YMB #122 Top Priorities for Morning Time with Teens

We’ve talked a few times on the podcast about how to do Morning Time with your teens, but this episode really hones in on the idea of what do you prioritize when it comes to Morning Time and the teenage years. How do you make it worth their time and energy, how does it change as they get older, and even how do you award credits for what you are doing.

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It’s the same, only more it’s like deeper and fuller. And I was a secondary ed major. I’ve always liked teenagers. Like teaching phonics. We teach phonics so we can have something to talk about. Right. I was always excited about getting to the point where we have these big meaty things to discuss. And now we get to have those discussions.

This is Your Morning Basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 122 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you are joining me here today. We’ll on today’s episode of the podcast. We’re going to be talking about what to prioritize when you are doing Morning Time with teens.

Now there’ve actually been a couple of different times on the show and we’ll link to them in the show notes where we’ve kind of talked about the nuts and bolts of why to do Morning Time with your teens, or even how to do Morning Time with your teens. How does it look different when you’re doing Morning Time with teen teens versus doing Morning Time with little kids.

But what we wanted to do today was kind of touch on. If you’re going to be doing Morning Time with teens, what are some of the things that you might prioritize? Now, we really want to emphasize that this is going to look so different for all of the different families that are out there. My guest today is Dawn Garrett, who is the community manager at Your Morning Basket and she has three teens. I have three kids who are a little bit spread farther apart in age. My youngest will just be a teen this year. Whereas my oldest is 17. Dawn’s are closer together. Hers range in age from 15 to 17, we’ve both been doing Morning Time for a long time. And we both have continued to do what people would call fairly substantial Morning Time with our teenagers.

