YMB #47 Morning Time and the Only Child: A Conversation with Tina Roman

It’s a question we get asked often and it is a good one: How do I do Morning Time when I have just one child? How do I keep it from looking like the rest of my school day? Today Tina Roman, mom of one, is here on the show to talk to us about what Morning Time looks like in her home. Hint: It’s not as quiet as you might think it would be. Enjoy!

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 47 of the, your morning basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I’m so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, this request has come up so many times for the, your morning basket podcast. Moms want to know how do you do morning, time with an only child. If you’ve just got one, what does your morning time look like? And so we have one of our morning time moms on today, Tina Roman. She has an only child and she’s going to be answering some of those questions for us. We’re going to be talking about what her morning time looks like.
Some of the best things about doing morning time with the an only child. And then what are some of the challenges? Because believe it or not, she has those too. So we’ll get on with that conversation right after this word from our sponsor.

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Tina Roman worked as an RN for nine years before having her only son. After struggles in early elementary school, her family decided that homeschooling was the best choice for them. Now they have been homeschooling for two years and are seriously considering going all the way through high school. Tina and her son follow a Charlotte Mason classical approach and have been doing morning time since the very beginning. She loves to tell people that homeschooling was the best decision her family was forced to make. Tina welcome to the program.
Thank you.
Well, we are going to be talking today. We have had this requested so many times, and so I'm glad to finally be able to bring this information to the people who have wanted it. We're going to be talking about doing morning time with an only child. So you didn't realize how in demand you were. Did you? Lots of people want this information.
So tell us a little bit about what mourning time looks like in your house right now.
Morning time is a hodgepodge right now? We do. We have our stuff that we do daily, and then we have our, our loop stuff. So daily, we'll start with Bible and some memory work, and then we'll move into our loops, which will include art, art appreciation, music appreciation, everything else, read aloud, our family read aloud we have in there. So we have a number of things that we work in.
Okay. So I think one of the biggest questions that people struggle with, especially if they're new to the morning time thing, and they have an only child, is how do they make morning time with an only child looked different than the rest of the school day? What are some of the things that set your morning time apart?
Well, I know for this year, we really wanted to focus on what we call the riches. And we wanted that separate from our main three, you know, your math, your reading, your writing for us. And again, because it's just me and my son, we needed something that we were going to work together. He is very extroverted. So our morning time for us, let me see. We focused on really learning together, I should say is what I'm looking for.
Okay. So you're learning alongside him.
Yeah. Yeah. As we started this whole journey, I realized there were so many things that I didn't learn from my own public school education that I wanted him to really be able to take advantage of. So it really worked for both of us. We both get to learn.
Okay. So I'm seeing a separation in your day that the morning time things are the things that you both can learn alongside each other together kind of as co-learners, whereas the other kind of the three RS part of the day, those are things that you did get in your education, you know, how to do the long division and the multiplication and you know, the reading and writing and all of that stuff. And so it really separates out with all of the other things, doesn't it?
Yes, it does. It really does. I mean, I know and in a straight Charlotte Mason school day they sort of integrate everything as the day goes through.
I really enjoyed separating it because, with us, we do a little bit each day and we have our daily stuff, like I said, but with each day we get to do something new or something's fun. We even incorporate games sometimes. And it's just something that it's really our together time where he's reading, writing and math, because he's always been so good at it.
Those are more, he does individually and I'm just there to check it. But the other stuff is the things that we get to do together that we get to get better at together.
I love that. What do you think are some of the benefits, some of the best things about doing morning time with an only child?
The best things I would say. I mean, I knew him before. I knew him before, when he was little, you know, we spend every day together. And when I was sending him off to school, I felt like I was missing this big chunk of the day that I didn't get to have with him anymore. And now we have that back. We really get to spend our time together.
I can't put more of an emphasis on it is the fact that we really get to, there’s ups and downs, but we get that time together.
Well, you know, as somebody who has three children doing morning time, I can imagine that it's a lot easier to keep everybody quiet when it's time to do morning, time.
You would think so. I'm not so sure. I'm the quiet one. He is not. There's times where I have to say, okay. And can you just lower the volume of your voice? It's just the two of us, but he is a very loud and active kid. So you would think so I'm still not so sure on that. Sometimes he makes enough noise for four and five kids.
That's funny, but, you know, and, and so that's the perception that somebody with a lot of kids would have is that, Oh, her morning time has to be really simple and easy because it's just the two of them. But you still struggle with a lot of the same struggles that other moms do who are doing morning time, don't you?
Absolutely. I mean, I would say the only easy thing is I'm only trying to figure out one child and how to navigate those ups and downs as opposed to three or four, but you still have to learn how to navigate it.
Yeah, yeah. I can imagine so well, as you're doing your morning time, is it just the two of you sitting around the table? Are you sitting on the couch? Is he busy with his hands doing other things? What is it look like in the physical space?
We have a small apartment. So we have our living room where we are on the couch and we have a foldable table. It's a 2x4 foot folding table, and we can open that up and spread out all of our stuff that we're doing. I like to have everything in easy reach because he's still extroverted and he'll lose track in an instant. I found that if I don't have everything within easy reach, I'll lose him. And then to get him back is crazy. It's just crazy
So having everything right there together. And then, you know, at your couch and little folding table, do you separate that time of day with some kind of opening or closing to kind of put ends on it and make it more distinct from the rest of your day?
