YMB #107 Morning Time Beginnings and Memories

If your Morning Time has ever fizzled or you have felt daunted by the idea of starting back in a new semester, this is the episode for you. Dawn Garrett and I chat about getting over the hump of the semester break, how to prepare for the February blues, plus we introduce our brand new Morning Time Journal and planner that we are so excited to share with you.

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One thing that I do to start fresh is I don’t start with all new stuff. We do a lot of review. We sing old hymns that are like comfort and old friends. We review old memory work. We review things that we already know so that we have that foot up. Oh yeah, we can do these things. We know these things. It will be good to learn more new things.

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone. And welcome to a brand new season of the Your Morning Basket podcast and episode 107. I’m so happy that you are joining us here today for this episode of the podcast.

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Well, my guest today is the community manager at Your Morning Basket, Ms. Dawn Garrett, she's been on the podcast a number of times before in what we're talking about on today's episode are some different ways that you can restart your Morning Time, whether you fizzled in the fall or not. Hey, sometimes it happens to the best of us. We fizzle a little bit with our Morning Time, and maybe you limped into the holiday, not doing Morning Time as often, or as consistently as you wanted to. So what are some things that you can do to get yourself jump-started again? How do you add new things to your Morning Time and how do you just kick off a really great year of Morning Time? So we're going to be giving you some of our best tips for that.
And then also we're going to be talking all about our brand new Morning Time journal and planner. Now this little beauty is doing double duty. It is a journal so you can journal all the things that you've done in your Morning Time and keep wonderful memories through the years. But it's also a planner and you can kind of use it both ways, or one way only, we give you all the tips and a tour of the planner during this episode of the podcast. So do check that out. And if you're looking for that planner come on over to PamBarnhill.com, click on the shop button and we have the black and white and the color version of the planner, you can get them in digital or print, and we'd love for you to check them out. That's at Pambarnhill.com. Now on with the podcast.
Hello Hello! Good morning, Dawn. Garrett, how are you doing today?
Good morning. I'm really well. We just finished our last Christmas celebration as we're recording this yesterday and I'm ready for a really quiet week.
Oh, I love it. I love it. So I'm assuming you are not doing school the week between Christmas and new year.
No, I believe nobody should do school. I mean, if you have to, I understand. I don't, I don't want to put guilt on, but no, we don't do school in December.
We do school in December, but I'm a firm believer in not doing school week between Christmas and new year. And I always feel so guilty because Christmas is just started. I'm supposed to be still celebrating Christmas and I'm like, Oh, my kids just got all this cool stuff for Christmas. They just opened their presents. And now I can get a bunch of stuff done because they're distracted and we're not doing school.
So it usually ends up being one of my more productive weeks, whether I meant it to be or not. That is true. We do have a plan. My kids are having a sleepover for New Years. My girls are having friends over for new years and my husband got a new TV for Christmas. And so the old TV is going to the basement.
Oh, nice.
And, they need to do some cleaning up and restructuring and the basement. They want to make it a teen area. We've got our old masking tape to table down there for games and, and an old couches down there that probably needs to toss, but it'll work for this week. And they're thinking they'll, they're going to move the X-Box down there, which will make me thrilled. And then they can use it for DVD. So they've got a plan. They have a couple of days to accomplish it. We'll see.
Oh, that's Awesome though, that they have a deadline. And I did not realize, so if you're not familiar with Dawn Garrett masking tape table, we will have to find a picture and put it on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. But she had it for years and years in her homeschool space. And that was where they did Morning Time. And at that point, her children were much younger. And so what was going on with this?
They complained he's on my space. He's on my, she's on my space. Her stuff is in my way. So I just put a big X on the table, divided it in four. Cause it was a round table. And I actually don't recommend doing this solution because it doesn't actually one work. Cause then they complain that the stuff is on the tape between their sections. And second, the, if you're going to do it,
try like painters tape or something that won't ruin the finish of your table. If you try to pull it off. Cause the masking tape it's been on there so long that you can't pull it off at this point.
So I have to know cause we have Lynna Sutherland coming up a little bit later this season to talk about doing Morning Time when your kids fight, is it even worth it to try to do Morning Time when your kids argue and bicker constantly because believe it or not dearly, if you're thinking you're the only person who's ever had this problem, the answer is no, we all have it. So did your kids outgrow this? Or why is the table in the basement now? And you don't need it anymore.
We got a bigger rectangular table, which helps
Does it help?
It helps is it's not perfect. There are still some, my area goes to here, but it has helped. And matured children have that has helped as well. So it does get better as kids get older. I keep saying #bigkidsrock. And I do believe that. And it's better.
