YMB #71 Nature Study Hacking: A Conversation with Joy Cherrick

Today on the podcast I am joined by Joy Cherrick, homeschooling mom of six and author of Nature Study Hacking. This series of lesson plans boils down nature journaling to a do-able list that moms everywhere can actually use.

On the show Joy and I chat about the value of studying nature, the four parts of nature study, and ideas for how to make nature journaling a habit that your kids want to do on their own. Enjoy!

Pam:

This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring truth, goodness and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone and welcome to episode 71 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host and I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, on today’s episode of the podcast, we are joined by Joy Cherrick. Joy is a homeschooling mom of six kids who has a passion for nature study and on today’s podcast we’re going to talk about using some very simple nature study techniques to build a habit of nature journaling in your Morning Time. I think it’s a fascinating conversation that you’ll enjoy and we’ll get on with it right after this word from our sponsor.

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Joy Cherrick is a homeschooling mother of six following the Charlotte Mason philosophy. She has a passion for introducing children and adults to the beauty of nature, and shares her simplified nature study plans on her website, naturestudyhacking.com. Joy also authors a monthly eNewsletter, Naturalist Monthly, where she shares nature journal prompts, nature lore and other ideas for parents and children to learn side by side about the world they live in. Joy, welcome to the podcast.

Joy:
Thanks for having me Pam.

Pam:
Well, I am just so excited to have you here. Start off by telling us a little bit about your family and your homeschool.

Joy:
Sure. My oldest is 10 and is in fourth grade and I have six kids. So then I've got a third grader, a first grader, kindergartner, and a four year old and a 20 month old. And I have three girls and three boys. We're very even except the birth order. I've got the girl and the three boys and then two girls at the end.

Pam:
Okay. And so you do use Charlotte Mason, that's the method or philosophy that you follow, correct?

Joy:
Yes, and I use Ambleside Online as our, I call it our spine, the backbone of our homeschool book selections. And then from there we pick and choose. We have a really thriving Charlotte Mason community here where I live. And so I collaborate with some of my other girlfriends. We're always exchanging books and book list recommendations and all of that. So I have really enjoyed just diving into Charlotte Mason's work and just trying to apply it in our homeschool.

Pam:
Oh, I love that. It's always great to have a community that you can tap into and really enjoy working together on your homeschooling.

Joy:
It feels like, what did we call ourselves? It was coworkers. We'll do peer reviews every now and then, that's what we call it, where we'll share our lesson plans with one another and it has really been that iron sharpens iron. So it's just been really fun in this season to have that support even though I'm obviously by myself at home with my children doing the actual school part. But knowing I have that support behind me has really been great.

Pam:
Oh, that's awesome. Well let's talk a little bit about Nature Study Hacking because you introduced me to this idea the very first time I met you. We were having dinner at an event and you came up and you said, "I have these things that I want to show you." And you gave me these little bound notebooks with your nature lesson plans in them. And I brought them home and I thought they were cool because it really was an easy way. It just seems so doable, an easy way to do nature study. So tell me a little bit about Nature Study Hacking and where that came from.

Joy:
Sure. Well I developed them for my family, but also I was collaborating for the next school year with one of my friends. We were going to do a couple of different subjects together but separately. Like at her house, at my house. So I really wanted to have some lesson plans for the next year because I was pregnant with our sixth child and I really wanted to make sure that my students were getting into their nature journals more regularly. Because up to that point I had really been good about studying nature and reading about it and exploring. But then the nature journals weren't getting done regularly. And then I listened to, so Cindy Rollins has talked a lot about how she would have her students draw while she was reading and they would have all these nature books scattered around the table. And I thought, 'Oh, you mean we don't have to be just out amongst the wild?" because I just could never get field journals done. I always have a toddler or a baby in tow. I can't instruct my older students in that way. So I really thought, "Okay, let me just pull it back and create some plans for the next year." And what you saw was what I had actually done that school year. And it was so helpful to just pick it up and go, "Oh, well today this is what we're doing and we're journaling in this way or we're getting a poem about this topic or we're doing an object lesson, let's study these things." And they were so simplified, and I had done so much research ahead of time. I was like, "Man, I really want others to be able to have the benefit of using these."

