YMB #7 Music Appreciation Simplified: A Conversation with Mary Prather

Mary Prather is a music educator turned homeschool mom and the creator of the music appreciation curriculum SQUILT.  On this episode of the podcast, she shares simple and effective ideas for adding beauty to Morning Time through music. Mary has fantastic recommendations for composers and pieces, and she speaks from experience about no-fuss, practical ways to teach music appreciation and enjoy great music with our children. Treat yourself to a little dose of beauty today.

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Hi everyone, and welcome to episode 7 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I thank you so much for taking your time out to join me today. Well, on this episode of the podcast we are actually going to chat about music appreciation. Now, music appreciation, I know, is one of those things that moms sometimes feel a little intimidated about; you look at what’s in front of you and you’re “Where do I start?” but it’s a wonderful piece of Morning Time mostly because music calms the savage beast. And I don’t know about your homeschool house but my homeschool house is full of little savage beasts sometimes, it feels like, and they do love music. It’s one of those times we can sit down, calm down, and listen to something beautiful. And everybody’s usually pretty happy to do that for a while anyway. And so, to help us out with some of these music questions we have I have my good friend, Mary Prather on. Mary is the developer of the SQUILT curriculum. We actually use this curriculum in our homeschool, it’s a very affordable PDF download and it really helps mom do music appreciation in a way that is open and go, and easy, and meaningful for the kids. So I think you’re going to enjoy this program today as we chat with Mary.