No, that's fun. That's fun. But that table, surely has to bring back a lot of memories, which is what we're talking about on today's episode of the podcast are all of those wonderful Morning Time memories that we have from years and years of doing Morning Time. And we're actually going to be talking quite a bit today about our new Morning Time journal and planner that we have available. And I'm going to be honest. This is… I'm really sad. I mean…
You're really sad?
I'm really sad because I wish I had this 10 years ago when I started Morning Time.
That is true. There's the ability to like, keep those good memories and put pictures there and to remember what we prayed for and how the Lord responded to those prayers and took action.
I mean, those would all be wonderful memories to have access to.
Yes. Yeah. Yeah. I agree. I agree so that it does make me a little sad though. I am going to start using my new journal and planner this year to start keeping a record. Even if my youngest is now 12, I've got a good, a few more years of Morning Time left.
And I am going to keep a record of what we're doing from here on out. But I am a little sad, but that's okay. There are young moms out there with young kids and you are going to be the one to get to keep the record of your Morning Time.
I remember reading an Instagram post that Lynn Bruce made about how she continues morning, time as an adult, and does Morning Time for her own study for her own reading. And, and it could be a record for moms too, who are retired homeschoolers.
Oh, that's awesome. Yeah. I know Cindy does hers as well. So that, that is awesome. Okay. But before we jump in and talk a little more about the planner, let's talk about a few things that are going on right now. So a lot of you guys are getting back to school. I, like Dawn and like me, you take at least part of December off if not the whole month. And so now you're getting back into a new school year and quite frankly, you might've been hanging on by the skin of your teeth before the last year ended.
So Dawn, what advice do you have for moms who are getting a fresh start? Maybe we're feeling a little burnt out. How can we start fresh?
One thing that I do to start fresh is I don't start with all new stuff. We do a lot of review. We sing old hymns that are like comfort and friends, old friends. We review old memory work.
We review things that we already know so that we just, we have that foot up. Oh yeah, we can do these things. We know these things. It will be good to learn more new things. Just a reminder, a refresher. And it's not an overwhelming way to restart. So for January we don't do any new material. We do pretty much all review material.
Oh, I love that. And yeah, I'm thinking about it. I am not intending to introduce anything new in January either. We had books that we were still finishing and maybe just an extra couple of minutes for review before we start reading, like normally I'll look back and make a comment about what happened the day before in the chapter. And so this time I may go back a couple of chapters and spend a minute or two as opposed to 15 seconds.
Right. Which is what it usually takes to say, Hey, remember this happened? And this happened now, fortunately we're in the middle of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And my kids have all seen the movie and most of them have read it. So that'll be easy to pick up, but maybe, yeah, just a few extra minutes of review if you're in the middle of a book or something like that.
But that review is good and I think the biggest piece of advice I would have would be. If you're going to do a bunch of new stuff, pretend like it's the beginning of a school year, or the first time you did Morning Time and don't bring in 10 new resources on the first day. But instead start small, build slow, and stagger them in.
Even if you, even if your Morning Time is short for a week or eight, nine days, that's okay. It's okay to stagger everything back in to build up those good feelings and to leave them wanting more of Morning Time.
Yeah. I was thinking that my Morning Times like an hour and a half long, and if we could start with just the Bible portion and then for a week, and then the next week we could add in the poetry section, we have divided up by sections. So we could slowly stagger everything in and get back to full speed. It's not a race. You aren't trying to get through a specific set of content. Your kids are going to have gaps in their education. And that's a good thing. And okay thing, what you're trying to do is build the relationship with your kids and with the ideas that you're presenting and that's going to bear fruit in the long run so that they aren't fighting over the masking tape line on the table, right?
Yeah. Yeah. And I think one of the biggest things is to remember the main purpose behind Morning Time and for so many homeschooling families for so many homeschooling moms,
I think the main purpose behind Morning Time is to get that win in the day or Morning Time gives you that big homeschool win. It makes you feel like I can do this. And so if we're thinking about that, if you know the reason I'm doing this is to get that big homeschool win. If I accomplish nothing else today, look at how much we've learned together.
Then you can get that win, starting a little bit smaller and then building into the bigger experience that, that you eventually want.
With all High-schoolers. Now they're pretty independent with most of their work. I keep joking with high schoolers. What I seem to do is drive and pay and do Morning Time. Yeah, that, that is the connection point that I have with my kids.
I mean, they come and narrate to me and we fix math problems, but that is the connection point that I have with my kids. That is the active teaching portion of my day is Morning Time. And so having that as a win before I drive and pay for things is really, it's really wonderful.
Oh, I love that. Drive pay and Morning Times, that's what homeschooling high school is all about love. So are you going to bring in anything new eventually into our, are you changing things up for the new semester at all?
We, finally, after four years, three years finished Signs and Seasons by J Ryan.
Which is an astronomy, a classical astronomy book