So that was where the idea came from. It was just necessity. But then I was able to refine them more just because I have the technical background to be able to do that. So it was just really a fun way to share that skill, I guess, the graphic design and all that with the homeschool community.

Pam:
Right. And you really did. I have a few of these myself and we've used them in our Morning Time. Everything is right there for you. It truly is an open and go thing. And one of the things I love about it is you don't need a lot of stuff other than, we have our nature notebooks and our colored pencils and then our little, just the guidebook there in front of me and it gets done. So that's one of the wonderful things about it.

Joy:
Well that was one of the other things. Sarah Mackenzie years ago wrote this post about spiral notebooks. I know she still talks about this. And I decided for a full year I would just dutifully handwrite my kids' spiral notebooks each night. That was that year that I was pregnant. And through that, I was starting to write out their nature journal entries for that week. And it was really helpful because Sarah talks about, as you're hand writing these things out, you realize you really need to keep it short because this is starting to get long.

Joy:
So it was through that discipline that I started to figure out, "Oh, okay, well it really needs to be short. We need to just be concise with what we're going to do." And then that was where I really wanted to know, "Okay, well what are the different types of nature journal entries that we could do?" Because I have been to several Charlotte Mason conferences and usually, I think every one I've gone to, there are a table where everyone shares their nature journals. And I started to notice that there was a huge variety of the types of nature journal entries that these different Charlotte Mason families were doing. Some of them were just full of writing. Some of them would have some writing and then they would maybe have a little picture on the side. Some of them would talk about the weather or it was a narration from just sitting outside and observing. And one of them drew a map. It blew my mind about all the different varieties because what I was seeing on the internet was everybody's doing watercolor and this is the only way you can do nature journaling.

And I'm a researcher, I love to understand things all the way around. So I checked out dozens of books on nature journaling and started to research, "Oh, how does this naturalist do it? Oh, this one..." Like Teddy Roosevelt, he would keep these science notebooks where he would keep measurements and just these small details about the specimens that he would collect. And then others would observe caterpillars and butterflies. And I was like, "Oh, this is just not a discipline that we do in our modern culture as a 'everybody's doing it.'" Not everybody keeps journals in this ways.

Pam:
No.

Joy:
So I just really loved learning about all those different ways. So what I did, I've got on my website some free lesson plans on flowers, but this is in there, the nature journal prompts. And that is the outline that I use as far as the various types of ideas.

So there's copy work, you can copy something from your field guide, you can copy that information into your book when you are learning something or you can draw a specimen that you find or you can just tell back what you saw when you were outside. You can do a phenology wheel, those wheels that track different cycles. So the moon is a popular one. You'll just track the phases of the moon.

I just loved all this variety. So my thought was, "Man, wouldn't it be fun to pepper in some of these different types of nature journal entries throughout the course of the time that we're studying this particular topic?" And we've just had so much fun having that variety, but then also exposing ourselves to these different ways to use our journals. And really the big deal was, "Now my kids are picking up their journals regularly on their own because it's about cultivating that habit." You're just wanting to lead them to it in the first place, right? Especially if you've not done it before. I'm a public school educated mother, so I did not have that background. So I'm learning with them.

Pam:
Yeah, I love this because you're so very right. I think nature journals can be really intimidating, not only for kids, but for moms too. We're scrolling through Instagram, we're seeing these pictures and they're always beautiful watercolor pictures and things of that nature. And there are so many different entries we can put in our nature journal and it gives us so many different ways to explore different skills of our own to hone. We can work on our narration skills, we can work on our observation skills. There are so many different skills we can work on other than just painting or drawing. And also, we meet kids where they are. You may have kids who just feel like, "Well, I don't want a watercolor. I don't want to add a lot of color to my nature journal. I would rather write about what I see." And it gives them an opportunity to nature journal in a way that appeals to them the most without feeling the pressure

Joy:
Yeah. And exposing them to those different options. Now, it is good to say, "Okay, well here's a way that we're going to do it." Like, "Today we are going to draw this particular specimen." And I do lay out specific nature journal entries for, "Okay, now draw this or do that" just because it really cuts down on the fighting and the argument about what are we going to draw. It's laid out so there's not that decision fatigue as well.