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Mary Prather is a homeschool mom of two and has a passion for encouraging others. She has a background in both music and elementary education and she’s created her own music appreciation curriculum called SQUILT which stands for Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time. We can find Mary on the web at squilt.com and on her blog Homegrown Learners where she talks about fun lego activities, homeschool encouragement and classical education. Welcome to the podcast, Mary.
Mary: Hi, Pam.
Pam: I am so glad you’re joining me today.
Mary: Thanks for having me.
Pam: Well, let’s talk a little about music appreciation. Why do you think it’s important for someone like me to teach music appreciation in my homeschool?
Mary: Well, I think that music is one of the essential liberal arts when we’re talking about educating our children, and I educate my children classically, so it’s one of the essential liberal arts. And I also just think it makes for having more well-rounded children and sometimes it sets the tone in our day for actually having more calm children when we’ve stopped to just listen to music and appreciate something of beauty and I think that’s the biggest thing; is just teaching them that habit of attention that listening to good music takes.
Pam: I love that. I love the idea of using the music to set yourself for the day and have them ready for learning. Well, how did your own love of classical music begin?
Mary: It was when I was a child. Neither one of my parents really had a musical background but my dad loves music. He mostly always had the Boston Pops records playing, and we would also watch Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops on TV when I was young, so that was my dad really sparked my love at an early age and then my mom got me piano lessons and it just went from there. I think it was our whole family was having a love affair with music from the time I was probably 6th grade on.
Pam: And you decided to study music when you were in college?
Mary: I did. I originally wanted to be a concert pianist, and I quickly found out when I got to college how competitive it really was, so I actually majored in music education and I loved working with children and so that’s what I majored in.
Pam: Well, that sounds like a good segue there from being able to share something that you love and enjoy so much with others.
Mary: Right.
Pam: Have you always been this enthusiastic about sharing classical music with your own kids then?
Mary: Yes, I think so. Even from the time when I was pregnant with Anna and I was teaching, there was a particular piece of classical music that we listened to a lot in my classroom and when she was born, when she was fussy, it was that piece of music that would soothe her.
Pam: Oh, how interesting.
Mary: So, we’ve always had classical music going in the house, both of my kids play piano. It’s just something that’s at the top of my list of things I want to impart to my kids.
Pam: Right. Well, a lot of moms (you’re probably very well aware of this) are actually intimidated by the idea of listening to classical music and especially listening to classical music with their children and trying to have something intelligent to say about what they hear going on there. So what do you think is some good advice for a mom who might want to start enjoying great music with her kids but she has little or no background in music herself?
Mary: Right. You know, I can relate to that because it would be like if I would try and teach my children about art. I am not an artist, I was never taught how to appreciate art so I look for easy ways or easier resources or people to help me but what I would just tell moms is that if you encourage your children, if you’re listening to any piece of music, just ask them to get a picture in their head and you can do that as a mom, too. What does that music make you think of? What does that music make you feel? You don’t even have to know anything about music to have an emotion to a piece of music. So that’s where I would start.
Pam: OK, so start with the emotion or the feeling and maybe even have them drawer pictures?
Mary: Exactly. When my kids were younger I just had a big roll of butcher paper, we’d just roll it out across the kitchen floor and I would play a piece of music for them and just ask them to draw and then the next time we would listen we would roll that same piece of paper out again, listen to more of the music, and they would just keep adding to it.
Pam: So this was a picture that they were adding to over time. You weren’t starting over again, the more they listened to the piece the longer they listened to it the more drawings they added to this large piece of paper that you had going?
Mary: Yeah.
Pam: So at this point would you turn off the music and talk, not about any technical terms or anything, but about some of the feelings that the music made you feel?
Mary: Usually we talk while the music is going on.
Pam: OK.
Mary: And when I would teach in a classroom too that’s how we would do it. Of course, the kids would have to take turns because there were so many of them but I would just say, “Oh that looks like so-and-so’s happy, talk to me about that” or “Tell me what you’re drawing” and it’s just really sweet the things that they will share when they’re just listening to a piece of music.
Pam: I like this because this is very low stress, and I really don’t have to know a whole lot about the music to be able to do this.
Mary: Exactly.
Pam: Awesome. Well, if I were wanting to get started with just this really super simple emotional level of music appreciation, what are some composers or periods of music that would be a good starting place for me for this kind of method?
Mary: I like to use pieces of music that the kids might already be familiar with in daily life. It seems like most every child has probably heard Beethoven’s Fur Elise or maybe they’ve heard Beethoven’s 5th, so I try and pick pieces of famous music by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, sometimes for the boys we’ll use something more contemporary by John Williams, maybe the theme from Star Wars or the theme from Superman, and that helps kids. They can identify, they already know that, so it has a little more meaning for them if they’ve already heard it before.
Pam: And it probably removes a barrier for them that they might have, too…
Mary: Exactly.
Pam: … if they’ve heard the piece before.
Mary: Exactly. And you know there’s a wonderful CD series called Beethoven’s Wig.
Pam: We have that.
Mary: And I think there are four volumes but if you don’t really know anything about classical music I think that’s the place to start because it gives you all the best music and it plays the original but then it also will add some words to help your kids what that piece was and who it was by, too.
