YMB #108 Shifting Focus: A Conversation with Laney Homan

One of the things I love is hearing about how other families work Morning Time into their homeschool days. How did they get started? What is their journey like? Today on the podcast veteran homeschool mom Laney Homan is here to share her Morning Time story. She started about seven years ago and she keeps adapting Morning Time to meet her needs. Enjoy!

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I think Morning Time just was able to give me a mental shift, those good, beautiful and true things that we cover in Morning Time are just as important and maybe even more important than all the academic seat work that we tend to put our focus on at the front of our day, or just we put our focus on in our homeschool because we’re worried about the kids being behind, or we need to make sure that we’re caught up and Morning Time has really been able. It’s one of the things that has shifted my focus to that broader perspective of just being able to sit and enjoy those good, beautiful, and true things. 

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 108 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you are joining me here today. We are doing something just a little bit new starting this podcast season. We are going to begin sharing the Morning Time stories of other homeschool moms. And the reason we’re doing this is to give you just a glimpse of what Morning Time looks like for different homeschool families, maybe families who have been doing Morning Time for a long time, a little bit of time who started it at the beginning of their homeschool journey, or maybe who came to it a little bit later in their homeschool journey and certainly discussing what a difference it has made in their homeschool day and in their lives even. So we’re starting that off this episode with our very first guests, Laney, Homan. And now, Laney has been homeschooling for quite a long time, about 16 years now, she has eight kids. Her youngest is six. Her oldest is 22, but she has not been doing Morning Time for the entire time. And so Laney and I are going to be discussing today what a difference Morning Time has made in her homeschool, how she’s used it as a tool over the years for various purposes and what it looks like now. I think you’re really going to enjoy this episode of the podcast.

