YMB #113 Memory Work Fun Games How to Review: A Conversation with Abby Wahl

Maybe you want to do memory work with your kids but you are worried that it will become a drill and kill time that nobody loves. I used to worry about that too but the reality was far from that. Today, I am joined by Abby Wahl and we chat about different ways you can make memory work more enjoyable to do — even if you don’t consider yourself a “fun” mom.

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Pam:

Last year, I read a book called the art of memory and one of the best, best quotes I ran across in this gigantic tome, which I did not finish, but it was a piece by Cicero. And he talks about that. Memory is a firm perception in the soul of both things and words.

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi there, and welcome to episode 113 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you’re joining me here today. Well, we have talked a number of times about memory work on the Your Morning Basket podcast. If you are a longtime listener, who’s been around a while.

You’ve probably heard us talk about it before. If not, if you’re new to the podcast, we invite you to go back and search out some of those old memory work podcasts, because they are so much fun. Well, we’re doing it again today, we’re talking all about how we can make memory work just a little bit fun. This is something we’ve touched on a little bit before, but today we have a number of ideas for you on how to review memory work and make it something that your kids actually enjoy. So I’m joined today by Abby Wah, one of my fellow Schole sisters from the Schole Sisters podcast, and neither one of us really consider ourselves fun moms, but we’re talking about ways that we can bring just a little bit of delight to our practice of memory work.