Pam: We’ve sung Beethoven’s Wig is Very Big quite often, so that’s definitely a fan favorite around here. I like the idea of starting with something that they’ve probably heard either in an elevator or on television or something of that nature as a place to get started. I am super excited this year because we are actually going to be using SQUILT volume IV in our Morning Time and it’s the modern era, and I just could not be more excited with the composers and the pieces that you chose. I’m like geeky excited, my kid’s are like, “Yeah, mom.” I’m like, “There’s Gershwin and there’s Copeland, and Williams.” How do you go about choosing when you start putting together a SQUILT volume? How do you go about choosing which pieces you’re going to use?
Mary: That’s really, really hard for me because to narrow it down to 10 pieces of music out of an era is very difficult but if I can only give these kids 10 representative pieces, which are going to be the best ones? And it’s just a matter of opinion, so I think back on back of pieces that I’ve loved and that I’ve remembered and most of them are pieces that I’ve taught to kids when I taught school that seemed to really strike a chord with my kids in school.
Pam: So you are looking for those pieces that kids can relate to?
Mary: Exactly, yes.
Pam: Tell us a little bit about how SQUILT works because I love the way it’s laid out, but you’re going to do a much better job of explaining it than I am.
Mary: Like you said before, it stands for Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time and what will happen is you will play a piece of music for your child and in that first time of listening your child simply closes their eyes and listens, they’re super quiet. I don’t want them talking to me, I don’t want them walking around, nothing, we’re just listening. And I keep the pieces short. Most of them are four minutes or under. So then they listen to it one time and then the second time we’re going to be teaching them about some elements about that music and in a SQUILT lesson we have rhythm and tempo, mood, instrumentation- the typical elements of music. And I walk you through it as a parent. I say, “In this piece we’re going to have a moderate tempo” but your children will have a notebooking page and when they listen that second time then they’re filling out that notebooking page and you are guiding them but I’ve given you the script in the SQUILT curriculum. So you don’t have to know anything about it …
Pam: Perfect.
Mary: … I will actually say, “The tempo of this piece is [this]. The instrumentation of this piece is [this].”
Pam: OK, I’m going to stop you right there. Explain to me, for all of us who need classical music for dummies, what is instrumentation?
Mary: Instrumentation would be- there are four families in the orchestra: string, woodwind, brass, and percussion- so which instruments are you hearing? Any SQUILT volume I give your kids printables so they can put in their SQUILT notebook that shows them what instruments are in the string family, which instruments are in the brass family. So they can reference those sheets. And if they don’t know what an instrument sounds like, maybe in one piece there’s a trumpet that’s highlighted and so you as the mom would be able to say, “In this piece you’re going to hear a trumpet playing by itself” so then your child is like, ‘Oh ok, that’s what a trumpet sounds like.”
Pam: OK.
Mary: So then later down the line (they’re learning as they go, they’re not going to be perfect at all), and really I see SQUILT as moms and children learning together the grammar of music.
Pam: Oh, I love that.
Mary: And then learning how to apply that in a piece of music.
Pam: So I think what I’m hearing you say then, is after I have worked through the 10 pieces that you’ve chosen for SQUILT and I’ve applied this grammar of music to it then I’m going to be able to take this same information and apply it to other pieces of music that I hear outside of the curriculum?
Mary: Exactly, and you know it’s just like with any subject, once you get that grammar under your belt then you’re going to be able to apply it and talk to other people about it. And it’s really interesting because I’ve had a couple of users of the program that have written to me and said they’ll be somewhere and they’ll hear a piece of music and their kids will say, “oh the tempo of this, mom, don’t you think this is allegro?” or “Mom, don’t you hear that oboe solo?” and they’re just so impressed that their kids can listen critically and that they want to listen critically.
Pam: Yes, that’s awesome, and I just love that it’s not contained within itself, it’s something that they’re going to take and apply to every piece of music that they hear, so you’re really giving them tools that they can use elsewhere.
Mary: Right. It’s filling their toolbox, their musical toolboxes is what we’re doing.
Pam: Right. So you said SQUILT comes with notebooking pages…
Mary: Yes.
Pam: So there are instructions for moms and there are notebooking pages in there. Tell me a little bit about the notebooking pages?
Mary: The notebooking pages: what happens is we have a SQUILT notebooking page that will be the same for every piece of music and that’s what teaches them the grammar of music. So they have that one page they will do with the piece, and then also, I try to include a notebooking page about the composer, and I include links to help the children learn about the composer, and then sometimes if we’re highlighting a particular instrument or a particular style or a particular form of music I’ll provide you links to do some research about that and then a notebooking page. So, the only thing that you’re going to need to teach a SQUILT lesson is an internet connection and your computer and some school supplies.
Pam: So everything is contained within there, including links to the music itself?
Mary: Exactly. So it’s just one PDF file that you download. There are no CDs, there are no hard copies unless you’re going to print out your child’s notebooking pages for them, but that’s really all the materials she has.
Pam: Great. So tell me, right now there are four volumes of SQUILT, tell me about the four different volumes and what periods they cover.
Mary: First we have the baroque era which is 1600-1750.
Pam: And remind me who might have lived in that period.
Mary: People like Bach and Vivaldi.
Pam: OK.
Mary: You can start with even older music, back in the renaissance, and I have plans to do a renaissance volume, but really for a starting at Bach was the most accessible for kids.
Pam: Right.
Mary: So that’s 1600-1750. Then 1750-1820 is your classical era and that’s like Beethoven and Mozart. And then 1820-1900 is the romantic era where things really started to shift and your orchestra got bigger. And I’m thinking a great romantic was Brahms. And then modern era is so much fun because that’s 1900-the present. That was very hard to narrow all that down. We have Copeland, Gershwin…
Pam: Bernstein
Mary: John Williams. I could do just a whole volume on Jazz or a whole volume on Ragtime or Blues.
Pam: Musical theatre.
Mary: Exactly. So, if you’re studying a particular era in history I have a lot of moms that try and line up their SQUILT volumes with the time period of history that they’re studying.
Pam: Right.