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Now, before we get on with this, I do want to say that Your Morning Basket plus is now open. You can come and join the membership between now and February 4th, where you can find all sorts of goodies and support to help you do a Morning Time habit in your homeschool. So if you have been listening to the podcast, if you have been doing Morning Time, maybe you feel like you spend a lot of time planning Morning Time, and not nearly enough time doing Morning Time, you would like some premade ready for you plans, or you would like some community help and support, or even some live Morning Time classes.
We have all of that in Your Morning Basket plus, and you can find that by going to Pambarnhill.com and clicking on the green, Get the Tools button, and that's going to be open until February 4th of this year. So do go check that out. And now on with the interview with Laney.
Laney Homan is a homeschooling mom of eight ages, six to 22. She's been married to her husband, Sean for 25 years and began homeschooling their kids 16 years ago. She's the community manager in the Sibling Relationship Lab, community hosted at Lynna Sutherland's website, siblingrelationshiplab.com. And she is also a member of our Your Morning Basket Plus membership as well. Laney, welcome to the program. How are you doing?
We are you doing great today.
That is awesome. It's so fun that you work with Lynna at Sibling Relationship Lab. I actually just recorded a podcast with her yesterday, which I think this particular podcast comes out first, the one you and I are doing together, and then hers will come out like a month later all about kids who can't get along in Morning Time.
Dear, I could have recorded on that.
I was gonna say, you probably could have come in and spoken on that one as well. I think we all can, right?
Exactly. Oh, so much fun. I'm so glad that you do that work over there with her helping to support homeschool families, especially who are dealing with the in and out every day of the sibling relationship kind of stuff. But tell me a little bit about you and a little bit about your home.
We started homeschooling 16 years ago. I have eight kids and I have graduated two of them. And one of them will be graduating sometime very soon, but he, I don't really do homeschool too much with him anymore. He just finishing up his last couple of classes and then he'll graduate as soon as he's done.
And then I'm already down to five and it just seems so strange to have that few kids at my table these days, but it's really, it's been really quite the journey over the years of how our homeschool has morphed. And it seems like I've relaxed some now that they're I have graduated some, I feel like, oh, I can do this.
Yeah. I could see how that I'm almost there. I'm almost to the point I've got another year where I'm going to have one who's graduated and hopefully I'm waiting for that feeling like, okay, this is all going to work out. I have people who tell me it's coming. So I'm like, okay, counting down the days till I get that. But then also a little sad too, that you've graduated from your homeschool.
That it's definitely strange having fewer people at the table this past Thanksgiving actually, we've had several of our kids move out and one just got married and it's shrinking here a little bit. And as we all gathered around our Thanksgiving table, the little kids looked around and they said, “Is this everybody, it just feels so small.”
So it's, it's interesting to see the changes and how the kids are responding to that. It's been a huge year of changes for us with our two oldest twins moving out permanently. And it's been, it's nice always to have them come back, but it's definitely changing our homeschool a little bit. We've definitely shifted our focus more. Now that I have mostly little kids that I'm homeschooling. It's been a long time since that was the case. I had lots of high schoolers for a long time.
Oh, that is interesting. How it does go in a cycle like that. You guys started homeschooling. Did you always homeschool? Did you pull your kids out of school?
We talk about homeschooling pretty early on in our marriage. And when it came down time to start to put the kids in school.
My oldest two boys are very close in age and we decided I had just had another baby and I just really lost confidence and we decided no we're going to put the kids in school. And so they went to school. One of them went to kindergarten or one of them went to the local preschool there and they lasted for all of one semester before we pulled them out.
They were just very asynchronous and their developments one was light years ahead of his class, but wasn't socially mature enough to be bumped up the grade. The other one was really struggling in his classroom. And I spent so much time at the school sorting out all the different pieces and trying to figure everything out that I'm finally, it was just like, I might as well just bring them home because I feel like I could meet their needs individually a little bit better than what we're trying to do, jumping through the hoops with the school to meet their individual needs.
So that's how we started. And at the time when I pulled them out of school, I was like, okay, let's just for this year. I have to make sure that we're doing everything that they would be covering in public school because I might want to put them back in school. And so I was really focused on that and making sure that they were prepared to reenter school at some point in the future. I think mainly because I didn't have the confidence that I could do this, but they never went back. Just became a way of life for us. And none of the other kids ever even that wasn't even an option. They just joined our homeschool one at a time. And that's just what we've been doing.
Wow. Okay. So when did you first discover Morning Time?
That was about, I was talking to my daughter about this last night and we couldn't decide, I think it might've been about seven years ago. One day, my three-year-old at the time was throwing a full-out toddler tantrum on the floor and just complete with like prostrate kicking, screaming and got him calmed down enough to talk to him. And I said, can you tell me why you're crying? Cause I really didn't know why I was crying. And he looked at me and he said, I don't want to do my math and torture that three-year-old with math. And at the time I just really, I started laughing all the big kids started laughing and I was like, buddy, you're lucky you don't actually have to do that. And of course he didn't even, we didn't, we weren't even doing preschool at the time. And it was, it was comical and yet very eye opening at the same time, he was very clearly amping, his older siblings who he had heard complain endlessly about their schoolwork, especially math. And I just felt like at that time I was like, something has to change. We've been doing this for a while at this point. And I just knew that we were not going down a good path to continue the way that we had been working.
