YMB #110 Why a Morning Basket is Perfect for Preschool: A Conversation with Jeanette Pascua

Today I am joined by Jeanette Pascua, homeschool mom of four, who has always used a Morning Basket as preschool in her homeschool. Jeanette and I chat about how Morning Time is the perfect way to accomplish preschool goals of language development. We also chat about how Morning Time with preschoolers looks different when your preschool child is your oldest versus when he is your youngest child. Have a listen and tell us what you think.


We all just gathered. We would do it right on the couch. We would all gather on the couch and we would just grab, I would grab the stack of books that I had prepared or that I knew I wanted to go through and we would just read together and they just, for them, it was just fun. They didn’t know I was doing anything formal with them or that I had a plan in my head. They just, they just loved being together and being read to and having some good quality time with mom. 

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 110 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today.

On today’s episode of the podcast, we are talking all about preschool and the fact that we think Morning Time is a fabulous way to quote unquote, do preschool in your home. Hey, I homeschooled my preschooler. I remember what it was like that anxious readiness to just get started with this homeschool thing and provide something for that preschooler to do. And Morning Time is a great way to do that.

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So I'm joined today by Jeanette Pascua. She is actually the podcast producer here at Your Morning Basket, but she is also the mom of four. Her youngest is four years old right now. Her oldest is in fifth grade. And ever since the very beginning, she has done preschool through Morning Time in her homeschool. So this is always been the way she has done preschool in her home. And so she is just the perfect person to come on and chat with us about why she thinks it's a wonderful way to do preschool and how she's done it.
Now, all of this is in celebration of releasing our brand new preschool Morning Time membership here at Your Morning Basket. We are so happy to introduce the Little Explorers Morning Time membership. This is all for the youngest members of your family from somewhere about three, all the way up to five or even six years old, we have these fabulous monthly themes that we base our collection of truth, goodness, and beauty around. So even though we have a monthly theme, the focus is not on unit studies, but instead on art, on music, on stories, on memory, work on poetry, all of those wonderful things that you have come to know and love all about a Morning Basket.
So if you want more information about the little explorers from Your Morning Basket, come on over to the show notes for this episode pambarnhill.com/YMB110. And now on with the podcast.
Jeanette Pascua is a wife to her high school sweetheart, Eric, and a former high school theology teacher turned homeschooling mom of four living in Southern California. She uses the Charlotte Mason philosophy in her homeschool and strives to make education and atmosphere a discipline and a life when she's not homeschooling her kid, she's helping over at the Your Morning Basket podcast as our podcast producer. And she's also recently launched her own podcast Permission to Pursue where she strives to encourage moms to discern God's will for their journey of motherhood so they can pursue it with confidence. Jeanette, welcome to the podcast.
Thank you. It's great to be here.
It's so funny to welcome you to the podcast because you're always at the podcast.
It's true, but it's so different to be on this side of it.
That's for sure. I bet it is. I bet it is. So Jeanette is our podcast producer here at Your Morning Basket and she does all of our interaction with the guests. She writes almost all of the questions that we ask here, which is fabulous. She does all of our research and all of that stuff. And so, I could not do the podcast without her. So we're just happy to have you on this side of the mic.
Exactly. I love it.
Yeah. So when we started talking, so we always start planning the podcast by having a little podcast meeting, usually about four or five months before a season starts. And when we started talking about how Morning Time is perfect for doing preschool in your homeschool and thinking about well, who would be a great guest for that? We realized that Jeanette would be the perfect guest for that because her oldest is 10 and in fifth grade, and about five years ago, you started doing Morning Time and preschool. And really that was it right there. That was what you did with your kids at that point, right?
Absolutely. Yep. Well, once we got caught on Morning Time, we were stuck. We love it. We really do.
Well, tell us a little bit about you and your family and a little bit about your homeschooling journey.
