YMB # 29 Building Family Culture: A Conversation with Audrey Wilkerson

Just over a year-and-a-half ago Audrey Wilkerson and her husband welcomed three little girls into their home through overseas adoption. Facing three children who didn’t speak English and had never even been inside a classroom, Audrey used Morning Time to help build relationships in this burgeoning family and the academic and English skills these girls so desperately needed. This is the story of how Morning Time built a family. Enjoy.

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Hi everyone, and welcome to episode 29 of the Your Morning Basket Podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you’re joining me here today. Well, one of the things I absolutely love about Morning Time is that it helps you hit so many of those academic highlights that you need to hit in your school day so easily with a wide range of ages that your children probably are. But the other thing I love about Morning Time is the way it really helps build relationships and bring families together. And we have a wonderful example of how that works for you on the show today. Today I got to talk to Audry Wilkerson who actually has eight kids but believe it or not, just a very short time ago she only had three. Her family exploded a little bit when she adopted three more kids and then actually had two others quickly after that. But she adopted three kids from Africa. She reached out to me because she used Morning Time in order to help integrate these new children into her family and to build this new community of learners together. So it was really a wonderful chat; talking with Audry about how Morning Time was just so helpful to them, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it. Right after this word from our sponsor.

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Audry Wilkerson is a mother of eight, including three children adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She blogs at Pursuit of Simplicity where she shares about large family life, homeschooling, adoption, simple living, and more. She writes beautifully about the impact that the practice of Morning Time has had on her family and homeschool, particularly during the transition time when she brought her adopted daughters home. And she joins us on this episode of the podcast to tell us more about that story. Audry, welcome to the show.
Audry: Thank you. I’m glad to be here.
Pam: Audry, start off by telling me a little bit about your family.
Audry: Alright. As you said, we have eight children, but two years ago we had three children. We had three biological sons within four years of getting married, and then we had seven years of infertility. And in that time we pursued our daughters, our three daughters that were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it was a very long adoption process. And at the tail-end of that we got pregnant with our first biological daughter and she ended up being six months old when we were finally able to bring our girls home. And when she was about 15 months old we found out we were pregnant again and Charlie is now about 11 weeks old.
Pam: Wow.
Audry: And we moved right before we brought our daughters home and we now live on a family friend’s farm out in the country and it has been a wonderful place to transition to large family living and homeschooling with the addition of our girls. And so here we are today.
Pam: So you were just going along and all of a sudden you had like family explosion all at once?
Audry: Yes. Sometimes I definitely call us an accidental large family. We always wanted a large family but we didn’t anticipate it happening quite this quickly in such a short period of time.
Pam: Wow. Well, have you always had a Morning Time or was Morning Time something new that you added to your homeschool after your daughters came home?
Audry: We’ve had a Morning Time of sorts for several years in the beginning when my boys were younger. It consisted primarily of Bible reading, memory work, maybe a chapter in a multiple of read alouds, and then when the girls came home, we dropped our memory work for awhile and drastically extended our read aloud time. So it definitely changed a lot when the girls came home, but we’ve been doing it for quite a few years now.
Pam: What were some of the challenges that your daughters’ faced educational or otherwise when they arrived, and how did Morning Time help with those challenges?
Audry: When our daughters’ came home they didn’t speak English, so that was certainly number one challenge. In fact, English would be their fourth language that they had to learn in three years, which is a long story, but basically, our plan was for them to learn through exposure and immersion. And by the time they were home for about four months they were pretty much fluent for every day needs and conversation which was amazing. We worked on things like days of the week and months of the year, counting and letters. Our girls were 5, 5, and 7; the younger are twins. And they’d never even held a pencil in their hand so it was very overwhelming. It helped me to see how much I took for granted the amount of information that our children learn that are born in our families from the time that they’re born until they’re 3 or 4 years old. The more and more I saw the gaps that were going to need to be filled to “catch them up” was very overwhelming. I really did not know where to start so Morning Time is basically where I started.