An astronomy book. And it was, I'm not sure I would do that one in Morning Time again. I think I would assign kids to read that one on their own or to read it with me because I think that is a better book too, to see the pictures better. He has a lot of, he has a lot of detailed graphics that help to explain the material better, but we finished it and everybody is thrilled that we've learned those things. So I probably will put something in, in place of that. I don't think there's anything else that's going to be super new. We talked about maybe some new Bible memory work, but that'll start in February, but I don't remember right now. Oh, he had talked to, well, we have been off, we've been off school since before Thanksgiving. I, I probably have notes in my journal and planner.
Awesome. And for those of you who are just like drawing a deep gasp, but the fact that Dawn has been off school for that long as she schools with the calendar year. So actually coming up in January will be her official first day of school for the year. Because when we all started, when most of us started back in August, she was in the middle of her school year.
And I do think we've got a blog post on that, that we can link to either on Dawn's blog or my blog or on both or whatever. So where you can see where she talks about why she homeschools with the calendar year and how that set up and how that works for her family And some of the cons of it. And those cons become more into play with high school when I'm not teaching all the classes.
So we are going to introduce something into Morning Time. It's actually a re-introduction. And so I'll give us a couple of weeks to get our feet under us first. And then Olivia actually requested that we bring that, oh, I'm going to mess up the name of it. It, I think it's Masterpiece Makers, which is Alicia Greathouse, Alicia and Olivia Greathouses podcast, which we were listening to last year. And just for whatever reason this year, I didn't add it to the Morning Time plan yet. It's Masterpiece Makers and Olivia's mom. I really miss that. Could you bring that back? And yeah, you love it when somebody says, I really miss something, can you bring it back? And we are, we're going to, we're going to bring that one back and pick up where we left off and listen to probably yeah. One to two episodes a week of that particular podcast. So they're up to episode 25 now. And I think we stopped about eight or nine and yeah, that'll take out the rest of our year and we have been doing art appreciation, but I think Olivia just really liked the rapport that Alicia and Olivia have.
And she loves the way that Alicia walks you through the different pieces of artwork. She'll choose one piece of artwork from each artist and talk about the technique and the style and all of that different stuff. And I think that's something Olivia really loves. And so we'll be bringing that in after a couple of weeks of Morning Time. Yeah.
As we air this about halfway through January, I know that February is coming too. And February is always been a historically a tough month for homeschoolers. I personally think it has to do with the end of winter. We've been stuck inside for months and months, the lack of sunshine, but even where I live, where February is usually a pretty mild month and we actually get out quite a bit. I don't know. There's just something about past the midpoint of the year of the homeschool year. And so any tips for February Dawn for your Morning Time?
I have heard, I've heard some suggestions for February. I love February. My birthday's in February and it's like our second month. And that's when we are adding new things back into our Morning Time.
But I know a lot of people have these, the seasonal February. So take a day off and, and make it just a fun day. Do a field trip every Friday or do, if your weather is okay, do a nature walk. And Charlotte Mason says that “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing”, or so make sure that you have the proper attire and such to do a nature walk because you will be shocked at the things that you find is even if there's a foot of snow on the ground, you can our art museum until February 6th. So the, for one Friday in February, in Columbus, Ohio, they have a van Gogh exhibit with 17 van Gogh paintings and Renoir and Monet and Manet. And all of these people that influenced him. They even have a Rembrandt. I was so excited. So it's a great exhibit. If you get a chance and you're within driving distance of Columbus, Ohio highly recommend that.
But any art museum, this is the opportunity to look around on take that time. Now in January, prove it. This is going to hit are likely going to hit
Schedule some fun outings.
This is your reminder to go ahead and go to the websites of the museums that are within driving distance of you, check out what their policies are.
Look up, look up what's available. And maybe go ahead and plan because you might even have to schedule some of this at this point, schedule an entry time, but go ahead and plan it and have it. I think having it ready is huge for February. Not just waiting until it hits you in spinning and not knowing what to do, but like making the plan now, like here's my list of things we can do.
Our February bucket list. Yeah. Yeah. Our conservatory, we have a plant conservatory locally. That's a wonderful place to go. Lots of there are conservatories, lots of places. So those kinds of outings, you could plan a movie day and plan popcorn and movies. And I don't know, Fridays when I was in elementary school, we watched Laurel and Hardy and Our Gang shows and cartoons and stuff. And that was cultural appreciation. So you could easily have a fun movie day when you're on a Friday in February, you could change up your Morning Time. So that one day a week is the fun day. And we do that on Fridays. We do the Friday is the only day of the week that we do Mad Libs and we do a different kind of art study on Friday.
Like maybe we'll do an art project instead of just looking at an artist because I only want to deal with the mess once a week. Now that was when my kids were little, especially, but they can because they can deal with the mess now, but change up your Morning Time. So that Friday is just special or Monday is just special to give it a little bit of a jolt.
