YMB 12 Teaching From Rest with Morning Time: A Conversation with Sarah Mackenzie

We have some episodes here at Your Morning Basket that are all about the philosophy behind Morning Time, and we have some episodes that are all about the practical how-tos of actually making Morning Time happen, but this particular episode is a lovely mixture of the two.

Teaching From Rest in Morning Time with Sarah Mackenzie: Your Morning Basket

Sarah Mackenzie is a mother of six, the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace, and the host of the Read-Aloud Revival. She joins us on the podcast to discuss Morning Time as a key tool that can help us order our children’s affections, turn our attention to things of utmost importance, and ground ourselves in state of rest, avoiding that place of frenzy and worry that we are not doing “enough.”

But Sarah doesn’t stop there. She also throws in some of her best practical tips, like ideas for how to wrangle a houseful of toddlers and simplify Morning Time as needed during key seasons of family life. There is something for everyone in this interview, so sit back and enjoy!

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Links and resources from today’s show:

 Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Shakespeare Library) On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (The Wingfeather Saga) Life of Our Lord for Children, A My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

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  • dawn says:

    In the summer, we love yogurt parfait popsicles (http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-yogurt-breakfast-popsicles-recipes-from-the-kitchn-205988). A good breakfast ❤

  • Becky Pedersen says:

    I loved these simple ideas!

  • Jessica Burke says:

    This was fantastic. I think it was my favorite episode yet. I just started reading her book and am even more excited about it.

  • Molly says:

    I really enjoyed this. I am thinking through the practical issues for my family. Like Sarah, we have a big gap in our family. We have 5 kids still at home ranging from age 3 to 16. Would you do two separate “morning time” read aloud books and religious instruction times, or just do it with the younger kids (or older ones?)? This is always our struggle. Our evening family devotion time is usually geared toward older kids so I do something simpler with the younger ones in the morning (older kids are not part of that, they do a personal quiet time). I usually do read aloud with just our elementary age kids (age 5 and 11) because the teens are quite busy with a heavier workload–but if part of the purpose is building family culture then it would be great to all be reading together–though if we did that I would need to give some thought to what we would all enjoy that the older ones haven’t already read. In the past I have done two read aloud times and two devotional times with different groups of kids and that became too time consuming. Would love some ideas on making this work for a wide age range. I have been homeschooling for 15 years and was able to do a lot of this with my older kids. I still have 15 years to go and I don’t want my younger kids to miss out but time is much harder to come by right now since I have many kids with a wide variety of instructional needs.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Molly – The beauty of Morning Time is in its flexibility. Mystie Winckler does a brief family MT, then reading with her littles, then a longer session with her older kids in the afternoon. It works for her. Angela Boord from episode 5 just does everyone together, aims high, and lets the littles get what they will. Either way works.

  • Jennifer says:

    I have to agree with previous commenters – this is my favorite YMB episode! I really loved when you and Sarah were talking about rest falling between vices – I seem to vacillate between anxiety and laziness, but it’s hard for me to put into words the way you ladies did! This was such an encouragement!

  • Lindsay says:

    I loved this one! Its great to hear the “experts” share how very real and normal they are ?! And I loved the very practical tips on how to do morning time (I’m new to this) and hearing “keep it simple”. What a relief! Thanks, Pam and Sarah!

  • Kafi says:

    What doxology do you sing? I’m unfamiliar with the term.

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