Yeah, absolutely. So, as you said in the intro, I used to teach high school, but I decided to leave the classroom so that I could focus on my own kids and our classroom at home, I guess you could say. I have the four kids and they are ages 10 all the way down to four. So I have a fifth grader, a third grader, a first grader, and the rambunctious preschooler running around as well. We call him our class clown, and he keeps things fun. We've been homeschooling since the beginning. So I left my teaching position as my oldest was getting to about kindergarten age so that I could start homeschooling her from the beginning. And we have been homeschooling ever since.
So for us now, I would say it's been about five years officially, or we're in our fifth official year, but unofficially for close to six, because I started with preschool and doing things with her at home prior to us getting a curriculum and formally homeschooling.
Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So that leads to a really great question. Do we think moms of preschoolers need a preschool curriculum or, you know, we say a box curriculum, but I even want to, you know, just think about like official curriculum, right? Like, do we really?
Yeah. My initial response is no. And that comes from my personal experience. It comes from personal experience because I was that eager beaver who really wanted to, you know, I left the classroom to homeschool my kids. That's what I wanted to do. So I was excited, super excited to homeschool. And I, you know, went to a homeschool convention and was so oo’d and Ahh’d by everything in the convention hall. And you know, there, there's a lot of stuff there that is geared obviously toward preschool, but you really just don't need it. I made the mistake of spending a pretty penny on this nice, beautiful curriculum. And it came with some fun things and all of these ideas by month. And I'll tell you, it has been sitting on my shelf ever since. And for some reason, I don't know if it's the nostalgia of it or what, but it still sits there. And I can't seem to get rid of it. I can't part with it. Maybe it's cause it was like my first homeschool purchase, but yeah, I really didn't ever use it. And it's just so tempting. It's so tempting to buy something.
I have a couple of things about this. So first of all, I did the same thing that you did. I didn’t go to a convention. I actually bought mine online and I think, no, I actually got stuff in the mail. I was going to say, I think mine was mostly digital, but I did. I got the pretty box in the mail. And so when it came time to do this with my oldest, she was probably like three at the time. Right? So there was my first mistake, you know,
Even earlier than me.
Yeah, here's this whole three-year-old and she wasn't having it. Like she wasn't having any of it. And so I very quickly wisely realized that she wasn't ready for it yet. And so I ended up loaning it to a friend of mine to use with her slightly older child. Her daughter was four and they loved it. They loved it and had the best time with it and everything went great. And I never used it.
At least somebody got use out of it though.
That's what I always said. At least somebody got use out of this, this purchase that I made. Right. And so, but yeah, that was funny. But I think, I think the thing that comes into play is we want to do something with our preschooler. Like, especially when your preschooler is your oldest child at that moment, you know, especially when you've thought about, oh we're going to homeschool. And you feel like, oh, I just want to get started.
All of your friends, kids are going off to preschool at that point, you know? And you're like, I need to do something. So what is it I need to do? And I think that's a lot of times when we look for that kind of box solution, that's what we're looking for is what are the things that I can be doing with my preschooler? And we're trying to purchase that.
Yeah. And nobody wants to admit if you have a preschooler as your oldest one, when your friends are all sending their kids off to preschool, that they're not doing quote-unquote, anything at home, you know, there's that, that temptation to buy something. So you can say we're doing something and your friends aren't looking at you like, you're really not doing anything with them. You don't want to be looked at like, you're making a big mistake or you're not giving your kids what they should have. So it's hard.
That's true though. Now from this position that we're both in now, I mean, my youngest is 12 and your oldest is in fifth grade. I think that it's almost perfectly okay, not to do quote-unquote, anything exactly to say that stuff's not going to be happening and we're going to talk some more about that, but I have a lot less fear. If God gifted me with a preschooler now, first of all, I would like, really God, what are you doing?
But secondly, it would be, you know, there would be a lot less done with that preschooler. I wouldn't feel the pressure to do anything formal, I guess is what I should say.
