YMB #124 How Morning Time Works with Any Philosophy: A Conversation with Amy Milcic and Jessica Waldock

It’s true! It doesn’t matter what “flavor” of homeschooler you are or what method you subscribe to — Morning Time can totally work with every single kind of homeschool philosophy. I am joined today by Amy Milcic (eclectic, traditional) and Jessica Waldock (relaxed and interest based) as we chat about how we have made Morning Time work for us (I am representing the CM, classical side of things from a non-purist standpoint.) Have a listen and tell us what you think!

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Links and resources from today’s show:

 Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization The Stoneheart Trilogy Who Was…? Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late Bedtime Math: This Time It’s Personal: This Time It’s Personal Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out Bedtime Math: How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane?: Answers to Your Most Clever Math Questions MindWare Science Trivia Challenge Game – Educational & Fun Game for Families & Kids Ages 8 & Up MindWare Geography Trivia Challenge Game – Educational & Fun Game for Families & Kids Ages 8 & Up Professor Noggin’s History of Art Trivia Card Game – an Educational Trivia Based Card Game for Kids – Trivia, True or False, & Multiple Choice – Ages 7+ – Contains 30 Trivia Cards Professor Noggin’s World of Pets Trivia Card Game – an Educational Trivia Based Card Game for Kids – Trivia, True or False, and Multiple Choice – Ages 7+ – Contains 30 Trivia Cards Professor Noggin’s Wonders of The World Trivia Card Game – an Educational Trivia Based Card Game for Kids – Trivia, True or False, and Multiple Choice – Ages 7+ – Contains 30 Trivia Cards Professor Noggin’s Outer Space Trivia Card Game – an Educational Trivia Based Card Game for Kids – Trivia, True or False, and Multiple Choice – Ages 7+ – Contains 30 Trivia Cards

Pam:

When we don’t do Morning Time, the same amount of schoolwork later in the day takes us three times as long because we haven’t filled, you know, our buckets first or connected first and we didn’t lay that foundation. If we lay that foundation, everything else goes so much quicker. So again, even if you were adding more time, I feel like it makes everything else go so much faster and smoother that you’re saving yourself time. Like you said, it ends up being more efficient in the end. 

This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone and welcome to episode 124 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host and I’m so glad you’re joining me here today. Well, today’s conversation was so much fun.

I’m joined by Amy Milcic from Rock Your Homeschool and Jessica Waldock from the Waldock Way, all three of us homeschool in very different ways. We have different philosophies and different outlooks on homeschooling. We also have very different families, but we all do Morning Time and that’s what we are coming together to talk about today is how Morning Time can actually work no matter what kind of homeschool philosophy you choose, how big your family is, or what that family makeup is. And so this is a really fun conversation that I think you’re going to enjoy. 