Pam: And you say that at that period you scaled back on the memorization and you added so much more reading aloud. So what was it that was guiding you to add all of this reading aloud to your Morning Time especially for a group of children who were not necessarily understanding every word that you were reading?
Audry: Well, thankfully we live in a community where there are lots and lots of adoptive families, so I was able to speak to a lot of other homeschool families that brought home children that did not speak any English, particularly older children that were school age. And they all said that by about four months they would be fairly fluent in English. And it’s so hard to believe when you’re staring at three little faces who can’t tell you anything. We pretty much worked out of charades for the first month or so. And so, I knew that conversation and stories were going to be the best place to start. We actually read through almost the entire Little House series the first year they were home because it just related so much to our life, it felt like. We read things like Where the Red Fern Grows and Wizard of Oz and some others but I think for them following the Little House series and for them to be able to follow the characters the more and more English they did understand helped them to continue to follow along with the storyline, and being fairly simple stories that helped as well.
Pam: Right. That just brings me back to Andrew Pudewa’s Nurturing Competent Communicators talk that he does where he says that in order to get these more sophisticated linguistic patterns into our children we need to be reading aloud to them hours and hours a day, and that just reinforces that concept with the idea that as children are learning a new language to be read aloud to so much is one of the things that’s going to facilitate them learning that language quickly.
Audry: Yes. Sometimes they would really amaze me with the things that they would say. I had no idea they understood a particular phrase or a vocabulary word that seemed rather challenging for a 5 or 6 year old but I really attribute a lot of that to the vocabulary they were picking up in our read aloud time.
Pam: Wow. So, let’s talk a little bit about what a typical Morning Time looked like during that season of your family life? So, what were you guys doing? You were doing a lot of reading aloud, you were doing less memorization, and were there other things you were doing that were building the relationship of Morning Time?
Audry: Yes. And when I say we dropped most of our memorization I really mean more of our actual memory work. For my elementary age children I use Classical Conversations foundations and we were Cycle One last year and there are some really big words and names and locations in Cycle One and I’d never really realized it until I tried to teach that to non-English speaking children and so I decided to drop that with our Morning Time but we still kept up quite a bit of memorization in other areas, whether it was Bible memory or more educational basics like alphabet things, numbers, and such. But our Morning Time routine from the time that we started school in July, after the girls had come home in March, primarily consisted of Bible reading, poetry or Shakespeare (we would try to rotate those), we did a lot of A Child’s Garden of Verses, sometimes they would go to sleep at night with that playing in their room on the iPad but we would rotate that with the Shakespeare Can Be Fun series. We did Macbeth and A Midsummer’s Night Dream and by that time they understood a lot of English and found that story pretty funny. We did hymn memorization and then an extended period of reading aloud.
Pam: What elements of this routine do you think were most meaningful to your daughters as they were learning to be part of your new family?
Audry: I would say the reading aloud, for sure. And I think also our time of hymn memorization. We go to a liturgical church and so for them to be able to, right from the start, start memorizing our service hymns, catechism, creeds, and other elements of our worship service, I think it meant a lot to them. You could see it on their faces that even though they couldn’t read the liturgy on Sunday morning, they could still participate. And that was very impactful and very helpful to be able to incorporate that into our Morning Time and for them to see the fruit of it immediately on Sunday mornings.
Pam: Yeah, I think so too. Well, what were some of the challenges that your family was facing at this point as you brought your girls home?