Yeah, yeah, absolutely. I would 100% agree.
So has it gotten less formal for you as, as you've had more and more come along?
You know, it's interesting to think about that and to reflect on that because I want to say yes and no, to be totally honest because in some respects it has gotten less formal because I have had older kids that I need to focus on. So we have focused more heavily on their needs, but what ends up happening is then the preschooler feels left out and like, they are not getting mom's attention anymore. And so then you do have to put something in there for them that's, that's directed toward them in order for them to feel filled up as well. So that they're not constantly the whole morning, mama, mama…
My poor little guy, my four year old, when we started back at school this past fall, he would say, oh no, I hate school. And he's not even doing school, but he hates the idea that all of his playmates just got, you know, corralled to the table and now he has no one to play with. So in some ways, that's why I say it's a little bit of both because now I've had to gear something to him so that he actually feels included, you know? And he's not left out and doesn't feel like school is ripping all his playmates from him.
I love that the four year old hates school, but it's an entirely different reason. They want to likely say that.
Yeah. Okay. Well, that kind of leads me into my next question. Morning Time. So you started out doing Morning Time with your kids when they were five, you know, starting at age five and, and everything. So why do you think Morning Time is great for preschoolers?
Yeah. Well, if they're your oldest, that's really, you know, as we talked about a moment ago, it's kind of all you really need. You don't need much else because you can cover all of the bases. You know, you can do pretty much everything a preschooler really needs with Morning Time. You know, you can talk about numbers, you can read great books, you can do nursery rhymes, you can memorize things.
If your family wants to memorize poetry or Bible verses, or we used to do when my oldest was just in kindergarten. So I had two preschoolers underneath of her. We did calendar time and we learned our address and our phone numbers and, you know, parent phone numbers and things like that. So it was just a great fun way to do all of those things in one half-hour setting or, or whatever, however long it took us just to kind of casually go through that. So it's gentle, it's relaxed. It's fun.
Yeah. And you were able to like, get everybody together. So not only, you know, you were gearing that experience towards that five-year-old but you had those, those couple of other kids who were coming right along behind her, and you were able to do everything with all of them together. They could take what they could from the experience, but nobody was like escaping.
Exactly. Yeah. We all just gathered it. We would do it right on the couch. We would all gather on the couch and we would just grab, I would grab the stack of books that I had prepared or that I knew I wanted to go through and we would just read together. And for them, it was just fun. They didn't know I was doing anything formal with them or that I had a plan in my head. They just, they just loved being together and being read to and having some good quality time with mom.
Yeah. Yeah. I love it. I love it. And it hits so many of those things that are so important for that particular age group, all that language development with the reading aloud, reading aloud, reading aloud, as much as they can tolerate, always leave them wanting more, but you know, as much as, as much as they'll take and then, you know, that language development of memorizing nursery rhymes, which is so important and getting them familiar with language and stories, all of that happens right there in that Morning Time.
And so I think that's one of the reasons why I think it's absolutely perfect for that particular age group. It's that wealth of language that comes up there?
Absolutely, absolutely. Yep.
So I just mentioned some of the topics that are some of the subjects that mom can do with preschoolers and Morning Time you got any other favorites.
We love to do music like folk songs, and we'll do some hymns with the youngest ones when I was very first beginning Morning Time, we would do a lot of the songs that we would, we would sing at church. So that obviously if they can't read yet, then they're not going to be able to follow along with any kind of books or, or display of lyrics anywhere in your church if that's what they do. So teaching them that stuff at home made it easy for them to be able to participate if they wanted to. So we would do that kind of stuff as well. And I, and I say, you know, you can teach anything with a good picture books. So if there's something you want your kids to learn, just find a picture book about it and, and there you have it, you know, that's all, you mean it feel at that age, especially.