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Now, before we get on with that, I would like to invite you to come over to the website and download our free month of Morning Time sample Morning Time plans with the month of Morning Time plans. We have chosen the art, the poetry, the music, all the books and all the wonderful things for your Morning Time learning so you don't have to. And we've put it together in a block or a loop schedule for you to follow. And we even give you access to it on our MorningTime app so you can see what it looks like to access your Morning Time on the app.
You can find all of that by coming to pambarnhill.com/month. And now on with the podcast.
Today I have two wonderful guests on the podcast, not just one. So give me a moment to introduce them. Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer and homeschool mom of one and she lives in sunny florida. At thewaldockway.com, Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interest led learning prevails. She also has a fabulous collection of unit studies on her website and shares generously on her YouTube channel The Wallock Way.
And then my other guest is Amy Milcic. Amy is like the soccer mom supreme to five boys. She's graduated one of them and she enjoys a relaxed, eclectic approach to homeschooling. She loves to use all that she has learned as a mental health therapist to make life and learning fun. She shares a bunch of free, easy to use and creative resources, tips and tools over at Rock Your Homeschool.
Okay, now I have to take a deep breath y'all because you've made me work hard to get both of you welcomed here. But welcome.
Thanks for having us. It's so good to be here.
Yes, thank you. It's so exciting.
Okay, so before we get started, what I want to do is like have everybody introduce themselves so we know who is talking so we can put a name with the voice. So if you guys listen to YMB you know that I'm Pam. And so Amy you go ahead.
Hey, I'm Amy. Go Rock Your Homeschool.
Hey, I'm Jessica from the Waldock Way.
Okay, so Jessica sounds a little more like me because we're both from Florida. I'm originally from Florida, born not too far from where Jessica lives and then Amy sounds just a little more, you know, up country than we do.
Yeah, Jersey. There you go. Okay. Well what I really wanted this conversation to be about was the fact that we all do Morning Time in our home, but I think if we, if we were really honest in laying out how we homeschool, the ways that we homeschool would look very different from one another. And I really think it's important to help people who are new to Morning Time or maybe who've been doing it a little while, understand that Morning Time really can work for any kind of philosophy. So Amy, we're gonna let you start. Could you share a little bit about the approach that you use in your homeschool?
Sure. I would say I don't have like one label. I'd say it's relaxed with a flexible structure. We're definitely eclectic. I pick resources based on what works best for that boy for that year. So really open to trying new things. Interest led for sure. And we do year-round homeschooling at this point, which has been really fun. We take a couple of weeks off here and there, but it kind of keeps the flow going, which helps our homeschool a lot. And I'd say the biggest thing is that we really focus on positive communication and relationships in our homeschool.
That's so important to me, like with my experiences and then just watching my boys grow and learn together.
And how young is your youngest boy at this point?
My baby's eight.
Okay, so eight to one who's already graduated. And then how long have you been doing Morning Time?
Really since the beginning, but I didn't even know it had a name then until like I found you. So we, we kind of just settled into this whole thing cuz when we first started homeschooling I thought you had to replicate public school at home and you know like 8:22 you get started and I'm like this is not working for us cuz I had a toddler hanging off of me and I was pregnant and I'm like, let's just gather together and like look at these books and talk about them and listen to music. So probably from the beginning which I'd say was about when my oldest was in third grade, so.
Okay. Okay. And then Jessica, you're kind of like, when I think about you two, you're like the opposite of Amy because she has five boys and you have one girl. And tell us about your philosophy of homeschooling because it is also different from what Amy's is and how long you've been doing Morning Time.
So I have one daughter who is at this time, 10 years old. We have been doing Morning Time since she was four. We started it kind of at the time it was more of a replication of calendar time that you see in like a typical preschool. And then it slowly evolved cuz it was kind of ridiculous for me to have this huge poster board with a calendar when I had one kid. So it evolved to like a piece of paper, and then it slowly kept evolving to things that fit in a basket versus, you know, these giant things. And it was just us sitting down reading books together or really just spending time together because I'm not a morning person, and so I needed a way to be able to kind of start our day slow but also intentional.
So I was spending time with her, but I didn't really have to think about it. So we've been doing that for I would say six years now. But our philosophy, because I have one kid and because she really, really likes to deep dive into topics, if I had to pick one label, we would be unit study homeschoolers. So the majority of what we do surrounds a certain topic, and she normally dictates that topic based off of her interest.
