YMB 87 Tea and Culture: A Conversation with Jennifer Stowe

On today’s podcast I am joined by homeschool mom Jennifer Stowe who has turned a passion for all things tea into a business and educational experience for her entire family. Join us as we talk about the historical, cultural, and literary learning we can derive from tea, fun food ideas for tea time, and how to expand upon passions to enhance learning.


You can take just about any culture in the world and they themselves have some connection to tea, and that’s not just China. You can look at Japan, you can look at the middle East. You can look at Africa, all of Europe, and even this country, we all have some connection to tea. This is your morning basket, where we help you bring truth, goodness, and beauty to your home.

Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 87 of the, your morning basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, today the episode of the podcast is about something that you can do in your morning basket, if you so desire, but you can also do it at other times of the day, but it is one of my favorite homeschooling traditions. And it’s all about tea time. Now this particular episode of the podcast, we have an expert on tea. Yes, actually tea. Her name is Jennifer Stowe, and she’s coming on to tell us all about how we can use real tea as kind of a central idea for learning in our home. And I kind of emphasize that because a lot of time when we’ve done tea time at my house, you know, there was hot chocolate or lemonade in the cups, but Jennifer is all about tea.

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She actually owns her own tea room with her homeschool daughters. They have built all of these educational experiences and opportunities around tea. Really fascinating. Now I want to tell you that during the podcast, I learned so much when I was recording this one guys, but during the podcast, Jennifer talks about all the different foods that you can eat during your tea time. And it's really going to vary, not surprisingly based on the culture that you're emulating. So if you're doing a Chinese tea or a Japanese tea or an African tea, the food is going to be very different than it would be at an English tea, which is what we often think of when it comes to tea time food. So I want you to listen for that. Having said that in the United States, in the 21st century, having a tea time with our kids, we are often as moms looking for some quick and easy food, some snacks that we can make with things that we probably already have in our pantry.
So as a companion to this particular podcast, I have put together for you, a collection of five easy recipes that you can make for your tea time, something a little bit special with the foods that you already have in your pantry, along with a pantry planning sheet. So the pantry planning sheet is all about you writing down a record of what your kids really enjoy eating during tea time,
some different things you might need to have on hand and what your kids enjoy drinking during tea time as well, just in case they're not buying in to the idea of tea. So to get that download, come on over to Pambarnhill.com/teatime, all one word, and you can get it there. We would love to share that one with you. In the meantime, enjoy this episode of the podcast.
Author. Jennifer Stowe is a registered nurse, master herbalist tea educator, and homeschool mom of six. She is a nationally recognized speaker whose topics include all aspect of tea and herbs, etiquette and fine arts. Jennifer is the author of six books, including Infused: Tea Time in Fine Arts. And Wee Bites and Nibbles: Manners and Menus for the Tiniest Tea Drinkers, her books, weave tea together with poetry, literature, foreign cultures, and fine art. Along with her daughters, Jennifer owns and operates three sisters tea room in Campbellsville, Tennessee, where she hosts frequent educational teas designed, especially for children. Jennifer, welcome to the podcast.
Thank you, Pam. It's good to be here.
It is. So, so much fun to have you here. This was a topic where I was like, wow, that sounds really cool. Like that would be something that would be a lot of fun to explore, especially during the cold winter months. It's just some of the different things behind tea. A lot of homeschoolers love to have tea parties, but I don't know if we've ever thought about it quite as much as you have.
I've thought a lot about tea through the years. That's for sure.
Well, tell me a little bit about you and about your homeschooling
I’d be happy to, I've been married for 30 years to a military man who retired 10 years ago. And when that happened, we really left sort of corporate America. And we moved out to the country and the Hills of Tennessee and I had six children still in my homeschool at that time.
And we just jumped into farm life with gusto. So, but today, 10 years later, I now just have three children still that I'm schooling. And because I was able to find a little bit of free time, I started to pursue some personal interests, which I soon found out were also interests of my daughters. And that's how our little tea room developed.
But as far as our homeschool goes, we've always kind of embraced a Charlotte Mason/classical style, which may seem a little strange, but that is very much the approach we had. We always worked off of a timeline, but we always used the beautiful, the good and the beautiful in life, whether that was nature, poetry,art music was a huge part of our daily homeschool routine. And I currently have primarily high schoolers left. I have three children who have graduated two that are still in college and one pursuing a bachelor's and the other, her master's. So we're definitely on the tail end of homeschooling. It's been, it's been 23 years so far, and I think maybe I have another five or six to go.