Yeah. We've never been afraid to put movement in our Morning Time, you know, like big gross motor movement is a lot of fun to do. And whether you do that through a dance party or you, you know, you do exercises, I'm using air right here for my exercises and, or even, you know, just the fact that the kids would often do things like play with Play-Doh or pattern blocks or kinetic sand or other things as I was reading, you know, that strengthening those fine motor skills, some of that important stuff that they need to have later on for writing and things like that.
And so all of that time spent playing with Play-Doh while I was reading aloud to them during Morning Time. Now, unlike Jeanette, we did not do ours on the couch. We actually did ours at the table, but yeah, I felt like that was really good for them. That was a place that they could get those skills without me having to work it in my day at some other time.
Yep. Yeah. Well, let's talk a little bit about, we kind of touched on what Morning Time looks like when your preschoolers, when they're your oldest, but what about if they're your younger kids? So now you have the experience and I had this two years ago, I'm going to have to remember back to it where, you know, I had a seven-year-old a five-year-old and a three-year-old and then you have one who's still four.
So what does it look like with Morning Time when your preschooler is your youngest child?
Yeah, it does look a little bit different. We no longer do Morning Time on the couch. We have to, we now moved to the table and we all gather around the table and we, I just, I try to make sure that anything that I want him, there for I do right at the beginning. So we do our prayer and our, any Bible memory that we're doing or any of that poetry memorization. We do all of that, that stuff early in the beginning. And then I usually try to have them do some kind of activity at the table, too. You know, like you were talking about, they can bring Play-Doh to the table, they can bring my kids love those sticker books that I think it's like paint by sticker or something like that. And they can make the picture with the stickers. And so they do that kind of stuff, but I am usually reading something to them. And if my older kids are old enough to write or do a drawing, they'll be doing that geared toward, or the some kind of narration. We’re Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, so there might be some kind of narration that's taking place, but I don't require him, the preschooler, to do the narration, but the older kids will. So, you know, it's, it's longer now. You know, when we first started Morning Time, it was much shorter when it all my kids were preschool-aged. It was much shorter. Now our Morning Time looks more like an hour, but he's not required to stay the whole time if he disappears and goes off to another room, I'm not too worried about it.
So I, it's definitely more geared toward the older kids, but I make sure that anything I really want him to be there for, we do right up front. So if I lose him, he's got the most important things.
You know, that's such a great distinction to make that it doesn't have to be long. And I think even when your kids are little, if you're doing Morning Time and your oldest, you have like a four-year-old and a three-year-old or something like that, a five-year-old and a three-year-old it's okay to do a couple of sessions a day.
Cause I know I can remember being the mom of little kids like that and thinking the day was just going to stretch out so far in front of me. And we couldn't do something for an hour in the morning because it, it just wouldn't hold their attention.
So we could have done something for about 30 minutes and then something for another 30 minutes, you know, right after lunch, right before naps or something like that, and kind of get in those two sessions. But yeah, it's not something that it's going to take a really long time. If your preschooler is your youngest putting things for them at the beginning and then allowing them to kind of wander off, I think it's not a bad thing at all.
Yeah. And I do sometimes try to pick something a couple of times a week that he really gets in, gets involved, that he can really get involved with it, as opposed to just sitting there and following along with the poetry or all of those things, we do things like Mad Libs. And we, I have there's Mad Libs even for the younger, the youngest ages.
And so we'll do something like that. And we all take turns, picking words around the table. And I always pick the easiest things for him, like a color or a number or something he could easily think of. And so he feels a part of the Morning Time, or we do paper folding or really simple origami little projects. And those things take a couple of just a couple short minutes, but he feels like he's a part of our school day and he's not getting left out all day long for hours because my, my oldest is in fifth grade. So for us our school morning, and also I have a third, third grader. So I do have to do a lot of school.