Okay. You know, you've both mentioned interest-led homeschooling, and I would, even though I have more of a, I think a lot of people would define me as having more of a Classical and or Charlotte Mason bent. I think one of the places where I really differ from the Charlotte Mason philosophy is that I would call myself interest-led as well in that I ask my kids, what do you wanna study next year? And then you do that a little more often Jessica because you guys like you'll watch her and if there's a particular interest she has, you'll make an entire study around it, right?
Yes. I'm literally a week away from finishing a study for her that will be starting in the new school year.
Right. So that's how you do it.
But Amy, are you more like me, more like Jessica, or somewhere in between?
I'd say somewhere in between. And I just think that's so interesting, like how we can all make that work for our different homeschools. But I would say that, and because I have the five boys, well now four that I'm homeschooling to balance out if we try to deep dive with all of their interests, you know, I don't think I'd get any sleep. So we, we talk about it and we pick things like I let each person pick one thing that they might wanna study and we might focus on that in September and then another thing in October and sometimes just leaving it open and just saying, okay, what do we feel like doing this month or whatever.
But so I have like a loose structure, I would say, but I'd say probably in between both of you as far as the interest led.
So how does Morning Time work with your philosophy? So Amy, you're a little more eclectic. I'm gonna choose what works for each child, and you're not afraid to like pick up a textbook or do an online course or do some kind of like computer learning or something like that.
And then Jessica, you're definitely like we're interested led in unit study and really relaxed. So how does, what are some unique ways that Morning Time fits in with this philosophy that you have Jessica?
So I think for us, our Morning Basket looks different than most people's because it typically is a theme, It fits in with our unit studies. So if for example, we're learning about the human body, our Morning Basket is gonna be an extension of that. Most of our read-alouds, Mad Libs luckily come in tons of different topics. So games, I mean, we can theme it to match the topic that we're already studying, so we can kind of make that an extension of that. So that's the one thing that makes it different.
And then the one thing that makes it work is that I can find so many different resources to be able to cover so many different subjects or skills or concepts, if you will, in our Morning Time. And especially since it's just the two of us, we can get a lot done in a short period of time in that 30 or 45 minutes together.
Oh, I love that.
Amy, how about you? I'd say that because I have different ages. So like right now, I have 8, 11, 13, and my 17-year-old kind of jumps in here and there, but he's so busy with his own stuff. So I'd say like really right now we have three boys that I'm working with in Morning Time. I try to keep it that range of ages like where they all can participate, and we do bring in a lot of online things.
Like, I always have the Chromebook right there, so if we wanna jump on and look at something from National Geographic or whatever. But I'd say that like we kind of do a loop of things. I think you talk about that a lot. So like for example, this year we're doing, we added geography in the loop. So Wednesdays and Fridays is when we, and right now we're looking at Florida so it's pretty fun. And so that helps us incorporate the different interest and ideas that the boys wanna study well covering different ages. Does that make sense?
Yeah, it totally makes sense. Well, let's talk about that. What kind of subjects would you say you can cover during Morning Time or you know, and give me some examples of what you've done in the past?
Oh gosh. Like for us, we've covered a bunch of different things. Like last year we were really into growth mindset. That's something I'm really big on. So we incorporated a lot of different books and online resources for that and just talking about it. So that was something pretty unique for us. And I don't know if other homeschoolers did that, but that's just something that we wanted to do. Now this year, we were using BrainPOP homeschool, which has been super cool because there's like so many different topics. Plus it's online, so I just pop it open and I'm like, all right, I can kind of sit back and enjoy it with them, which is nice. But I think there's like, we do current events, we do CNN 10, the boys love Carl, they can't wait for Monday cuz it's gonna start back up again.
Oh good. Because we were worried because we were looking for that. Yeah, yeah.
Yeah, so So you guys watch it too? Oh that's cool.
Totally, yeah, Yeah.
So yeah, and there's just a few of the things that we've done. We, still do calendar time. Jessica had mentioned that, and I know my boys are older, but we just find different things like we'll do Roman numerals with calendar time, or like the temperature and like, you know, varying like Celsius and Fahrenheit and that type of thing. So just a bunch of different stuff, really.