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And speaking of memory work, if you have ever wondered, what should we memorize and what kind of art should we look at, music should we listen to? And what kind of things can I put in a Morning Basket? We have you covered. You can download our free sample set of Morning Time plans. They are at Pambarnhill.com/month. And with the download, we'll send you a PDF download, but we'll also send you instructions on how you can access those Morning Time plans online and through our new app. So right now you can get Morning Time lesson plans, right on your phone without having to juggle our fool with PDFs, if you don't want to. And so in there, we've made all the hard decisions for you and selected some wonderful things for you and your kids to practice when it comes to memory, work, music, appreciation, art stories, and more. So go download those pambarnhill.com/month. And now on with the podcast.
Abby Wahl is a homeschooling mother of five who range in age from 12 to 17. She's been married to her husband, Matt for 18 years when she's not homeschooling her children in the classical in Charlotte Mason philosophy, Abby is busy raising and herding sheep. You may have heard her co-hosting the Schole sisters podcast with me and she also manages the Schole Sister's private online community called the Sistership where homeschooling moms can think, discuss, and share ideas related to homeschooling and self-education. Abby, welcome back to the Podcast.
Thank you. I'm so happy to be here.
I am always happy to have you here so much fun to have you on.
So let's remind people a little bit about who you are in your homeschool.
Sure. So I have four boys and one girl, and I'm going to be graduating one this year. So my workload has decreased and increased because everybody gets older and needs more. So I have twin 12-year-olds. And if anyone tells you that it's two for the price of one, that is just not true. They are double the pleasure and double the fun, but they are not cheap. And I have a 13, almost 14-year-old boy. And then my one daughter is going to be 16 next month. So she is so excited to be driving. And like I said, my oldest is about ready to graduate.
Oh, that's awesome. And it feels like they should not be that old.
I know it's crazy. And it comes so fast and I know that's what everyone hears, but it does blink of an eye. It's so fast, So fast.
Well, let's talk a little bit about memory work. Is this something that you guys have always done in your homeschool?
Yeah. You know, that's the thing I think we try and make memory work, this big thing, but you know, it starts from when they're little babies. We start singing them songs. We take them to church, they hear hymns, they start hearing scripture being read. Like we have, we do nursery rhymes. I don't know about your kids, but I mean, we went through mother goose over and over and over again. And I mean, I even have some board books memorized. Goodnight Moon. Right. And where the wild things are. I mean, that is memory and that's memory work. It's just this slow trickle over and over. And it starts from when they are babies. Right?
Okay. Hold on a second. Now I did not hear you say anything about memorizing the list of all the pharaohs of Egypt or all of the Kings of England or dates of wars.
Oh, well, if that's what we're counting is memory work, then I'm a, I'm a homeschool failure, but I'm okay with that.
Okay. So that's not the kind of memory work we're talking about, right?
I mean, those are, those are really interesting things. And I think that there are places or memorizing important dates and memorizing, you know, genealogies and those things. But the memory that I love and the memory work that I think about is, well, last year I read a book called the art of memory, and one of the best, best quotes I ran across in this gigantic tome, which I did not finish, but it was a piece by Cicero. And he talks about that “Memory is a firm perception in the soul of both things and words.” And I think that that is just such a beautiful thought about memory. It's these things that are inner souls that we have forever. Right?
We listened to our mom's singing to us lullabies. We listened to our moms reading us stories. We listened to our moms, teaching us nursery rhymes. One, two buckle my shoe, right? These are the things that are those from perceptions in the soul.
Yeah. And you know, we're not going to lie to you here, Abby and I did a whole workshop along with the other Schole Sisters last year, it is available in the Schole Sister shop. And I do highly recommend it. If memory work is something that you are really wondering about because it's a great apologetic for why do memory work in your homeschool? And I think Abby has hit upon something here so much is like the things that we memorize really, really can and do speak to and shape who we are as people in our, in our souls and, and everything about us, our virtue. So many of the things about us. So do check that out and I'll mention it again before we're done, just to remind you to go check that out because I want to spend most of our time today, not talking so much about why we should memorize, but some of the fun ways to do it.
So when you do memory work now, so you mentioned that when your kids were little, you did a lot of nursery rhymes and singing songs and things of that nature. So now that you, your kids are all over 12, I have a feeling that you're not going through a whole lot of Mother Goose at this point.
No, No, no.
So how are you working memory work into your day? How much memory work does your family kind of go through on a daily basis? Well, depending on the day, some days we have busier days, so it's shorter, but we have our Morning Basket our Morning Time that we spend time on reading the Bible, singing a hymn, and then we always go over some of our memory work.
Now we have a big binder full with plastic-covered sheets, with everything from poetry and Shakespeare, to states and capitals, to continents, to presidents. And the last few years we have been working through the citizenship test, which people who want to become naturalized citizens. They have to take this test and they have to answer these things correctly. And that has been just a fabulous way to learn about our government and our own representatives and congressmen in our own state.
We have to look some things up. So we are everything from poetry and music to civics and certain dates. But yeah, those are all types of things that we have in our Morning Time binder.
Okay. That is so cool because it was not too long ago that my daughter asked me about the citizenship test and about the process for naturalization for citizens.