Yeah. But you, and that's the thing too, is you don't have to change it up every single day of the week. Just changing up one day a week is going to have an impact on your kids. And yeah. And we say it, Dawn says it a change as good as a rest. Unfortunately we can't stop homeschooling in February and just hibernate and maybe doing some purposeful small changes.
Yeah. Homeschool built a blanket Fort and homeschool and the blanket Fort for a day. I mean, it doesn't have to even be a huge thing. Just a little thing.
Yeah. Kids love that kind of stuff they really do are just bring hot chocolate and popcorn to the Morning Time table. But yeah, and I think I just can't stress enough that planning that stuff in advance actually Dawn made me think of mad libs and I don't have to do Mad Libs anymore and Morning Time, but it might be fun to find some love Mad Libs or something for February and just do one every single day or almost every day or most days or whatever, and enjoy that together with the kids. It hearkens back to some of those memories that we have of doing Mad Libs day after day, year after year.
I have to say we did Mad Libs when my kids were little and we had all of the juvenile joking and you know what I'm talking about?
Potty, Potty words, Dawn. Let's just say it.
Yeah. And every adjective was a color. Right? So Mad Libs to this height with well-read high schoolers is a new bar ball game. They're pulling out words and I'm like, oh yeah, that is an adjective. They're not words that I would ever pull out and they're Nebula for a noun and a place.
And then some of them are so funny because the vocabulary is just that much. So Mad Libs with high schoolers, definitely on Fridays, A lot of fun, lot of fun. Okay. Let's talk about some of those memories cause you and I both have those wonderful and not so wonderful memories of doing Mad Libs through the years with our kid. Let's talk about the journal implanter and what we've put together for families to help in a couple of different ways, quite frankly, because it is, we decided to make something that could be a journal, but also has some planning aspects in here. And let's just give a rundown of what's in here, Dawn. And then we can talk about maybe how each of us is going to use it because it's probably going to be different, but there is a black and white copy.
So there is a, it's got a blue cover and it's the interior of this as black and white. There's some gray scale in there. It's got a soft floral design. And one of there, there are a couple of benefits to this. It's less expensive than the full color version. If you're looking for a more economical offer, but also somebody mentioned she can write in it with her colored pins and not have to worry that it's going to clash with the colors that are in there, which I hadn't even thought of that.
Yeah, I, that I prefer the black and white for that because then whatever I put in there, it is like, it's, for me, it's more personalized because I can use my colored pens, then photographs and whatever I'm going to use. My daughter has one of those little Kodak printers where you can just print a two by three picture and they're mostly sticky back. So you can print those and just slap them right in there.
And if you’re a sticky if you're a sticker or washi tape kind of person, and you want to put that in there, you could totally do do that kind of stuff in there as well. Oh, that made me think maybe we need some Morning Time stickers, but that's a different project. Slow me down, hold me back. But then we also have for the people who are like, I just want to open it up and have it be pretty and use my black pen. We also have the full color version as well. And then we'd have these they're digital and we have printed copies available. And so all of the pricing and everything is on the website. And of course we will link to that.
Also they're spiral bound. Yes. Let's talk about the binding because that's really important. We went back and forth and talked about the binding a lot. How would people prefer to have this, but they're spiral bound so that they'll open and lay flat and be very accessible for when you're working on them. And for when you're doing morning, time out of them, everything will just stay in place and you won't be like, oh, I got to flip pages and I can't find where I was.
Yes. Yeah. And it's also a lovely silver metal spiral binding, which our printer sourced for us specifically, because I did not want plastic and I didn't want black. And so we were able to get a lovely silver spiral binding on there. So I was really happy that the printer went above and beyond. We have a fabulous printer that we work with who found that for us. So with the journal and planner is undated in, there are, you can start using it at any time that you want to. But there are two calendars in the front. So we've put a 20/22 calendar and a 20/23 calendar in there for reference. Now, if for some reason, the intention at this point is to later print and update the calendar. So they kind of roll going forward. But we decided if we have a bunch of these left at the end of the year, we actually made it where the calendars print on back pages so that it could be torn out. We know that that's Awesome. Yeah. We hope we have to order more and we don't have any left, but just in case, but they are there
As a journal. I would love to be able to circle. These are the days that we did our Morning Time, or these are the ones that we did, or these are, I mean, this is when I'm planning breaks, but I can use pencil. And it cause my breaks always change having the calendar there. And it's a single page for the year. I love that single page calendar for the year.
And, you can totally, I mean, you can use it for anything just for reference, for tracking attendance. I use a plan, your year attendance tracker that I keep in the front of my Morning Time binder. I don't know that I'm going to change my ways after all of these years. I've been doing that for what nine or 10 years now. But, you totally could keep attendance on here or just circle the days that you did Morning Time or make plans for what they do intend to do school.