We were just going through a lot of emotions, I think possibly because we had been homeschooling for quite a while and the kids were a little bit restless. So this little toddler tantrum, and really just had me just stopping to evaluate and say, okay, what might we need to look out a little differently? So I did what every good homeschool mom does.
And I went to the internet and it just so happens that I found a webinar with you and Sarah Mackenzie. It was a loop scheduling webinar. And I don't even know what I was looking for at that point, but I listened to the webinar and I was pretty interested in the, like the planning aspects of things. And then that took me, I believe to your website where I started reading more about Morning Time. And I bought the Big Basket, which was, I don't know how many years ago that was available, but about six years ago now, for sure.
Yeah. So I bought that and I just started digging into that concept and just built really slowly from there. And now our Morning Time really is the bulk of our school. It's it takes up more than any other portion of our school for sure. And I've gotten very comfortable there. The kids have just developed a rhythm of, they know what to expect, and of course, it's changed over the years, but that's where it all began for sure.
Okay. I want to touch on something before we, and we're going to talk about how it's morphed and changed over the seven years that you've been doing it. So at that point, when you started this, you had been homeschooling for about eight or nine years and with your oldest. So this means you had a boy who was in at least seventh grade, probably even a eighth grade at this point. And then apparently had another one coming quick on his heels. How was this received by those two junior high-aged boys when you started it?
So, interestingly enough, as I mentioned, when we, what I was telling about starting our homeschooling, my two older boys are very close in age, but due to learning disabilities. And neuro-diversities, they're really light-years apart in academic work, for sure. One of them is very far ahead and the other, and that was something that was difficult to juggle all the way along.
I was trying to figure out how to bring them together. Something that in many ways we had to avoided over the years. And they were receptive to the changes that we were making. I did an overhaul. It wasn't just, okay, all of a sudden we're coming to the table. I overhauled a lot of the things that we were doing, the curriculum we're using. And it was, it took some time to get everybody on board. At the time we still had lots of babies. I was still having babies there. So there's always this dynamic or lots of interruptions, and they just kind of just process and deal with it. At the time the oldest one was starting to do much of his work independently.
And the next one was like you said about that junior high age and his learning disabilities really prevented him from being able to be as independent as many junior high and high schoolers are. So I took that opportunity to focus what we were teaching and Morning Time and what we were coming together in the Morning Time to do, to be a time where I focused on his needs primarily, and the courses that he would need to prepare him for high school. And then of course, through high school and then the younger kids that were below him just came along and did the academic work with him. And that is what a bulk of our boarding time at that time encompassed. And then my older son was very independent on what he was working on his own but he would still come in and join us for read-alouds. And if I could sneak in some Bible time with him, those types of things as with a group and it wasn't too hard to convince him to come in for read-alouds. That was something that we had established many years before. And it was just, that's probably been the common thread through all of our years of homeschooling is I read a lot to the kids and my oldest really embraced that time all the way until he left my house.
And that aspect of it was something that he enjoyed and I could pull him into, and then we would just let him go and work on his independent school work while I did more in time, we call it table prime at our house with the rest of the kids. And because I was gearing that towards the child who needed more assistance, he didn't, he liked that because he liked having the confidence that I was there with him to help him.
We could discuss things that he didn't feel like he was being thrown out by himself where he really struggled to do the independent work. So that was a way that it became easier to get some buy-in from a boy that age. So the one was doing only the parts that he really enjoyed and wanted to do. And the other really liked the confidence that it gave him to have a group there that he was comfortable with rather than feeling like he had to work through some of the things he struggles with on his own.
Yeah. And you were on a couple of points here, first of all, you were honoring his time because you were not adding things on top of all of the things he needed to do in his day, and then trying to do all of those things as well. So you were using that time, very wisely, used that time to meet some of the needs that he had.
And then I think the second point I want to make is even though you were meeting his academic needs, I have a feeling you are not pulling out his seventh-grade work workbook and saying, okay, now we're going to do this together as a family, you were actually being a little more creative than that, right?