And I just kind of in an offhanded way said, you know, they do have to take a test. They have to have all of this knowledge and I kind of alluded to the fact that there are probably a lot of us that myself included probably who couldn't answer all of the questions on that test. And she said, we should add this to our Morning Time. And I had totally forgotten about it. So I’m making myself a note, right now.
There's a hundred questions and it covers all branches of the government. And it's just a great broad overview. And, and then it has some specific things that, you know, we looked up for our own personal state, but it has been a really great thing for us to just know these things and to have quick answers.
It's a lot like catechism. And we also memorize catechism in our Morning Time as well. I think that that is so important for kids to be able to answer questions of faith and have it just pop into their mind. Right. We're, we're called to have a ready answer.
Yeah. To have that, that quick answer. So really quickly, I just want to say ours looks very similar to Abby's in that we have a binder, we have the page protectors in there. We have the body of work that's in there. The vast majority of ours, ours is pulled from scripture, Shakespeare and Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization, which is an IEW poetry, memorization product that I use. And then also selections that come from the Your Morning Basket plus membership. And I've kind of got it all, just put in there together. And right now we are actually memorizing this civil air patrol cadet oath because I have two who are doing civil air patrol. And so we spend just a few minutes every day working on our newest selection and then going back and reviewing, you know, anywhere from one to three previous selections in our kind of review pile. So that's how we do it.
Yeah. There's some days where I do more review just because my children actually really delight in going back over the things that they learned years ago. One of the things we do, IEWs the Poetry and Linguistic Development too. And I actually bought the CDs. And so I have one of those in my car and when we have a longer trip, I just pop it in and we, I still have a CD player in my car. I know it's bad, But it's great because we can just listen to it. And then we move on. And sometimes, you know, my kids are fighting over what to listen to. And so this just ends it. And sometimes they'll be like, oh, I don't want to do this. But always at the end of it, they're mouthing along or making funny faces to it. And it works. The other one I loved when my kids were younger, was Susan Wise Bauer's First Language Lessons.
Yeah. And it has some great poetry. And you know, like the Caterpillar by Christina G Rosseti, I mean, my kids know all of these things. So even though they might be a little bit quote, unquote, babyish, they still say it loud and proud like we practiced and that, so we still review things often.
I love it. I love it. Okay. So I want to bring something up. You mentioned like states and capitals and the citizenship test and things like that. Now, how do you bring context to watch you're memorizing? So you're just not doing the whole drill and kill the out-of-context thing.
Yeah. Well, sometimes it's things that my children actually bring to me. Like we are doing a grammar program and we love Madlibs, but everyone was having a hard time remembering, you know, what an adverb was and all of these things.
So they have asked me to bring that into Morning Time so that we can start memorizing those things. So that way, when it comes up in our grammar text and in Madlibs they have it, the things like states and capitals, when we started doing our citizenship test, we had guesses of how many states there were it's kind of one of those things that you don't know until you don't know. And I said, well, there's 50 states and each of them have a Capitol and they kind of were on board with, well, we should memorize some of those. And we have people in those, we have friends and things like that in different states. And so it's always fun to do map work.
And that's just one of the ways. So we do map work in our geography lessons. So states and capitals were just one of those things that just naturally seem to fit.
Okay. So these are like a lot of interests that your kids are having and bringing to you and want and wanting to learn for themselves. And that yeah, that helps provide some of the context there for what you're doing.
Okay. So let's talk about how to do memory work in a way that is not boring. And, and I'm going to caveat this conversation as we begin this conversation and start talking about some of the ideas that Abby and I are going to give you, it's been a long time since done anything other than just recite. It's probably been a good two or three years since my, like, my kids are just happy to just be lumps on the couch in the morning and say the memory work. When they were little, it was different. And I'm going to share all of my best ideas for when they were little. But I do just want to clear the air that there's nothing wrong with just repeating the memory work.
Right? Yeah. I agree. I totally believe that. I think it's Brandy Vencel, who's on the Schole Sisters podcast with us, but she always talks about exposure breeds taste, and sometimes your kids are not necessarily enthusiastic about memorizing something new. I know that that's one of the things that my kids do is like when it's new, it's a little bit foreign.
And so there's always a little bit of pushback when you get 11 and 12-year-old kids, you're going to just get there are hard days. It's, there's going to be pushback and a lot of why do I have to do this? So persevere, mamas, and it gets easier every time you go over it.
Yeah, it really, really does. I do think it's easy. Like when I started with my kids, we definitely started young and not only did we start young with the things that were very organic within our day, but we also started young being deliberate about it. And so now it's something they do. Now. I do get questions very recently. I got the question, “why do we do memory work, mom?” And I told them about the sophisticated language patterns and all of that. And they were like, wow, it's like, you've answered that question before. And I said, yeah, I have. And I told them, Andrew Pudewa’s quote about not being able to get anything out of a mind that has nothing in it to begin with.
And they seemed very satisfied with that answer, you know, but I do think there is that kind of tough age of that 11 and 12-year-old, where it is a little bit of, of why do I have to do this?
Yeah, go ahead. Everything is pointless to them at this age. So keep your answers short to them.