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My Morning Time last, anywhere from around 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes, usually hitting it right about an hour. And Dawn's is about that long as well. And so people ask us, how do you do that? When you have teens who have so many other things that they have to do now, the wonderful thing about the conversation is Dawn is…they have a very much more academic and I would say rigorous though. Dawn would probably not use that word that compared to us, they do kind of program going on in their high school, their high schoolers read very meaty books and attend a lot of online classes. Whereas we are much more relaxed in our approach to homeschooling around here. And so getting to see a little bit from different aspects, I think is a good thing.
So Dawn's coming on to talk with me today about how do you prioritize what you put in Morning Time with your teenagers and what do you prioritize? Why do you prioritize Morning Time with teenagers? So I think you're going to enjoy the conversation. Now, if you are looking for something to do in your Morning Time, even with your teens, come check out the Morning Time plans Pambarnhill.com. We have a few different sets over there. That can be a great supplement to Morning Time for your teens. Like our history Morning Time plans. Our seasonal Morning Time plans have truth, goodness, and beauty in there. If you leave off the picture books and just do the art appreciation music appreciation and read some of the poetry together,
that's perfect for teenagers. And then also some of our literature based plans, like the Hobbit are absolutely perfect for teenagers as well. So just because you have teens doesn't mean you shouldn't come and check out our ready-made Morning Time plans pambarnhill.com. And now on with the podcast.
Hey there, Dawn Garrett, how are you doing today?
I'm doing really well while we're still on summer break. So it's very quiet here. And my youngest she's 15. She is at grandma's house for part of this week and she's my talker.
Okay. Oh, yes, yes, yes. She is actually. We met. It's a very quiet here this week. That's funny.
Okay. So we want to let you guys know we are actually recording this August 1st. So if you're listening to this, I can't remember when this would air. I think sometime it's September Dawn is not still on summer break. We are both busy homeschool moms. And so we actually, people always ask like, how do you get all this stuff done? We bulk, like we do things in bulk. We batch it, you know? And so right now we're working while we're on summer break so that all of this stuff will be ready, be ready in the fall.
My first summer break ever. That's right? Because you have never, you've always schooled year round, starting your year in December and, and then not really taking a summer break. So tell everybody, cause this is kind of relevant to what we're talking about today. Tell everybody why you decided for the first time ever to take a summer break.
Well, we've always had Morning Time that has always been like the cornerstone of our day, year round. And so in the last few years with all high schoolers, they've needed some online courses for things that I cannot provide foreign language, higher math, those kinds of things. And those have kind of overtaken our schedule. So our cornerstone of Morning Time in the summer has not been, it's been a little bit weird to have that, not have that anchor even with us, you know, our minimum viable day. Yeah.
But we've taken the whole summer off. My oldest is going to be a senior year this year and she has some online classes. And so that they get their breaks when their classes have breaks. And not just when I have breaks, we just said, we'll go to a traditional school year, this for these last three years of homeschooling.
Yeah. And I think that's, yeah, that's important. You know, you were able to keep it up for as, as long as you did, but then when, when you started leaning into those online classes as a large part of their day, it was good to give them, give them that option because your kids really weren't getting a break because the times you were breaking, they were still having to do class.
That's right. Yes. And arrest is really important for learning. There's a lot of work, work, work, but your mind really works on things when you have a rest. And if they weren't getting any breaks at all, they weren't getting any, they weren't giving their minds a chance to kind of like suck the marrow out of the learning. Right? They weren't, they weren't getting the time for that quiet work of their brain without like a lot of input. So it was really important that we had the summer off and it's been honestly really delightful, although a little unanchored.
Well, yeah. And so our big problem this summer has been, they've been so busy. You know. And so honestly, Olivia told me last week, she's like, I'm really looking forward to starting school because I wanted to get back to normal where it almost feels like the school year is a break from the summer. So they, you know, they've gone to camps, they've helped with VBS. They've, you know, done all the things. And actually this week, Olivia is at cybersecurity camp and we're starting school next week. And I have a feeling she's going to be like very tired and like, why are we having to start school? I just went to camp and I'm like, I can't help that. We have to get started.
We have a couple more weeks before we start, but it's going to definitely be a slow start in.
Yeah. Yeah. And, and we will too. We'll start a little bit slower. Tell me how old your kids are for everybody who's listening. How old are your kids? My youngest turned 15 in June. She is a rising sophomore. My middle, my son is 16 and a half. I guess he is a rising junior and incredibly busy. And my oldest is 17. She'll be 18 in October. And she’s a senior I know like It's honestly both really exciting and really terrifying all at the same time.
Yeah. Yeah. It really is. And I'm like, ah, you know, can you just want to stay into another year? That's almost what I feel like sometimes, but we'll, we'll just see how it goes. We'll see what happens. And so me the same way I've got, I've got a senior this year for the first time ever. And then I've got a sophomore and then my final one, he's going to be 13 in the fall. So not as old, not quite as old, I've got a little bit longer to go, but yeah. So coming up on having a house full of teenagers.
So let's talk a little bit about some of the joys of doing Morning Time with teenagers because moms with little kids are probably like, wondering how is this going to change? What's going to be different and how is it going to change?
What is going to be different? What are you, what are you enjoying? We do real theology and we do poetry at a different kind of a level where we're talking about the ideas. And I mean, my kids have always discussed stuff with me, but now we're like discussing like real meaty stuff. My kids can really lead parts of Morning Time.