It's not necessarily a long school day for any of them individually, but when you stack them on top of each other, our school day can go a little bit longer. And so that's a long time for a four-year-old to be expected to not cause any trouble or to not, or to not interrupt. You know? So if we can get him feeling like he's been a part of the school day earlier than his cup is a little more full and then he can last a little longer until the, until the first grader is done with her school day. And then she can go, I released her early, so she can go play with him and he has a playmate.
So love it. I love it. Yeah. I think that's one of the big things is letting them feel like they're part of the school day, part of what everybody else in the family is doing. And Morning Time is just the perfect place to do that because you can put things in there that are benefiting the older kids, but, you know, they're also able to participate in and never underestimate what those little ones are going to learn. I have heard so many stories from moms who have older kids who really, you know, they gear their Morning Time towards those older kids.
And the younger kids are just really picking up so much stuff that they never imagined.
Yes. They're little sponges. They get, they get it all.
Yeah. Yeah. I think one of the things that we were actually talking to the Your Morning Basket community about some of the benefits of why Morning Time is perfect for preschool. And one of the things that I love that came up over and over again was like, it's a non-stressful way. And you even mentioned it earlier. You're like I was bringing them onto the couch. I was doing this Morning Time with them and they didn't realize that we were doing formal school, you know?
And so I think back to that issue that I had with my oldest, I’m throwing poor Olivia under the bus here, you know, when she was three, which is really the issue was me right. Where I couldn't get her to do what I wanted her to do. If I had been trying to do something like a Morning Time, instead, with just the fun stories, the picture books, she loved that, you know, singing songs, making music, even looking at art, or, you know, doing some kind of a little project, she would have been way more involved with that, I think, than the other stuff that I was trying to get her to do that was, you know, more worksheets and things of that nature.
Right. Yeah, absolutely. When you mentioned art, it just made me think of yesterday, we were introducing a new painter and I bought him a set of art prints, you know, just the small little art prints to match everybody else's. So again, that he feels like he's a part of the day and we're, we were just starting for the first time with this particular painter. So I let the kids open up their envelope of all the paintings. And I said, okay, let's just kind of get a sense of what this painter, what his style is, and what he's all about. And so he pulled out his little envelope and he spread it out too. And you know, all of the kids had them all spread out and even the four-year-old. And I just thought, oh, how sweet, you know, he's, he's learning right alongside of them, even if he doesn't remember half of this stuff.
And he's probably not going to sit through every picture study that we do throughout the term, but he's right now, he's being filled up and it's gentle and it feels, it feels like fun to him, you know? And so I love that about Morning Time and letting him participate and doing the best that I can to make him feel like he's really a part of the day.
Yeah. And you know what, he may not be able to do a formal picture study, like the other ones can, but you could certainly take some, you know, look at those pictures and say, you know, where are the blues? Where are the greens? And, you know, you know, what colors do you see in this picture?
And let him name one or, or something like that. And so even with activities of that nature, like you think, oh, why would I want to study art? You know, like artists and art with my four-year-old, but that's where those conversations come from. You're experiencing them. How much more beautiful is it to expose them to a, just a wonderful piece of art, like a van Gogh or a Monet, and talk about the colors in it than it is to pull out cards with colors on them.
So let's do it with the best things that we have available to us. And let's look at the artwork and talk about the colors that are in there. And I think that's, that's one of the ways that Morning Time kind of elevates, you know, it's like you're preschool in a box. You can pull out the little color cards and spread them out and decide which ones are which, but with Morning Time, you can actually look at the colors used in artwork and see them there. And so it's just a little extra touch of beauty, which I think is something that Morning Times really good at doing.
I know I was thinking the word that came to mind was artificial. You know, there's just something so artificial about this idea of just giving them a card with a picture of a color on it, you know, but when they can spot the colors in, in a piece of art, it's, that's just so much more engaging than just looking at a little square, that's colored yellow and saying, what color is this? You know?