Mary: Or some moms just start at the beginning and say we’re just going to do music appreciation starting from the very beginning, and that’s fine too.
Pam: So it really works either way.
Mary: It does. Now, this summer I’m working on finishing up four new volumes and they will actually be highlighting the different families of the orchestra. So we’ll have a volume all about brass, one about strings, one about woodwinds, and percussion.
Pam: By the time you’re done we’ve got eight volumes of SQUILT going here. So let’s talk a little about the age group that this is written for. I know when you started SQUILT you started by focusing on the elementary ages, but let’s talk a little bit about what we could do with kids who may be a little younger or a little older, and how can we do music appreciation with different ages and even a wide age range. So what would you do for kids who are that very young end of the elementary range even down into preschool?
Mary: Your littlest ones, your lesson works much in the same way except they have a notebooking page that simply says “Draw what you hear” and it has some music notes on it. So while they’re trying to build their habit of attention and listening they can simply draw. And then if you have bigger kids sitting at the table with you they’re going to be pulling out some more difficult things out of a piece that they can write on their notebooking page, which is geared for older children. So there are really two different levels of SQUILT notebooking pages.
Pam: If you do have that mix age the little kids are still going to be listening to those conversations that you’re having and picking up some things here and there.
Mary: Exactly. And with each lesson I give some supplemental activities and I always try to include different performances of a piece of music. And so, it might be a five year old violinist who’s a prodigy playing that piece of music, or I’ve often found The Muppets do some great renditions of classical music. Just things that are going to keep the kids engaged and to help them remember that piece of music. So I’m trying to draw in all different age groups in the supplemental activities too.
Pam: OK. What if I’m sitting here and so, my preschoolers are drawing what they hear on their notebooking page and I’m having some really good conversations with my elementary age student. Is there a way I could take it just a little bit farther with a student who’s older than elementary age and still incorporate them in the lesson?
Mary: Right. You know, I still do SQUILT with my daughter and she’s going to be in 9th grade and I just encourage her to get really detailed on her SQUILT notebooking page. She’s using as many of the musical terms as she knows and then, again, I’ve given her some supplemental activities and I’ll say, “This might be just for your older child.” Or “Your younger children might appreciate this more.” I’m trying to be more aware of the fact that we’ve got multiple ages of kids sitting around the kitchen table at breakfast time, or whenever, doing these lessons together.
Pam: That is excellent. I’m so glad that you do, because that’s one of the biggest questions that I get about Morning Time is how do I do this with a wide age range? And it sounds like that this would be very adaptable to that age range.
Mary: I could even see your older child almost leading these lessons because they’re so scripted. You could even assign your middle school or even a high school child (“OK, I want you to teach this lesson today”). I never thought about that until just now, but that sounds like it might be fun.
Pam: It sounds like something they could do.
That’s one of the things that I love about Morning Time with older kids is starting to give them a little ownership of the process so that mom is a fellow learner who’s coming alongside and not always the one who’s directing everything, and that would be a good way to do that by letting them, because you have laid everything out for them, they would be able to pick that up and do that. What are some other things that you like to use for music appreciation in addition to SQUILT? What are some of your favorite resources that a family could incorporate in their Morning Time along with SQUILT?
Mary: Well, you know my favorite composer biographies are the Opal Wheeler Composer Biographies so I could see reading a little bit of those aloud each day which we do a lot during our school days, so that’s one of my favorites. Something that we use a lot of is Pandora. If we’ve been studying Mozart or we have a SQUILT piece by Mozart, I’ll just create a Mozart Pandora station and I will keep that playing throughout our day or we’ll play it in the car- whenever we’re getting time, I’m just trying to immerse my kids in music of that era, because a Mozart Pandora station will pull mostly pieces from the classical era which Mozart was a part of.
Pam: So, let’s take just a second and talk to everybody about what Pandora is because I think it’s a great tool. I use it, it’s actually my favorite way to listen to music because I create a station of my likes and dislikes that (I’m going to be honest here has nothing to do with classical music) …
Mary: I have those too.
Pam: … I’m listening to as I’m washing the dishes or whatever, and I love the way it sorts the music. So let’s tell everybody how Pandora works.
Mary: You just go to Pandora.com and you can create an account and it’s free, and then I usually create a station by composer but I think you can also do it by musical era or style too, and then it selects music for you and then it just keeps playing, it’s streaming music.
Pam: So when you enter in Mozart, typically the first song you hear is by Mozart, and then what it starts to do, is it starts to select other pieces for you that have the same characteristics as a Mozart piece.
Mary: Exactly.
Pam: And so, they call it the musical g-nome project, I think, is the technical name for it, where they’ve gone through and isolated all of these various characteristics of the music and so you get things that sound very similar to the artist or period that you’ve chosen. It’s really kind of fascinating.
Mary: It is. The one thing I do not like about it is the ads that they have, but we just put up with those or we turn them down when the ads come on. And I have discovered a lot of new music that way myself. It’s a great learning tool just for me as a mom.
Pam: Right, to come across new pieces of music. And you can get rid of the ads, there is a monthly membership. I have no idea how much it is, I’m like you, the ads are not that long it’s like we grew up with the radio and you had to listen to the commercials on the radio so I just tune them out but you can get rid of those with a membership. That’s a great little tool. I’ll use my phone, I know you can play it through the computer but I’ll use my Smart Phone and play it on my Bluetooth speaker.
Mary: Exactly, exactly.
Pam: OK, anything else other than Pandora?