It's not all my voice all the time. They participate in the, you know, the reading, this portion of this particular book, my son accompanies on the keyboard when we sing, which is honestly so helpful. Cause I can't carry a tune, but the piano that makes the world of difference. I mean, it's, it's the same only more it's like deeper and fuller.
And I was, I was a secondary ed major. I've always liked teenagers. I like teaching phonics. We teach phonics so we can have something to talk about. Right? Like I was always excited about getting to the point where we have these big meaty things to discuss and now we get to have those discussions.
Yeah. I think for me that's, that's it too. That's the most joyful thing is that the conversations that we have, it's, it's two way it's, it's good stuff. It's, it's enjoyable, delightful. They have a wonderful sense of humor, you know? So it's the great conversations that we're having that come out of the Morning Time material and the things we get to share together.
And just kind of like, I can remember last year reading something in a book and my daughter just given me this look like, and like we're all on the same wavelength. We're thinking exactly the same thing. And so yeah, I do. I think that is my very favorite thing too that. You just, as enjoyable as morning, time was doing with little kids, you just didn't have it. You know?
And when it was all little kids, I was doing all of the reading aloud and then we would do narrations. You know, we did lots of Madlibs, which are fun to a point, but Madlibs in with high schoolers are actually so much better, better than Madlibs with all of the bathroom humor, like their vocabulary just blossoms. And they're excited to use these big ridiculous words. And it's, it's, it's more fun.
Makes it more fun. Yeah. Okay. So let's not paint this rosy picture that there are no challenges. So what are some of the challenges of doing Morning Time with teenagers?
Well, I used to have a lovely hour and a half to two hour Morning Time where we got to do all kinds of things that I wanted to do and they just don't have time for that.
So we've cut it back to an hour and I try to stick really tightly to that hour. And that makes me sad because that is, they do so much independent study in high school. I mean, they still come to me for some things, but that is really my biggest interaction with my kids in the day with all of us together. And so having to give up that time and really limit it, that's really hard for me.
Yeah. Yeah. I think for me, it's the, it's a lot of times it's the attitudes, so there's grumpiness. And I think little kids have that too, but they can, I think, I don't know. My little kids were way more joyful in Morning Time. Now it's a, I won't say it's begrudging because that's not the feeling at all because in the end they will tell you like when it comes right down to it and, and they're, they're not, you know, when you catch them in a moment when they're not sleepy, they're not annoyed with a sibling. They're not something like that. They will tell you that they do enjoy Morning Time. But so often it's the getting up. It's the being grumpy. It's the, you know, the hairy lumpy bodies laying on your couch while you're trying to read to them and stuff like that. That, that to me, I think is the challenge right there.
It’s the constant, constant starvation, like I ate five minutes ago and just like needing more food right now.
Yeah. Oh yeah. I've had a point in time in my Morning Time where like all three of them got up at separate times and like wandered away. And so I'm still sitting there in the living room, reading the book and two of them are in the kitchen getting snacks. And one of them is heading towards the bathroom and I just kind of stop. And I hear this voice from the kitchen, keep reading, we can hear you. And I'm like, oh, oh, you know.
You can hear me, but it's not the same. It's Not the same. It's like, what'd you just get in here until we can finish, you know?
Yeah. And don't get me wrong. My kids sometimes have the attitudes too. And they don't, they their attitudes for quite a while where it's, we're just spending too much time here. So that was, that was part of why we cut it back because they really did insist. But I mean, there are days when they're like, oh, do we have to do this? We would rather sleep. And for sure, I get that, but yes, we have to do this. And then we're all glad that we've done it because it does kind of prime the pump for the day.
It gets, it gets the, like the mental juices just go in just enough to, to get going. And like I was talking about earlier, it's it really is that anchor, that foundational piece to our whole day.
Yeah. Yeah. And I think it's like, it's, it's sometimes I think for them, it's kind of like exercise. Like you don't always want to do it, but you're always happy. You did do it. You know,
You are, you really are. So yes. But yeah, it's, it's, it's kind of like that sometimes. So I think that that for us is the biggest, the biggest challenge.
So what let's talk about that you've mentioned, you've alluded a couple of times to the fact that you used to do a much longer time and now a much longer Morning Time, and now it's shorter. So how, when you started making it shorter, when your teens said, we really need this to be more compact, how did you narrow down to the most important things to focus with?
So a big section of our Morning Time was reading books that I wanted to read. Or that I wanted to have read, like I wanted the kids to have read them.
Yeah. So like we had a book on Ohio heroes where in Ohio, they have to have Ohio history. And it was an interesting book and I really was enjoying it. We were working on a book about the constitution and how it was developed and what's in it and you know, how it's put together. And I thought that was a pretty important thing. And we, we did just about finished that one.
We were reading a book called Cycle Savvy, which was about women's cycles during Morning Time. Cause I had all teenagers and my girls could certainly hear and need that kind of information. And my boy is likely to have a wife someday and she would appreciate that he has that knowledge.
She really will! All the moms listening to now there are nodding, the men are horrified, but yeah. She will.
And you know, and it's awkward to read that kind of book aloud and it's awkward to have that book read aloud to you, but it really shouldn't be. So I was trying to kind of break some of those stereotypes and some of the, some of that discomfort. So I was reading aloud books that I, that I wasn't going to assign to my kids, but that I thought were valuable for our time. And so those are, those are probably the things that I cut back. I wanted to keep all of the Bible catechism theology stuff we were doing that was that's. You know, that really is the anchor of our anchor. That's the heaviest part, the most important part of my morning, time singing, hymns, those things. I wanted to keep the poetry because we've been working on this poetry books since Margaret was three. And so
