm learning here to combine all my kids together for read-alouds, Bible time, memorization, and some other fun things. Thanks so much, Pam! I love your other podcast as well!

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

    I am so glad I found this podcast. Morning Basket / Circle Time / Morning Time - lots of interviews with families who make this part of their day a treasure for years to come. Just getting started homeschooling, and this is going to help shape our days. Thanks Pam.

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

    Loving learning about how so many families are using Morning Time in their homes!

  • Wonderful ideas for creating your best morning time.
    by Flowerpetal2 from Australia

    The ideas presented here are wonderful, it's great to hear how different families put together their morning time and how we can all make this a rich but simple time of beauty in our schooling days.

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

    Pam Barnhill is a truly excellent host and producer of podcasts. They are a pleasure to listen to, full of applicable and inspirational content. Unlike other podcasts in this genre, which are produced at home, Pam's podcasts never make me cringe because of awkward pauses or bad sound quality. Another of Pam's strengths is her ability to reflectively listen and summarize what she's heard from her guests in a way that wraps up the different segments of her interviews. Well done, Pam!

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

    We’re just starting out with morning time and this podcast has been an invaluable source of inspiration and ideas. Keep up the good work!

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

    I’m always counting down the days until the next podcast…one of the best homeschooling podcasts out there!

  • Among the Best I’ve Heard
    by More Like Mary from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie so when I say that this is among the best, that’s really a compliment! Pam is an excellent interviewer. She re-states main ideas and summarizes information in a way that is helpful and not condescending. She asked poignant questions and stays on topic. Her guests are phenomenal and I’ve learned so much from each episode. So far, this podcast is “big picture” homeschooling talk with lots of tips for implementing lofty ideals into daily life. The perfect combination. I will be looking forward to many more of these!

  • Gave me the tools I needed!
    by Momofmany:) from United States

    This podcast is amazing. (I am spoiled now; the quality alone is superb!) I have listened to the four current episodes several times and now understand "morning time" in a way I never have before-- in particular, the schole part. I've longed for restful learning for ten years, and now I have tools to actually do it. Our whole family has benefitted so much. Thank you, Pam!!

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

    Pam Barnhill’s new podcast on Morning Time is a great help to those of us who are homeschooling. I’ve only listened to the first episode so far, but it’s wonderfully encouraging to hear Cindy Rollins’ talking through her own experiences with Morning Time. I’m looking forward to listening to more episodes with others who are focusing their schools on the important things - the true, good, and beautiful.

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

    I just started listening to the first podcast this morning and I am completely hooked on this podcast. I took the advice in the first podcast and just started with morning time. Instead of trying to “give birth to an adult” morning time I just started doing something and will add things in as this becomes a habit. Thanks for the wonderful tool!! I am now off to listen to episode 2!!

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

  • A Gift to the Homeschool Community
    by HGPII from United States

    This podcast is so well done, informative, and just what the homeschooling moms needs. It includes achievable, sound suggestions as well as an abundant dose of inspiration. I can’t wait to revamp my Morning Time and watch the results!

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

    I have enjoyed Your Morning Basket from its first episode! I am a second generation homeschooler and just started our own family's homeschooling journey. Thanks to YMB, I implemented our "circle time" starting our second week of school and it has been such a blessing to me already even its very simple form of prayer, Psalm, Mother Goose, and then read-aloud time with my kindergartner. My 2 and 4 year olds also love it and it encourages me to include things in our day that might get left out, like nursery rhymes and simple children's songs! Thanks to Pam and YMB I feel like I am starting out with a great centering tool and routine that can be expanded and adapted as we grow!

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

    Your Morning Basket Podcast is a great resource for to help implement morning time into your homeschool day. I have enjoyed every episode so far.

  • Thank you for wonderful bonus at the end!
    by Caj312 from United States

    I just discovered this show and listened to the first 4 episodes. All were inspiring and I loved the useful links at the end of the show that help me improve my homeschool days! Well done and I look forward to the next episode.

  • One of my VERY favorites
    by Dianna @ The Kennedy Adventure from United States

    I’m a bit of a podcast junkie, but YMB ranks among my very, very favorites. If you’re a homeschooling mother, or a mom who wants to connect with your children and show them truth, goodness and beauty, this is a must listen. Kudos, Pam, on a another amazing podcast series.

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

    I’ve been trying to figure out morning time on my own, but Pam with this podcast has figuratively sat down with me and explained how to get things going. I’m so glad to have this resource at the beginning of my family's homeschool journey! The Basket Bonuses have also been so helpful.

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

    Thank you Pam for a great podcast, I am really enjoying it. I always come away inspired and with ideas I can use!

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

    I have been listening to the Your Morning Basket podcasts recently and Pam's blog writings about creating morning time traditions with your children and I feel like it has made a huge positive difference in our homeschool. I love Pam's ideas for creating a restful learning environment and focusing on truth, goodness, and beauty as we begin our day together. I listen to these podcasts over and over and take notes!

  • Excellent for homeschooling veterans and newbies
    by ASnow512 from United States

    I'm very new to homeschooling and I'm still deciding if our family will pursue that path. This podcast has been such a wealth of information and a wonderful encouragement!

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

    I was immediately inspired to create a more cohesive structure to our homeschool mornings. This podcast is full of helpful suggestions to make morning time meaninful for every type of homeschooling family. I've already implemented many of the wonderful suggestions and I can already see the benefits! An absoulte must for the homeschooling family!