Well, that is awesome. And I love the fact that you are forward thinking and I've started thinking about, well, what am I going to do as these children grow up and leave and you've looked into, well, actually you haven't just looked into it. You've started kind of your next phase by, by working on your tea room. So tell me what,
what is, what's a tea room? How is that different than a restaurant?
Good question. A tea room is just open for certain hours typically, and it only serves a particular type of menu. And that would be a tea menu where you might have a three tiered tray and certain items on each tier and pots of tea. And probably not a lot else.
Now, a lot of different types of restaurants are called tea rooms and that's perfectly fine. We probably run a more traditional British afternoon tea style tea room. So we just have one tea event a week because I still have a lot of responsibilities with school and now on the farm, but we serve a special menu every month when we have our afternoon tea.
And then the other tea events tend to be children's book clubs. We have a tea education class once a month, and we also have a, what we call a craft tea where we do a guided craft and have an afternoon tea as well. So we typically don't have drop-ins. Everything is by reservation and we have a pre planned menu.
Nobody really gets to order anything except for their choice of tea.
Oh, fun.
Okay. I'm thinking I need a tea room in my town. That sounds like so much fun, but since I'm not in Tennessee, we're going to talk a little bit more about how we can bring some of this stuff into our homes. But before we do, what sparked your interest in tea? What led to you becoming a tea educator?
I really don't remember When I developed an interest in tea, I've always been a consumer of tea and therefore, as I got older and I started really teaching the children, I saw a thread of tea in history and it just got me interested in and we read a little bit more and I saw tea and other parts of the world.
And so I began to purposely read books about tea history and its inception and, and then eventually different cultures and how they use tea in their daily life. So it was a real gradual interest and grew quite naturally, but it about five or six years ago, I very purposely started to engage in some education and pursued some tea classes and some tea tastings and, and, you know, really learned the art and craft of tea. So I could then turn around and share that with the other people in our tea room.
Oh, that's awesome. So let's kind of dive into some of what you were talking about with history. You have actually use tea and you still use kind of this idea of tea and you wrap it up with all kinds of learning, literature, culture, and even history. So what does that look like in a homeschool?
Well, it's, it's in my mind, such a perfect way to educate your children. You can take just about any culture in the world and they themselves have some connection to tea, and that's not just China. You can look at Japan, you can look at the middle East, you can look at Africa, all of Europe and even this country, we all have some connection to tea and then you look and see what sort of historical events happened around tea in any particular country. And for example, we'll just take our country and we have the Boston tea party. Well, now we have a thread that we can tie together with an entire unit study on the civil, sorry, on the revolutionary war. And now it's starting to get exciting because we can enjoy our Liberty tea during our morning study time reading about the Boston tea party. And we now have a personal connection, or we can contact a tea company in great Britain and actually get a sample of the type of tea that was thrown overboard by the Sons of Liberty and enjoy a cup of that while we're reading about it.
So it makes learning alive. It makes learning very, very real to the, to the child. And in my mind, a very delicious too. I had never thought that I like Just the idea of contacting a company and trying to find a sample of that tea drinking tea, you know, while you're studying that particular thread of history, it really does make a connection for the kids that I hadn't considered.
Yes, it does. And you can take that a step further. If you want to study Japan, you don't even need to go too deep into Japanese culture before you learn the whole way of tea, the Chado. And we start to see what their culture is like, their sense of appreciation for beauty, for precision, for diligence and character, it's all wrapped up in their tea ceremony.
So their religion is too, but we can take the beautiful part of that and, and learn from it. We can also find some matcha tea and try the tea that they're drinking and learn why their tea is so different than tea and other countries. So there's tremendous learning potential. That's wrapped up in this tiny little leaf
That almost gets into like, you know, certainly we've touched on history and geography, but almost like a science, like a horticulture lesson when it comes to, why is this tea different from that?
Oh, yes. That's an entire area of study when it comes to tea and just how all the, all the different teas that we see on the shelf in a supermarket come from one single leaf.
