YMB #23 Seeking Truth in Literature

As a child Christin Ditchfield devoured the Chronicles of Narnia over and over again. As an adult she found that she kept returning to the truth’s found in Lewis’ work for guidance. As a result she created the Family Guide to Narnia, a book that highlights the Biblical parallels in the works, to help families see the connections between Narnia and Scripture.

Today she is on the podcast to chat with us about Narnia, what we can learn from stories, and easy ways for us to discuss the deeper meanings of literature in our Morning Time.

Pam:

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Hi everyone, and welcome to episode 23 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and thank you so very much for taking the time out to join me here today. We have a wonderful interview for you today. I got to talk to Christin Ditchfield who is the author of A Family Guide to Narnia. Now, we did talk about Narnia quite a bit, which was really fascinating, but also, we talked about the power of literature to shape us and our children as people. I just really enjoyed getting to sit down and talk to Christin about this. I think you guys are going to enjoy the conversation too, so we’re going to get on with it right now.

Christin Ditchfield is a professional freelance writer, a conference speaker, and the host of the syndicated daily radio program, Take It to Heart. She is the author of numerous books including A Family Guide to Narnia, a user-friendly resource intended to take the reader book by book through C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. In this book Christin illuminates the Biblical truths and parallels that can be found throughout these classics. She joins us today to discuss how reading these books and others during Morning Time can help us turn our attention toward Truth, Goodness, and Beauty as a family. Christin, welcome to the program.