And then after that we have six term schedule planning pages. Now we put six in here because a lot of our podcasts listeners and community members do plan in six week terms, six week terms. Pam Barnhill does not. So I would imagine that I would use one, maybe two of these a year and just leave the rest of them blank. I use Six, six week terms, but I don't really plan my Morning Time by term at all. I have a structure that I use. And then I just, when we finished something, we plopped the next thing in and there aren't necessarily lined up at all. So I may, I'm, I'm trying to think about some ways where I might use these pages. I might use them as that journal idea even of these were the things we were really focused on during our, during this six weeks of our Morning Time.
Yeah. Yeah. But hopefully we've given you guys enough in order and I'm going to be honest. I probably wouldn't use the grid part of the page either. I just would subjects on the loop at the top. And then we get into what we call the weekly spreads.
And so each weekly spread has two pages. hence , the spread and on each one, this is where we have some of the planning materials in here. So we have a box for you to write a prayer requests. So these are the things that you're praying over this week. Things that you would like to remember to pray for the things that your children to bring up, that you would like to write down. So anything you're praying for, we have a section for, to do which you could even flip three or four months in advance and say, oh, before we get to this week, I need to do this over three weeks bfore that I need to, you could make to-do notes. Well in advance, if you want to.
This is, this would be great place to put going to the conservatory this week or go, or let's make a blanket tent blanket for it sometime this week, just so that you remember that these are ideas that you want to do.
Yeah. To go ahead and put some of those in there. I love that. And then I would also put things in there. Make sure you have these copies made. So if we're doing some kind of notebooking page or if we're, if I need to buy some chalk pastels for us to do a chalk pastel project or whatever the case may be, anything that I want to remember to do either this week or a few weeks in advance, then I would put it in this to do box.
And then the library notes box is very similar and somebody made the comment. Well, I don't really go to the library. I get books from Amazon and I'm like, it still works.
Yeah. Or even if you're pulling them off your shelf, I want to make sure that I have this find this picture book two weeks ahead or something like that. So yeah.
Yeah. Yeah. And then underneath those, we've got this kind of large blank space with a dot grid and you can use that space for any kind of planning or note taking that you want. On the opposite side of the weekly spread, we have what we call our lesson plan list. And this is a style of planning that we teach and plan your year. But it's really easy in, in basically you're just making a list of the activities that you want to get to this week. You're not necessarily assigning them to a day, but you're just saying, these are the things that, that we want to do this week. And it has a space for what the activity is. So maybe it's listened to the Masterpiece Makers podcast. Any resources that you would need to do that maybe I would print out the coloring pages so that they could all color a picture of the artwork and then any notes that you want to make over there. So we have a number of slots.
I think that the big thing I want to point out about this Dawn is you don't have to fill this out ahead of time. If you don't want to, this is a place where planning from behind is actually appropriate. If you're just wanting to keep a record of what you did.
Sure. A lot of our people pull ideas from a number of places though. And so they, this is a place where they can like, yeah, like you said, have that plan to pull ahead, but I don't really do my Morning Time that way. So this would be a place where I might put the funny words that keep going back to the Mad Libs. The funny words that I thought that my kids came up with for the Mad Lib that week, or some comment that they made about our constitution book reading, we're reading a textbook on the constitution together and talking through that.
And sometimes they make really good or, and, or funny observations about something. And in that book or a poem, I don't always remember the times when we bust out laughing for five minutes and this might be a good place to put those kinds of things.
Yeah. Yeah. So this is totally while we've made it in such a way that people can plan using it, especially those, those people who do pull their Morning Time from a number of different resources. We have quite a few Your Morning Basket plus subscribers, who we have a lot of different options available for them in there. And they really surprised us in that. They decided I want to use a lot of the different things and I just want to pick and choose and pull from the different resources.
And so this gives them a place to put all of that in one spot for the week. But it also, even if you don't do Morning Time that way it gives you a place to write a record of these are the pages we read for Narnia this week are this is, these are the art prints that we studied. These are the pieces of music that we listened to, whether you're following like the Ambleside riches schedule or you're pulling from your Sunlight curriculum resources, any of those places, you can, you can record all of that information there for your Morning Time.
So you get five of those spreads, the spreads that Dawn and I just described, you get five of those for each month because some months have five weeks in them.
And then after five of those, you get what we call our monthly spread. And so there are 12 of these in the book. And so one for each month in a year, and this is where you're really going to dig in and keep that record. So what were the things that we read? What were the pieces of memory work that we memorize?