Pam:
Yeah. And I think it's always good to ask your kid, "Today we're going to try this kind of entry."

Joy:
Right.

Pam:
Because sometimes they may really like something and never know it because they're resistant to it for whatever reason. And one of the things I love, and we're jumping ahead right now, but one of the things I love about your Nature Study Hacking books, is you provide simple line drawings that the kids can either draw in their nature journal or if they're really young you can make a copy of it and they can color it as well.

Joy:
Yeah, that was a huge, again, just game changer. And that came from my, that was not an original idea of mine. A friend of mine actually recommended I do that with my student who was about six years old at the time, a first grader. And I was like, "I can't get him to do anything." And she's like, "Oh, well just get a coloring page and let them color that and then you guys can cut it out and paste it into your journal." And I was like, "Oh." And then another student was just really struggling with drawing from the specimen. Particularly it was a daffodil, and daffodils have all these ridges and stuff, so it looks like, "Oh, you could just draw this." But the part where the crown is, I don't know, it was too much going on, and we're like, "Oh, it's just a blob of yellow."

But when you put a line drawing or a coloring page in front of the student, then they're able to see how you can actually make the shape more accurately. So then instead of it being, it really turns into sometimes like, "Oh, this is a drawing lesson. This isn't nature study." So this takes out, takes away that, "Oh, this is a drawing lesson and you can just copy." Sometimes my students, my six year old, my first grader in particular, will just trace something and that really makes him feel like, "Okay, I've actually accomplished something today. I'm not getting frustrated because I can't make the page look like that thing I'm trying to draw right now."

Pam:
Yeah, that's a really great point because sometimes I even get discouraged by what's going in my nature journal because it doesn't look the same as what I'm seeing in front of me. And so I really would like the simplicity of just being able to trace it and then label it and just make it easy on myself, give myself a little bit of grace in that area.

Joy:
Yeah, so the Peterson Field Guide, coloring books are phenomenal for this type of study. Especially for a new, just someone who's new at doing nature study or even for me, the mom. I love to look up in our Peterson Field Guide books, the picture of something that I've seen out in nature. And then I'll just hold it up and then that'll help me at least get the gist of how to draw. I saw a woodpecker the other day and I really wanted to draw it more accurately, and you can't, with birds in particular.

Pam:
They're not sitting still.

Joy:
They're not going to sit still for you. You have to use some type of picture and something with a good line drawing or something that someone has drawn or watercolor or whatever. That is a lot easier to imitate.

Pam:
Yeah. I used to think it was cheating. I really did. I thought it was cheating if I saw a woodpecker or a little wren or something in the backyard, I thought I was supposed to be able to draw it from... And it's like, "You can't do that. It's not-"

Joy:
Right. That's a really good point, Pam. I think we feel that's not okay in our modern day or whatever, but for one, our nature journals aren't going to be sold and there's not a copyright. But the other thing is that that is how creative people create, is they take in great, excellent information and then narrate. That's how we learn. We imitate.

Pam:
Yeah. And so many artists have done that. They've drawn from books. They have not drawn from real life necessarily. So yeah, I think we need to give ourselves a little [grace], we need to realize that. And they've done it over and over and over again, too. They don't draw just one woodpecker, they draw 50 woodpeckers, and then they're good at drawing woodpeckers and it comes easy to them.

Joy:
Right. And then it does help us learn how to make those shapes and then we can get our own voice or our own style after imitating. But we have to have something to draw from. We can't pull it from inside ourselves, it's not in there. We got to get out from outside.

