YMB #69 Morning Time and the Bilingual Homeschool: A Conversation with Lauren Stengele

I am joined on the podcast today by Lauren Stengele, a non-native Spanish speaker who is passionate about raising bilingual kids. Lauren is teaching her kids Spanish in order to reclaim her own Mexican heritage and she is using Morning Time to make this a reality in her homeschool.

In this episode of the podcast Lauren and I chat about how she incorporates two languages intro her school day, what makes Morning Time such a great vehicle for second language learning and also about the two biggest indicators for success in raising bilingual kids. It was a fun episode.

Don’t forget to grab your episode downloads including your Basket Bonus Spanish memory work for your Morning Time below.

Pam:

This is Your Morning Basket where we help you bring truth, goodness and beauty to your homeschool day. Hi everyone and welcome to Episode 69 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’s podcast is all about how you can use your Morning Time if you are wanting to educate your kids bilingually. My guest today is Lauren Stengele, and Lauren and I met a few years ago at the Great Homeschool Convention. She was there with her husband who was also working at the convention. We’ll talk a little bit about that in the podcast so you can hear all about it.

And Lauren was telling me she wanted to educate her kids bilingually in her home. And as she learned more about Morning Time, she thought that would be a great way to do it. And she ran with it. Within a year, we met at the convention again, and she was showing me her bilingual Morning Time plans that she had made. So it was really exciting to see Lauren kind of take the idea of Morning Time and run with it to do the things that she was wanting to do in her homeschool. And so she’s here now, today, to tell us all about it.

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It's just a fun and fascinating conversation all about language acquisition, living out your heritage and so many more things. I think you're really going to enjoy it. Now, I forgot to mention in the podcast when I was interviewing Lauren and I did want you to know, in case you're really interested in this topic. Lauren is going to be at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario, California, this June, talking about this very thing. So if you're in the California area, be sure to check out greathomeschoolconventions.com and get information about how to register for that conference June 18 through 20th, because you'll be able to see Lauren speaking there and I'll be speaking there as well. So with no further ado, we'll get on with this episode of the podcast right after this word from our sponsor.

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Lauren Stengele is a non native Spanish speaker, language teacher, and bilingual homeschooling mom who believes a second language is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Her journey has included starting a bilingual preschool, hosting weekly Spanish playdates in her home and transitioning a Montessori homeschool co-op into a dual language program. Lauren has created wonderful seasonal Morning Time plans and flashcards in Spanish as a resource for other families who want a simple way to bring Spanish into their homes. Speakers of any language can find homeschooling resources for bilingual families on her website at bilingualtogether.com. Lauren, welcome to the podcast.

Lauren:
Thank you for having me.

Pam:
Well, it's so exciting to have you. You and I have known each other for a couple of years now. We met while I was on the road and you would visit.

Lauren:
Yes, indeed.

Pam:
Lauren's husband Joe works with Operation Christmas Child or he did for a while there and he was going in between Operation Christmas Child and the Great Homeschool Conventions, and so that was where I met the Stengele family.

Lauren:
Yes.

Pam:
And I got to know Lauren as well. So it's a lot of fun to have you on here after-

Lauren:
It is super fun.

Pam:
Yeah, spending time with you guys for the past couple of years. So tell me a little bit about you personally and your homeschool?

Lauren:
Yes, so we have been homeschooling since the beginning. I was actually homeschooled as well.

Pam:
Oh, cool.

Lauren:
As a kid, starting in middle school, middle school and high school. And so I've always known what homeschooling was and in the back of my mind, I always thought it was something I might like to do. And I think an interesting thing about me that you wouldn't know by looking at me because I'm very white, is that I am fourth generation Mexican American. So my great grandparents came from Mexico to California during the time of the Mexican Revolution. Both my grandparents were born in California and my mom was born in California. So Spanish is my grandparents' first language. Spanish was also my mom's first language. But my grandparents decided, when my mom was around four years old, that she was going to start kindergarten and they didn't want her to be discriminated against. And so they intentionally switched the home language to English. And then my mom started public school and her Spanish was lost.