And it's all the processing that makes a type of team one way or another. So a green and a black tea com are the same exactly to start with. It's simply the processing that they undergo, which creates the type of tea it becomes. So there's a huge potential for not only botany, but also just the science behind why a tea stays green or why it turns black, you know, oxidation and heat and, and firing and drawing and rolling. And it just doesn't stop.
Okay. That's fascinating. Cause I thought it was different kinds of tea leaves, but no, it's not. So that's really neat. Okay. Learn something new today. What about the literature connection? So you're, you're making these fabulous, like cultural and historical connections. What, what literature connections can we make with tea?
Well, if you are a lover of Jane Austin, it's an easy thing to, to see. Although in Jane Austen's time, they had a very simplified affection for tea it was pretty much just the drink, nothing like an elaborate, a tea meal that we see in Victorian and Edwardian times in England, and even coming into this country at the turn of the 20th century, but through all throughout literature, our beautiful extracts of writing, describing tea scenes. So now we can read these extracts and we can memorize beautiful phrases and paragraphs, even of Victorian authors who wrote about the, the beauty of spending an hour with quiet contemplation or with company and sandwiches or the humor of Oscar Wilde writing in The Importance of Being Earnest. My children have acted that scene out there, hilarious tea party. We have so much that we can use to teach the children fine writing memory, work, recitation, and even acting.
Oh, I love it. I love it. Okay. So obviously I have underestimated the importance of tea everywhere and a great unifying factor. I mean, my daughter absolutely loves tea and it never occurred to me to bring this in as kind of a hook for her, you know, across learning. I use so many different things as hooks for my kids in their learning. And tea was something that had really never occurred to me. But now you've got my wheels turning just a little bit. So how can families implement, I guess, team like a themed tea in their home or in their morning basket as a way of learning?
Do you have any ideas? Yes, I do have a great idea. We put out a book called We Bites and Nibbles and it takes seven very popular children's picture books Ping, for example, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, The Empty Pot, very common books that might even be on your shelf right now. And we created an entire tea event around these picture books provided menus and crafts and questions and activities for the children to do so that would be in my mind, a really fun way to get children involved in the tea experience very quickly, very easily, but that's definitely more of an event you would have to do a little pre-planning, maybe invite some friends over, so that wouldn't be an every day sort of thing, but that is a wonderful way to implement for a special occasion or, you know, maybe the end of a busy semester or something like that in school.
But I really believe the best way a family can implement tea and into their morning time would be simply to take one of the art books that we've done. One of them is called Infused; it's tea time and fine art. And the other is called Hide and Seek. And it's a, it's a children's I spy for fine arts. And this is so usable at any moment in time, you simply open the book and a beautiful replica of a piece of fine art is on display for the children to just simply gaze that. And as I look at it, they become interested in the colors or the subject matter. And you can just ask them a few simple guided questions and begin a dialogue about the painting, but on the opposing page for the mom is a little bit of information about the artists background, what country that he's from, maybe his time in history. So you can feed the children a little more information and have a very impromptu picture study without any need for prep work or, or thinking ahead. And the pictures are all very engaging for children because they feature children themselves in infused every picture has tea and represented in some way, but it also has children enjoying the tea and our Hide and Seek my daughters actually put that book together and they have put in questions for the children to think about as they're looking at the picture and all of those pictures themselves have feature children doing interesting things.
So that's just a couple of ways I didn't mean to go on quite that long, but you can do it almost instantaneously. The other book that we have is afternoon tea and that's rhymes for children. And these are a 19th century poems that are all about children and they're doing everyday sorts of things and they have beautiful time period illustrations, but they're, they look quite different than children today.
And they are a wonderful lesson of what colonial America looks like. So that's the second book that I thought would be very, very simple for parents to pick up without any prep work, open the book, read a poem and chat with the children about why a little girl would be mopping a floor or, or shoeing ducks down a path, or doing some of these unusual things that we might expect in colonial times, but maybe not so much today. Right. Right. And then you said in Infused that the book there were depictions of tea in the artwork that you use in the book. That's correct. All of the pictures, feature children, enjoying tea in some way, whether that's in this country or in Europe or in Asia. Oh, interesting. Okay. That's so interesting.
So what if you have children who are not familiar with tea, how do you get, how do you get them started in kind of this idea of, you know, bringing them to the table and getting them interested in trying some tea?