So what I, what I love about what you're saying is you know you're doing the BrainPOP this year, which if you're not familiar with BrainPOP it's like there are these short little videos, there's like a boy in a robot or a girl in a robot or something, and they talk about these various topics, and then there are quizzes and things like that. And so that's something Amy's able to pull up in her Morning Time, and I'm making assumptions now because I've never been in your Morning Time but I'm assuming you pull it up, y'all watch it together and then you discuss it probably.
Yes.
And yeah and so you're able to bring in kind of that video element. Whereas in my Morning Time it is very much, you know, we do watch CNN10 and I have a great interview with Carl that your boys would probably really enjoy. He was on the podcast a couple years ago, was so much fun. But that's the only video we do. And other than that we are reading or reciting poetry or praying or singing and so, you know, I love the fact that we are doing kind of a lot of these what people think of as traditional Morning Time kinds of things. But you're like, oh we're over here like looking up stuff on National Geographic, or we're watching BrainPOP or you know, doing some other video elements. I've got my Chromebook right here. Yeah.
And then Jessica, I have a feeling yours is a little more hands on.
Mine does not include any screens because I save my screen time for when I need a break as a mom. When you homeschool an only child, you that is like treasured alone time. So I'm like no screens whatsoever.
Mainly because that's time when I set aside for it to be me and her. So we are reading, we are playing a game, we're doing puzzles, we're doing Mad Libs. That is kind of our connection time. And so all of our screens podcast, audiobooks, which we totally incorporate just not during our Morning Time cuz that's my time to be like you said, hands-on one-on-one with her. So our Morning Time includes a lot of games. It includes anything she thinks is fun Mad Libs with all of the potty humor. I know I'm not alone in that one. And then I, because math is not her favorite thing, I will find any way to sneak it in to what we're doing. So Bedtime Math books, Life of Fred, any of those kinds of fun kind of hands on type of math that I can sneak into our Morning Time, especially if it matches the theme that we're going with at that time, I'm all for that.
Oh I love that. And I love, I mean just like three very distinct visions of what a Morning Time can look like and it, it works. It works for all of us and I think the key element that is similar to in all of our Morning Times and you guys can like tell me, you know, tell me what you think. But I think it's the fact that we're sitting there with our kids and everybody's learning together, whether that be one child or you know, three or four.
Absolutely. Yeah.
And I think also we are prioritizing whatever's important to us in our home schools and our families.
Yeah. And how we can get our kids engaged in it. That's for me the biggest thing. Like how I can get them excited about learning and wanting to be there with me and interacting and interacting with each other is huge. And like that's why I said like even though my 17-year-old is involved, like he has some online college classes and stuff, he'll be sitting right there and he pipes in, you know, cuz he doesn't wanna miss it but you know, he's older and all that stuff. So I love that. And even my oldest who's out at work all day, he'll come home and be like, what'd you guys do this in Morning Time?
So like the voice will be like, we did this, we did that because he kind of misses it too. And I love that as well that like getting that feedback from him of wanting to know what we're doing in our homeschool and you know, seeing how it's going.
Yeah, I, I think that just goes back to this idea that what makes Morning Time unique is not even the subjects that you do in Morning Time. I mean you could do so many different subjects and Jessica does games and you know, we do reading and you could do video subjects and there's just so many different things you could do. But the thing that makes it unique is the relationships that you're building. Whether that be a one-on-one relationship with your child or relationships in the whole family as well. And so that kind of touches on which was my next question. Why do we think Morning Time is a great addition to homeschooling regardless of your educational philosophy. So anything else? I mean could you imagine not doing Morning Time?
No. For us it's just been such a great way to like come together, and Jessica had mentioned earlier like she's not a morning person and we don't necessarily like always do Morning Time in the morning because we have a crazy schedule.
So sometimes it doesn't start until like 12:30 or 1 o'clock because that's when we can all come together. But like that's for us, the biggest part of it is that we're all together. That's what I love about it.
Do your kids sometimes do their other work before Morning Time?
Yes. We're big on like checklists. I know not everybody likes checklist but my boys like having their clipboard and a checklist of like what they're expected to do. So like my, my baby, my eight year old, he will go through that thing and get it done. He loves to have that. The other ones not always but so they will do some independent work before we even get started with Morning Time and that's just kind of how it's flowed for us. You know
Then it's worked for you. And I know Jessica, you're the only mom I have ever heard of who's like, my mornings are horrible so I have to do Morning Time.