Audry: Gosh, probably just not even knowing where to start. We were in survival mode for so much of that first year. Just learning how to be a family together with these three new little people and overcoming our communication barriers that I was really overwhelmed with their lack of understanding and comprehension and even things as simple as fine motor skills. They could barely hold a crayon in their hand when they first came home. And so, the biggest challenges for me were just coming up with a plan that was going to be geared toward them and figuring out what I needed to implement to get that plan in motion. They really could have used my complete undivided attention for the duration of every school day but I also had a 1 year old, and an 8 year old and two middle schoolers. Then when I got pregnant with Charlie in October I was pretty sick for the first trimester and Morning Time became my survival boat- that was the one thing, miraculously, I was not usually the sickest in the morning and that was the one thing that we clung to all school year while I was sick in particular, was Morning Time, and setting that foundation for the rest of our school day. My boys were fairly independent with the rest of the their things like spelling and math and their literature and things like that, but for the girls it was so important for us to have that consistency and I was able to add things to Morning Time during that time while I felt like I was dropping the ball in some other areas in the afternoon when I desperately needed a nap. So those were probably our biggest challenges that first year.
Pam: What kind of things did you add to your Morning Time? I know that there are some moms out there listening who, maybe they don’t have three newly adopted non-English speaking children but they might be in their first trimester with a number of other children at home and they’re struggling, feeling like they’re getting a good consistent school day, so let’s even speak to them, how did you make that Morning Time more robust to compensate for that naptime you needed in the afternoon?
Audry: Well, that’s the beauty of reading aloud is we could cover everything from science, current events, literature, history, Bible, all in Morning Time throughout the week. Sometimes I rotated what subjects we were going to cover, sometimes I’d cover them all. With little ones some days are far more productive than others and so I’d try to take advantage of that but I picked lots of read alouds from living books, of course, that would cover the gamut of the subjects so that on the days when for the season that I felt like we were lacking in other areas Morning Time covered so many things just through reading aloud.
Pam: What was your motivation for setting aside time for Morning Time each day when you were being pulled in so many different directions with your time and your energy during that period?
Audry: Well, because some days Morning Time was the very best I could do with my younger kids I knew that that consistency in routine for my younger ones but particularly for our adopted daughters was going to be vitally instrumental to their adjustment and feelings of security and even for children who aren’t adopted, just having that routine, especially for the younger ones, I knew that that was the cornerstone of our whole school year really, was making sure that that Morning Time stayed that school plan. Because that would seem to be the one thing that really stuck last year was Morning Time, we all enjoyed gathering in the living room for Morning Time.
Pam: So what were some of the things that your daughters’ seemed to respond to most? You mentioned Little House on the Prairie, were there some other things that they really enjoyed?
Audry: Yes, they loved stories of all kinds. They loved singing. They really liked memorization as well because it was something they could pick up on quickly and they could spit it back out for daddy or the grandparents and I could put anything into song or memorization and make progress with them whether it was in the learning of English or another subject. So probably recitation, reading aloud and anything related to song.
Pam: So singing really seemed to cross that language barrier?
Audry: Yes.
Pam: What about language? How did it help with their acquisition of the language skills?
Audry: I think their vocabulary improved dramatically through the literature that we read. It’s funny because so many people ask me, “Well, what is your plan? Are you going to hire a tutor?” And I thought, ‘No, we’re just going to live life.’ And it’s just amazing how quickly those young brains can pick up a language as difficult as English (from what I hear) so quickly and at such a young age and I really attribute it to the stories, the literature, the reading aloud, and hearing stories and the vocabulary, it was all very rich, even the poetry and Shakespeare. I think so many times we discount how much our young children are picking up when we’re reading above their level or things that they’re not completely going to understand but they’re still hearing it and it’s getting into their mind and into their heart and I think it definitely has an impact and it comes out in their vocabulary, in their play, and their imagination.
Pam: Were you able to see the fruits of that in their play? That they were playing some of the things they were reading aloud?
Audry: Yes, definitely. They love Little House and Anne of Green Gables and a lot of times they will take turns being those characters and playing games with those.
Pam: That’s awesome. You mentioned the fact that they were not really able to hold a crayon so these girls were coming from a background where they had done very little formal education at all?
Audry: Right. They had zero academic background, whatsoever, which was probably the most challenging thing to me.
Pam: Do you think that Morning Time really helped pull you guys together as a family?