Well, I'm not a stickler that it has to be the brewed liquid of the Camillia sinensis plant. I'm perfectly happy to serve herbals or tisanes or even hot chocolate. If that's what the children prefer. I find that eventually all kids want to come around and try the, the actual tea. But sometimes to start, we just have a little bit of cinnamon milk for the young ones or a peppermint tea or rooibos, but it's not so much what's in the cup to that. Whatever will bring the children round and have that spirit receptive spirit to be United with their siblings and learn is good, is good for me.
I love that. I love, love, love that because yeah, I mean, I think a lot of times families want the community of coming together and making it a little bit special. You know, we always talk about coming together daily or almost daily and morning time. But I think adding something like the tea just kind of gives it a little bit of extra specialness to the day and set time apart.
We definitely agree with that. In fact, Tuesdays are the day we have a proper tea time in my house. And so today is Tuesday and my 16 year old son has already asked me to have tea with him this afternoon, because it is a time that is set apart and separate. Now this isn't exactly what we do for break for morning time.
This is set apart in different and we make scones and have pots of tea, just two of us family members together. And we usually read or together or play a game together. But every morning we start off round the table with the teapot and our books to kind of just start our day off on the right foot first, you know, with it, with the devotion and then some, some memory work and some reading out loud and then something beautiful, whether it's a piece of fine art or a piece of music, we do a lot of composer studies or a poem if I didn't already say that. Sorry. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So what if I have boys? Cause you mentioned that your son had actually had
to ask you to do tea with him.
I think a lot of times we get this idea that Victorian tea is just for girls. So what could be some of the benefits of actually slowing down and connecting and doing, you know, serving tea and maybe some of these more special tea snacks, which we're going to talk about in a minute with our boys and not just our girls?
Well, I love this question because tea is not for girls and only it's for everybody. When I look at some of the finest tea masters throughout the ages, hands down, they're all men. And I can tell you, they weren't drinking out of China tea cups with little pink roses on them. They were drinking out of beautiful hand pottery, which my, my two sons are very interested in pursuing right now.
So there's another extension of tea in, in your, their education. They want to make these matcha bowls out of clay. But anyways, I have found a couple of things work very well. First of all, I have found stainless steel tea cups for my boys. So nothing froo froo there. I do want them to drink out of tea cups simply because part of the tea experiences also manners and etiquette.
And when you're slogging a tea out of a great big mug, you aren't really working on your manners or being aware of your matters very much. But if I give you a tea cup, everything about your persona will change just a little bit. And, but my boys don't want anything fussy. So I found these great stainless steel tea cups, and we, we use those all the time. That's their tea cup. Now my girls have oodles of China with pink roses, but the boys, that's what they have. So that makes them feel a little bit more comfortable right off the bat. We also do a lot of Asian style tea where they drink out of more something that looks a little bit more like a bowl, a small bowl, like maybe a dipping sauce type bowl than an actual tea cup. So that helps us also. But the bottom line is if there's food involved, I have found that boys typically show up. So I have used that to our advantage and I have, and they're great bakers. They, they want to get it on the act and bake the cake or the scones or the cookies that they like best for tea.
So they're motivated by their taste buds, as well as knowing that they have been, that I've selected something special just for them in, in this stainless steel cup. It's just been two things that have worked really well for us is food and something that's not quite so feminine to drink out of.
Oh, I love that. I had never even heard of stainless. I'm like sitting over here, looking it up on Amazon as you're talking about it. I never heard of those. So that's, that's absolutely perfect because then you eliminate the, the little flowery cups. We have some of those and gives the boys something else to drink out of. I wanted to talk to you about food. What are, and you've mentioned a couple of different kinds, but what are some different kinds of tea foods? And do you ever do savory tea foods?
Okay, well, this is such an exciting question because again, the possibility and potential for learning is, is just amazing. If we think of tea food, we think of in Edwardian tea times tend to have a savory crustless sandwich. So it's a little tiny sliver of a cucumber sandwich or a chicken salad or something like that.
And then you have your scones and then you have your sweets and they could be anything from chocolate mousse to a little shortbread cookie, to a slice of cake. Anything goes there, but that's just the English version of tea. If we wanted to branch out and do tea, the way Moroccans do in North Africa, we would have stuffed dates and we would have oranges and almonds with our team.