Well and what's funny is she just said her Morning Basket doesn't start until 12 or one and ours doesn't either but not because we did anything beforehand, just because that's when our day starts. We are not, we're not morning people. And it's, I know that sounds backwards to think I have to do Morning Time because I'm not a morning person, but I can have the basket full of stuff set up beforehand, and I could have done it when my brain was working, and it was on fire, and then all I have to do in my pajamas is sit on the couch and pull something outta the basket one at a time.
Like my brain doesn't have to work to read, “okay, give me a pronoun next,” or my brain doesn't have to work to just open and read a book aloud. Like I can sit there and watch her do a puzzle while I'm reading, and I can still be slowly waking up. I'm still filling her bucket; I'm not griping at her because she's trying to make me be human first thing in the morning and it just, for us, it works better. And that's actually one of the things I hear often is I'm not a morning person so Morning Time won't work for me. But I think it's actually the opposite of that. If, if you would just give it a chance, I think you would realize it would totally work for you.
Yeah. Okay. Talk to me about some of your favorite things that you've ever done in Morning Time before.
Some examples of something you've done that you really loved.
We love trivia. We do, we incorporate that a lot into the homeschool. My boys just love random facts so we have a lot of those different card boxes and stuff, and that's something that we always look forward to and then it kind of leads us down rabbit trails or deep dives based on that. So that's been one of our favorite things, I'd say.
So like the MindWare trivia or the Professor Noggin.
Professor Noggin is one of our favorites when we put those in our Morning Time, our goal is, cuz they have the easy and the hard that by the end of the Morning Time, like when we've changed themes, we can answer all the hard questions, not just be easy anymore.
Yeah. So that's a good one.
Yeah that's a big one here too.
How long, how long do you stick with the theme Jessica?
Oh, when Emily was younger, it was monthly because her attention span was shorter. So I would say from the time she was like, preschool until about the end of second, beginning of third grade, we changed themes monthly, and then once she hit about third grade, her attention span was longer, and she wanted to dive even deeper and linger a little more. So now it's closer to quarterly, about every two to three months, kind of when she's done with it. I can tell when she's not excited anymore it's like, okay, time to move on.
And what about some of your favorites from Morning Time?
So I think some of our favorites are definitely Mad Libs. That's one that is always a win here and Emily will like kind of pitch a fit if I don't pull it outta the basket. And then any quick card game is my favorite. So like the Professor Noggin trivia games, the brain training games like Spot it. Spot, it has tons of themes so they will fit in with a lot of our topics when we do them.
Those are always in there. And then we really like puzzles cuz they're quiet, and she can do them while I'm reading aloud, and that's not loud or distracting for me.
So yeah. That's awesome. And Mad Libs, I will tell you that my Madlib kid eventually grew out of it so he's 12 now, and I would say that last year was probably the first year that we didn't have to do Mad Libs every day to keep him happy.
Well, then I think I'm gonna cherish the next two years I have because I think there is gonna come a time when I'm gonna miss that potty humor.
So yeah, that maybe, maybe you will. I don't miss it yet.
So Pam, what are a few of your favorite, you've been doing Morning Time, probably longer than both of us. So what are a few of your favorite resources that you've used?
So I mean my, one of my favorite things to do, we do love CNN 10, like Amy and them and we love Carl and the Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization from IEW has just been one, it's one of my favorites and I would think it's one of my kids' favorites too because they just roll right back into it. They never complain about it. We always do it. And so that's a favorite. And then just really good books, whatever really good book we're reading, that's when we do our read-alouds because I have tried to schedule, you know, obviously, when they were little we always read before bedtime, right?
But then as they grew up and started getting older and now they have jobs, I mean there are very few nights when we are all even here at the house together because they've gone off in so many different directions with jobs and activities and it's just almost impossible for us to read before bed. And so if we get read aloud done, it is being done in Morning Time.
That's how our Morning Time has evolved as well. We've also incorporated read-alouds or audiobooks are really big cuz sometimes I'm still up like getting my coffee or fixing a snack for my little hobbit or whatever. And so I, I really find that like having an audiobook and having that time, like right now I think we're working on the Stone Heart trilogy. Yeah we are. And so we're just, it is just so helpful to have that to turn on and listen to and then talk about afterwards because night times are usually crazy here. Like we have a couple working out activities or practices or games and it's like one way at least we know that we're getting that together, and we can talk about it.
So Yeah,
That’s happened with us too.