Pam:
Yeah. And I love that idea of drawing lessons can be drawing lessons but nature study needs to be nature study. Two separate things that are going on here. And so let's do what we need to do in order to make nature study about nature study and less about doing a drawing lesson.

Joy:
Yeah. And removing those barriers from the student so that they can get in touch with nature study and also be led to their nature journal in a way that it is a place that is restful for them and is a joy and a delight and they can use that is their own. We have to teach them how to use it, is why I made these books essentially.

Pam:
Okay. All right. So I want to break down what I've heard you say so far. So, so far Nature Study Hacking came out of your own need for writing down lesson plans. And as you were doing that you realized that these lessons needed to be really short snippets, very small things to do each day. And that's one of the wonderful things, I think is they really build on each other.

And the books themselves are restful because you open it up and only the top half of a page is taken up with what the lesson is for each day. And then you've got all this room down below to write any notes or add anything that you want to, but just looking at it is not overwhelming for the mother as somebody who's used this.

And then it's about doing different kinds of nature journal entries. So it's definitely a nature journal centric program. You don't necessarily have to go outside. Though I know you encourage moms to get out for nature walks, you don't necessarily have to. This can be done around your Morning Time table. And then it's all about removing the barriers that people might be feeling towards doing nature study. These barriers like, we have to have beautiful watercolor paintings or our drawings, perfect drawings or things like that. So how else is Nature Study Hacking different than other kinds of nature study?

Joy:
So there are four elements of nature study. There is reading great literature about what you want to study. There is nature walks, you are going out and getting into nature. We have object lessons, which is where you take an object such as, today we did Holly tree and then the Holly berries. And then we drew the Holly and wrote that down. And we were looking at that closely and asking a lot of questions about it so that we can learn about that object through asking lots of questions. And then there is the nature journals. So those four. So reading, nature walks, object lessons and nature journal entries.

So I really have sought to incorporate all four of those into my books and I'm always trying to lead you, it's really a guide, it's leading you to reading great literature. I'm not saying that I know everything about trees or the stars and sky, I'm saying here is an expert that we need to be reading to get that knowledge from a living book firsthand. And then it's sharing how to do an object lesson, what questions to ask, but again, simplifying it so that you can do it within a 20 minute time period. None of my lessons take longer than 20 minutes.

And then of course leading you to the nature journal and saying, "Okay, well now is the time to go outside, in my trees study I say like, "Go outside and look at your tree and spend five minutes looking at it closely." So that has been really fun to see how they, it's just simple and then it can just introduce you to God's creation.

Pam:
I think one of the things I like so much is that nature study just seems like a big overwhelming deal. Even if you say, "Okay, well we're going to study birds now." Once again, big overwhelming deal. It's a big rabbit hole that you can go down into and get lost in. And breaking it down and giving it some structure I think makes it so much easier for moms to do.

And I had never considered that there were four parts to nature study, so I'm learning something new today. Well, let's talk about Anna Comstock because I love to talk about her book in some of my talks because I tell moms, I say, 'You have this book, right? You're probably using it as a doorstop somewhere in your house." Because it's this big huge book, and for me, I purchased it and was immediately overwhelmed by this book. So tell me a little bit about the book. I will tell you, and I'm just going to throw this out there for moms who are listening, I think every teacher, whether you intend to do nature study or not, should definitely read the introduction to this book. I think it is one of the most fabulous bits of information on teaching that I have ever read. And I am not a huge nature study person but I use it to inspire my teaching and I've talked about it before. Tell me a little bit about how you use this book and how it influenced you.

Joy:
Well the introduction is beautiful. It's funny, part of the introduction seems to maybe contradict some of the stuff that Charlotte Mason talks about because Charlotte Mason required her students to have a nature journal and Comstock says not to. So I just thought that was interesting.

But what's fun is that she gives this vision for, why? Why this is important and also that it is so important for us to be leading our children into that truth, goodness and beauty with our own love and wonder and interest. Comstock in her introduction talks about nature study and its ability to bring us to understanding truth and loving truth and being able to perceive it.