What level are you on now? Four. Okay. End of three. I don't remember exactly.
We're only on two Heather Tully, who is a good friend of both of ours. She's like mine have to do the last poem before they graduate. I'm like, my kids would never graduate.
Yeah. We're not gonna make it to the last poem, which I'm fine with. We might start like skipping to some different ones this year in the Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization, we might start skipping to some of the more famous ones. We, I don't remember what we were working on because we haven't done Morning Time for a couple of months and I haven't looked at it yet.
So I kept the poetry and we, we read some other poetry just to read it because I think that's important. And we do Shakespeare and Plutarch. And as Charlotte Mason people, we do our, you know, this is, this is when we do folk songs and picture study and composer study. And those don't take very long, but that's just like giving them weights so that we don't forget about them or lose track of them in our day.
Right. And it's just easier to do them together if you're going to be quite frankly
And more enjoyable.
Yeah. Yeah. It really is. It really is. So what about personal interests? Do your kids' personal interest ever play a role in the choices that you make for your Morning Time?
No.
I love it. And apologetic.
No, no. We're getting, we're getting what I have determined are the most important things that they wouldn't necessarily choose to focus on. So I mean, they do their own Bible reading, but we do we're in the reform tradition. So we're reading some Calvin, we read Charlotte Mason's Ourselves was so we're doing things that like philosophically, I think are really important and putting them together and keeping it short and sweet and getting through it together makes it great for my kids.
But it's not, it's not where we're really focusing on for their, for their interests. I try to do that with, you know, their regular curriculum. What foreign language do they want, where do they think they're going? So what other classes are or books, should they be reading? Ambleside Online is very much designed to tailor the main curriculum.
So I keep a, I keep a pretty firm grasp on what Morning Time is.
Yeah, I would say that for us, the interest impact it more in, so we always do some of our history reading and Morning Time. And then the history is typically based on an interest. So two years ago it was ancient stuff. It was ancient Greek and Roman history. We were, it was actually part of a larger mythology study was really what it was. So it was very light on history, really heavy on, on mythology, but there was a little history thrown in there that was done in Morning Time. And then last year it was the American Revolutionary Period that was based on a desire to study that period due to the musical Hamilton.
Of course, yes.
And then this year they've asked to kind of continue and see what happened after that. And so we're moving into the modern period. And so there will be history readings based on the modern period and that'll happen during Morning Time. But as far as like the…oh, now they did ask. So apparently it was a thing this summer at camp that they were introduced to Lectio Divina.
Now they've asked to be able to do that some in morning school as well. So yeah, I thought that we would pull, you know, do some of that together and they were telling me exactly how they structured it and did it at camp. And so I'll probably use that same structure. I can talk to some of the adults that they went to camp with to kind of get a good feel on exactly how they did it.
So I can kind of carry that, carry that on. So we'll probably do that with like the Sunday readings or something of that nature. And so, yeah, I guess in a way it kind of does, but most of the time, most of the time, I'm picking the stuff, you know, we give the same Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization, and we just move on to the next poem. And, and those kinds of things.
I will say that we may be working on these things, but my daughter is often painting and the other daughter is doing some sort of a handicraft because she likes to do crafty things. And my son is like figuring out chess things. And sometimes two of them will play a game of chess while we're doing Morning Time. I mean, so, so I suppose their interests come in in that way that they can bring their work to do or their, their hobbies to do while, while we're doing this work, as long as they're participating in the work.
Well. Okay. So that brings up a good question that moms might have is what is appropriate for them to do in Morning Time, while they're listening to you read or taking turns reading, or are practicing poetry, memorization, or singing hymns, like what's appropriate for them to do. How can you be sure they're paying attention. So what do you have a kind of a rule in your house? Cause I have a guideline that I use and that I tell moms to use.
Well, they have to read when I asked them to read and they have to narrate and if they can't narrate the passage that we have just read and it, and it's not that I didn't understand it, so I can't narrate it, but like, I can't even tell you anything that it was about, then you need to close up your thing and be doing what we're doing, kind of a thing. So I guess those are the two main things you have to, you have to be a willing, like you have to be saying the poem while we're doing the poem. You have to be singing the hymn when we're playing the hymn. When we're doing the hymn, you have to be saying the catechism question, when we're doing the catechism question, they all have copies of the Calvin. So they're supposed to be following along with what we're reading, you know? So I mean, following along and painting sometimes gets a little messy, but it can be done. So I guess those are that's my roles.
Yeah. I think, you know what, I've what I tell people generally. And this is kind of the rule. The rule, the guideline that I use at my house is they need to be not using the same part of the brain that, and I think, I think I'm, I'm going to attribute this one to Andrew Pudewa. I think that's where I got this from kind of this idea of what can your kids do while you're reading aloud? Well, they can't be using the same part of the brain that they're using to listen to the read aloud. So if they're doing something with their hands, if they're working on a hobby, you know, something like that, then it's going to be fine. They're going to be able to hear the words and, and kind of like internalize them and be able to narrate back and all of that kind of stuff.