Yeah, definitely. We were able to, I think that was one of the things as I began homeschooling with these two boys that were so different academically, we rotated through a lot of curriculum over the years, trying to find things that would mesh with both of their personalities. As I tried desperately to try to combine them at first. And then I gave up hope that would ever happen. And I didn't really curriculum hop, but their needs were so different that different curriculum was meeting their needs over the years. And so I had accumulated a vast library of resources in which to draw from. So when I sat down with those planning materials initially to figure out what our first morning basket was going to look like, I was able to draw from the resources that we had on our shelves without spending more money and to pick and choose those things, which maybe I had already used with the previous kid or had bought because it looked really fun and we just didn't get to. So I was able to just go through and really pick the cream of the crop and the things that I thought the kids would enjoy and bring them in. And so that is what we did for much of his high school and his junior high years, as he did need those academic credits, but he was a pretty non-traditional student. And I was able to use the resources that allowed him to learn and grow in confidence. But at the same time, not be like the boring textbook-type things. We have used very few textbooks over the years. So lots of living books, lots of reading aloud, lots of discussion.
This particular child really learns well with video. And so we would watch videos and we would just do things that were sometimes hands-on to help reinforce the learning. But even at those ages, everybody always asks me, they're like, how do you, how can you continue doing Morning Time with your older kids? And I, because I started with older kids, it was just part of what we did, but we were able to take those resources that really would engage them more and be able to use that to accomplish what they needed to accomplish for high school. Because it was very important to me to respect that time. If I my high schoolers to the table to do school with the younger kids or with a group of people, I always try to make sure that what they are, what the time that they are giving, there is something that does count towards their credits in high school. Not because I believe that we have to be checking off all those boxes all the time, but because they do have very full schedules, they work they're social they've got lots of demands on their time at that age.
And I don't want them to resent the time that we have together, because it seems like an intrusion upon what they have to do. I want them to know that this can be an enjoyable time, but it also counts for what you have to accomplish in order to get your credits for high school. And that is how we've combated some of the busyness and things like that for the kids, with making sure that the resources we choose may not be traditional. They certainly meet the needs that they need to get the credits that they have to have for school. And that those things that they do during the Morning Time do count for those.
Okay. So that leads me to a couple of other questions. So was there a special way that you tracked this in order to just keep track of it, to give the credits, to put on the transcript?
When I would usually sit down and I would like to break apart the resources that we were going to use, and I would look at them and I would decide like how many hours would this take to go through. And then I use the HSLDA website to look at their recommendations for hours for credits. And I don't even want to say it out loud because I can't remember exactly what it is. It's like 120 to 160, I think.
Yeah. Something like that.
Yeah. I'm not sure, but I did use some resources like that to help give me some guidelines and some framework. And then I would just break down like the resources we were going to use.
And then sometimes it would be, I would feel like a particular resource or a particular set of things that I pulled together would be enough to count as a credit for the material that was covered. And I would just group that into a class and write a little course description and, and note the resources that we would use for that class. And then as we've made our way through the material over the year, when they completed those topics and that kind of checklist of things that you would find maybe in a textbook through the table of contents or something, they have a certain list of topics that they're going to go through. And I would just use that as a guide. And when we had covered that material, then they would get the credit.
Other things would be based more on the time. I did not necessarily track like by the minute, oh, we worked on this subject for 15 minutes today, or we did this one for half hour today, but I do have a general sense of how much time is being devoted to the different subjects that we do in Morning Time based upon our routines and our schedules. And I could map that out to see how many hours they've devoted to a particular topic of study to give them credit for that.
So an example of that would be like our art or fine arts credits. If we're doing composer studies and artists studies, and things like that. Those may be only covered 10, 15 minutes at a time over the course of a year, but I know which composers we're going to be studying. I know which musical works. We're going to be listening to. I know which artists we're going to be studying and which, which pieces of art that they're going to be looking at and learning about. And I can base the amount of time, like for how long that's going to accumulate over the year without really mapping out. Okay. We spent 15 minutes on this artist today and the next week we're going to spend 10 minutes on this composer.
And I really had been doing it long enough that I felt like I had a pretty good grasp on how much time they were spending on those things. So their fine arts credit might include things like a composer study and an artist study of multiple composers and multiple artists across the year. But then it also might include doing actual projects that they're working on.
And I have a 10th grader right now and she's very artsy. And one of the things she did, she recently painted a banner for our community arts and humanities council to auction off for their fundraiser. And we just, she had to log her hours for how many hours she worked on this banner for the volunteer project she was doing anyway. So we went ahead and we counted those hours. And then she took an art class. She took an art class at her co-op. And so we count, we could very easily count the hours that she spent in art during her co-op. And then also, like I said, with the combined artist’s studies and picture studies that we do for Morning Time, that she's a part of it's.