Which things were our favorites, which things did we really enjoy? What were some of the fun things that we discovered? So this gives you a place to keep notes about anything that just really strikes your fancy. And the way I would really recommend using this particular page is to pull it out at the end of the month, during Morning Time, and talk with your kids about it and say, Hey, what were some of the best things that we read this month? What did you really enjoy? Even if it's a chapter from a book or the place in the book where it talked about this, you could even get down to that specific instead of just listing a book title and ask them what their favorites were and ask them what they learned this month and write their notes there.
And then on the facing page, we have another dot grid page, and you could just simply put more handwritten notes over the year or Dawn Garrett. What could you do with that page?
You could scrapbook that page. And scrapbooking was a big thing. A number of years ago, some people are very talented at dealing with their graphics and their pictures. And some of us will, we might like make a Xerox copy of the sketch that our kid did of the, so my kids, we study a painting one week and the next week, sometimes I have them sketch what they can remember. So I might shrink down a copy of that and put that in there. But I was thinking the same thing as you about bringing it out, like on the last day of the month that we're doing Morning Time and talking through it because not only does that, like foster that relationship, you and your kids have together with learning, but even just that recall of things that they had learned earlier in the month. I mean, you might have to remind them where you were, but every time you recall, you're strengthening that neuro pathway to that idea. And it's, and it's strengthening your child's learning and science relations with those ideas. So I love the end of the month spread and I love the idea of filling it out together during a Morning Time.
Yeah. Yeah. And yeah. And don't be intimidated by this blank page. I mean, if all you want to do is write on it. If you want to hand it to your kid and have them draw a picture of something that they learned this month, take turns and have each child like draw on the page. But also I think even just the printing out some pictures from your computer and pasting them on there. I mean, this is not a real scrapbook. You don't have to be intimidated by the page, use it however you want. But I love the idea of printing out a few pictures or something. One time, one time in all the years that we've been doing Morning Time, a long time ago, we wrote a poem together on our whiteboard. And I would copy that in, into this kind of a page or like we diagrammed a really complex sentence.
Maybe that goes on a page like this, or for a while we worked on the draw, the USA maps book. So have the draw, the USA somebody draw the USA map in here. It's copy Ooey Gooey in there. If you're doing IEWs poetry, memorization, this is a fun poem that we learned. There's a million ways that you could use this.
And, and it's good for your kids to see you being creative about how you do this kind of thing too. And I'm sure that our members will come up with we'll get together now and see what all they've done with it. So then towards the end of the book, we have more goodies. So after you have your planning pages and your memory pages and all of that, we get to what I call the anti sticky note pages and have about, goodness, about four or five different list pages in the back. And they are titled very loosely with like books to read activities, to do things, to memory rise, resources, to try, and then just ideas. This is where I would have put our next memory work that I don't remember right now, because I didn't have to remember it.
That's right. That's right. And so this is what this is for is when you have that really great idea when you're in that group online, when you're in some kind of community, when you're scrolling Instagram, when you're listening to a podcast and somebody mentions a great idea, and you're like, we should do that Morning Time.
This is where you write it to, this is a place to keep all of that all through the years of collecting that idea. And then when you sit down to plan your next Morning Time, or when you're looking for your next great activity or idea, your next great read aloud, you can flip to this section, you know, exactly. I mean, I might even like washi tape the edge of these pages. So they stick out to me and that way I can just easily flip to them. Cause I'm constantly coming up. You told me not too long ago about the statistics book.
Oh, How to Lie with Statistics? What a great book, what a great, It just popped in my head.
But have I been thinking about it since you mentioned it? No. Have I written it down anywhere? No, but it's something that I do want to read with my kids in Morning Time. And so this is the perfect place to put that I'm not going to lose that idea. And when I'm ready for it, it's going to be there. I think these may be some of the most valuable pages in the whole book.
Yeah. Probably because I know there are things that I was like, oh, that's a great idea that I have never done because I just in the moment, oh, that's a great idea. And then
Or you writing on a sticky note and it gets stuck somewhere, eventually gets thrown away. Never the idea never comes to fruition. And when you get to the end of your planner,
you can copy the ideas into the next planner, if you want to. I mean, obviously since these are a memory keepsake, you'll be keeping them. So anytime you sit down to plan, you can pull out a couple years worth and flip back through them and say, oh yeah, there was that idea. So however you want to do it, but it does give you a place to capture those ideas. And then the next section is called a poem for every month for our friends who might be a little intimidated by the idea of poetry.