If we were over in China, we would probably have what, some type of a hard-boiled egg, maybe a quail egg, or a small poultry egg. We would have something that was very savory, like crispy noodles or hot and spicy, like a green, something that looks similar to a green bean or some kind of steamed green vegetable, asparagus, something like that, which would have a very, very hot sauce on top of it. If we were in Japan, we would definitely have something that had seaweed or fish based food. So again, the learning potential is there to follow your country of study, or just to say, Hey, let's, let's try some foods from a that they would typically eat in Turkey with their tea, which is another fascinating study. All in its own. The middle East has its own sort of traditions that are beautiful. So lots of different versions, but typically in America, we think pretty much something sweet to go with a cup of tea. And that's great. We'll make a bunt cake or we'll make chocolate chip cookies any day. It might be something out of, but it definitely a baked good, like at a, you know, sweet baked.
Good. Oh, I love that. And yeah, I just, I think the thing that's always going through my mind is yes, there's English tea, or sure. There might be cha you know, tea, you know, kind of a Chinese or a Japanese setting for tea, but I never think about the middle East or some of these other areas. And there's so much learning, you know, and even early American tea that could be done when you really start to look at all of this around the world and through history as well.
So, yeah. Yeah. So What made you guys decide that you wanted to start a tea room and how are your, how are your daughters involved in this?
Well, as I had mentioned earlier, when my children started to graduate, I started looking ahead to when maybe I wouldn't have children in school and what was I going to do then? And I thought, well, maybe I could share my passion for tea with other people. And I toyed around with the idea of a tea room, but it was many, many years before we actually got it to a physical tea room on our property. We began by carrying teas all over the place. We would take them to homeschool groups and church, ladies groups at churches, nursing homes, even libraries, public schools. And we would teach a program called tea around the world. And we would do much of what I've just discussed here, as far as sharing tea in different cultures. And we had samples of all the different teas. And at times we even had costumes from the different countries and what traditional tea, where might a clothing, where it might look like. And we also just took teas for parties if people wanted to have an individual, a personal party in their home. And so we were kind of like a traveling tea room for awhile.
And then my husband built a little cottage on our property, and I kept looking at it during construction time thinking what a great tea room it would make and he was kind enough to allow me to do that. And so we opened that team room six years ago on our property. And it's something that I could never, never do without my daughters. And I realized that they are growing up and graduating, and we may not have this tea room forever. They are such an integral part of the functioning of the tea room. My, eldest daughter is 25. She's of getting her master's in philology and she's a graphic designer. She's extremely artistic. And so she's the one that does all of our books and she does beautiful place cards for the table. She decorates the tea room with such flair and, and I'd be lost without that. So my second daughter is almost 19 and she is my office manager. She does all of the computer work and the organization of, of the reservations and things that are very, very tedious for me. She does with great skill.
And then my youngest daughter, she's 12. And she, since she was only six when we started this, so she has been our greeter since day one. And since a lot of our members are a lot of our guests to our regular teas, tend to be seniors being greeted by a six year old and getting hugs. And, and a lot of attention has, has just kind of warmed their hearts. And she's grown out very, very comfortable with people through different age groups and with different, you know, some of them come in with pains or, you know, she just doesn't have any problem with the, eh, any, any people of any kind. So that's always been a real, real blessing to have her stand out there and greet people so enthusiastically, and as she's grown up, she's continued to be quite the social butterfly. So that's, that's been a blessing, but as you can see, I just sort of make the food and show up, but we always have a program with every, every event that we host. So sometimes we might feature an artist. We just had a, a tea on Clint’s golden period. And before that, we did Vincent van Gogh and we've featured poets, all kinds of things. Oh, we did a Votes for Women tea this summer to commemorate the hundredth anniversary. So there's always something that's maybe a tiny bit educational that we offer to our guests and kind of tie that theme throughout the food throughout the decor and their place cards. So that in addition to getting cups of tea, they're also maybe getting a little tidbit they didn't know too much about before they walked through our doors.
I love it. I love it because so first of all, you've, you've totally made this a family affair for a homeschooling family and look at all the wonderful, valuable skills that your, your daughters especially have picked up by working in the tea room. And then you've kind of taken some of the beauty of the lifestyle of homeschooling and the things we do at homeschoolers and taking it out and shared it with the community at large. And I think that's just so much fun.