Mary: There’s other streaming music services too that you can use. Our family has a membership to a streaming service called Beats Music and that allows us (I think it’s $10 a month) to listen to any piece of music we want. So, sometimes in the SQUILT curriculum if some don’t want to go to YouTube for their links and then I do suggest in the curriculum get a subscription to Beats Music or Spotify or Naxos- those are some streaming services, then you can listen to any piece of music you want.
Pam: Unlike Pandora which it chooses the music for you, I’m going to be able to go to something like Beats Music and type in the name of the particular piece that I’m looking for and it will pull up that piece for me.
Mary: That’s right, yes.
Pam: But in SQUILT you do provide the YouTube links?
Mary: And I try to provide two, sometimes three …
Pam: Just in case something changes?
Mary: Exactly.
Pam: Well, those are some great tools. Is there any kind of musical reference book that you recommend for families or for moms to use?
Mary: No, I haven’t so far. I’m trying to keep everything as free and low cost as possible. I link out to the website Classics for Kids quite a bit. They have a lot of quality things and I think that they have a fairly good music dictionary on there.
Pam: OK.
Mary: So when we’re talking about different terms I link you out to the definition of that term. If we’re talking about a particular composer I’ll link you out to how to say, how to pronounce that composer’s name.
Pam: Oh, that is so handy!
Mary: Right, because not everybody knows Shostakovich or Prokofiev, you know how to say those. And my kids will play the pronunciation 50 times because they think it’s funny, but we can find most everything we need online and usually for low cost or free and so that’s my goal: to keep the cost as low as possible.
Pam: Right. But, it’s really nice that you have collected all of those resources and have them in one very easy spot to have them right there for me, I’m appreciative of it!
So what are some of the relationships between music and other areas of the curriculum?
Mary: The biggest one that I find is between music and history, especially if you delve into a composer’s life, you learn a lot about what was going on in history at that point in time so that’s the biggest curricular reference I see. Now, of course, when you get more technical, there are a lot of music and math connections when you get into learning how to count rhythms or different musical forms and our older kids explore a little bit of that in SQUILT, the music-math connection. I know there’s lots of music and science connections too. And that’s what I think is so neat about music, is that you can pretty much put it in any area of the curriculum you want, you can find some kind of a tie in with it.
Pam: Right, and this is fabulous if you have a child who’s really interested in music- making those cross curricular connections for them based on that interested but also I think it’s fascinating for just anybody. So, in your history-music connection I know that when you look back on the musical era of the 50’s with rock and roll and the 60’s and things like that, a musical connection to the culture and the political culture of the day and just very much tied into life, and I think sometimes when we think about these other musical periods we don’t really see how music was connected with life but it really was, wasn’t it? Wasn’t music always culturally and politically connected with what was going on? Could you see that in other periods?
Mary: Oh yeah. I think you can see it in Bach’s time because he was a Lutheran organist and he traveled all throughout Germany, so you’re learning a lot about the history and the politics of Germany at that time and the Lutheran religion too. I think another composer that can be real fascinating with that is George Gershwin because he was early 1900’s right when immigration to the United States was just starting to become very popular and he and his brother were immigrants to the United States. I think we touch on that a little bit in our Gershwin lesson in the modern era. I don’t think that sometimes kids see composers as actually real people that were living and functioning just like we do and that their times and circumstances influence the emotions in their music.
Pam: And even whole movements of music, as far as like, let’s say the jazz era.
Mary: Exactly.
Pam: Definitely a fun thing to put on a timeline and see how these composers and when they lived and the music they were writing and how it related to the different – and what else was going on in history at that moment and comparing it with literature and historical events and political events and things of that nature as well.
Mary: Right, right.
Pam: Very fascinating.
Well, Mary, thank you so much for joining me. Tell me, again, where we can find SQUILT.
Mary: My website is SQUILTMusic.com and if you go to that site I have a tour of a SQUILT volume you can look at and I have samples of the curriculum that you can see, and hopefully by the time anyone is listening to this podcast my site will have a whole different look and feel to it and I’m also working on really seeing these four new volumes, so I am really trying to update and improve because I learn so much just after having done this for two years and getting feedback from moms like yourself about what they want, what could make it easier, what we could change.
Pam: So we will be looking forward to all of those changes coming late this summer and into the fall, and it’s SQUILTMusic.com and you can find Mary there and you can also find her at HomeGrownLearners.com as well. Thanks so much for coming on here and teaching me a lot about music appreciation today.
Mary: Well, thanks for having me, Pam.
Pam: And for your Basket Bonus this week we’re going to try something a little bit new. Instead of a PDF download for you we’re actually going to provide a tutorial. Now the tutorial is to show you how to set up your very own stations on Pandora and we’re going to show you how to do that on the computer and on the iPhone app as well. We’ll show you how to search out those meaningful stations based on composer and set up the station on your device, your computer or your iPhone so that you can then play those for your kids as you’re eating breakfast or maybe even having teatime or throughout Morning Time and then later on as you’re working on your school subjects as well. So be sure to click on over to the show notes for this episode at EDSnapshots.com/YMB7 to access your Basket Bonus tutorial for this show.
And that’s episode 7 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. Thank you so much for joining me today to learn about music appreciation and how we can add that to our Morning Time. If you would like to access any of the resources that Mary and I spoke about today, including links to all of those streaming music services that Mary shared with us you can find links to all of that at EDSnapshots.com/YMB7. We’ll have all the links there for you in the Show Notes along with your Basket Bonus tutorial. And I hope you join me again in a couple of weeks for another great guest. And until then we’ll encourage you to keep on seeking Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in your homeschool.