Whereas if they're, if they're reading a different book while you're reading to them, that's not going to work because they're using the same kind of part of the brain. And, and probably the same with mathematics handwriting, if it's just handwriting practice or lettering of some kind, they could probably do it. But if they're trying to like, get really in depth with copywork or something, maybe not. So that's kind of, my rule of thumb is like, let's, let's keep it to a different part of the brain. So you can't be reading your own book while I'm reading to you, Right?
Yeah. Embroidery has been a good one for Rebecca. She likes to do that or, or a cross stitch or something sometimes. So yeah, there are, there are things that you can do and still be participating. Yeah. And historically that, that, you know, people have done that.
Yeah. I can crochet a whole blanket if somebody would just like somebody else would do the majority of the reading.
So, you know, sometimes moms worry about that Morning Time is going to take away the student's ability to spend time doing the important things. So, you know, do we really have time to do Morning Time? Should we be focusing on something else instead?
Well, I think if you put the important things in Morning Time, you're, you're in good shape. I was looking at this question. I was thinking, I know Dawn's going to have the same answer I am. And like the stuff in the Morning Time is the important stuff.
That's Right. Yeah. The rest of it is just, you know, I look at it as the difference between what's really important and what the world thinks is important.
Sure. But there isn't enough hours. There aren’t enough hours in the day. If you think about, you know, where we are compared with kids in school who are in school all day long and then have hours of homework every night and jobs and sports, you know, extracurriculars, we can, we can massage things a little bit more for them. My son did robotics last year and it was a big time commitment, but I was able to like say, okay, you're keeping Morning Time. You have online math, online German. And you know, a couple of other in music because music…
Lots of music.
Lots and lots of music for him and, and robotics. And we'll call that school for this, for this period of time, because that's, I mean, that's a pretty hefty load, but that's not forever. That's for January through March. Right. And then we can pick back up some of the other things.
Hold on a second, less lot less outline that. So if that was school at that point, and you know, because of that robotics time commitment, what was not school at that point that he would normally have been doing, You didn't have much, he didn't have a lot of the Ambleside Online readings. So not much history, not much literature. He dropped, you know, some of the books that I would typically have assigned, he would have been that he would have been working on before and after that period.
So you chose to drop those things, instead of draw, instead of saying, well, you don't have to participate, participate in Morning Time. So you could do like this history and science and still do robotics, right?
Yeah. Right. And lots of music, but I mean, theology, I mean, he is getting reading in theology. He is getting reading and poetry. I mean, so there is still, he is still getting the humanities that particularly science, heavy kids often need by keeping it in Morning Time. He just, maybe isn't getting the history, which I love. I was history ed major. That's like my first love.
And I really, I really struggled with this decision to let him drop the history, but he just had to, because I needed to look at what he needed, not what I loved.
Well, let's think about this for a minute because I know one of the questions that moms who are listening to this they're having in their head is what will, what, how, how are you doing the transcript if you've dropped that?
Well, I'm only dropping that for six to eight weeks. He's still going to have history reading. And, you know, we, we have an hour long drive for one of his lessons. And so we were listening to WEB Dubois and Booker T Washington books on our way to, and from that lesson and kind of talking about this, a discussion that they were having about education and the, for African-Americans for blacks, for freed enslaved peoples in the reconstruction early 20th century. So there's a lot of conversation going on talking about some of these. So there is some history, even though it's not like the main history spine that typically he would be reading. So, and just keeping conversations going.
So am I going to give him a full history credit? I'll probably give him a half history credit for last year and probably for this year too, but you only need so much history.
Right. Right. Okay. So that, that brings the question. Are you including the things from your Morning Time on transcripts and if so, how are you doing that? So Shakespeare, and poetry, I would wrap them up and put them and count them toward that English credit. And Plutarch probably would go toward history, government credit, honestly. And he's gonna have a Bible credit and he's gonna to have a fine arts credit for the, you know, the, well he's got lots of fine arts, honestly.
I know that's like Olivia, it's like how many fine arts credits can I give?
But so he's, but he's going to, you know, we've got composer study and artists study for four years and he's playing the piano for, and so Hymn study for four years, I'm going to give him a fine arts credit on that. Yeah.
And I, I think that's the thing too. It's looking at. I mean, part of my kids' history credit will always come from Morning Time, you know, or Olivia's, we'll at least because we've always read history and Morning Time, and I'm just not sure that the boys are, you know, it's going to change before they graduate.
So it's not for the past couple of years for my high schoolers, it's not been the entirety of their history credit, but it's been a part of their history credit, the same thing you're exactly right with the literature and in the English credit part of it does come from the work that we do in Morning Time. And then there will be some other things that, you know, get picked up and put into a credit. But I think the thing is to realize that a credit is, does not have to be from August of 2022 to may of 2023, all the work has to be completed within that one little segment. If you take all of the poetry that you've done or poetry is a horrible example, because I'd probably just attach that to the year that, you know, the English credit for the year, we did it. But if you were to take like all of the Plutarch's that you did over the course of four years, it wouldn't be enough for a civics credit for each and every year, but it would be enough for a half of a credit in civics.
Right. So you just need to be creative. How does this fit into the overall educational structure and maybe something doesn't fit like we're reading Charlotte, Mason's Ourselves in Morning Time. And it's incredibly valuable. I think for my kids to think about their education and taking over their education for themselves. And so I'm okay with some things not counting.