So an interesting thing about me is just this whole thing of being a little kid growing up in Mexican culture, I was very connected to my Mexican grandparents. But I always felt like something was missing. And language was a big deal for me, even as a kid, I always wished that I was bilingual. And so I thought, "Well, I'm going to learn Spanish and then I'm going to raise my kids bilingual because that's what I wish that had been done for me." And then of course you have kids and you realize it's not as easy as you think.

Pam:
Isn't everything so much easier before you have kids?

Lauren:
Yes. Theory is wonderful, and then you put it to practice and you're like, "Oh, how does this work?"

Pam:
Okay, I'm going to stop you for just a second. So did you tell me before that your abuela spoke Spanish with you when you were a child? And she actually did do that time or did she not? And did your mother ever regain or ever have an interest in regaining any of her Spanish? I'm going to pry.

Lauren:
No, do. My mom took Spanish in high school, so she did learn Spanish and now today she can speak Spanish all right. She's more timid to speak it, whereas I am not. So I will speak Spanish to anyone and make mistakes as long as I'm getting my point across. But no, my grandparents spoke Spanish to each other. My great grandmother, my grandmother who came from Mexico lived to be 103, so I knew her very well. And I knew her as a child and she did not speak English. And so as a little, little girl, I remember spending time with her, playing checkers with her, but not being able to communicate. And so Spanish was all around me, but I didn't understand it and no one was speaking directly to me in Spanish.

Pam:
Okay, okay, interesting. I just love that and we're about to dive off into what all this means and what you've created because of this, but I love that this comes from this desire for your heritage. That's really, really neat. Okay, so fast forward, we're going to pick back up this story again. Now you have these children and these great desire for them to be bilingual but you have these children. So you're a little busy.

Lauren:
Yes. So I mean, I started when my oldest was born and he's eight and a half now. And well, first of all, I intended to marry a Latino and then I fell in love with Joe who is German American Scotch Irish something, and so I was like, "Oh man, my plans to supplement my Spanish through my husband have failed me. I have fallen in love with Joe." And just for the record, he is my biggest cheerleader in all of this, so he is amazing. But I just felt the weight of like, "Oh, man, this is up to me."

Pam:
It's all on you.

Lauren:
Yeah, we started young, and young I mean when my kids were young, soon as they were born, I started speaking to them in Spanish. And it's weird to be honest, it's not my first language. I don't know how to talk to babies in Spanish. So I had to figure this out. And at the time, we were living in the city and I just sought out a Spanish speaking community, there was a Spanish immersion preschool co-op that we joined. And that was really the first impetus to make me feel like, "Oh my gosh, I can do this." And so that was going really well. And then we had four years there. And my oldest was completely bilingual, and then work took us to the East Coast and my husband's job moved us there. We were in a small rural town in the Appalachian Mountains. And all of a sudden our Spanish community was gone.

And so very soon, they say, if you want to raise a bilingual kid, you need to give them lots of exposure to the minority language, but they also need to feel the need to use it. And so all of a sudden, when we moved from the community, the need to use it was gone.

And anyways, my kids don't speak as well as I wish they would now, but they still understand everything. So anyways, all of that to say when we started looking at school options, there was this sense of like, "Well, I've kind of maybe always wanted to homeschool." But then when it's actually on the horizon, it's freaking you out. You're now like, "Can I even do this." And so there's a lot of reasons why we homeschool but for me, actually, Spanish was kind of like the thing that kicked me over the edge. And I was like, "I have worked too hard. I have put in too many hours for my kids to understand Spanish and speak Spanish to just put them in public school and say goodbye to all of it." I'm the only one that's speaking Spanish to them regularly and I do it during the day when my husband is at work. And so if they're going to be in public school all day, they're going to come home and we're going to speak English as a family. So Spanish was really like the big impetus for me, that was like, "I at least have to give it a try."

Pam:
Okay, cool. Well, let's talk about what this looks like in your day. And you started giving us little glimpses of the fact that you're speaking Spanish with your kids during the day while dad's at work, and then when dad's home, you kind of switch the family language to English. How do you incorporate the two languages into your homeschool day?