Just, this is just cause we're going to keep doing it. So yes, I like that answer because, because we're going to keep doing it. Okay. So what are some things that you've done in the past to make memory work just a little more interesting and fun?
Well, my kids probably, if they would've gone to public school probably would've been on a plan to maybe medicate them. They are very active and energetic. And so sitting still is actually one of those things that is not physically possible for them to do so once in a while, or we have balanced boards and foam rollers, and I will often have them actually stand and balance on those as we are doing our memory work.
And that actually is great for their strength. And it gives them a little bit of a challenge if we are going too slow and saying our memory verses in a pathetic voice, which sometimes does happen. We smile again, we stand up, we put our hands on our hips and we smile when we do it. I love it. Because sometimes just our posture needs to change and it changes our attitudes.
One of the things that we, when we were learning the months of the year, which sometimes it's really hard for kids to sequence that because it's actually a list of 12 things and it doesn't always make sense. So when we were learning that we learned a couple of poems about the days of how many days in each month, right. 30 days has September and which does not, you know, that that poem doesn't follow the list of, you know, No, it does not. So they, we ask questions about that. And it was just one of those things that we went through and looked at a calendar, right. There's just some things to make it right. Like we were saying contextualized and things like that.
Fun is sometimes saying it really, really fast. And sometimes it's saying it in a funny voice, we have done this, the, one of the other fun things that we have done, which I quote, I'll put air quotes on this, but we were learning Psalm 118 and it's a longer Psalm. So I gave everyone like six or seven verses to memorize. And then we would go around and say our parts.
And then I would challenge them and say, okay, now who can say someone else's part because when we had gone over it so many times, and each person had gone over their parts, naturally they picked up the other parts. And so when we were able to switch it up and they were able to do that, that was kind of a fun thing for them to like, see, I knew that to mom. And sometimes I just will just throw down the challenge like, well, can you say this one without my help? I don't know. I don't think you can. And they're like, well, let me just show you then. And so I have a lot of boy energy and competitive stuff, so this has been helpful for us.
Okay. So, so many great points to unpack here. First of all, we had a mini-trampoline in our school room for the longest time. So you were talking about the foam rollers and the balance boards. Like if I had somebody who needed it, I would totally stick them over there and let them get on the mini trampoline.
And I think it's important to note that when we talk about doing memory work as part of a larger Morning Time, one of the things that we always say about doing a Morning Basket with your kids is there's never the expectation that they should be sitting there on their hands or with their hands neatly folded in their lap, not moving at all.
You know, there's, there's typically a lot of movement and kids are doing things. I mean, my kids always have been. Do your kids like do things with their hands and Morning Time?
Yeah. The only time that I don't like we do have a few, like, we can't bring toys because that was just chaotic, but we can always draw and we can have, sometimes we would have like little polymer clay, and they would work on things. And when they were younger, they did have small toys. Like when they weren't quite old enough to fully participate. But one of the things is the only time I'm like really ever strict about this is when we are reading God's word and when we were singing a hymn. Right. But that is out of a personal preference of reverence. And I think that it needed to be treated seriously, but otherwise, you know, if people are sitting upside down on the couch and they are not disturbing their siblings sitting next to them, then you have to pick those battles. So
Yeah. Yeah. And it took a, it took a few years, but my kids know like prayer time, like this, like this is when you're not eating, you don't have your mouth full. You, you know, you're being quiet, not interjecting every little thought, you know, not doing other things with your hands. So it's really good now because they've got to the age where they're like, well, I'm going to like, go get this or I'm going to do this, but it'll be after prayer. So it's gotten good.
Okay. So funny voices is also a tool that we have used through the years. And I actually have, I'll stick them in the show notes for this episode of the podcast. I actually have some funny voice cards that you can download. And so we would play a game with these cards. So there it's like recite it in an opera voice, recite it like a cowboy, recite it in a volcano voice, which is like, where you start really, really low and you get a lot loud I'm not going to get too loud, but you get a lot louder. Recite it like a robot. Did I say opera singer? That was so popular, recite it like the queen of England. And so, you know, I would put all of these cards in a little stack and the kids would pull one of them out and then, you know, we would, we would all have to recite it like that. And so that was something they absolutely love. That was a fun way to practice memory work when they were younger.
One thing my kids have requested is my oldest likes to write poetry. And sometimes it's very, very funny. And so they actually get asked that asked for that to be included in their recitation. So they are memorizing some of their brothers funny poetry that he has written over the years.
Oh, I love it. That is so, so cool. Okay. So have you ever played games with any of your memory work?
Yeah, we've done some things like that. Like I said, the competition one is good. We've also done where I point to a kid and they say the next line. And that seems to be kind of the games where I've also used a dice to throw out their number and they have to say the memory work and that's just kind of a fun way to bring it in.
And I include myself in this. Since there's, you know, my five students and myself, then we will take turns saying whatever we're working on. So