Yeah. I think so too. I think I'm perfectly okay with some things not counting. And that doesn't mean that they're they're any less valuable or any less good.
Sometimes they're more valuable, but Yeah, I just, I don't live life based on what counts and what doesn't.
Right. Yeah. Very much so. I agree. So how much do you think about the future when you plan your homeschool curriculum, especially your curriculum for Morning Time, you know, thinking about like college or career trade school. When I think about the future, those are not necessarily my top priorities, but how much do you think about the future?
I mean, I don't want to close any doors, So I want to make sure that I'm leaving enough, open that if they want to do trade or career center or college, or get married and start having babies, or, you know, like I don't want to close doors for them. So I want to think about when I'm planning my curriculum, I want to make sure that they have those two foreign language credits. I want to make sure that they have enough English and history and math so that they can do so if they want to go to a four year college, that door is not closed on them. But I also want to think about the child that, that, that they are, where we already said something about my son needs a lot of music. He's supposed to practice the organ two hours a day. That's a big chunk of a day. That really is. Yeah. And that's, and really they've said, that's really the minimum of what we'd like to see them do, am doing. They'd love to see him doing four hours a day. I'm like he's 16, you know? So if he thinks that he wants to do organ performance, this is the thing that we need to do. So I try to make space for him to do the things that are in his future. And I try to make space for the most important things to me. And I figured it'll all work out in the end.
And let me tell you something, or like having to tell that needs to practice piano two hours a day. That's one thing that's like In your house, in your House. Yeah. I mean, you get on the digital piano with the headphones for sure. But, you know, it's like, that's one thing, but having to practice organ multiple hours a day, that involves driving.
Every day, every Day. Yeah. And if they're not driving themselves that, you know, It, it involves so much driving that he doesn't have time to learn how to drive. Yes. So I just pour into my kids as much as I can.
I mean, I work for Pam and I homeschool and like, we homeschool a lot. Yeah. When my kids were little, the day was shorter, but our days are pretty long and pretty full these days. But I also try not to like have like five, six o'clock. Okay. You, you have to, you have to stop here and we have to have a family life. We have to have free evenings to do other things. You, you don't have homework. So that's why I put the things that I want in Morning Time.
And that's so true. And that's so true because it does, you know, and I think moms sometimes feel guilty that like, oh, we're going to do these things in Morning Time. And I feel guilty that I'm taking time away from the kids. But I think we need to stop feeling that way, because if we're putting these, these things that are so important, I mean, look at what we're doing. You know, we're, we're putting the tenants of our faith and Morning Time. We're putting our scripture reading and our prayer and our prayer together as a family in Morning Time, we're putting, you know, reading these beautiful books and having conversations together and Morning Time, if that's, what's getting pushed aside, so you can do the science textbook and do the history book, you know, maybe it's not the right choice. And I'll just go ahead and say that out loud.
Because we're children are born persons and we're persons in those conversations. And those ideas are really the things that spark, you know, they, they spark the interest in my oldest two wants to know more about the human condition. So she can go someday and maybe think about doing Christian counseling, this spark the interest of my son who, I mean, who plays the organ? I think it's wonderful, but like, Hey, would he have had the opportunity if we had filled his day with science textbooks and math textbooks, and history, textbooks and foreign language textbook and literature, I mean, do we have those opportunities to be the human that he was created? Like this, this pours out of him.
Yeah.
Right. And my youngest she's right now doing a mother's helper job a couple of days a week, would she have the opportunities that she has to use her gifts with small children? Because she just has them if like her day was full with homework and books and books and books. No, we, we are giving them humanity in Morning Time, like, like filling up their humanity so that they can have wide array of interests. I keep telling people when we were at GHC, I kept telling people, homeschooling high school is great. You drive in, you pay, but at least you're driving people who are interesting and interested in the world around them.
And they're interesting people. That's why I love to have Morning Time still there. There's the answer to your first question. I love having a Morning Time still because my kids are super interesting people.
Yeah. And it's, it's just great to spend time with them. It really is. Yeah. Yep. Yeah. So I think, I think that's a good place to end it. I hope if nothing else, you know, maybe, maybe there have been some tips or something that have been taken today, but if nothing else, maybe there's been a little bit of conviction that, you know, it's okay. It's okay to say this is the most important part of our day. Now sometimes convincing your teens. Maybe that's a whole different conversation altogether, but it's okay to have the conviction that this is the most important part of the day. And sometimes I think half the battle is convincing yourself and aligning your homeschool in such a way that they can see that to you it is the most important. And you're going to, like, you did let some of that other stuff go to make time for the stuff that you felt was important and the stuff they wanted to do.
Yep.
Yeah.
Very much so. All right.
Well, Dawn, thanks so much for joining me. I really appreciate it.
I always enjoy talking with you.
And hey, if somebody wants to come and read some of what you're doing online, where can they find you? You can find me ladydusk.com or on Instagram @ladydusk.
Awesome. All right. Thanks a lot.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books, resources, or other podcast episodes that Dawn and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's a Pambarnhill.com/ymb122. Now I will be back again in a couple of weeks, I'll be talking to Heather Tully and we're going to be breaking down all the different ways that you can bring a little bit of geography studies into your Morning Time. I think you're really going to enjoy this practical episode.
So do come back and join us for that one. Until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Morning Time with Teens