Yeah. Yeah. I liked that. I liked that idea that it, that it's not artificial. And that goes back to the whole idea that you and I were kind of joking about earlier in that, you know, so much of what they need in preschool just comes along with organic living of life. We don't necessarily need a box or a particular curriculum. We often turn to that and use that because the day stretches out in front of us, but really just talking to them about the things that we see around us, in nature, going on walks, reading good books. That's really, that's really what the preschool stuff is all about.
Exactly. Yup.
Yeah. I agree. Have you ever considered having a separate Morning Time?
I don't think that I, in my homeschool would have the ability to fit in a separate Morning Time, unless it was later in the afternoon, just kind of when our main part of our school day was done. But even at that point, all the kids just want to go out and play or don't want to do something else. So trying to round them up is probably gonna be too hard. Even if I was just trying to round up the four-year-old and maybe the six-year-old cause she'd probably like it too. But what I have done recently is I did this last year actually is I did just before our bigger Morning Time, our main Morning Time I pulled aside the then five-year-old and the three-year-old and I did a story or two, like I think I was using My Book House and doing some nursery rhymes with the five-year-old and the three-year-old would tag along and be a part of it. But really that was it. I did that. And the James Harriet, the Animal Treasury, and I did that. And so I would do that with them first and then I would bring everybody to the table and we would do the rest of our Morning Time. So it wasn't a full Morning Time with everything because then of course, if they wanted to participate in the other things, we were doing folk songs and our Spanish language songs and all those different little things we would do, they would come to the table and participate. But I did spend a little bit of time with them separately so that they were having something a little more geared toward them. So that's how I did that without really doing it.
Yeah. Yeah. You know, I've never really, mine were so close in age. I mean, there's only not even four years separating all of mine together. So we've, you know, that's never been a situation that we've had to do separate things, but I have heard from other moms, moms with a bigger spread where they have done the separate Morning Time, kind of like what you were saying, where, you know, if they have older kids who are a little more tending to sleep in and things like that take the little ones first, you mentioned filling their cup earlier, doing a couple of things just for them. And I know there are a number of moms in our community who use our preschool Morning Time plans at separate times of the day, just for like a small, gentle little preschool experience just for their preschoolers, and pull it apart separately.
Yep. Yeah. I think that, that can definitely be something good.
Well, let's talk about resources. So what have been some of your favorite resources to use or things to do with your preschoolers and Morning Time?
Well, over the years, I've used a couple of different things. One of them has been just the, My Book House, the nursery rhyme that I think it's book one actually. And it just has little stories and nursery rhymes and folktales from different countries and things like that. So we've really loved that.
We've used the Read-aloud Revival book lists religiously over the years. They have been one of my favorite, favorite resources. Like I said earlier, if you, you can teach anything with a good picture book, at least that's what I've learned over these last few years of homeschooling. And so if I want to teach anything and I don't already know a book offhand, I go there because she's got some great lists over there.
And I know it's going to sound like I'm a plant, but you know, preschool plans from Your Morning Basket. That's where I started. Really. That's, that's how I began when I was first discovered, Morning Time I discovered it through Your Morning Basket. That was well before I worked here at and we were using those plans and they were my favorite resource, because just like we say, in the beginning of them, you can use them as a written or you can cross things off or you can replace things. And so that was the, honestly, those are basically the main things that I went to.
I've tried other little things over the years and nothing really sat as well, or was as easy or simple to use as those resources. And then I was mentioning before also that we were Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. And so we've used the booklists and the folk song lists and the hymn lists from our various curriculums. We've used different ones. We're currently with the Charlotte Mason Education Center or the CMEC. And so when I'm building out our Morning Time, I pull from those lists, whatever our common subjects are, whatever artists we're studying, whatever composer we're studying and our folk songs and hymns and all of those things, I just pull straight from there and I build our Morning Time with those things.
I do actually still go back to preschool plans from Your Morning Basket in there, and those book lists. And I will add things in from there that I think the kids would either really like, or can fit into our school day. So those are at least right now. Those are the biggest things that I, that I glean from.