Yeah. Yeah. I love that. And we used to, do we have a runner in our school room? You know, one of those long narrow rugs. That like usually in a hallway or something like that. So we had one in our school room and I would get a laundry basket and put it at one end of the runner. And then you would have to stand at the other end of the runner. And if you could say the piece of memory work correctly, then you actually got to throw the, to throw the socks, toward the basket. And if you got it in, then you got a point. So that's great. You know, unfortunately for some of my kids, like basketball was never their strong suit. So they would like nail the memory work and totallymissed getting the socks in the basket. So that was, that was one of the things that we did.
And then we played another game that was a variation of hot and cold, which was a lot of fun. So we would take like a small stuffed animal or something and one kid would leave the room and while they were out of the room, we would hide it. And then when they came back, we would just recite the memory work over and over.
If they got close to where the stuffed animal was hidden, we would recite louder. And if they got further away, we would recite softer. And so yeah, they love doing that. And what was really cool about it was sometimes you would have to say something over and over and over again, five to 10 times before the person actually found the, whatever it was they were looking for. So you got a lot of practice in, okay.
So we've talked about some really fun ideas here for how to review memory work as a family. What if you're the kind of person and you don't consider yourself to be a particularly fun mom?
That's okay. I don't categorize myself as a fun mom, but I do have a goal of being a fun mom for 10 minutes a day because I think it was Sarah Mackenzie who said this years and years and years ago. But she said that if you were a fun mom for 10 minutes, and I think it was even less than a day, I think it was a week. It wasn't very much that your kids will look back and actually remember you being a fun mom.
So, a 10 minute a day on mom can be a totally manageable and doable. That's a doable goal. I'm a firstborn and I tend to be very goal-oriented. And so I'm ready to, and I'm a morning person. And right now I have a house full of teenagers who are allergic to mornings.
So, you know, I have to wait on my fun mom time until later in the afternoon, but this can be playing a game. So our family's favorite game or my favorite game is cribbage. And actually, it's a great game. If you want to teach your children to add up to 31 is kind of the goal. So if you've never played cribbage, please find someone who knows how to play because you either don't know about cribbage or you love it. There, there is no other option.
I love that. I love it. Okay. So I really liked this idea of, and you know, I've told this to people before, too, like being a fun mom doesn't necessarily always mean you have to be a spontaneous mom. You could actually take some of the ideas that we've mentioned today and talked about today and write them down or take some other, you know, some other ideas that you might find somewhere else for reciting and reviewing memory work and, you know, kind of have your fun mom list and say, Hey, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have more time in Morning Time.
I'm going to actually do something from the fun mom list. Your kids have no idea that you're not being spontaneous.
That's right.
Yeah. So I think I'm with Abby, I liked that idea of just doing 10 minutes a day and letting it go from there. Do your kids ever review memory work without you?
I mean, that's the thing they, they do. And they don't even realize it. Sometimes somebody will say something and they say a poem that we've memorized when Christmas time comes around, actually singing Christmas songs and carols right there reviewing that music and things like that. We have also, like I said, my, one of my kids really wanted to know the parts of speech. And so he asked me to personally print off a list with some definitions and an example.
And he has it posted in his bed where he can, when he wakes up in the morning, he says, he just wants to look at it, first thing, so that he really understands and gets this and starts memorizing it. So, yeah, I mean, my kids mostly it's been this thing that is self-interested in things like that.
So they've, they've asked, but one of my older kids, when he was studying and needed to learn memorize some Latin declensions, he went to Quizlet and made himself cards. And that was a basically it's just flashcards, but he didn't have to write them out by hand. And he was able to memorize a bunch of declensions. And that's not necessarily the memory work that we're talking about here, but you know, motivated kids will memorize things when they are motivated to do it.
Yeah. Yeah. When they find a need to, and those are all really great tips for different ways that they can do that without you, you know, you're not having to drive that train. They're actually taking ownership of that and doing some of that on their own.
So well, these were some fabulous ideas, Abby, and I do want to encourage everybody, just a couple of resources for you. We'll have a link to the Linguistic Development through Poetry, memorization for you, as well as the fun, funny voices cards that you can download. And then also do go check out the homeschool essentials memory that was the 2021 Schole Sisters retreat.
You can get that. Now you can watch it by yourself. We have a hostess kit where you can set up and watch it with some friends. If you want to kind of do your own little all-day workshop on memory work. If you're more interested in, in taking it just a little bit further, it's a great apologetic. It's why should we memorize? And why is it important? And what does it mean for education for us to do that? And then we also have some other tactics in there, just a lot more ideas of what to memorize. I can remember Abby giving us a good long list of different things that we could potentially memorize and then as well as some other techniques, including one that I'm very fond of, teaching you how to do a memory palace.
So, yeah. Abby, thank you so much for coming and chatting with me today. All about how we can make memory work a little fun, even if we're not fun moms ourselves.
That's a good thing.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the resources that Abby and I chatted about today, including those funny voices cards and the Schole sisters Memory Retreat, you can find those on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at Pambarnhill.com/113. Now I will be back again in a couple of weeks. Next time we're going to be talking all about perfectionism and how it can ruin your Morning Time and can really stop you from doing what you want to do with Morning Time, which is bringing a little bit of delight to your homeschool day. So join me again in a couple of weeks to talk all about that until then keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Making Memory Work Fun