We've selected one for you for every month, you can memorize them if you would like, or you can simply read them and share them with your kids. They are all of a links except for maybe October, which you just love, which yeah. And in the community loved it. The community loves it. Yes. So that was why we did it. It's when The Frost is on the Pumpkin, our Punkin and it's a little bit longer, but I think even that one with eager children could be memorized in a month for sure. So most of these could even be memorized within the month.
And then we just have some resource pages. We have a list of Morning Time subjects in case there's maybe one you haven't thought of before a list of things kids can do with their hands and Morning Time, and a list of things that you can use to keep your toddlers busy. Number one, snacks. Yeah. Number one is snacks. That's always our favorite.
And when we say snacks, we're talking about little tiny bits of food, Cheerios That take a very long time to eat. And then we have a page for each month of the year where we really try to bring out some fun celebrations for each and every month. So we have National Spaghetti Day, National Handwriting Day, Winnie the Pooh day.
These would be great too, as you're doing your planning pull onto the to-do list on your weekly pages.
Very much PI day PEI, PI day, Robert Frost's birthday. So these are just some fun things that you could do with your kids. And I'm going to tell you most of them, we've given you a picture book for almost every one of these. And while my kids wouldn't necessarily,
they wouldn't turn down the picture book. I don't think, but while they wouldn't choose the picture book, most of the activities that we've given you in here are things that they would have fun doing. They would just enjoy the novelty of it. But we also want to give you the freedom to pick and choose. You don't have to try to do every single one of these choose one or two each month and toss in something fun. And maybe February you do one every week, that kind of thing, but pick and choose. And don't freak out if your library doesn't have the book find a substitute. And Jessica and Pam have talked about that before. How just go to library and find a substitute. They may not have the specific dummy book that you want. And that's okay.
Yeah. Yeah. Actually, I'm looking at September right now on September 3rd is skyscraper day and the activity is research. Some of the world's tallest skyscrapers, which my kids would love to look at that like comparing the heights and everything. And there is a great picture book listed, but we would probably find a YouTube video or something on building skyscrapers. And my kids being teenagers with just really…
Maybe find that, that classic photo of the guys eating their lunch out on the crane, way up high and talk about OSHA and why we don't do things like that anymore. But the history that there's a great amount of history and those buildings of the empire state building and such.
So yeah. So just some fun days that, that you could have fun with and you don't have to do all of them because you can get another planner next year because you'll want to continue keeping memories.
And then you can do a few different ones for the following year. Yeah. But yeah, so that's, that's the planner. We hope that this little infomercial has been helpful to you in more ways than one, but do come and check it out because I think it's something that will be a treasure years and years in the future. It could be something that's helpful to you now.
It has a certain amount of helpfulness, but also treasure in the future. Looking back on all of the wonderful things that you did and our graphic designer, Katie Wallace did a fabulous job. It's so Beautiful. It really is Both designs. Yeah. If you are interested the print planners, we do plan to ship those at the end of February, as long as you pre-order a planner and we will have pre-orders on until the print planners come in.
As long as you, pre-order a planner, you will get a digital copy emailed to you when you place your order so that you can go ahead and print out a few pages and start right now. But if you want the digital copy, that's available on the website as well. Dawn, thanks for coming on today and giving us some fabulous tips about how to get rebooted for a new year of mourning time and also how to beat those February blues and for sharing with me about how you're going to use your planner.
So always so glad to be here and to talk with you and I spring ideas. I need to go find my planner and write some ideas in it now.
Yeah. Yeah. It's going to be a great tool to have when you listen to the podcast. So you can jot all of that stuff down for sure. Thank you so much. And we'll see you soon
And there you have it. Now we will have links to all of the great resources that Dawn and I talked about today, including those fun books and Mad Libs and all of the things on the show notes for this episode of the podcast that is pambarnhill.com/YMB107. And we will also have links to the wonderful new Morning Time journal and planner in the color and the black and white version.
So you can take a peek at those as well. I also have a video tour of the planner that I'll include in the show notes. So you can see that and kind of see what's inside. We'll be back again in a couple of weeks, we're going to be doing some brand new Morning Time mom interviews, where we interview moms who've been doing Morning Time for quite a while, and look at what they're doing in their Morning Time now, what they used to do in their Morning Time, how things have changed over the years and why some of those changes were made. And so our first one of these interviews will be next week. We have Laney Homan joining us, and she'll be talking all about her Morning Time then.
If you have left a rating or review of the Your Morning Basket podcast in your favorite podcast app, we thank you so very much for doing so. And if you haven't, we would love it. If you would take the time to leave a rating or review hit the subscribe button, all of those wonderful things that let the podcast, people know that this is a good one to send out to more people.
And we really do appreciate it. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks until then keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty and your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Morning Time Beginnings and Memories