So have you ever put anything really kind of academic or schooly in your Morning Time
This year, we're actually, the boys wanted to do the periodic table of elements. So we're gonna be looking at probably like, I'd say two or three elements per week and like really looking at them, you know and like they're making these big posters and we're looking at like what the different elements are gonna do, like what they do in the world and everything. And I think that's pretty academic cuz I'm not a chemistry person so I'm like wow this is so we're gonna do a lot of fun stuff with it. But yeah, so that's something that we're gonna be doing.
It's kind of an academic topic for sure. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. Jessica, what's the most academic thing you've ever done in your Morning Time?
Oh, I think probably the most academic thing we've ever done because it's mostly the only thing we do for history is that we read the Who Was books cuz those are some of Emily's favorites for our history. And then we do our, Who Was unit studies afterwards. So she typically colors the coloring page while I read it aloud during Morning Time and then later on in the day she completes like the unit study pages for that.
Okay. So am I the only person who's ever done grammar and like sentence diagramming and Morning Time?
Oh we have, we do. We've done Winston Grammar. That's really worked well with my boys cause they like the cards and like moving it around. So yes, we have done grammar and in fact we wrapped up like one thing last year and they were just asking me about that. They're like, When are we gonna do that again? And I'm like, you want to do grammar?
So yeah, I like we did, We did the first language lessons when Emily was younger because the majority of that was just kind of read aloud and recite back to you. So we did the first or second book in like preschool in kindergarten. That's all we did for grammar. And that was, it was fine. I mean we didn't stop it for any particular reason. We just finished the book and that was it.
That was it. Yeah, we've also done foreign language in Morning Time. We did Latin when the kids were little.
Anybody else? No, I tried here and there. It never really stuck. We tried French, we tried Greek, they wanted one but I don't know, I just never, never quite stuck until they got older, you know? But that was always like a dream for me. But Yeah.
Yeah, me too. And it's like, like if they really don't have this burning interest to keep speaking it and wanna speak it back with you, like it, it, it's a struggle, right? It's like you're driving that train so Jessica, you're shaking your head.
Because I think that foreign language might just be a little too much for my still half-asleep brain. I think that's a stretch. I think that would be the one thing that would make me think too hard during Morning Time.
You don't wanna do Latin declentions during Morning Time?
I don't. I don't think so. I think I'll pass maybe at like five o'clock in the evening. I would totally be on it but not at, nope, that's too much for me.
And then you play a lot of math games in Morning Time. I have always made an attempt to bring beautiful math into my Morning Time because I'm the kind of person I was never a big math person but I know that there's beauty in mathematics that I struggle accessing, you know? But I want to, you know, and this is the other thing about Morning Time for me, which is such a big huge thing about just the whole concept of Morning Time is this is the place where I get to learn alongside my kids, right? I'm not necessarily the teacher; I'm learning something with them and so that's the place where I really try to put beautiful things in math so I can access those things for myself as well, you know? And so we have done Bedtime Math books which are a lot of fun. But then we've also done, you know, some math poetry and Life of Fred and just, you know, really kind of tried to dive into some more abstract math ideas like tessellations or the Golden Mean or things like that. Any other math for you guys?
We love Life of Fred. So the, we've done that, we haven't done that as part of our Morning Time. That was kind of like the voiced on their own I think because the different ages for us math is, we haven't really done too much in our Morning Time with that just cause they were at such different levels. But yeah, I'd love to hear what Jessica does with Emily.
So there is a Math Journey Through, it's a book series and their theme. So there's like a math journey through the animal kingdom or a math journey through the human body. So they fit into our topical Morning Baskets while still being kind of that fun, beautiful real-life math.
I love that. Okay, so I have a question for you, specifically Jessica. If you have one child and you're doing this unit and you're doing all this stuff in Morning Time, what is the difference between the stuff you're doing with your one child for the unit in Morning Time and the other stuff she does? Does like is all of your unit study stuff done in Morning Time?
Unit study stuff that requires writing is done during table time. There is absolutely no writing ever required during our Morning Time, with the exception of maybe like coloring a picture because she, well when she was younger she doesn't find it nearly as painful now. But when Emily was younger she found pencil in hand, like physically painful. So I immediately was like, there will never be a pencil required during our Morning Time because that's supposed to be this beautiful time for us to connect with each other.