Lauren:
It was trial and error, that's what you call it. So in the beginning, I just thought, "Well, I'm going to present all the material in both languages, and my kids are going to love it. And it's going to be somehow fun." And then realizing number one, that is literally twice the work for everyone. And number two, my kids are very well aware that I'm asking them to do everything over and they didn't like it. They were getting frustrated, they were starting to resent Spanish. And I was like, "Oh, my gosh, this is not working." And so we just we tried a lot of different things. And I think what it came down to, to me, was just really looking at what I was able to do, because I am not a native speaker.

And so for example, history is too difficult for me to teach my kids in Spanish. There's just too many rare vocabulary words that I don't know, and I don't have time to learn all of it. And so, I've decided we use good book lists for history. And I read all the books in English. Math, on the other hand, I discovered that we can do entirely in Spanish, because I use a Montessori based curriculum and it's scripted. So it's very easy for me, it's in English, but it's very easy for me to see what I am supposed to say, and if there's something I don't know, I work ahead a little bit and I look up words and I write them above the English, so that as I'm presenting lessons to my kids, the vocabulary is there for me to grab from.

So history is only English, math is only Spanish, and then everything else is both. And so we do a lot of nature study and nature journaling, and we read books in both languages. Let's see, so that would be our science and then we read a lot of Spanish literature, we read a lot of English literature. So, I mean, I don't know if you have a more specific question, but yeah, it's kind of mix and match. But that's how we've made it work.

Pam:
Okay, that is absolutely fascinating. And I have so much respect for you, as... And, well, here's the difference, I'm sitting here going, "Look at Lauren and everything she is doing, that is just absolutely amazing. She's not a native speaker, to help her kids, to help them be bilingual. So Pam, what's wrong with you?"

Lauren:
No, no, no, not at all.

Pam:
But it comes down to that desire. It really, really does. And you said earlier, I actually wrote it down, that in order to have kids who are bilingual, they actually have to feel the need to use that other language. And I mean, that's what it comes down to right there is you are feeling that need to connect with your heritage, and that's what's making it so important for you to put in the extra work to do it.

Lauren:
And also, this sounds really beautiful when I'm talking to you, but if you were to come to my house on any given morning, I mean, you would see our homeschool is just like anyone else. Yeah, there's a lot of Spanish involved, there's also a lot of tantrums and there's also, whatever. So, yeah, I don't want anyone to think that it's easy.

Pam:
That's perfectly normal, no matter what language.

Lauren:
Yes.

Pam:
So, yeah. Okay, well, not too long after I met you, you came up and started telling me about how you were doing this and you thought Morning Time was a wonderful way to incorporate more of this or much of this bilingual instruction into your homeschool. So tell me about how you use Morning Time as a primary place for bilingual instruction?

Lauren:
Yes, 100% and actually meeting you and learning about Morning Time and then after the first time I met you, I just started reading everything because I just felt like, this is the key, this is the magic. This is how I'm going to make it happen. Because, like I told you before, I was trying to do everything in both languages, or I was just switching back and forth from English to Spanish willy nilly. And I wasn't really thinking about what I was requiring of my kids. They're listening in English and then all sudden, mom's talking Spanish and then English, Spanish, and they're like whiplashed.

And then I just heard this concept of Morning Time, and I mean, it was like a light bulb went on. I was like, "This is it." I think Morning Time is so conducive to creating a sacred space and to creating these rituals in your homeschool rhythms. And you can make it whatever you want it to be. And so for us, when I implemented Morning Time in our house, in our homeschool, I started in Spanish, and I did it in Spanish. And I was just like, "Hey, kids, this is what we're going to do. This is going to be our Spanish time. The end." And honestly, there was zero pushback, even from day one. Because I think my kids were relieved. They were like, "Finally, at least I know what to expect. Mom's not going to go crazy out of the blue starting to speak in Spanish." We start our day in Spanish. And the one caveat is that we do most of our read alouds during Morning Time, and so if a book is in English, I read it in English, but other than that, I speak Spanish. So, it's really, I mean, it was actually the thing that allowed me to feel like, "Man, I'm actually doing this." I'm actually homeschooling my kids bilingually because more than half our homeschool day, I'm speaking Spanish.