Yes, that really was our vision to start with is, is to share, to share a love of whatever we were studying with other people. And now people have really come to, okay, so what are we going to learn today? Or what are we talking about today? And, you know, we might even just study, we had a tea recently where we just read Edgar Guest poetry, because we were just enamored with his poetry. We found an old book and started reading it around the table and shared that with our guests. So it doesn't take much to make a tea for us.
Oh, I love it. Okay. So if we have a mom who's listening and she's like, you know what, this sounds like so much fun. What does a mom need to do to get started easily with using tea as a tool for learning in their homeschool?
I would say just to just a couple of things, I would go to the grocery store and pick up a few varieties of tea that sound appealing to you, and then maybe even pop into a thrift store of some kind and pick up a few odds and ends, or maybe, maybe just ask your mother-in-law or your grandmother or something like that if they have any tea cups, because I really do think having something that's just a little set apart. It's not what you use every morning for breakfast. This is our tea time material is important. Then I would pick out a couple of poetry books and for children, I have some real favorites.
I love Robert Louis Stevenson for children. And I've already mentioned Edgar Guest. I love Robert Frost. There's, there's no end to the choices for poetry books, but find something that's geared to children and make yourself a cup of tea with those tea bags in the pretty tea and begin reading poetry to your children, or collect note cards that people send you, or that you might see on a stationery shelf of fine art, collect them, start showing them to your children or go to the library and pick out there's some wonderful children's books on art today in the I spy vein that are very easily accessible and, and really easy to use and begin the practice of feasting on the good and the beautiful things in life.
And, you know, the, the culture at large wants to show us something other than these beautiful pictures, it's up to us as moms to, to really infuse into the hearts of our kids, the beauty and not the ugliness that man can create.
Oh, I love it. I love it. So just very simply collect ups, some tea, get those set apart items. I love that idea and then, and find some beautiful things to share, which is kind of what we do with morning time. So just add something Exactly, right? Yeah, exactly. Well, Jennifer, Is there anything else that you would like our listeners to know about, about tea?
Well, let's see. I don't know. I would like to tell you that tea is delicious, but also if you would like to delve into its health properties, that's another entire area of study that you could pursue because tea is the makes claims to have tremendous immune boosting properties, health benefits for the heart and blood pressure. So overall, I want to say that tea is a very good thing.
Oh, it sounds like it. Yeah. So once again, you've thrown out a whole new area of study for us when it comes down. Like, I didn't even think about that. So it's amazing how something so simple as tea and, you know, being from the South, we've mostly done sweet tea, which is an ice, but it's amazing to think about just the depths that you can plumb when it comes to something so simple as tea.
So I really appreciate you coming on today and like leading us into this whole new area of knowledge and how we might, could use it in our homeschools. So where can people find you online?
We have a website, threesisterstearoom.com. We have a Facebook page by the same name and all of our books are available on Amazon. And I have an author's page as Jennifer Stowe, even though my daughters have done some of the books, we just put them all under one name.
Awesome. Awesome. And it's threesisterstearoom.com. And we will link to that one in the show notes. It's a delightful website with lots of great information there as well. So we'll connect everybody up with that. Well, Jennifer, thanks so much for coming on
Thank you so much for inviting me. It was lovely.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to Jennifer's website and to all of her wonderful tee time books and resources that she told us about today, they sound so much fun. You can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those are pambarnhill.com/YMB87.
Now also on the show notes, you can find a link to our five easy recipes and tea time pantry planner that we have absolutely free for you. So come and download that blend as well. Coming up in a couple of weeks, we have something a little bit different on the podcast. We are sharing with you. One of the trainings for moms that is inside the,
your morning basket plus membership. Now this training is all about how in the world can I do morning time with a wide range of ages and with toddlers and little ones under foot at the same time. So we have mom of 10, Heather Tully who did this training with me a couple years ago. We're pulling out the audio. We're actually even going to provide the video to you as well.
If you want to come over to the website and watch it, and you're going to learn all about how you can get this done. It's one of the biggest questions that we have about doing morning time in the homeschool. And I think it's going to be incredibly helpful. So be back in a couple of weeks for that one and until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Tea Time in Morning Time