Pam and Dawn share some great tips for coming back to Morning Time after a break for the holidays.

  • Don’t add anything new for a few weeks. Start with reviewing old Morning Time material.
  • Add new resources one at a time. Start small and build slowly, just like you would at the beginning of a new school year or if you were starting Morning Time for the first time with your kids.

Many families also experience a February slump. In order to get ahead of that, you can plan more fun activities in your Morning Time or plan some field trips or nature walks during February.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:34] catch up with Dawn and Pam
  • [7:48] tips for getting a fresh start with Morning Time in the New Year
  • [15:44] working through the February Slump
  • [21:09] Introducing the Morning Time Journal and Planner
  • [31:44] monthly memory keeping of your Morning Time

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  • Always a favorite!
    by Lizzie O' from United States

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

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

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

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

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

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

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

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

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

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

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

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

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

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

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

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

    Love this!

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

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

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

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

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

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

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

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

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

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

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

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

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

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

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

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

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

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

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

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

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

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

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

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

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

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

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

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

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

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

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

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

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

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

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

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

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

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

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

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

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

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

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

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

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

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

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

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

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

  • by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

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

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

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

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

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

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

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

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

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

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

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

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

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

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

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

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

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

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

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

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

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

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

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

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

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

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

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

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

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

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

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

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

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

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

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

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

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

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

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

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

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

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

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

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

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

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

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

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

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

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

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

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

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

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

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

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

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

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

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

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

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

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

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

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

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

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

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

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

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

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

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

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

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

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

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

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

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

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

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

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

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

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

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

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

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

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

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

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

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

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

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

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

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

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

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

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

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

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

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

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

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

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

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

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

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

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