I just round that out by looking at the bigger scope of what she's covering, and then I can determine, okay, she spent about 60 hours this year, so she can have a half credit for art. And then the course description that I would write for any kind of record would reflect that not only did she do hands-on creative projects, but that she also studied art history or how to focus on a particular artist or composer those types of things.
Yeah. That's when we talk about making those estimates and things like that, one of the things we have to remember is a child in a public school is in a classroom. And that credit is based on they're in this classroom for 50 minutes, five days a week. And so this equals out to X number of years, but just because they're in that classroom for 50 minutes, five days a week doesn't mean they're getting instruction for 50 minutes, five days a week. And looking at that estimate of we're studying all these things, this equals a half a credit, or this equals a credit, I think is completely valid. So this leads me to my second question. Before we start talking about how your Morning Time has changed, because I know it's different now than what it was like, then what about those little kids? Because you were gearing it towards this, this child who was in junior high and then going into high school. And I think there would be a lot of moms who would be having palpitations over this saying if I'm doing things for my older child, my younger kids are just going to be going crazy. So how did you keep the younger ones engaged while you were gearing this material towards a little bit of the older set, even with the learning issues and things there, we're still talking about something that like a five or six year old might struggle with a little bit.
Oh sure. I, first of all, we were adding kids to our school. There's a little bit of an age between the first four and the second four. So I had mostly big kids and then one, one three-year-old when we started and it was those next few years is we had four kids in a span of five years there. So it was those next few years as we were adding baby upon baby, that things became a little dicey, I guess. It was a little bit harder to manage some of that.
But the kids, I remember, I sat down with my older kids one time and I explained to them that homeschooling was a family commitment and that they were going to have to help if we were going to continue homeschooling. And at this point, they all wanted to homeschool. They, and so I explained to them, they were just simply going to have to help with the babies and the littles. So they got really good dealing with the disruptions. Our home is set up such that our dining room and our living room are open into one great room. And we would all sit at the table to do our schoolwork. And then the smaller children were right there within kind of our earshot usual, our visual line of sight and the babies, just like I spent most of my time with a baby in my lap, whether I was teaching or not, or sometimes the teenagers would have somebody in their lap or we'd break for snacks, or it was never a nice and pretty sit down at the table and have this nice long uninterrupted time together. It was just very dynamic at the time we were meeting needs and dealing with fussing, and mom's got to go change the diaper and I need you to get this one a snack. And it was just a team effort at that point.
But I explained to the kids that's if we were going to homeschool, that was just what was going to happen at this point. And obviously, as the kids get older, that becomes a little easier. But there, I think all of my kids remember even seasons where Morning Time moved to my bed. I would get up in the morning and I would make my bed, but we would all gather there because that was easier place for me to have a blanket spread out with an infant. And the baby would sleep on the bed while we were all sitting there and reading or discussing whatever we were going over at the time. But it was definitely not this picturesque like everybody come to the table and we're going to sit quietly and everybody's going to be cooperative.
I don't, I still don't have that after 16 years, they all, somebody throws a wrench into the schedule every day, I think. But I think that's part of actually I was, I have begun to appreciate that, but I was reading Mystie Winkler's new book the other day. And I think she did an excellent job of highlighting how it's in those messy moments,that the real homeschooling is happening, how we learn to respond, and how we as parents, but also I think as our kids, how they learn to adapt and handle adversity and challenge, whether that's in their relationships with their siblings or subjects that they don't like, but that those are the moments where we're really building our character. And it's not just about the academic work.
And I feel like that looking back on those years where we had four toddler and on down kids while I was trying to teach junior high and high school age and middle school kids, that there was a lot of that growth happening, even when, probably in the midst of it, I often felt like everybody was falling through the cracks and surely this wasn't working.
Like I said earlier, I relaxed a bit after the first one graduated, honestly, I was like, oh, look at that. I've been feeling like that. Maybe I was floundering a little bit, but after all this, here he is, he's got a diploma he's headed off to engineering school and probably felt a little bit too much of a pat my own back when that happened, honestly, I was like, oh, this is, you know what I remember when he got his first college acceptance letter, I teased him as it came in the mail. I was like, I think I'll keep this because I think it's just as much about the work that we've done together over these years.
somebody's going to come along and humble you.