Yeah. Yeah. So you tickle me because I know that you let your four-year-old do chalk pastels.
Oh yes, yes. That is another one of our favorite resources. I forgot about that one. Yes, we do. We do use the, my kids love Nana. They call her Nana over at Chalkpastels.com. Yeah. And she, the kids, I will put him in front of a video that I think he can manage on his own and all, let him go with the chalk pastels and he's all about it. He loves doing chalk pastel things.
I envision you in Southern California, like taking him outside and like hosing him down when he’s done. I was, I was, I was a little taken aback. When did that tell me? Yeah. I just turned him loose with the chalk pastels. That's how I keep him busy while I'm teaching. And I'm like, I would never do that. So that's so much fun.
Yeah. Yeah. So much fun to hear you say that. You're just like, you're just rolling with it. You're just letting him do it.
Yep. Yeah, it does mean I might have to stop and run him to the bathroom to wash his hands before he touches everything after.
You know, well, honestly, like I didn't have, I mean, we didn't start doing Morning Time until Olivia was about seven years old.
And so I had seven, five, and three when I first started. So our Morning Time at that point probably looked a lot like a preschool Morning Time, but alas, there were no plans written yet. All the things I missed because we had to come along and make them later. But we, you know, we very much use lists and lists of picture books with ours, a lot of the five in a row in before or five in a row lists of picture books.
And then I had a little book called Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready. That was a little preschool-oriented book, full of little activities that you could do that I used for some of my preschool days as well. So those are a couple of resources.
And then My Book House is fabulous. You mentioned it. I'm actually going to link to, I have a, the ultimate guide to My Book House on the blog pambarnhill.com, which just really tells everybody about these wonderful books. And, you know, I would say they are in the public domain. Now you can get the oldest versions of them through Google, on the public domain, which is fabulous. So you can look those up there. But, there are people who find them in. There are no longer published. They stopped being published in the 70’s, but there are people who sometimes find them at a yard sale or a library book sale or something like that. And, you know, I'll get emails from people who know that I wrote the post and they'll say, look at what I got for like all of them for $10.
Oh my gosh! What a dream.
Yeah. Yeah. So those books and in the nursery is the little book for the number one book. Yeah. They're numbered like one to 10 or something like that in the nursery is the first one. And that's the one that's perfect for preschool.
Yep. That's the one. We love that book.
Yeah. That's a great book. The whole series is just absolutely wonderful. So yeah. Love it.
Well, Jeanette, thank you so much for coming on and talking to me about preschool today and how you use Morning Time to build a preschool program for your family and how it works for you. I really appreciate it.
Yeah. Thanks for having me. It was so fun to be on this side.
Yeah. It’s lovely. Lovely. So you guys be sure to go check out jeanette permissiontopursue.com and her podcast there. And every time you listened to Your Morning Basket, she's here in spirit. Thanks for being here. Yeah. Thank you.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the resources that Jeanette and I tatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at Pam barnhill.com/ymb110. Also on the show notes, we have included a link to our brand new Little Explorers program. We would love for you to check that out. And if you have any questions about it, email us at [email protected] We are so happy to answer any questions that you happen to have about it. Now I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with another great homeschooling interview. This one will be with Amy Sloan all about how to do history in your homeschool without using a textbook. I think you're going to really enjoy this one. It gets to the heart of creating a wonderful living Morning Time history for your family.
I'll see you in a couple of weeks. Until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Morning Time for Preschool

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:16] meet Jeanette Pascua
  • [6:26] Do you need a boxed curriculum for preschool?
  • [12:22] why Morning Time is perfect for preschoolers
  • [17:09] when the preschooler is the youngest in your homeschool
  • [22:33] other reasons Morning Time works for preschoolers
  • [29:41] favorite preschool resources

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  • 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.

  • <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!