Key Ideas about Music Appreciation

The study of music appreciation can set a calming tone for the day. Classical music helps to develop the habit of attention and draws our focus to something beautiful.

Music appreciation can be simple. We can start by just listening and talking about what pictures the music brings to mind and what emotions a piece elicits. 

Music appreciation is easily adapted for younger and older children, making it a subject families can enjoy together. It can also be aligned with other subjects, such as history.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:34] how music can set the tone for the day and help teach the habit of attention
  • [6:02] Mary talks about encouraging kids to form a picture in their heads as the listen to music
  • [8:13] Mary’s favorite composers and pieces for kids
  • [11:25] how SQUILT works
  • [16:33] Mary explains the major periods of music
  • [19:01] ideas for adapting music appreciation for younger and older students
  • [23:47] how to use Pandora as a tool for music appreciation
  • [28:00] Mary and Pam talk about the relationship between music, history, and culture

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  • 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!



  • Dawn says:

    I loved this podcast. As a mom who doesn’t understand music AT ALL I really appreciated hearing the tips in this podcast. It feels doable now. We are planning to see the Nutcracker in December as a family so I am seriously considering trying out SQILT with the Nutcracker mini-unit for our morning time. I am actually getting excited about it! Who knew?

  • Shonda says:

    Wow, I loved this podcast. I have been playing piano since I was 10 and I learned a little bit here and there, but I would love to learn along with my kids and this resource sounds excellent. Definitely checking it out!

  • Love your podcasts! Just wanted to let you know that Beats Music ends November 30th and will become Apple Music at that time.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Loved this. It was very informative. Thanks.

  • Alexander Shapovalov says:

    Hi Pam,
    Love listening to this podcasts! Just recently found your website. I can’t seem to find the player for the music appreciation.

    • Pam says:

      Sometimes they just disappear. Gremlins I think. I put the player back in for you. Enjoy!

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