YMB #73 Finding Truth in Every Subject: A Conversation with Brandy VencelPin
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Welcome to another episode of Your Morning Basket. You may remember that, early in episode 2, Pam introduced us to the “4 Rs” that make up a rich Morning Time: recitation, reading aloud, ritual, and relationship. (And if you happened to miss that one, be sure to check it out!)

In today’s interview, Pam talks with Brandy Vencel of Afterthoughts about the second of those Rs, reading aloud. They discuss the subtle ways that reading aloud during Morning Time can differ from the reading we may do with our children at other times during the day.

This interview is packed with great book recommendations and insightful conversation about how reading aloud can help shape our children’s imaginations, give them opportunities to grapple with big ideas, and enrich their learning by pairing content with captivating stories. So sit back and enjoy!

Pam: This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring Truth, Goodness, and Beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone, it’s Pam Barnhill, and welcome to episode 3 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. Today we’re talking about another one of those three ‘R’s of Morning Time, we’re talking about reading. And this can be a tricky subject because most homeschoolers read to their children in some way. So this begs the question how is reading aloud during Morning Time different from the reading aloud that you might do at other times of day with your family. To help me answer that question today, I have my good friend, Brandy Vencel. Brandy is someone who definitely spends a lot of time reading to her children. She follows the AmblesideOnline curriculum, she is a big proponent of the Charlotte Mason method of education, and she is here today to help us talk about how reading aloud in Morning Time looks a little bit different from the other reading that you might be doing, or how it could look a little bit different. A couple of the things that we do in today’s podcast that you can look forward to, we really talk about what Brandy’s Morning Time looks like, and then we talk about the reading in her Morning Time; what kinds of things does she read, for a family that spends a lot of their day reading how is the reading during Morning Time different and how does she make those choices.
Pam: This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring Truth, Goodness, and Beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone, it’s Pam Barnhill, and welcome to episode 3 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. Today we’re talking about another one of those three ‘R’s of Morning Time, we’re talking about reading. And this can be a tricky subject because most homeschoolers read to their children in some way. So this begs the question how is reading aloud during Morning Time different from the reading aloud that you might do at other times of day with your family. To help me answer that question today, I have my good friend, Brandy Vencel. Brandy is someone who definitely spends a lot of time reading to her children. She follows the AmblesideOnline curriculum, she is a big proponent of the Charlotte Mason method of education, and she is here today to help us talk about how reading aloud in Morning Time looks a little bit different from the other reading that you might be doing, or how it could look a little bit different. A couple of the things that we do in today’s podcast that you can look forward to, we really talk about what Brandy’s Morning Time looks like, and then we talk about the reading in her Morning Time; what kinds of things does she read, for a family that spends a lot of their day reading how is the reading during Morning Time different and how does she make those choices.

Links and Resources from Today’s Show

Start Here: A Journey Through Charlotte Mason's 20 PrinciplesStart Here: A Journey Through Charlotte Mason’s 20 PrinciplesCircle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your DayCircle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your DayThe Pilgrim's Progress (Dover Thrift Editions)The Pilgrim’s Progress (Dover Thrift Editions)Minn of the MississippiMinn of the MississippiThe Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild PetsThe Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild PetsNature's Weather ForecastersNature’s Weather ForecastersThe Cruise of the Arctic StarThe Cruise of the Arctic StarSwallows & AmazonsSwallows & AmazonsThe King of the Golden CityThe King of the Golden CityThe Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children's Classics)The Burgess Bird Book for Children (Dover Children’s Classics)J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

 

Key Ideas about Reading in Morning Time

  • By reading living books aloud during Morning Time, we can combine multiple children of different ages together for some subjects.
  • Living books hold the attention of the reader/listener and present big ideas. Young children are able to absorb and think about those ideas, even before they are able to articulate them.
  • When a living book pairs a story with facts, it engages the imagination in a way that facts alone do not. This spark of the imagination is a powerful force for memory and learning

Find what you want to hear:

  • 3:54 how Brandy got started with Morning Time
  • 6:31 how Brandy’s Morning Time has evolved as her children have grown
  • 10:10 lightening the workload by using Morning Time to cover required readings for individual kids 15:22 specific books from Brandy’s Morning Time
  • 18:59 specific books from Pam’s Morning Time
  • 20:35 reading aloud at other times of the day
  • 23:06 why use living books
  • 26:07 introducing kids to big ideas (not just facts)
  • 30:21 how engaging the imagination facilitates learning
  • 32:35 slow reading
  • 37:08 Brandy’s thoughts on requiring a narration for all Morning Time readings
  • 38:31 narration in a group setting
  • 40:49 tacking inconsistent items onto Morning Time so that they get done
  • 41:47 breaking up Morning Time readings in order to maintain interest and attention
YMB #3 Reading in Morning Time: A Conversation with Brandy VencelPin