And I didn't want that upset, you know, the tears or the upsetting part of it. So anything that we do that involves like the reading or the games or the fun, the connection part of it is Morning Time, anything that requires writing or something that mom might have to be a little bit, you know, pushy or forceful that's table time and later in the day.
Okay. No, that's a great distinction. But I have a feeling that that was a question that you know, people would be asking.
And then Amy, since you have older kids, have you ever been able to work into like their transcript or anything or their hours or anything like that, some of the stuff that you have done in Morning Time?
Oh, that's a good question. I'd have to go back and look through their portfolios and stuff. I haven't necessarily maybe pulled out some things that we were reading and then if they did some writing along with that. Cause I do try to make it towards their level once Morning Time is done. So we might take a concept that they, we were all talking about, and I would give them a writing prompt on it, and then I would include it.
But I, I wouldn't say that we did anything like transcript wise. Cause once they hit high school age, that's when I found that they were just kind of popping in here and there with our Morning Time. So…
Yeah. Yeah, this is my new, this is my new journey is like how to figure out, you know, because I have,
I only have the three and they are 17, 15, and 12. And so, you know, the 12-year-old's kind of a little of, you know, a little anomaly over here in a lot of different ways. And I, you know, I'm really gearing a lot of things right in towards that 17 and 15-year-old. And that's my new thing is to see like, you know, how do we make this count? How do we make this count towards.
Oh, I think you definitely can, like, I think one thing that we looked into and I just never kind of followed through with it was like music appreciation. I'm not sure like what's required in your state, but there were certain things that I, I definitely could have tweaked that could have been applied to their transcript.
But Yeah, just careful Fulfilled that.
And Amy's in Pennsylvania if you're listening, so now they know where to come find you, Amy,
Please come find me.
But I'm in Florida or I'm in Alabama, not in Florida, I'm in Alabama. And so like our requirements are a lot less stringent than yours. And so I think I would be able to utilize a lot of that stuff.
Oh, I just did think of one thing. We, we are required to do fire safety so every year all the way through senior. So that is something that we did in our Morning Time. So we would read the books when we watch videos, and we, we talk about it and write about it, and that could also get put on the transcript as part of their health and wellness.
So I love it. I love it.
So what tips do you have for somebody who, you know, maybe they've never really considered Morning Time before because they're like, Oh, I'm not a Charlotte Mason homeschooler or I'm not a classical homeschooler and that really seems to be who, who's doing the Morning Time thing and now after this conversation they're thinking, oh, you know, maybe it's something I could do. What, what kind of advice would you give them?
I would say the first thing would be to start small and then build up. Like if you ever go look at somebody's Morning Basket, it can be, or Morning Time even. It can look daunting. And then the number one question I always get is, how long does it take you to do all this? Because they can't fathom the idea of adding in even 30 to 45 minutes. Like I can't handle that. So it can just be like a read-aloud, just sit down in the morning with a book, one book for 10 minutes. It can be, you know, small and easy and simple and then you can build from there.
I would venture to say that's probably what all three of us did. None of our Morning Times started out looking like what they look like now.
Yeah. And you know that, it's funny you should say that because you know, I never think of Morning Time as something I'm adding on to school. It is, it happens to be the time that we're all learning together, you know, but it, I see it as the way that I make schooling more efficient and more enjoyable for my family is because we're all coming together and doing it together. But it's not stuff that I'm adding on extra, it's stuff that I would wanna do for school anyway. So for me it's not an add-on, it's an efficiency technique maybe.
See, and for me sometimes I don't even see it as a schooling extra. I see it as a relationship and a foundation of our whole day. I mean, yes we do things that happen to be academic and educational, but I would play games with her or read to her no matter what. And it just happens to make our day start easier, better, and you know, we're connecting and it makes, it makes the entire day go more smoothly when we don't do Morning Time, the same amount of schoolwork later in the day takes us three times as long because we have it filled our buckets first are connected first and we didn't lay that foundation. If we lay that foundation, everything else goes so much quicker. So again, even if you were adding more time, I feel like it makes everything else go so much faster and smoother that you're saving yourself time. Like you said, it ends up being more efficient in the end.