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Christin: It’s great to be with you.
Pam: Many a people approach The Chronicles of Narnia as allegorical. So could you tell us what is allegory and do you think The Chronicles of Narnia actually falls into this category?
Christin: Sure. Many people do refer to them as allegory or allegorical. Technically, from a literary standpoint, an allegory is a story in which every character and event, every detail is meant to be a symbol of something else, and it’s a story within a story, it’s meant to tell another story. And there are allegorical elements in Narnia but we wouldn’t call The Chronicles of Narnia straight allegory or true allegory because it’s not all allegory. There are some characters and events that do represent something else, that do have a deeper meaning, and then there are other characters and events and symbols that are just part of the wild, fun, imaginative world that C. S. Lewis created. And so, if we tried to look for hidden meaning in every single thing, every single aspect of the story, we’ll just get a little confused and frustrated. He wasn’t trying to write a Sunday School lesson or trying to write an allegory, he was writing a fairytale- he was writing the kinds of books he wanted to read. But unconsciously and consciously at times he found himself writing stories that had a much deeper meaning; stories of faith, stories that have touched millions of people for generations, now. And so we can look for those elements and we can be encouraged and inspired by them and millions of people have.
Pam: OK, that’s interesting because I know that Lewis, himself, was pretty adamant about the fact that Narnia was not allegory.
Christin: Right. Maybe if it helps, to give an example, Pilgrim’s Progress is a true allegory. If you think about it, the main character is called Christian, and he was the Christian. And he goes on a journey and he makes progress. And he runs into a giant called Giant Despair, and what does that Giant represent? He represents despair and discouragement that we face in our Christian walk. So that’s a true allegory because pretty much everything in that story is a symbol of what we encounter as Christians on our spiritual journey. He runs into a friend called Hope. And not all allegories are that overt but they’re written that way, as a lesson, in essence, or some kind of moral fable or story. And that’s not what Narnia is at all. But C. S. Lewis didn’t disavow that there was a hidden meaning, that there were stories within the stories. In fact, one of my favorite things is he wrote a letter to a little girl. He talked about Aslan having another name in one of the stories, and that little girl wrote to him and she asked him what’s Aslan’s other name? And he wrote her a letter and said, “Well, I want you to guess. Has there ever been anyone in this world (and here, he references things from the story) who arrived at the same time as Father Christmas, said he was the son of the great emperor, gave himself up for someone else’s fault to be jeered at and killed by wicked people, came to life again and is sometimes spoken of as a lamb? Don’t you really know his name in this world? Think it over and let me know your answer.” So he did acknowledge that the lion came bounding in (as he called it) Aslan, the great lion in his stories is a representation of Jesus and Jesus came into his stories and filled them and he openly acknowledged that and other symbolism all the way through. He was a literature professor but he wasn’t going to use the term allegory either because it’s not quite technically correct.
Pam: OK, great. So, you referenced Narnia earlier as a fairytale. Is that how you would categorize it?
Christin: In the genre of literature it’s fairytale or fantasy literature. Yes. They’re fabulous stories, imaginative, full of characters that don’t appear in real life, as opposed to say, contemporary literature that stories that could happen right now, in our world, in 21st century America. They have characters like fawns, and giants, and there are castles and there are dragons, and there are all these fairytale elements. In the genre of literature it falls into fairytale or fantasy.
Pam: OK, I’m going to stop pop-quizzing you on whether or not Narnia is allegory or fairytale. Let’s talk a little bit about some of the meanings behind, not only Narnia, but some other stories that we might read as well. So, what was your own childhood experience with Narnia? How did those stories shape you?
Christin: An aunt sent me a set of The Chronicles of Narnia when I was a little girl. My family read them later. We enjoyed them together and we enjoyed some of the audio versions on road trips together. But for me, I read them when I was about 7 years old and I was a voracious reader, and I read the entire series, book after book after book, and then I read them again and again until they fell apart. I just loved them. We all find books that speak to us and grab hold of us and for me The Chronicles of Narnia were those books. And right away as a little girl I recognized from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe the story where Aslan lays down his life and dies for a sinner and is raised from the dead in power and glory, I recognized that as Jesus right away. And so then I began to see in some of the other stories where he did and said things that were a lot like Jesus too. But what really struck me was that many years later, as a young adult, I would be in a situation in my life and I would try to think what would Jesus do? What’s the Biblical principle that would apply to this situation? What would God have me do? And I would be running the database in my mind, trying to think is there a Scripture about this situation? And every so often, I’d settle on a scene from Narnia. Something from Narnia would pop up. I would be embarrassed, kind of, you know, in my mind. I’d be like, ‘Ooh, oops- that shouldn’t have come up, that’s not Scripture,’ and then after awhile I decided, ‘Wait a minute. That keeps happening, let me stop and think about it. Why do I keep thinking of Narnia when I mean to look for a Scripture?’ And as I settled in on it, and I thought about that scene or that situation, I realized that it was right out of Scripture or it was a parallel to that scene, that conversation that God had with Cain. It was a parallel to that Scripture from Proverbs; it was an exact, almost word-for-word from what happened with King Nebuchadnezzar, or whatever, and I realized that it wasn’t just The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe that was full of Scripture, but all seven books were full of Scriptural references. And so, I realized how much of an impact The Chronicles of Narnia had, how much Lewis’ writing had, how many of those Biblical principles and Scriptural truths had sunk deep into my heart through these fairytales, through these stories just as I read them and enjoyed them. And I wasn’t studying them, I wasn’t looking for symbolism, I wasn’t really meditating on them but because I read them so many times and those truths were anchored in my heart and then I began to understand them in a deeper way.