Pam:
Yeah, well, okay, so couple of things here. First of all, just this idea that we often talk about Morning Time, as a time to put all of those things that are so important to you that you feel like you can't get to in the rest of your homeschool day. And boy, is this a great example of that. You're like, "How can I fit this in? It's not working the way I'm trying to do it. Oh, I'll put it in Morning Time." I mean just such a great example of that kind of guiding principle behind Morning Time, put the thing that you're trying to get done, that you can't do anywhere else. And then I think the other thing is the things we do in Morning Time, are things that lend themselves well typically, to doing in another language so much. I mean, I do know families who do history and do history reading in Morning Time, but so much of what Morning Time is about, is about language anyway.

Lauren:
Exactly.

Pam:
I mean, for my family, it's about the English language a lot of times.

Lauren:
And relationship.

Pam:
Yeah, relationship and opportunities to talk to each other because everybody's sitting there. And then so much of Morning Time is about culture. So do you sometimes work Spanish culture, Hispanic or Latina, Latino culture? I'm probably choosing the exact wrong word for that.

Lauren:
No, you're fine.

Pam:
But... go ahead.

Lauren:
Yeah. Oh, no, I definitely do. And so even the Morning Time plans that I wrote, really have come out of what we've been doing in our own family Morning Time and so, really, there's a lot of memory work, that's poetry and it's not translated poetry. It's not like Robert Frost translated into Spanish it's the well known Spanish poets, kind of the canon of Spanish literature I'm pulling from those authors too. And I think that in itself, lends to infusing the culture because they talk about things differently and the way they look at the world is different. And so through memory work, you're getting a lot of that and then we do a lot of things with like Día de los Muertos, which is around Halloween, Day of the Dead, stuff like that. Three Kings Day is a holiday after Christmas that we don't really celebrate in the US but it's a big deal in Spanish Latin America, so things like that, that we do pull in.

Pam:
Right. Now, did you guys do Posadas at Christmas? Los Posadas?

Lauren:
No, we didn't. My family didn't. My mom always makes menudo over Christmas, which is this Mexican soup made with I think, well, it's cow stomach.

Pam:
You didn't do that Lauren?

Lauren:
No, we didn't do Posadas, but I do eat menudo. So, there.

Pam:
But do you cook it?

Lauren:
I can and I have and it's not as good as my mom's and every Christmas, I watch her and I help her, and then it's one of those things where you just feel like, "You know what? This is for Christmas. Maybe when my mom is no longer here, I'll take up the mantle."

Pam:
Yeah, yeah, I feel the same way about dressing at the Thanksgiving. It's like my mom makes it really, really good. There's no sense for me to mess with it. Okay, so we learned Sol, Solecito. I can't do the whole thing, it's still a work in progress for us, but it is in our regular memory work rotation.

Lauren:
Oh, that's awesome.

Pam:
And we are still working on it. And actually, my co-op is doing... Okay, so for those of you who don't know, this was from Lauren's summer set of bilingual Morning Time plans that she had sent me and it's a little nursery rhyme in Spanish. It's a very popular Spanish nursery rhyme, we were able to find it on YouTube. And I took it to my co-op, because we're studying world cultures this year in co-op, and we kind of went around, for example, right now we're learning Waltzing Matilda from Australia. But for our South American, Spanish Central American memory work, we did “Sol, Solecito” and-

Lauren:
That is so cool.

Pam:
Yeah. But it's funny because you're talking about the culture and everything. My kids are like, "What is... " We translated it, and my kids are like, "What is this crazy stuff about? This is the weirdest thing ever." I'll link to the little...

Lauren:
Yeah, I mean, I can say it, but...

Pam:
It's like a cow. It's the little cow and Pinocchio did something.

Lauren:
In English, it's, “son, little son, warm me up, for today, for tomorrow, for the whole week long. Moon little moon, ringing a little bell, five little chicks and one baby calf, snail snail at one o'clock the sun comes out and then Pinocchio plays a drum with a fork and a spoon.”

Pam:
Yeah. And so my kids were like-

Lauren:
That's the English translation.

Pam:
"This is so strange." And I'm like, "Hello. Hey, diddle, diddle."

Lauren:
Yes. Exactly.