  • Working memory work that the kids choose into your Morning Time is a great way to get them interested.
  • If possible, start memory work when they are young so it just becomes a part of their day. But also, know that they may go through a phase when memory work doesn’t feel fun. Just keep going! It will be worth it.
  • It’s okay to let your kids do things that are quiet and not disruptive while they are working on memory work. For some kids, it will help them stay focused.
  • Don’t be afraid to include yourself when you are playing games to practice memory work.
  • You don’t have to be a “fun mom” to find simple ways to bring fun into your Morning Time.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:42] meet Abby Wahl
  • [4:33] memory work in Abby’s home
  • [12:59] learning memory work in context
  • [14:32] fun ways to review memory work
  • [25:50] encouragement for moms who aren’t usually fun
  • [28:17] kids reviewing without mom

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    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.

  • <3!!!
    by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

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

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

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

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

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

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

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

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

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

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

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

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

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

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

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

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

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

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

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

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

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

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

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

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

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

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

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

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

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

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

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

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

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

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

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

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

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

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

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

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

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

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

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

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

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

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

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

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

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

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

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

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

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

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

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

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

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

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

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

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

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

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

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

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

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

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

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

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

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

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

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

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

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

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

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

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

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

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

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

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

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

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

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

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

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

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

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

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

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

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

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

    This is our first year homeschooling (Kinder) and this podcast has been INCREDIBLY helpful and a GREAT source of information!!! I cannot wait for more to come! <3 THANK YOU!!!!

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

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

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

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

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

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

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

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

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

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

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

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

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

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

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

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

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

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

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

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

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