Pam: So, what would you say to a parent who was concerned, maybe about some of the magical elements in Narnia or who felt like, ‘You know what? We should be going straight to Scripture for this stuff?’ Why would we use a book like Narnia instead of going straight to the Bible for this kind of instruction?
Pam: If I can answer that in two parts. Why would you use Narnia instead of going straight to the Bible? Well, you don’t have to, but Narnia is a powerful way. There are a lot of books, and whether it’s Narnia or other types of literature, God’s inspired a lot of creativity, He’s given a lot of people gifts to tell stories. And stories are a powerful way to communicate Truth. In fact, Jesus spoke in parables. One of the Gospels said he didn’t speak anything without telling a story; in everything He spoke in parables, because stories are a great way to communicate Truth and to wrap it up in such a way that it’s memorable and that it sinks in, and that we grasp it in a much deeper level. And sometimes we don’t even understand it fully until years later, but we grasp it at the level where we are, and then later, we understand even more and more of that Truth. I think God has given us a literature, He has given us poetry, He’s given us art, He’s given us music- these are all ways that He speaks Truth into our life. So whether it’s Narnia or some other type of literature, I think books are powerful tools, and it would be unwise not to take advantage of all that He’s given us to use anything that we can use to communicate Truth to our young kids we want to do. And then, second of all, the concern about magic and fairytales, I don’t discourage any parent from having concerns about that, I think you should be concerned because there is a lot of literature out there that is not so great. There is a reason to be concerned about magic and fairytales because there is an element of some types of fantasy literature that are connected with the occult. There are some kids that are more drawn to the occult than others. Many people don’t even really enjoy fantasy literature; they can’t really get into it. Some people even tell me, because they know I’ve written some books about Narnia, they’re like “Ah, I could never get into those books, I’m sorry!” they’re embarrassed to say, some people just don’t like it, OK. But some people really are drawn to fantasy literature and when they go from one series to another to another and they’re going to find stuff on the shelves at the bookstore that is not only not Christian but is anti-Christian; stuff that’s full of pornography, that’s full of profanity, that’s full of occult symbolism and paganism and other things that are not desirable, and so yes, a parent should be concerned. And what you do, first of all, is you recognize that you want to look for authors whose world view is one that you value and respect; you want to look for authors with a Biblical worldview. You want to say, ‘Is the good in this book really good and is the evil really evil?’ Are the values and the things in this book as magic represented in a way that is God-honoring or not. You want to know a little bit about the author, about the story line, but you also want to know a little bit about your kids and you want to teach them discernment and teach them right from wrong and teach them to be aware of literature, like I shared with my stories, literature does impact you. What you read does impact you. So be aware of that and do what God leads you to do for your family.
Pam: I like that your answer is, let’s take a look at the worldview of the author and see if that is something that lines up with what we’re trying to teach our children, and then we can feel more confident about what they’re reading even if it does contain some of this fantasy elements.
Christin: And what I love about C. S. Lewis, some of the elements like witchcraft and so on, some of the magical elements, first of all, some of it is very classical literature; it’s the mythology and the classical literature that they’re going to be exposed to as they get older in school, and education, it’s part of world culture and history. But also, that he presents it from a very Biblical point of view. I think most of us, regardless of our views on other book series, and I won’t comment on any because I know we all have different views but at least in C. S. Lewis there’s no such thing as a good witch, witches are always evil and they’re always put to death, which is very Biblical. There’s no confusion about who you should worship, or about what you should do. There is right and there is wrong. There is God, there is Truth, there’s the light side or the dark; and the light is Jesus and God and Truth and the dark is self-serving and evil and occult and it’s very clear, the lines are drawn very clearly. And so that helps me and I know that’s been a help to a lot of other parents as well.
Pam: Great. Well, thank you. You mentioned earlier that you kept going back to these Truths that you had learned through Narnia as you came up against specific situations in your life and you said that you kept coming back to these because you had read them over and over again. So I want to talk a little bit about how we should approach this type of literature with our children as we’re maybe reading aloud to them in Morning Time or as a family. So, do we have to hit them over the head with it?
Christin: No, I think that would be a big mistake. You don’t want to sit there and pound it, take the story and just pull it apart. I think that first of all we want to teach our kids to love reading and to love a good story and to enjoy it. I think they’ll get it. I think they’ll get it just from the story itself. You can read it and just enjoy it together. Maybe ask a few open-ended questions. Make sure they understand what they’re hearing- what’s happening in the story? Who are your favorite characters? What do you think is going to happen next? And then, maybe, out of that very natural conversation about the plot or about the characters, pick one or two points to say, “Did that remind you of anything? That kind of reminds me of a Bible verse. That reminds me of something that we were reading in our devotion the other day. Weren’t we talking about that in Sunday School? Weren’t you asking me to pray for a friend who was struggling with that?” There’s a very natural way. In Deuteronomy it says ‘Talk about these truths with your children as you walk, as you talk, as you sit, as you walk along the road, talk about them very naturally as a part of your everyday life. And if you can just pick one or two points and just work it into the conversation that’s probably the best way to do it.
Pam: So, I don’t have to make a worksheet between [this] happening in Narnia and [this] Bible verse and have them drawn lines and match them up or anything like that?
Christin: Not unless you’re doing it as curriculum. I have written some of that kind of curriculum. I used to be a teacher so I have had the privilege of doing that kind of curriculum and there’s nothing wrong with that, but you don’t have to. I think if you just want to do it as family time in the Morning as story time you should just enjoy reading the story together and ask just a few conversational questions.