Pam:
This is like the pot calling the kettle black to say this is strange, but it was funny to kind of see that the Spanish nursery rhyme, because basically that's what it is, it's a little nursery rhyme, the similarities between that once I pointed that out, they're like, "Oh, wow, that is so wild that it does have those similarities," and I-

Lauren:
"The dish ran away with the spoon."

Pam:
Exactly, exactly. So we've had fun with that one. We really enjoyed that. Well, let's talk a little bit more about the plans that you created. If we have some moms out there, maybe they have their own heritage that they would like to connect with. And so they would be interested in your Morning Time plans. And bringing some of these bilingual opportunities into their home school. Tell us a little bit about the plans and how you set them up.

Lauren:
Yeah, definitely. I think you could use them for learning Spanish if you were very motivated, but I did not write them for families who want to learn Spanish. I wrote them for families who speak Spanish or whose kids have at least a familiarity with the language, but they are wanting to promote more Spanish in their homeschool, and so each of my plans... I think another important thing to say is we're a Christian family, we incorporate Bible and prayer into our Morning Time, but I wanted the plans to be more accessible to more families, so they are faith neutral. I think Latin America is a Catholic. Most of the countries, Catholicism is a big deal.

And so I'm not saying there's no faith going on because that's part of the culture. But anyways, each plan has a book list. And I really tried to curate really, really good stories, I think that's important. But also stories that are translated from a different language, as well as authentic stories, stories that are written by Spanish speaking authors. So I think having a mix of those is important.

And then I incorporate music in all of my plans and memory work, the poetry that we talked about, and also vocabulary for the different seasons. And even then just kind of high frequency words that you're going to be hearing all summertime, or you're going to be hearing all fall and those, I created flashcards to go with those. So that's part of the plan for anybody who would be interested in using that. And then there's always activities, like nature activities or craft activities, and with the intention that the more Spanish you can use throughout these activities, just the more exposure your kids are getting in that quality face to face time in the minority language, which is Spanish in this case.

Pam:
Right. Right. And so yeah, that's one of the things that I thought was really cool about the plans because you are making it for moms who either speak the language themselves, or like you, they're trying to recover that language, and they have that motivation to do so for themselves. And so as they're doing the nature study, and as they're doing the craft, the plan is not written for them to do it in English and just have a few of those Spanish words with the kids, it's written so you're actually doing that in the Spanish and getting more opportunities to use those words with your kids. So...

Lauren:
And really, this is the part that's hard about anything you're doing. Like homeschooling in two languages, I mean, I think my passion behind starting my website and starting all of this stuff was that it was difficult to find resources. And it was difficult to find anybody to help me out. And so even these plans, I thought, "Man, I put a lot of time into finding stuff for my own family, that worked for my kids, that was beautiful language and filled with vocabulary." And so I really want other people to be able to access the information without having to go spend hours looking for it.

Pam:
Yeah, yeah. So such a great resource and easy to use too. So...

Lauren:
That is the hope.

Pam:
Really good. Okay, so let's talk about is there an ideal age or grade level where kids more easily learn a second language?

Lauren:
Yes, there is. I'm kind of a nerd, and I like to read and read and read on all of this stuff. So I'm going to tell you the answer, but I don't want it to discourage anyone. So the ideal age range is from the womb, can start learning language in the womb, until about five years old. That is when a kid is going to learn any language that they are exposed to, and need to use. So again, that exposure plus need will produce proficiency in a language. That said, you can learn a language at any time in your life. And it's not like after five years old, there's this steep drop. It's like after five years old, there's a gentle curve until about 14, 15, 16 years old, there's another drop. And then it just kind of goes slowly downhill from there.

Pam:
Downhill from there, so everything about getting older.

Lauren:
Yes, but the first drop is after five years old. And then the next kind of steep drop is after puberty which, oddly enough, is when we usually start to teach language.

Pam:
Start. Yeah.

Lauren:
... in the US.

Pam:
Yeah. Well, whoever said the US education system was based on research.

Lauren:
Yes.