Absolutely. Like for us it's a type of structure but like flexible and even like I said, we, we year-round homeschool and we do take off some time, but the boys will ask, can we see, we always start off with this, we do the Pledge of Allegiance every day. They like to do that. We say a prayer, and then we do a little bit of calendar. We listen to, if Carl's on, you know, we tune in and we just have like our little things that we do. And even if we don't have school that day, the boys ask to do it because they enjoy it and that time together. So like Jessica said, it's like a relationship, and it's like this great way to start the day together, which has been so powerful for us.
Yeah, I think that's, that's what I would tell a mom who is interested in the idea, but she's like, you know, how do you find time to do this? And I think the value of it just becomes so great and what it does for, you know, your whole homeschool that it doesn't seem like you're really adding on extra things.
I agree.
Yeah. But it's not, I will say like convincing the 13 year old boy of that it, you know, when he is never done it before that, you know, there's a little bit of finesse there, right?
Right. Cause weve done it for years, so like my, my little guys don't know anything different. If I had to get started now, it would take, I would just say don't overthink it. Pick one thing, focus on that if you need to tweak it a little bit, and just see where it goes. And, and then if you're, you know, getting started with a 13-year-old, I'd say talk to them about it. Like what do you think we could do it this time and how would this help, you know, get our day started. Well because, you know, 13 year old boys are woo. So you, you, you wanna, you know, connect with them and, and work with them and help them take ownership as well.
Or like Pam, you said that you love certain things about your Morning Time. So I think maybe if they're older, you meet them in the middle, like I'm gonna add one thing for me, but then I'm gonna add one thing for them. Like something to bring you both to the time together.
Yeah, I always add something for them first before I add the something for me and that, Yeah. So we always do like, you know, something for your toughest kid. There's always a tough nut to crack and then, you know, go down and you're poor, you know, 16, 17-year-old girl, she's the last one because are the five year old. Yeah. Because she's the easiest and, and then from there, you know, you can add something for you finally. For sure. So…
All right, well ladies, thank you so much for joining me here today. I think this was a fabulous conversation and so much to be got out of this. So I'm gonna give you each a turn.
Tell everybody where they can find you online. Jessica?
You can find me at thewaldockway.com. I'm also on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
And you have something new and exciting coming out this fall, don't you?
I do. I have a brand new Greek mythology Percy Jackson-based study that will be out probably by the time they're listed on this. But you're right, it'll be out this fall.
Awesome, Awesome. And Amy?
I'm over at Rock Your Homeschool and you can occasionally find me on Instagram and Facebook cuz I have not been good with social media cuz I needed that detox. But you can find me at Rock Your Homeschool, that's for sure.
Awesome. At RockYourHomeschool.com.
All right, well, thank you ladies. I really appreciate it and keep enjoying your Morning Time. It's just so much fun to talk to moms who are getting so much value out of it.
Oh, thanks Pam. It was great being here.
Thanks for having us.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the resources that Amy, Jessica, and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at pambarnhill.com/ymb124. Also, I'd just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has left a rating or review for the Your Morning Basket podcast in your favorite podcast player.
The ratings and reviews that you leave help us get word out about the podcast to new listeners. And we really do appreciate you taking the time to do that. I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another great Morning Basket interview. Until then, keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Morning Time With Any Philosophy

Morning Time works for families regardless of their homeschooling philosophy because it’s so adaptable. It’s a place where you can prioritize what is most important for you and your family.

Academic subjects can fit into Morning Time as well. It’s a great place to do grammar, history reading, short science lessons or anything you can think of.

Morning Time can also help make your homeschool more efficient because it allows you to teach everyone at one time.

Make sure that you have something in your Morning Time that each person enjoys, including mom. You can even use it to sneak in subjects that your kids don’t love by making it fun.

 

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:00] meet Jessica Waldock and Amy Milcic
  • [4:14] get to know Jessica and Amy’s approach to homeschooling
  • [9:18] fitting Morning Time into these approaches
  • [17:30] why Morning Time works for them.
  • [20:30] favorite Morning Time things
  • [32:45] tips for moms who want to get started

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  • Thank you
    by mrsbeliever from United States

    I take my walks outside two times a day. I enjoy listening to all the knowledge you have on your podcast! I am a mom of 7 and have been homeschooling for 18 years! I’m not a novice but have loved all your advice and input! Thank you for everything you do! I love it!

  • 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!

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