Exactly. But I have definitely been humbled along the way for sure. And I think that the biggest thing in that experience though is that I don't think I ever felt like everything was going smoothly or that I was ever adequate to do this task. I feel like God and his grace and mercy has come alongside. This is a journey and it's not easy, but it is one that is worthwhile. And he is the one that is going to bring any fruit in our children that we ever begin to see whether it's academic or character-driven or any kind of relationship with him. And I think that in the moments where I feel completely inadequate, that that is the thing that keeps me humble and also just keeps me able to continue to do this day after day after so many years, because I know that I have to be faithful with what is in front of me, but ultimately that fruit and that work is going to be a work of God. And he is going to work that in their lives. And I can just be a tool in that process. And that mind shift is one that makes doing this thing every day easier to do, even when you can't see what the outcome is going to be. If that makes any sense.
It does. I love it. Okay. So you had like your first round and now those kids, a couple of graduated and you've got a couple who are getting close to graduating. And so now you have your second round. So let's talk about how your Morning Time has changed over the past few years. What's it look like now?
Is it in the last couple of years we've shifted. And once again, we shifted, we did a pivot based upon some of your resources that I found for a long time. We were using resources that I had on my shelf because I had accumulated so many of them. And I wanted to make sure that we are using those. And so I would always shop my shelves, whether it was for the little kids or for the big kids. And I don't know, it's probably been a couple years ago. I joined maybe not even that long. I joined the Your Morning Basket community. And I was able to take advantage of the explorations that you offer. And I had purchased a curriculum at the beginning of last year, and I had been using that with these four little kids and I really was enjoying it, but I was feeling constantly behind and a little overwhelmed, where our Morning Time had always been this group for academic lessons. And we were accomplishing things. Now I have a handful of kids who can't read, they all need individual phonics lessons, and they all need individual math on a little bit more of a scale that requires one-on-one with me.
And so our Morning Time began to shift away from really doing a lot of academic work, to just being a shorter time period where I could grab them all together, read a book. And I realized that I was trying to fit this curriculum into our Morning Time. And it just, the part that wasn't working was my Morning Time had always been quite long because we were working with older kids and they had longer attention spans.
And then as I shifted and I was, it took me a while to realize that I needed to really shorten the Morning Time so that I could, then they would have the capacity to focus on their individual reading lessons and math lesson. And as we did that, we began to use the Explorations from the membership and all of a sudden everything else fell away.
We just quit doing all of the other curriculum. Now they were doing their reading, they were doing math and we were really diving deep into the Explorations. And I found that they were moving. They progressed in our family more like a unit study and let us discuss all kinds of topics from science and history and just interesting things and reading books about people and all of this came from the Explorations, which are not necessarily designed to be Unit Studies, but they lend themselves well to opening the doors for studying topics deeper. And so that's just where we camped and they really enjoyed it. And so I felt like we were actually covering more of the kind of content area subjects in that time period then we were, when I was trying to follow a bird curriculum that had the geography and the history and the literature, and like all the different components that come with it as I was trying to muddle my way through that for so many kids, I found that just simplifying and backing up and only doing the explorations with something that was producing excitement and lots of beauty and truth. And they were, they were getting really interested and they would always be very eager to know what's next month's topic.
And we would go to the library. And I even noticed our librarian was always like looking at our stack of books to figure out what we were going to be studying next. So we've stayed there this year. We've actually added a few more of the other Morning Time plans from Your Morning Basket membership to combine with the Explorations that we have been using just to round things out a little bit more, but they still are really focused in on those Explorations. And that's just where we're camping now. So we have tons of picture books and they love all the activities and we've last month or the month before, I guess they learned how to do the embroidery from the full plans. And they've just really embraced the simplicity of what is offered. And I have relaxed in being able to teach from a different perspective.
I think before that point, most of the curriculum we had ever used that was designed to be used with a group was all based on history and that chronological history cycle. And I had a really hard time breaking away from that. And so that is one of the things that has changed much in our Morning Time is that everything is now centered around a particular topic each month.
And we dive into it starting with the Explorations, but that often leads us to be learning more about particular people or a history time period. But we're not doing everything quite as chronologically. It's quite a bit more interest-led which I think helps to keep the younger kids engaged. It's certainly been a shift for me. We were not, we were certainly not as interest-led when they were, when my older kids were a little bit younger, I was more, okay, this is the curriculum we're using. And then we would just go through it. And it was good. We, I think we enjoyed a lot of the books we were reading and a lot of the topics we were exploring at that time, but seeing the little kids get really excited about something is a little bit different than telling them this is what you're going to study. And Morning Time has been a really big place for that to have them be able to learn more about the things that they're interested in.
And again, it's not totally up to them because I do right now, we are pretty closely sticking to the Exploration plans that are in the membership. My six-year-old threw us on a loop though, because she insisted that we had to do courses next. And I was like, but what about tea time? I had that fight. I did horses that I am anxiously awaiting our tea time exploration, which I know that they all love team. They drink on regular basis. I know they're going to love it. But she had been asking for several months when we were going to study horses. So I, we gave do horses in November and we are now doing Christmas.