So I'm going to read this quote by her that is found in the introduction. "Nature study cultivates in him a perception, any of regard for what is true and the power to express it. All things seem possible in nature. Yet this seeming is always guarded by the eager quest of what is true. Perhaps half the falsehood in the world is due to lack of power to detect the truth and to express it. Nature study aids both in discernment and in expression of things as they are." Isn't that beautiful?

Pam:
Oh, wow! That's cool. You think about, "Well, we're going to do nature. There's so many reasons to do nature study and you and I have talked about this before, but using it as a pathway to being able to discern truth was something that I had never really thought of.

Joy:
Well, and it's one of the things that I really love about nature study is, because in our world we are so disconnected and in Anna Comstock's world, they were at the beginning of feeling the effects of the industrial revolution. Of course she wrote Handbook of Nature Study at the beginning of the 1900s and all through the 1800s, the industrial revolution was sweeping and people were just leaving their farms and flooding into the cities for work.

So you had, Anna Comstock talks about being a child running through the pumpkin patch, and so you have this picture of her, I think she wrote it when she lived, I think she lived in New York. And it's like, "Okay, well you're at this university, you're doing all this great work in a city and you're talking about growing up, running through a pumpkin patch and a modern child today typically does not have that experience.

My family lives in a subdivision and that's mostly where we've lived. We had an opportunity to live for six months on a little family farm and it really was a huge difference in how much more accessible nature was for that six months out on the farm. They were outside all day. They would come in at lunch, take a bath and go back outside and take a bath again at night. And that is just not how it is in a subdivision.

So what I love about Comstock's book is that she is in a place where she understands the sense of urgency for children to learn. That for us as a people to be connected and learning about nature and saying, "You know what? We don't have to use the stars to track where we're going, to figure out direction anymore. We don't have to read weather's signs anymore. We have all this technology that's coming up but we're losing something when we're not passing on. Just understanding the world around us, knowing the names of the plants that just are on our property that we live on. And were just talking about really small, small things that is really typical that we don't know. We don't know the name of everything that is on our property.

And so what I've loved about nature study is you start to hone in and pay more attention. In Comstock's book, she does a beautiful job laying out lessons for a classroom teacher to tangibly teach children about the world. And she uses these questions to draw out from the child the answers. And this is something where you can really start to learn about what education is. That act of drawing out education is not just something that we're cramming in. We're actually drawing something that God has already put in us.

So an example of this will be, I'm just going to use an example from my latest book. So in Nature Study Hacking, Insects, I have a lesson about the butterfly and it is based on Anna Comstock's lesson about, I think I use the monarch butterfly lesson, but we're using the Painted Lady because the Painted Lady is the most, it said the word was commerce, but the most sold butterfly in the world. I just thought that was interesting. And so there's these questions that you ask when you're observing a butterfly. "When the butterfly alights, how does it hold its wings? Is it more camouflaged when its wings are open or folded? Can you see its tongue? How long are the antenna? How many legs does the butterfly have? How is this different from other insects?"

So what you see is, you're asking questions about the details of the butterfly in order to start to drill in and pay more attention to, "Oh, I didn't even think about considering whether it was camouflaged or not." And ,"Oh, I can see its tongue." Or, "No, I can't see its tongue." And it's so fun to start doing this with children because it really showcases God's creation and also lets them get indirect contact. It's not me being the teacher being up front, being the one with all the knowledge. They have the knowledge, they can just answer these questions and that question is put to them and then their mind starts working on it and they can do nothing but try to figure out the answer to that question.

Pam:
Yeah, and you're teaching them to observe. You're building those observation skills and you're teaching them to look closely at something, which I think are skills that we've lost sometimes in this day and age.

Joy:
Oh, definitely. Well, especially with how distracted we are as a people, this helps us start to go, "Oh, there's more things." And those things are worthy of our time and attention.

Pam:
Yeah. Well, you mentioned that one of the four areas of nature study, one of the four practices is getting outside for nature walks or just getting outside for nature study. I don't suppose you have to go anywhere because you also mentioned it's great just to know the names of the things in your yard. So what ideas do you have for families who struggle with getting outside their house to do nature study?