Many countries worldwide have deep connections with tea. So, having tea time in your homeschool doesn’t just provide a cozy environment for learning but is also a great opportunity to dive into a cultural experience as well. Studying tea can lead you into a variety of subjects including geography, botany, horticulture, literature, history and so much more.

Tea time provides an opportunity for connection as a family where they can come together and learn as a group. It can be an opportunity for everyone to practice their manners and etiquette while learning about things that are good, true, and beautiful.

Doing a tea is as simple as picking up a few varieties of tea, getting a couple of nice teacups, and gathering some poetry or art books geared toward children and enjoying them together as a family.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:36] meet Jennifer Stowe
  • [7:00] what a tea room is all about
  • [8:46] how Jennifer became interested in a tea education
  • [9:59] using tea to learn history, geography, and culture
  • [14:06] connecting literature with tea
  • [15:36] themed tea’s as a mode of learning
  • [20:28] sparking your child’s interest in tea
  • [22:56] boys and tea
  • [26:00] tea time foods
  • [28:56] how the Three Sisters tea room got started
  • [34:25] tips for getting started with tea time in your homeschool

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

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

  • Life Affirming
    by Logandinco66 from United States

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

  • Life giving!
    by lapatita5 from United States

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

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

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

  • Love the show!
    by Startup Travis from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Always insightful!!
    by method_money from Canada

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great!!!
    by Eloblah from United States

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

  • New home schooling mom
    by A prit from United States

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

  • Morning Time Magic!
    by DrewSteadman from United States

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

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

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

  • So excited for 2020!
    by JCrutchf from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Helpful!
    by Jennlee C from United States

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

  • Practical Inspiration
    by Mamato3activeboys from Australia

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

  • So many great ideas!
    by Parent 98765 from Malaysia

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

  • Joy
    by Ancon76 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love it!
    by s chenvmv from United States

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

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

    Love this!

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

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

  • Wonderful resource!
    by honebubble from United States

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

  • A wonderful podcast!
    by NoName2018 from Canada

    Great ideas and interesting guests - thanks Pam!!

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

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

  • Such great choices of guests
    by andinic from United Kingdom

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

  • Great
    by WifeyKayla from United States

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

  • Interesting ideas
    by Lisa1932 from Canada

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

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

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

  • Excellent!
    by Jodylleigh from United States

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

  • Truly an inspiration!
    by Soaring2him from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanks Pam!
    by BraveMomma from United States

    So many great ideas every single week! Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hope for the weary
    by MomToTheMasses from United States

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

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

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

  • Mamma of Five
    by Mamma of Five from United States

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

  • Great Homeschool Resource
    by KS Becky R from United States

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

  • Really great!
    by BeeGerW from United States

    I love hearing all these ideas!

  • californiafamily
    by californiafamily from United States

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

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

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

  • First Things First
    by Lukenoah from United States

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

  • So helpful!
    by jofcrich from Australia

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

  • Great resource
    by Ejs0928 from United States

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

  • Amazing!
    by CDefnall from United States

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

  • Inspiring and enlightening
    by spycej from United States

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

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

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

  • One of my favorites
    by FaithAZ from United States

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

  • Great Ideas
    by Hiphooray from United States

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

  • TaraVos
    by TaraVos from United States

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

  • Lots of useful information
    by Kristizy from United States

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

  • <3!!!
    by Momo35556 from United States

    I love this podcast! So helpful and encouraging.