Pam: How should our, or should it, our approach change as our children get older? If I’m re-reading Narnia with my kids when they’re older, maybe we read it for the first time when they were 6 or 7, and then we read it a little later, should I try to do draw out those ideas a bit more?
Christin: You could, definitely. And you might ask them if they notice anything, if they find any parallels, if it reminds them of anything Scriptural? Or you could ask them more directly. You could tell them, “You recognize now that there are some Biblical Truth here, what does it remind you of? Or what connections do you find there?” You could, maybe, point out and make an observation yourself and then ask them if they see anything. Another thing you could do, is if you have younger children, is you can give the responsibility to the older children to take charge of story time and to teach something from it. Say, “I’d like you to lead the conversation today, so we’re going to read this chapter, and I’d love for you to ask a few questions, and see if you can find something in this chapter that we could talk about as a family; some interesting plot point or some symbolism or something.” And give them an opportunity to lead the conversation.
Pam: That’s a great idea. So, we still go back to that open-ended questioning and good conversation over anything else?
Christin: I think so. It helps if you do a little bit of homework. We’re all so busy and I know it’s hard to do it but if you can take a few minutes to read a summary if you don’t have time to read ahead, read a summary of the book and now thank God for the internet, or for books and resources that we have, read a plot summary so you know at least where the story is going, read a little bit about the author. If you can look up a little bit, maybe what are the Scriptures in? The book that I’ve written is a guide just for families for that purpose, is to highlight what are some of the Scriptures, so you just have an idea of where you can take it, where could I go if the opportunity arises, and then pray for those teachable moments. I think, maybe, that’s the biggest thing is to pray and ask God to give you eyes to see and ears to hear – where is a teachable moment that I could lead this conversation that will have an impact on my child? Because that’s what you’re really looking for, is an opening in which to have a conversation about a bigger life issue, about something spiritual that will have an impact on them for eternity.
Pam: Oh, I love that because if I’m trusting in the Holy Spirit to lead my homeschool it takes some of the pressure off me.
Christin: Yes, yes! And He’s so good about that. He knows exactly what they’re struggling with, He knows what’s in their hearts. And we don’t have to have all the answers and we don’t have to try and figure it all out. He knows and He can lead us and guide us even when we’re not aware of it.
Pam: You referenced your book, A Family Guide to Narnia, so let’s just take a few minutes to talk about what’s in there and how might parents use that to better experience the books, the series as a family.
Christin: Sure. This book actually came out of my teaching experience. I was working with a homeschool co-op and they asked me if I would teach The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to a group of middle school boys, and I was reading this story with them and every time we got to the end of a chapter there was a teachable moment. I was surprised at how into the story they were. I thought they were going to blow it off, but they were really interested in the story. And there were so many times when it was perfect for conversation, their hearts were open, they were engaged, and I wanted to say, “Doesn’t that remind you of the Scripture? Doesn’t that remind you of …” but I couldn’t think where that Scripture was. I wanted to be able to quote it but was it Jesus or was it Paul? I know it was somewhere in Genesis, I can’t remember was Cain and Abel – I couldn’t put my finger on, I knew it was Biblical but where was it? And it wasn’t a good time to say, “Hold that thought while I go look for my concordance.” This was before smart phones…
Pam: Before Google.
Christin: Yes, exactly. And at that, I just wished there was a CliffsNotes of Biblical principles so that you could just have it really quick and be prepared. And so through a very long circuitous journey I had the privilege of doing this for families through The Chronicles of Narnia to go chapter by chapter and book by book through the whole series and just look and say, What are the Biblical principles here? What are the parallels? Where does it directly parallel something in Scripture? And where is it in exact word-for-word quote? And if I wanted to make a teaching moment out of it what could I do? Where is something in this chapter that references a Scriptural principle? Where is there symbolism that C. S. Lewis and other scholars have identified that is very clear? This is a symbol of the stone tablets that Moses came down from the mountain, this is a symbol of the cross. Where are the ones that we could guess or think about or could make a connection ourselves? And put it together for parents, for teachers, so you could just flip through really quickly. Read through, get a summary of the story, and read through and take a few points, and then just be ready so that when you have story time you’ve got those points in mind, whether it’s before bedtime or first thing in the morning, or in the car, and you can have those teachable moments, those conversations together. So that’s what I did: the parallels, the principles, a little bit of trivia. One page per chapter, because goodness knows, and you don’t have to do every chapter, but if you have a little bit of information then it can be really helpful, it can help you be prepared.
Pam: Oh, it sounds extremely handy. We’ve talked a lot about Narnia, so what are some examples of other works of literature that contain this kind of deep symbolism or have the potential to introduce our children to important truths? Do you have any others that you like?
Christin: Oh goodness. There are so many great works of literature that have – I mean, pretty much all literature has symbolism because this comes back to something you mentioned earlier – the author’s worldview. Every author writes a story with intention. They all have a purpose. Every author has a message, they have something on their heart they want to say. It might be something we agree with or disagree with, something that we value or don’t value, but they have a message, they have a theme. There is something they’re trying to communicate. So all of literature is rich with symbolism, especially classic literature, you can find a lot of resources. But I’m thinking of A Christmas Carol that’s a great one to do together as a family because you’ve got Scrooge and his reaper and his redemption but there’s all kinds of power in stories of forgiveness. I’m trying to think of some good ones for kids but it kind of depends on the ages of your kids and what their interests are. I always look for ways to capture their interests so what kinds of things? If they’re interested in horses then we go with [these] kinds of stories. If they’re interested in adventure then [these] types, but pretty much every story that you read there is some kind of symbolism in there, there is some kind of world view, and you can talk about what are these characters doing, why do you think they’re doing that, where do you think they’re going next, how do we feel about that, what do we think about that? And draw connections there and this is why stories are so great.