Joy:
So let's just go back to the four elements of nature study. We've got reading, you can read about the topic of choice. So that is what is so fun about, again, my books, but also just doing nature study is that you can start to develop a foundation of knowledge by just doing Morning Time and having the book about the specific topic and that will help shape your time outside.

So say you're not able to get out because everyone's sick or you have a new baby and the weather's weird or... There's so many different reasons that it's difficult to take it outside. You can bring a specimen inside and have that be what you're looking at and studying, which is that object lesson idea. Also you can do poetry, you can read poems. That always gets me in the mood when we're studying a new topic, is to read some poems about that topic.

Right now we're doing weather and that sweet poem, "Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot. Well, whether the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not." Doesn't that get you in the mood to start learning about the weather.

Pam:
Yeah, it does.

Joy:
So I love just incorporating those different good, true and beautiful things into our study, which really can just help spur you on. But also, again, it's giving you a foundation. So we've got object lessons, we've got reading great books and we have our nature journal and none of those have to happen outside our home.

Pam:
Right. So it's a good way to inspire some interest, to learn some things even if you can't get outside. And I think that's one of the things that makes Nature Study Hacking such a good resource for busy homeschool moms. Well, Joy where can people find you online?

Joy:
I am of course at naturestudyhacking.com and I post to a YouTube channel which is just my name, Joy Cherrick and also on Instagram @joycherrick.

Pam:
We'll include links to all of those different sites in the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Well Joy, thank you so much for joining me here today. It's been awesome.

Joy:
Thanks for having me Pam.

Pam:
And there you have it. Now if you would like links to any of the books and resources that joy and I chatted about on today's episode of the podcast, you can find them on the show notes for this episode. Those are at pambarnhill.com/ymb71. Also over on the show notes are our wonderful goodies and downloads that we have for this particular episode. You can download a full transcript as well as timestamps to be able to find your favorite parts again and again, so be sure and not to miss those.

Now, I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another episode of the Your Morning Basket podcast. The next one is all about what to do when your kids don't like Morning Time. We'll be tackling that tough issue with you. Until then, keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Nature Study Hacking

Joy discusses the importance of keeping nature study short and simple so as to more easily develop the habit of nature journaling. One thing to keep in mind when teaching your children about nature journaling is that there are many different types of nature journaling entries. You do not have to be confined to watercolor. Nature journaling can include drawing and painting, text only, tracking weather, narrating what you observe outside, maps, phenology wheels and much more.

One struggle that many people have with nature journaling is drawing, or painting. At times, when too much emphasis is placed on making the drawing look a certain way it can turn into a drawing lesson instead of a nature journaling session. So, taking the pressure off the student by providing field guides or line drawings that can be copied, or even colored and glued into the notebook can help the student focus on the nature journaling and not on the art.

There are four elements of nature study: reading great literature about the subject of study, nature walks, object lessons and nature journal entries. Joy encourages families to include all four elements of nature study and has designed her Nature Study Hacking guides to include them. The use of Anna Comstock’s book Handbook of Nature Study was instrumental in forming the Nature Study Hacking guides.

When you begin to struggle with getting nature study into your day or getting outside, simplify, and remember that only one of the four aspects of nature study has to be done outside. The rest can be done without leaving your house. Read something enjoyable about the topic, like a poem, story or well written picture book to encourage you to get back at it. You can bring specimens for study into the house or even use field guides to nature journal at the table.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [2:27] meet Joy
  • [4:57] defining Nature Study Hacking and where the idea came from
  • [9:16] different types of nature journal entries
  • [13:49] exposing your kids to different types of nature journal entries
  • [21:09] four elements of nature study
  • [23:40] how Handbook of Nature Study influenced her in writing Nature Study Hacking guides
  • [29:02] nature study calls us to pay more attention
  • [32:33] encouragement for moms who struggle to get outside for nature study

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  • 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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