I cant believe you did it out of order.
It was very difficult for me. Incredibly. I still have the tea time plans, like all in my folder and ready to go right next to them. And every day I would pull up, those horse plans that I was like, this is just hard for me, but it was funny. This is the great thing I was, my issue was if I do it out of order, what am I going to do next August? I'm going to be thrown for a loop again. And I didn't want to put tea time plans off until next August.
But I discovered as we were going through these horse plans, I was like, there's so much here. Like we are going to be able to go through these plans again and still find new things and it's going to be great. There'll be new books and new things. And so I just, I was able to let that go. And we're doing that right now with the Christmas plans.
We did the Christmas Around the World last year. And we're doing that again this year. And every once in a while, I'll pull out a resource that we use last year. And they were like, Hey, we already read this book. And I'm like, yes, we did, but let's read it again. And it's fun to see them like, get excited about the recognition. And then also there was so much to explore in there that we've, I'm not sure we'll ever hit the bottom of studying those traditions from different places. And so there's so many new things that they get to do and the review is good for them. So, yeah, we'll probably do the same thing with the horse plans.
I'm going to have to take a break at some point and insist that we do the tea time plans though, because I'm excited about the tea time plans.
Before it gets too hot you have to do the tea time plans. And we discovered the secret to the Homen children. All you have to do is give them bingo and they're
A hundred percent. They are all over it. They are all over the bingo. I had a feeling if I would've come up with the bingo plans that they would have been like, no, we're not doing that. But yeah, no, if we're doing the bingo game, they are all about doing those activities. They are dead set on having a blackout for all the bingo they're well on their way to a blackout or the Christmas Around the World.
Bingo right now. And I love that because it gives them something to when I can see interest waning. At the end of Morning Time, I only have a certain amount of time. They, their attention span is pretty limited. And when I hit this, I know what I can get through. And there are some non-negotiable things that are Morning Time. So we hit our Bible reading and we hit our memory work and we do some pretty core things right at the beginning.
But then I can always gauge, okay, I'm only going to be able to get through one picture book today, or this one activity might be pushing them a little bit much for their attention span. They're going to be done and they're going to be ready to leave the table. So if I save that bingo activity for me, end there, like on that, they're like, oh, we'll stay extra for that for the bingo.
I love this. I'm like,
I have no idea what is so motivating behind that bingo board, but all four of them are, they're so insistent that they're going to do that.
Oh, that's awesome. I, then I love it. It was like tools you can use to just expand the learning in your homeschool.
I know, I think in the community I told Dawn I was like, I need a blank bingo board. I can just say it's from Pam.
We can make one that you can like type in yourself and fill out. Yeah. We're, we're going to do bingo in the spring as well. We did fall 3.0 bingo this past year. And that, that was the first time we'd ever done Bingo. And it was so well received by everybody in the community. Apparently there are lots of kids in lots of places who love to do the bingo game. And very simply all it is just we've taken some of the activities from our different sets of Morning Time plans and put them onto a bingo board. So that, and with the Christmas one, we really went out of our way to make this something that a family could do. Like one of the squares was sing a Christmas song, go look at Christmas lights. These are things you're doing anyway. But for some reason, the kids just, they just eat it up. And so we're going to be bringing it back in the spring as well, bring the bingo board back.
You know what I think for my kids, I was just putting this together as you were talking about it, just like my high schoolers want to sit at that table for a purpose. And they know that they are accomplishing something when they're at Morning Time because it's going to count towards their credits of what they have to do for the goal of graduation for them. I guess my little kids have that same thing. Like when they get to see that they're checking off a square on the bingo board, that means they're working on something that they're accomplishing something. And that's why they really like, they can't stand to see it unfinished. They're like we got to do it all. Sometimes I'm like that embroidery really threw me for a loop. I was like, really? I have to teach you how to embroider. It seems a bit much for me, but they did it with gusto. And I was like, surprised at how well they did and how excited they were about it. And so it even stretched me out of my comfort zone. I am not a hands-on crafty mom. I think that we could just read books every day, all day and we would all be great, but my kids love to do things with their hands and to craft, and to do the key is they have to be able to do them.
Yes, I have to do them for them. That's a whole other, that's a whole other game right there. I just, not my that's not my gifting by any means.
But it got everybody doing something that you otherwise wouldn't have done. And I think that's one of the wonderful things about Morning Time is that it, it really can stretch you into experiencing things that you never would have even dreamed or imagined. We've been reading these math poems in two voices, and they're just, they're poems about math. And we read our little poem every day to have us read them together. And we're like, that's really cool. And it's nothing we ever would have picked up without Morning Time.