Audry: Absolutely. I knew going into our new school that our daughters were going to need as much family time as possible and I almost feared the train wreck that would undoubtedly ensue if we ever quit. I knew that the consistency and routine for our adopted daughters, in particular, were going to be so important. Having all of the children, even my two middle school boys together as a family for Morning Time, I think it helped our girls to physically see our family working together as a team and as one family unit, staying together for the first part of each school day. Because they were adopted even though they had a biological family that passed away so they knew what family looked like but for us we knew that it was going to be vitally important for us to show them everyday, or as much as possible, what our new family looked like with them in it. I think Morning Time definitely helped our daughters to see our family together as a unit, as a team, with them included, for the first part of each school day.
Pam: I talk a lot about how one of the four R’s of Morning Time is Relationship and it sounds like that not only were you shooting for a lot of those academic goals that you knew would come out of reading aloud and then teaching everyone together those poems and the liturgical elements from your church and writing those words on their heart but also one of the largest benefits that you were going to get was the relationship that you were building, that shared family culture coming from a situation where there was none at all and everybody was just thrown together.
Audry: Yes, definitely. They moved around from several different orphanages to a children’s home right before they came home to us and I was really skeptical to see how things were going to work when we started our new school year and just training them physically to sit and listen, it actually went better than I anticipated but that was definitely a big part of beginning our new school year and implementing Morning Time.
Pam: So they could see everybody taking part and doing that and probably have a better idea of what was expected of them because of it.
Audry: Yes, definitely. Even in our church we worship together as a family, there’s not a separate children’s church. I was amazed, my husband and I both, from day one… I don’t know if it was just the desire to be with us anyway, I don’t think they would have wanted to be separated from us in the beginning but I think it helped with their ability to be still and participate and listen, even understanding when they needed to be quiet and when they could speak and participate verbally, and it poured over into our school time and our Morning Time as well. I really didn’t struggle a whole lot with talking and a lot of fidgeting or wanting to get up and do other things. They really wanted to be there as a family and so they enjoyed Morning Time because we were all there together. No one was getting up to go do their own thing.
Pam: That’s awesome. I love that. Well, you’ve talked recently on your blog that three of your children are attending school this year and so let’s talk a little bit about what changes you anticipate in your homeschool.
Audry: First, I’ll quickly touch on how we came to the decision to put them into school. I really feel like God orchestrated all the series of events that led up to where we are now; us moving, we moved across the state lines – just 15 minutes but it still put us in a different state, a different school zone, and I have a close friend who adopted a child from Poland a few years ago and she’s deaf, and she went to the school that my daughters are zoned for and she went to a special class and it was very helpful, they had a good experience at the school, and she was sharing some things about that with me over the last year, and that led me to explore some different options. As we got to the end of our school year last year I just was still overwhelmed and rather confused, actually, as to where I should be going next. Things just weren’t working for my adopted daughters like they worked for my biological sons. And I felt like there were things that I was just not doing the best for them. I felt like I had run out of the tools in my toolbox and it was time to call in reinforcements. So we checked into several different public and private schools in our area and ended up deciding on the public school that we’re zoned for. We live out in the country and it’s a very small school and there is a high population of English as a second language students there and so I knew that the teachers were going to have a lot of experience with children like my daughters who were starting from scratch. And so there was some testing and evaluating that went on and now they’ve been in school for three weeks and I’m absolutely amazed at how far they’ve come just in three weeks compared to the things that we struggled with last year. And I do feel like they made leaps and bounds of improvement last year at home and we covered so many vitally important things, like learning the language and learning social skills and how to live as a family, and work as a team, and now they confidently went off to school and are absolutely loving it, and our days have changed, but I think for the better. We still do Morning Time with my boys and my toddler, and our new Morning Time was for children that are being homeschooled now consists of Bible reading, we do cursive as a family now that I have seen some deficits in my boys’ handwriting, we’re still doing hymn memorization, and now we are implementing geography as well. And our girls leave for school at 6:45 in the morning so that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to do a Morning Time with them in the morning so we’ve changed it to Evening Time and after dinner every day we’re definitely on a tighter schedule because they’ve got to be in bed by 8:00pm to get adequate sleep for school the next day. So after dinner we all pile onto the couches in the living room and we have basically we just call it family worship and my husband leads it now and it consists of Bible reading, catechism questions, talking about their day, and also some read aloud time as well. So it’s fun to see how that time has evolved for them now that they’re in school but we’re still able to have that family time together and include those things that are important to us.