High school students often do a lot of their studies independently. Morning Time provides a great opportunity to get to know your kids better through deep, meaty conversations. 

Dawn allows her high school students to bring a hobby or activity of interest to the Morning Time table as long as they are participating fully the whole time. 

In Pam’s homeschool, students can bring something to the table during Morning Time as long as it doesn’t necessitate the same part of the brain and allows them to fully participate in Morning Time. 

Remember that you are in control of Morning Time. Make sure that you put the things that are most important to you into your Morning Time. And, you can often find ways to give high school credit on transcripts for a lot of it too. 

If Morning Time is important to you, make time for it. It’s okay to be convicted that Morning Time is worth your time, even with high schoolers. 

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:41] catch up with Dawn Garrett
  • [9:02] discussing the joys and challenges of doing Morning Time with teens
  • [15:26] why Dawn shortened her Morning Time
  • [19:10] dealing with kids’ interests in Morning Time
  • [22:59] what’s appropriate for kids to do during Morning Time
  • [25:59] worrying about them missing out on the important things
  • [33:29] thinking ahead to the future

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

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

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

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

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

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

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

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

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

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

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

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

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

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

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

    Love this!

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

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

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

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

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

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

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

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

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

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

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

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

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

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

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

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

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

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

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

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

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

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

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

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

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

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

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

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

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

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

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

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

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

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

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

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

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

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

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

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

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

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

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

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

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

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

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

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

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

  • <3!!!
    by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

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

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

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

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

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

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

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

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

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

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

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

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

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

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

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

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

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

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

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

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

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

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

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

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

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

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

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

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

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

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

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

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

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

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

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

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

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

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

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

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

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

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

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

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

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

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

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

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

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

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

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

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

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

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

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

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

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

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

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

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

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

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

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

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

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

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

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

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

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

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

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

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

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

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

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

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

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

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

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

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

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

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

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

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

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

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

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

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

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

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

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

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

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

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

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

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

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

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

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

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

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

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

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

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

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

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

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