That is my favorite thing, I think is that over the years, having accumulated all of these different bits and pieces of curriculums and complete curriculums that I loved parts of that didn't love else. There were just pieces of things that I felt like we just never got around to doing. And I have used Morning Time to plug in all the things that I wanted to do that we just never got around to doing because I was too busy checking boxes for spreadsheets or whatever in our early years of homeschooling. And so certain resources would get left behind.
And so they wouldn't be used, but I was like, oh, that was actually one of the big things why I bought that curriculum. I really loved that aspect of it. But I think Morning Time just was able to give me a mental shift. Did that those good, beautiful, and true things that we cover in Morning Time are just as important and maybe even more important than all the academic seat work that we tend to put our focus on at the front of our day, or just we put our focus on in our homeschool because we're worried about the kids being behind, or we need to make sure that we're caught up and Morning Time has really been able, it's one of the things that has shifted my focus to that broader perspective of just being able to sit and enjoy those good, beautiful, and true things. And it's just as much for me as it is for my kids. A hundred percent.
I am constantly pulling resources in that I want to do. I want to read this book that I've never read, or I want to memorize this poem that we have that we haven't really dug into yet. And it is definitely a collaborative thing. We're doing it together. It is not something that the kids are doing and I'm just facilitating.
I am just as much of an active part of learning those things as they are. And that is one of the things that I think is best about it.
I love it. I love that so much. If there's a mom out here who's been listening to this and maybe she's tried Morning Time before. Maybe she's not sure how she would add one more thing to her day. She's just hesitant for some reason, what would you tell her about Morning Time?
I just think it's a game-changer and there's not really a simpler way to do that, to just pick one thing. And I think like for me, it's one thing that I wanted to do. Choose one thing that I really wanted to do that maybe I just hadn't found the time to work into our homeschool for whatever reason. I would just take that one thing and then start there. It is definitely something that grows. I would certainly caution not to dive all in and over plan and try to schedule something huge, but just one small thing that you want to do and bring that to your kids and just start slow. consistency too. I think it's the other thing, getting them on board Morning Time has definitely built consistency in our homeschool. It's just what we do in the morning. And everybody knows that's what we do. And then the rest of our school day flows naturally from that. So that's just helped with the kind of their expectations of what their day is going to be. They just know that from Morning Time then flows are other activity. So just get started to something simple, see where it grows.
I love it. Laney, thank you so much for coming on and chat with me. We appreciate it.
Thank you so much for having me. I love it. Your resources are, have brought much delight to our, to our homeschool. And I just, I love being able to chat and share with other moms and we can do this.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources that Laney and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. That's at Pambarnhill.com/ymb108. Also over pambarnhill.com. You can find the green, get the tools link that's on the homepage there. And that will take you right to our, Your Morning Basket plus membership, where you can find the Explorations and all of the wonderful Morning Time plans that Laney and I were chatting about today. These great resources will help you easily start your own Morning Time small, and build a blessing for your family from there. So that's at Pambarnhill.com as well. Now I will be back again in a couple of weeks with that interview with Lynna Sutherland all about how to handle Morning Time when your kids bicker and fight, because you know what, it happens to all of us. It happens to me too. It happens to Laney. It happens to Lynna. It happens to all of us. And so what can we do when our kids are bickering and fighting? And is it even worth it to try to do Morning Time when that's happening? So we have some great tips for you for that situation on the next podcast. We'll be back again in a couple of weeks until then keep seeking truth, goodness, and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Shifting Focus

Laney Homan shares how her family discovered Morning Time and how she used it as a tool to help her older children earn credits for high school courses. She shares how she was able to keep a wide range of children engaged when she had students from high school down to toddlers. 

Laney also discusses how she shifted focus from the big kids in Morning Time back down to the little kids as her older kids graduated. Using Morning Time with her younger kids allowed her to refocus on the things that were most important to her and gave her an opportunity to use a variety of resources that she didn’t want to miss out on. 

Jumping into Morning Time wholeheartedly, using Morning Time Explorations, allowed her to learn alongside her kids and engage all her kids in a fun and meaningful way.

 

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:32] meet Laney
  • [6:50] Laney’s journey to homeschooling
  • [8:44] discovering Morning Time
  • [19:38] tracking high school credits in Morning Time
  • [24:35] keeping younger kids engaged
  • [31:13] how morning Time has changed over time
  • [46:25] encouragement for moms

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

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

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

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

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

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

  • So glad Your Morning is back!!!
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    So glad to have the morning basket podcast back! Thank you for bringing it back!!

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    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.

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    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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