  • Lovely & Inspiring
    by kashley75 from United States

    Thank you so much for this podcast!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • So Helpful!
    by KGMom2Four from United States

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

  • A Lovely Show!
    by Webseitler from United States

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

  • Awesome homeschooling resource!
    by Liddleladie81 from United States

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

  • Great hosts!
    by Homeschool_chat from United States

    I always look forward to this podcast!

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

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

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

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

  • Awesome!
    by Apples20091 from United States

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

  • Encouraging and Motivating!
    by Cat11223 from United States

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

  • So many ideas!
    by Speterson781 from United States

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

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

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

  • Perfect for the Homeschool Mom
    by JoshJamie from United States

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

  • SongsofJubilee
    by SongsofJubilee from United States

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

  • Love it!
    by Ekrasovec7 from United States

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

  • So encouraging!
    by A Merry Heart from United States

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

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

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

  • Refreshing
    by Bless-Us-3 from Canada

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

  • So helpful and inspiring!
    by KSR1 from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Jaranda98 from United States

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

  • An inspiring and encouraging podcast
    by Kellibird1111 from United States

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

  • Honey for the Homeschooling Heart
    by SuperNOVAmom from United States

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

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

    These podcasts helped transform our homeschooling!

  • Great parenting resource
    by sullivanjessicak from United States

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

  • Thank you!
    by Nasiatel from United States

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

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

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

  • Top Notch
    by Wvshaddox from United States

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

  • Great Morning Time tips!
    by redhedcatie from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by Frau Linds from United States

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

  • Wonderful!
    by Kellybireta from United States

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

  • Excellent practical advise!
    by Foxycook from United States

    Really enjoying this so far!

  • Very encouraging!
    by WMGardener from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by gejake from United States

    Very inspiring and informative as I begin my homeschooling journey

  • Love This Podcast
    by Earthmuffins from United States

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

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

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

  • Great Podcast!
    by Greggtrisha from United States

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

  • Treasure
    by TasmanianBec from Australia

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

  • Jeannie in Ohio
    by Jeannie in Ohio from United States

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

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

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

  • Excellent Host
    by meghanlou from United States

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

  • Helpful and fun!
    by HornGal88 from United States

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

  • LOVE IT!
    by sassercj from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s important
    by sncstraub from United States

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

  • New listener and hooked!
    by Bytesofmemory from United States

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

  • Great!
    by Wvshaddox from United States

    Encouragement for homeschool.

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

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

  • Encouraging and informative!
    by sarahdempsen from United States

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

  • A great resource!
    by Bookgirl630 from United States

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

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

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

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

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

  • Timely
    by AggieRudy3 from United States

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

  • Thanks!
    by heyh2 from United States

    Thanks for the new podcast. Loving it!

  • Wonderful podcast with practical advice
    by Victorzvaliant from United States

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

  • Changed our Homeschool Morning routine
    by HeatherinSC from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and Uplifting
    by vabjohnson from United States

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

  • Bringing Joy
    by Louisiana Mommy T from United States

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

  • Great podcast!
    by corew50 from United States

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

  • Inspiring, yet practical
    by mamato3cs from United States

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

  • Super Helpful & Encouraging
    by Sanibel4ever from United States

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

  • Great Poscast
    by Sarah B R from United States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspiring and refreshing!
    by BugTurner from United States

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

  • Brilliant
    by SHTirm from United Kingdom

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

  • Excellent!
    by RC5476 from United States

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

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

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

  • Inspiring!
    by Mamato8 from United States

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

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

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

  • Wonderful
    by BGTwinsMom from United States

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

  • So Inspiring!
    by bethenyn from United States

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

  • Inspiring and thought provoking!
    by Pascualamb from United States

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

  • Affirming & helpful
    by BOLDturquoise from United States

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

  • Inspiring
    by Amongst Lovely Things from United States

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

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

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

  • Your Morning Basket
    by inakamama from Australia

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

  • Helpful & inspiring!
    by starlingsfive from United States

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