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

    What an amazing podcast! This podcast has wonderful suggestions for bringing joy to (or back to) your homeschool. Everything is doable and enjoyable for the children and parents alike. Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

    This is our first year of homeschooling and I am really enjoying the concept of morning time. It is a sweet way to start our day together and this podcast has been amazing! Enjoyable, super practical, and filled with lots of creative ideas. Thanks for creating it.

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

    Pam's Your Morning Basket podcast is one not to be missed! She and her guests inspire and spur me on to do great things in our homeschool, but it's not just adding more to my to-do list. There are practical suggestions for how to make morning time a refreshing and vital part of our day.

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

    I have been homeschooling for a many years. I like that I can count on Pam to make to make it worth my while (and my short amount of time!) for a listen. As always, practical info I can start using right away.

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

    Love Pam's interviews. I learn much from each poscast!

  • A Joy to Listen to!
    by Cude 🙂 from United States

    I am thoroughly enjoying this new podcast! I love to listen to people who encourage me on my homeschooling journey and I have added Your Morning Basket to my list.

  • JUST what I needed!!!
    by Foodie in Training from United States

    This is our first year homeschooling (Kinder) and this podcast has been INCREDIBLY helpful and a GREAT source of information!!! I cannot wait for more to come!

  • Practical - worth a listen!
    by Bloggerific! from United States

    As a homeschooling mom of 6, my free time is limited. But I always come away with some practical, useful tips from Pam Barnhill. I love to listen if I’m alone in the car (rare these days!).

  • Well done [FIRST NAME]
    by MattMcWilliams from United States

    WOW… Your Morning Basket Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Pam. Keep bringing it.

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

    What a great podcast. At first I was dubious whether you could have an entire podcast series about homeschooling using morning time, but now that I have listened to two of them, I see where Pam is going with this. It is affirming for me in what I am trying to do in our homeschool, and at the same time inspires me in ways to improve and refine our time together as a homeschooling family. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to simplify their homeschool efforts while simultaneously enriching their family's experience!

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

    I absolutely love it. Ever since I read about morning time, I wanted to know more. This podcast clearly explains what to do and how to do it. Episode with Cindy Rollins was brilliant. It gives you the overall idea of morning time practice, as she is doing it for 27 years. Andrew Pudewa in second episodes shared some insights about memorisation, which really makes so much sense. Pam asks clear questions and then repeats the main points in answer, which is very helpful, especially for new homeschooling mums. Overall this programme has everything one can ask for to get inspired and motivated. Thanks very much for putting so much effort. Well done.

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

    I have really appreciated everything Pam Barnhill puts out. I have been introduced to so many great homeschoolers and their resources through The Homeschool Snapshots podcast, and I love that she is digging deeper into a great homeschooling practice on her new show, Morning Basket. It is definitely on my Must Listen list each week!

  • Bring the best you to your homeschool
    by mystiewinckler from United States

    Our Morning Time is the best part of our homeschool, and Pam’s podcast helps us learn how to make it even better and encourages us to pursue the true, good, and beautiful still more. So helpful!

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

    I've only recently found out about Morning Baskets, after 14 years of homeschooling. What a find! And now to have these podcasts to help guide me along on my new journey! I've been sharing this like crazy, and my morning routine is fabulous now! Thank You!

  • Education to Educate
    by Isaac in St Louis from United States

    I have gained so much from these first two early podcasts. I am grateful to you, Pam. Thank you for offering this as we strive to fulfill our sacred duty and privilege to give our children an education. Please continue. I see such great things coming from this. I rank this up their with Circe’s offerings.

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

    When you're on the homeschool "circuit" it's easy to become one of Andrew Pudewa's groupies. So the excitement level for Pam's newest podcast doubled when I opened it on my iPhone and saw Andrew's name. I was remiss in not reviewing her first segment. Pam is a wonderful interviewer and has the ability to make conversation with her guests based on their answers and move seamlessly to her following questions. That is not easy to do. Highly recommend this to parents who Homeschool. Encouraging, motivating, and validating.

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

    So inspiring! This podcast is what I needed to get our homeschool off to a great start this year. I will not miss an episode.

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

    I've always thought memory work was so important in my 8 years as a teacher in a high school setting. I often required memorization and was criticized for this requirement. I recently decided to homeschool my children and this podcast was so affirming to me. I am glad to be able to follow my instincts as a teacher and give my kids what they deserve! Thank you for this wonderful podcast that inspired me to make memory work an important part of my homeschool.

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

    I knew I would enjoy this podcast but I didn't know that I would LOVE it! As our family has moved more and more towards a simplified homeschool method, this podcast is just the thing to reaffirm our choices and continuously inspire us with new ideas. I can't wait for each new episode!

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

    This is just the kind of podcast I need to breathe life into my homeschool year. I’m so grateful for this new show, and Pam is a talented host. I won’t miss an episode!

  • Delightful...a Must Listen
    by 1coltsfamily from United States

    While I have heard Cindy Rollins speak about morning time before, I was pleasantly surprised to glean many new nuggets of wisdom that I can incorporate right away into our morning time. I always enjoy listening to Pam and find her questions spot on! The podcast is a wonderful balance of inspiration and practical tips. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

    So lovely and inspiring! Looking forward to more...

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

    A great resource for homeschool moms and so well put-together. Full of useful information, not fluff. Pam has a wonderful conversation style that keeps the show moving at a steady pace. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next one!