Pam:
Yeah, don't write letters folks. Okay. But yeah, that is really interesting. And that's one of the wonderful things I love about homeschooling is that we have the time and the opportunity a lot of times to do more language instruction when our kids are in elementary school. So you guys, what about now? Do your kids get a chance to speak that Spanish with other people other than you? And then how do you help them if they're... You mentioned that your mom's a little hesitant because she's afraid of making mistakes, whereas you're not. And that's something you've told me before and I really admire about you, is that you just kind of jump in there and try to say what you want to say no matter what. So how do you-

Lauren:
I have no scruples.

Pam:
You do have scruples, you're just really brave about the speaking the other language thing. How do you help your kids past that?

Lauren:
So that's been the most difficult thing for me, is creating the need for my kids to speak Spanish and that's kind of why I have my hands in all these things, starting a preschool. The reason I started a bilingual preschool is because when we moved to our rural town, one didn't exist. And I was having a hard time finding people in this town that spoke Spanish, and that my son, especially my oldest, who was four at the time, would feel the need to use his Spanish with. And so we started this bilingual preschool and then he met buddies that spoke only Spanish and so his Spanish, he was using it again.

And then after they were too old for that we started having friends in our house once a week to have a Spanish only play time. And so a lot of this journey, for me, has been trying to create situations in which my kids need to use their Spanish. We just moved again, for work and now we're in Colorado. And so again, I'm trying to find the community and the people and where can I go to find people that at least my kids don't know speak English, so that they feel like they have to use their Spanish. So actually, this week, I'm just going to start online tutoring with a lady in Colombia. And so we're going to try that and see how that goes, and see if that creates a need for my kids to use their Spanish because, yeah, I cannot create that need for them. I mean, I speak English. It's my first language and they know that so. Right. Yeah.

Pam:
They know that if they switch to English, you're going to understand.

Lauren:
Exactly. Yes.

Pam:
Yeah, yeah. So it sounds like you've spent a lot of your time, it probably almost as big of an obstacle to helping your kids learn a second language is not just looking at vocabulary and using it yourself, but creating that need for them. It certainly goes hand in hand, but it sounds like it's almost just as difficult to do that as it is to learn 20 or 30 vocabulary words and how to use them in your Morning Time.

Lauren:
Yeah, for me that has been more difficult, is finding people that they need to speak with. And we have moved a lot, so I think it would be different if you were in one place and you could really make one or two relationships is all it takes.

Pam:
Yeah. Well, but I'll tell you, Lauren, I mean, as somebody who has been in the same place since my kids were very little, people move in and move out, and relationships morph and change.

Lauren:
That's true.

Pam:
Things don't stay the same. So yeah, it's going to be a challenge for anybody. Well, what encouragement do you have for moms who are thinking about teaching a second language in their homeschool for whatever reason?

Lauren:
I mean, first of all, the thing that I would encourage moms, especially if you don't speak a second language and you're wanting to learn one with your kids, is just to do it. I mean do it, even the name bilingual together, bilingualtogether.com is this idea that my Spanish isn't perfect. I make mistakes all the time. I'm learning together with my kids. And so I think the important thing is to find a program that works for your family that you all enjoy, and to keep it fun and to keep it light hearted and to show your kids you're working hard too.

You're trying words and you're willing to say these funny sounding sentences until it becomes more normal and more fun. And so I think, I read recently a quote that says, the only way to fail at raising a bilingual child is to give up entirely. And it was really encouraging and it was just like, "Man, any Spanish is better than no Spanish." And that goes for my kids. It goes for your kids, for anybody's kids. And so my encouragement would be, find a program that works and stick to it.

And language learning is chipped away slowly over time. And so if you keep at it, you're going to be surprised in a couple years, there's going to be 500 words that you and your kids know. Something like that. So that would be my first encouragement would be, man just do it. And I think if there are people listening, who are native speakers of another language or have a high proficiency in the language and they're like, "Man, I think I could. I think I could teach my kids German." Or, "I think I could teach my kids Japanese because they have a high proficiency." My encouragement would be to start now. Start as soon as you can. If your kids are little, just read them books, read, read, read, and then start researching language development.

There's so much information out there. It's super fun and interesting to me. But it's also super helpful, and even just follow people online on social media that are doing it, that are raising bilingual kids, that are homeschooling bilingually, there is a community there and you'll get a lot of ideas and so yeah, that's even... My heart with my website is just a resource for people who are homeschooling in two languages and just to give people ideas, where do you find resources? Who else is doing this? There's stuff that I've learned that I would have never thought to ask like, embassies. The Mexican Embassy provides its entire elementary school curriculum for free online.