Pam: One of the things that Augustine says is that as educators we should work together on ordering the affections of our children towards Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. So do you think reading literature can help us do that?
Christin: Absolutely, absolutely. It’s fundamental and it’s vital. And there’s another thing about literature in that it opens our mind and it helps us experience the world and it teaches us about other cultures, other countries, other people’s lives and experiences, other eras in history. And this is important because if we’re going to understand other people, I believe God’s called all of us- Jesus called us in the Great Commission to be His witnesses and we’re all called to be effective in communicating the Gospel, and in order to communicate the Gospel we have to be able to relate to and understand other people. And we can’t just stand there and scream at them, shout Bible verses, we need to be able to relate to them and to understand them and to communicate effectively, to communicate with grace, right? And sometimes I run into people whose world is so very small, their life experiences, all they know, growing up on their street, in their city, in their church, in their community, and they don’t understand that anybody else’s life is different than their life. They don’t understand that anybody else’s experience is different than their experience, and they have a very hard time connecting with people at work, connecting with people in other cities and other environments because, really, they just don’t understand that anybody that lives a different kind of life than they do and if you’re going to be an effective witness and effective minister you have to understand that people have different lives. Well, most of us can’t go out and live all of these other lives and we wouldn’t want to, we don’t need to have some of the negative experiences that other people have, we don’t want to live through some of the pain and the suffering and the heartache that other people have to go through but reading their stories can help us understand them better, reading their journeys even if it’s fictional, reading about other cultures, reading about other people’s sufferings and trials, especially you read these stories that take place in different wars, in different places, in history and eras, help us understand the human experience and help us connect and realize the world is so much bigger than us, so much bigger than our experience and help us understand other people’s suffering and other people’s lives so that we don’t have to make the same mistakes that they’ve made and we can be more compassionate and we can be more effective ministers of the Gospel.
Pam: Oh, I just love that. So often we think of stories as just entertainment or something you might learn a lesson from as we were talking earlier, that we could learn these kinds of lessons from the stories that we read, but it sounds like one of the greatest lessons that we can learn from a story is compassion for fellow humans or even empathy for others.
Christin: Yes, just learning what other people’s lives are like and that it’s not all the same as ours. Through a story we can experience what it’s like to be an orphan arriving on Ellis Island in the 1700 or 1800. We can learn what it’s like to live through World War II and to be a nurse driving an ambulance or to be a soldier on the front, we can learn what it’s like to be a soldier in the Civil War. We can read these different stories and we can experience history and we can experience different things like grief, or pain, or loss, or battles and overcome, we can learn about courage, we can learn what it is to stand up for something and to fight for something that you believe in. We can learn what it means to overcome adversity, we can learn what it means to develop your gifts and talents. Reading these fictional stories, many of them are based in history or biographies; they can teach us so much about the world around us and teach us about life and so I think that’s given us a wealth of knowledge and understanding that we can gain. And as well as entertainment, there’s nothing wrong with reading for entertainment, there’s nothing wrong with appreciating the beauty and the joy that reading gives us, but there’s also another purpose there and that’s why I’m glad to see kids reading and I encourage families to read and the more that we can share these stories the more it gives us compassion and understanding for the people in our lives.
Pam: That’s just great. Well, Christin, if people want more information about A Family Guide to Narnia or about you and your other work, where can they find you online?
Christin: Probably the easiest place is my website and blog, ChristinDitchfield.com and my parents spelled my name funny. When I was a little girl they wanted to make sure it had Christ in it so that’s how my name is spelled, Christ in, Ditchfield, just like a ditch in a field. So it’s ChristinDitchfield.com.
Pam: OK, we will include a link to that in the Show Notes for this episode, so if somebody wants to click through it will be really easy for them to find. Well, thank you so much for joining me today, I do appreciate it.
Christin: Oh, thank you for having me.
Pam: And there you have it. Now, for the Basket Bonus for today’s episode we have gone through and collected up a number of the open-ended questions that Christin used throughout the episode and modeled for us to ask of our children and we’ve made you a handy printable of these open-ended questions to slip right into your Morning Time binder, and use with just about every story that you read. So we have that for you, you can get that and links to all of the resources and books that Christin and I talked about today including her Family Guide to Narnia, her own website where you can get more information about her and her syndicated radio show as well. So you can find all of that at EDSnapshots.com/YMB23. And also over there we have instructions on how to leave a rating or review for the Your Morning Basket podcast on iTunes just in case you are so inclined to do so. And for those of you who have already left a rating or review we just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to do that. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks with another great interview. Until then, keep seeking Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Seeking Truth in Literature

