YMB #1 What is Morning Time? A Conversation with Cindy Rollins

Welcome to the very first episode of Your Morning Basket: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty for Your Homeschool Day!

Have you heard about the practice of Homeschool Morning Time but just had a problem wrapping your brain around what the practice is? Do you DO Morning Time but wonder where the idea got started? Or are you a person like I am who could just listen to Cindy Rollins share her wisdom all day long?

Your Morning Basket #1: A Conversation with Cindy Rollins about Morning Time

If you are any of those people then you are going to love the first episode of Your Morning Basket. Cindy and I chat about how she started the practice of Morning Time in her home twenty-seven years ago, what the practice looked like on a day-to-day basis, and how it bore fruit in her children. I hope you enjoy!

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Today’s Basket Bonus is a set of study questions for Susan Schaeffer Macauley’s book For the Children’s Sake. Cindy said this book was pivotal in forming her educational philosophy which birthed the practice of Morning Time.

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  • Amy says:

    Is the podcast available on Stitcher? I can’t find it there.

  • Anna says:

    Lovely inspiration, Pam and Cindy! Thank you!

  • Kristin says:

    Thanks so much for starting this aspect of your website, offering the new guide/resources, and talking to Cindy first.

    This was a good reminder that I need to keep things simple.

    I continue to cram way too much into my “cultural banquet” and I need to pare it down, being faithful in the simple things, having confidence that it will all add up over time.

    Little drops of water, little grains of sand. . .

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Yes simple is better — especially just starting out, but also after the habit is established. If it gets difficult it is usually because I have tried to cram too much in there! Thanks for your kind words.

  • Heather says:

    This was excellent!!! Morning time is so dear to our hearts & I always love hearing Cindy! You should link to her blogs series on morning time- it’s amazing! 🙂

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Good idea Heather. It didn’t make it in the show notes because we didn’t specifically talk about it in the podcast, but I added it up there now. It has been invaluable to me.

  • Kristin says:

    Pam, when I try to put the Morning Guide – the Big Basket – in my cart, I get a red minus sign and a red X on the cart – and it won’t link up to PayPal. Is this a problem on my end, or is the guide unavailable? I’m sorry to ask this in the comments section here, but my e-mails to you are undeliverable, too. CRAZY.


  • Alli says:

    I’m excited about this resource but can’t really process what is being said without seeing it! Is there a transcript available to read, or plans for one? Thanks!
    Alli 🙂

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      No plans for one at this time Alli. Transcription service is fairly cost prohibitive unfortunately, and it is not a skill I possess myself. I run about 30 WPM.

  • Kelly Vega says:

    This was SO inspiring and informative! Thank you!

  • Tamara says:

    Thank you! I loved this podcast, and I am already looking forward to the next. There were so many great take home points in this.

  • Faith says:

    Love those Southern accents! 🙂 Thank you, Pam and Cindy, for this podcast. Pam, your free resources are sooo helpful. You will be in my daily prayers!

  • Karen says:

    I am enjoying the podcast…..is there any way to subscribe thru Simple Podcatcher?
    I have been unable to manually add it to my subscribed podcasts in SimplePodcatcher.

    Thanks so much!

  • Erika says:

    Love this podcast! My morning time is a continual work in progress and I love the ideas, inspiration and encouragement. Thanks again.

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Pam,

    I listened to this over again to answer my doubts about whether or not we are practicing Morning Time “properly” in our homeschool. Cindy’s laid-back attitude was a confidence booster.

    I am not a morning person and morning is not the most peaceful time of the day in our house so we break up the MT practice into our three homeschooling sessions in the day- Table Time, Calendar Class, and Family Formation Time.

    My doubts were about breaking up Morning Time practices into these three sessions rather than doing it all at once. After listening to this I think what we’re doing is just fine, but the ritual we have in the evenings with hymns, prayers, and stories probably most closely resembles Morning Time practices. In the afternoon Calendar Class we incorporate some of the other practices, like art study and music appreciation.

    I’m always looking for the “perfect formula” but have to reconcile myself to the fact that it is going to look different in every family, and may look different every single day! Any tips for consistency to help me feel more organized?

    Maybe I’ll take Cindy’s advice and just start with a routine of a song, a devotional, and a poem after breakfast…

  • LeAnn Taylor says:

    Does Cindy Rollins have a book I’m overlooking? I keep hearing/reading references to her information, but is it just her blog people are reading? I can’t seem to find a book she has written in my searches. Thanks!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Not yet (and that’s all I can say about that). Right now the only thing out is the Morning Time Moms site we link to.

  • Anna says:

    Hi Pam,
    Thank you for your lovely podcasts, which I enjoy.
    In the questions for Chapter 3 on the attachment for this podcast, the first question is:
    Does Macaulay’s writings on in this chapter convict you to make any changes in the way you
    “do discipline” in your home?
    I think there is a word or two missing? Just wondering. We used the questions last month for a few of us to chat about the book, and will be using them again this month. Really glad you put them up.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      I don’t think so. Has it changed the way you “do” or handle discipline in your home. That is what we were getting at.

  • Emily Swinger says:

    I just am hearing about “Morning Time” for the first time and listened to podcast #1 last night. We already have some of these pieces/components in place but am wanting to incorporate a bit more. I’m looking for good “memory work” for a the early elementary years. Is there a book you would suggest to use as a resource, filled with examples, or a link, where someone has already collected a list to work from? Thank you!

  • Sal says:

    Oh my goodness. Thank you. I’ve been homeschooling for 7 years now and we have a foundation to work on to make morning time work for us the ways you are suggesting. I really appreciate your comments on wide age ranges too, my children are 3 to 14 (6 children) and I’m trying to restructure our homeschool learning.

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