Pam:
Oh, wow.

Lauren:
So if your language is Dutch, or Polish, where you can't easily get resources in the US, have you thought to call your embassy and see if their elementary curriculum is available somehow to you? Stuff like that, that I've learned on this journey that I just want other people to know. So...

Pam:
Yeah. Oh, and that's such good advice, because I would have never even considered that there's... It is simply because there's not been anything that's in my wheelhouse, but there is a community of people homeschooling bilingual online. And so it's like, "Wow," it's like, "Yeah, there's probably Instagram hashtags you could follow and groups on Facebook and all these resources."

Lauren:
Yes, there are.

Pam:
So if it's something you have even a small interest in, you're definitely going to be able to connect with other people like you. It's the beauty of the internet. And we're going to point you towards bilingualtogether.com as well. But you can go over and check out all of the resources that Lauren has over there, not just for people who would like to use Spanish in their home and have kids who are bilingual in English and Spanish, but also there are tips there for whatever language, so yeah. Well, Lauren, thank you so much. I know you have bilingualtogether.com, is there anywhere else that people can find you online you'd like us to point them to.

Lauren:
Yeah, on Instagram, I am @bilingualtogether, and also on Facebook @bilingualtogether. So those are my two places online other than the website where I show up regularly.

Pam:
Awesome. Well, thank you so much for joining me.

Lauren:
Thank you for having me.

Pam:
And there you have it. Now if you would like links to any of the resources that Lauren and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those are at pambarnhill.com/ymb69. And you're going to want to go check out those show notes because we have a brand new expanded bonus downloads for each episode of the podcast. Now we're going backwards. We're going all the way back to the very beginning of the podcast and we are working our way forwards with these bonus downloads, so you'll be able to go and get the downloads for every episode. Eventually, this does take a little bit of time, but from all episodes going forward, we definitely have the bonus downloads for you and they are so much fun.

In there, we have full transcripts of the podcast, we have a bio of our guests. We also have timestamps for each episode of the podcast. So if you're looking to listen to just particular parts or you want to find your favorite part again, we've pulled out words of wisdom. And we also have some questions for thinking about and also some action items for you to get the most you can out of each episode of the podcast. These are so much fun to get together and we hope that you enjoy them.

Also, some of these bonus download packets include what we call a Basket Bonus. This is something that you can use in your own Morning Time. And so what Lauren has done for this particular episode is put together a piece of Spanish memory work that you can use in your Morning Time. So we have a cute little printable, you print it out as part of the downloads, and then you could stick it in your memory work binder and learn a little bit of Spanish in your Morning Time as well. So be sure to go check that out, pambarnhill.com/ymb69. I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another great episode of the podcast, another great interview. Until then, keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Bilingual Morning Time

Lauren discusses how language is often part of the connection people feel to their heritage and culture. For some, regaining the language lost reconnects them to that.

Finding the ideal place for language instruction can be challenging. Lauren shares how Morning Time was the best way to include learning a second language in her home. It made it easier to create a space for bilingual education that wasn’t overwhelming for her or the kids and helped to establish expectations that everyone felt comfortable with.

Learning a second language is ideally done in the younger years however, anyone can learn a second language. But, the most important aspects of learning a second language are frequent exposure to the language and a need to use it.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:55] meet Lauren Stengele
  • [8:49] how Lauren started raising her children bilingually
  • [11:36] what bilingual homeschooling looks like in their day now
  • [15:21] why Morning Time as the primary place for bilingual instruction in her homeschool
  • [18:59] including lessons in culture as part of a bilingual education
  • [23:37] how Lauren sets us her bilingual Morning Time Plans
  • [28:07] the ideal age/grade for learning a second language
  • [29:50] helping kids get past the fear of speaking a second language
  • [33:22] Lauren’s encouragement and some tips for moms who want to teach a second language at home

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  • 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!!

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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!

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    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.

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    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!

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

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    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.

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    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

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    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!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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)!

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!!!
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    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!

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    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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