  • Truth can sink into our hearts, and our children’s hearts, through stories, parables, and fairy tales. God gave us Scripture, but he also created us with the capacity to express and understand truththrough art, music, poetry, and stories.
  • Open-ended questions are tools we can use to effectively engage our children with big ideas. This works best when we use natural conversation to discuss truths with our kids in the course ofeveryday life, as we see in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
  • Literature helps us connect with, understand, and learn to love people, even people verydifferent from ourselves. It helps us develop empathy and compassion.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [1:58] What is allegory?
  • [4:15] what C.S. Lewis said about Aslan
  • [5:26] Is Narnia a fairy tale?
  • [6:19] how Narnia pointed Christin to Scripture as a child
  • [9:15] why read stories other than the Bible?
  • [10:20] being cautious about magic and the occult
  • [13:47] not being heavy handed with the truth; engaging kids through good conversation
  • [15:45] approaching Narnia with older kids
  • [17:16] praying for teachable moments
  • [18:21] Christin’s book
  • [21:02] other literature
  • [22:26] literature helps us understand the human experience and develop empath

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  • 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!

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  • Sarah Mast says:

    I am reading the Narnia series (in the order it was originally published) to my kids for the first time and they are Loving. It.! So glad to be passing along some of my heart’s favorites to my kids! Can’t wait to listen and get more tips.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      We need to read it again around here. Olivia has listened to them over and over but it has been a few years for everyone.

  • I look forward to listening in to your podcast, Pam! We enjoy A Christmas Carol 🙂 I’ll be digging in soon to catch up on all your episodes.

  • Elizabeth Hafferty says:

    I can’t express how much I enjoyed this podcast. It was very insightful. Great discussion! Thanks for accepting my suggested guest. We JUST began series this week. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

    • Dawn says:

      We love listener requests here. Thanks for making one! I am a bit behind on my listening, but I’m looking forward to these December casts! -Dawn, Community Care Coordinator

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