Pam: Do you have some advice for families who send some or all of their kids to school about doing a Morning Time?
Audry: Definitely. It certainly doesn’t have to be in the morning. Some children, depending on the grade, go to school when it’s still dark out and others there’s more time for Morning Time in the morning, but it doesn’t have to be in the morning. Like for us now it’s in the evening to include our girls. It’s more the ritual of that scheduled, somewhat structured togetherness that makes it meaningful and impactful. So I would say the most critical part would simply be consistency in whatever you choose. Decide what your priorities are, come up with a plan, and fit it into whatever time of day suits best for your family.
Pam: Oh, I love that, that the focus is on consistency. So choose what it is your priority, what’s important to you and then consistently make it happen every day.
Audry: Yes.
Pam: And that really is probably the number one ingredient of a good Morning Time whether it happens in the morning or at night or any other time of day.
Audry: For me, that’s probably the biggest part of my homeschool journey is consistency.
Pam: Yeah, tell me about it. So, I just love the way you’ve adapted that. But first of all, I love the way you evaluated what was best for your girls even though, obviously your heart is for homeschooling and you’ve been homeschooling your oldest boys for a number of years and you know it’s working well for them but I love the way you evaluated what was working for your girls and what was working and said, “hey, maybe at this season their needs could be better met somewhere else and we’re going to let that happen.” And then I love the way you adapted the Morning Time to work in the family situation that you have going on right now.
Audry: Our girls’ school has been amazing as far as their communication and compassion and understanding and wanting to work with our family. We had no prior experience with public school and so I really had no expectations. I was actually very nervous and slightly fearful, but we prayerfully came to this decision and so we took a leap of faith but they’ve been amazing and they know that our goal is within a year maybe two to bring the girls back home, that we are, at heart, a homeschooling family. And so that is our goal and they are just partnering with us right now to help meet our girls’ educational needs even better than I was at home.
Pam: That’s awesome. I love to hear that kind of story - with people partnering together the school and the family just to meet the needs of the child in the best way possible. That’s great. Well, Audry, thank you so much for joining me here today to talk about how Morning Time helped pull your family together. Tell everyone where they can find you online.
Audry: I am at PursuitofSimplicity.com.
Pam: Alright, thank you so much.
Audry: Thank you, Pam.
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Key Ideas about Building Relationships in Morning Time

  • Morning Time is a time to build relationships. When we come together, work together, and learn together, sharing common stories and experiences, we show our children what family looks like. The consistent routine of joining together for Morning Time each day can help our kids feel secure and connected, even during challenging seasons of family life.
  • A rich Morning Time can be a lifeline when we find ourselves in survival mode. If nothing else gets done for the rest of the day, we can be confident that high-quality read-alouds and time together as a family is enough for a season.
  • When we read to our children, we are doing so much more than meets the eye. We are giving our kids the building blocks of language, and we are strengthening relationships, building our families on a foundation of shared stories, shared experiences, and shared joy.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [5:36] Audrey’s Morning Time over the years
  • [6:11] Morning Time as language immersion
  • [7:37] read-aloud as a key to language learning
  • [9:52] how Audrey made adjustments to her Morning Time
  • [11:21] Morning Time as relationship-building
  • [12:10] survival mode
  • [15:02] consistency and routine as a way to foster security and adjustment
  • [18:14] Morning Time as a time when the family comes together and works together
  • [21:42] Audrey’s decision to put some of her children in school
  • [24:20] Evening Time

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  • 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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