Yes. To start our day, we used to start with, he really likes Chris Tomlin and the song “Our God.” So we used to start it with that, but I found he kind of got used to that and he wasn't coming running for the morning time, like he used to. So what I started doing is whatever family read aloud we're currently on, I just start reading and he'll hear me reading and all of a sudden, a kid who distracted doing whatever it is he's doing all of a sudden he's pulled up next to me and listening to me read. So I found that been drawing him in that way.
Oh, that's a great idea because he doesn't want to miss any of that story, does he?
Yes, exactly.
Oh, I love that. That is such a good idea. And then what about closing it off at the end? Do you do anything to close at the end to separate it from the rest of your day.
I haven’t but I'm thinking of doing something physical. I haven't quite figured out what yet, but something I want to, I want to throw in something physical just to burn off some of that energy that he has, because he's very energetic, then we'll take a break and then we'll finish the rest of our day after that break.
Okay. And so now he cuddles with you for the read aloud portion of the time, but it, you know, ever at any other time, has he ever doing some other things while he's at the table there?
Yup. Let me see. We have to read aloud. Sometimes when we're doing our music study, I'll let him draw or I'll have him close his eyes and really think about what he's hearing. And then he'll explain that back to me, our art, obviously we're, you know, we're just drawing or whatever we happen to be doing for that day. So there's always something going on, do the quiet time, and then there's busy time, but it just depends on what we're doing. And then the memory work, we go back and forth. He gets a kick out of the fact that most of the time he'll remember something before I do when we're doing it.
Yeah. I could imagine that, that he would get a big kick out of that.
So when you're doing a memory work, you are really memorizing right alongside of him. Cause I imagine if you weren't, he would kind of feel put on the spot often, wouldn’t he?
Yeah. Yeah. We do it together. We'll do verses, we'll do poetry. He loves to recite the poetry from IEW poetry memorization. I think we've remembered. Well, let me rephrase that. I believe he memorized the first eight poems already.
I'm still working on the first three of them. I'm like, I'm not there yet, but yeah, he loves those. He loves the fact that we get to do it together and I'll tell him, you know, sometimes he doesn't get it right away. He will get a little bit frustrated, but that's all right. Listen, if you're having a hard time,
it means you're learning something new and your brain is working. So you got to work on that. Don't worry about it. That's not frustrated. Let's stop and refocus and then try it again.
Yeah. Yeah. I know that sometimes when things don't come easy, we tend to, I have kids who do that. They're like, okay, I'm going to give up. No, it's it just means you're learning something new. So well, as you guys are working on things in your morning time, does he play a role when it comes to either planning or leading your morning time?
Not yet. He doesn't yet. I'm still working on procedure lists. We do have the, you have a schedule where everything is written out for that day.
So we follow that schedule, but he hasn't had an interest in leading it yet. He right now he's comfortable with me leading it, but I'm figuring we're still in we're. I mean, we're only on fourth grade. I'm pretty sure as we move forward in fifth and sixth grade, he might want to take a more leading role and we'll see that as we get there.
But I offered some things. I know mama you'd do it for now.
That's great. That's great. How about discussions? How did discussions go with it? Just being the two of you?
That's interesting because I'm not a talker per se. I'm much more comfortable acting questions, but I can't have it be that I don't want him to feel like I'm interrogating him.
So I'll really try to make sure that any questions I ask, but they're open-ended questions. And also let him know that he can ask me questions in return. I mean, we're reading the same materials, so, you know, I'll ask Mari, well, what do you think about that? And he's asked me sometimes, like, what was your favorite part about that? And we go back and forth like that.
So you really are having a good discussion over some of the materials. Yeah. What do you think are some of the more unique challenges of doing morning time with an only child that people who have multiple kids in their morning time, they might not, might not have these particular challenges
That one's hard. I think again, it comes back to, and I hate to say this because he's really doesn't, but I think it comes back to your kid and horrible S-word socialization because it's just me and him. So I try to make sure that we only do morning, time, four days out of the week. And one day out of the week, we have to be out somewhere, whether it's for our co-op or we're meeting up with friends, but other interests that he, that he wants to do and that we can invite people along. It's not like we have other kids to keep him interacted when we're doing our morning time. It's just us. I try to keep our morning time sacred. So I tell family, please, from this time to this time, do not call us so that we're not interrupting because any interruptions interrupt the flow of what we're doing. And then it throws us off. Other than that, again, I would say the flow. I have to be very stingy with her time because I know any interruption that's going to throw him off and then he's distracted. And sometimes it's hard to bring him back to where we were at.
Right. And when you've lost him, it's not just that you have one kid who's having a bad day. Your entire school is gone.
Yeah, yeah.
Yeah. Because I know, I know that there are times when you know it, especially my little guy, if he gets off-kilter, but morning time is kind of rocking and rolling with the other two.
I'll just let him go. I'll just say, okay, well you just, you know, you go on out and jump on the trampoline for a little bit or something to get the wiggles out and we can keep going. I can keep going with the other two. And it's not an ideal situation. It's not something I would want to do all the time.
But every once in a while he leaves and we all just kind of take this big sigh of relief. And we're like, okay, now we can really get down to the serious business of learning something. Yeah. You really kind of, you lose everybody when, when your student is gone for the day.
Let's talk a little bit about times when it's hard to keep the energy and motivation going, especially if one or more of you are having an off day, how do you push through?
Depending on how bad it is. If it's something small, then I'm like, all right, let's just take a 10 or 15 minute break, go outside to the backyard, go play with the cat, go jump in your room, go do something. I'll call you back in 10 or 15 minutes.
And that's whether he's off or I'm home. If it's really bad that we've gone, like we're down to tears and that's happened a couple of times, then we're like, all right, Nope, we needed a few hours. And I'll reassess after, after an hour or two out, I'll tell him, listen, maybe you need some sleep, go take a nap, go run in the backyard. We'll do something. Sometimes we'll just cuddle up and go back to our read aloud. You know, those are fun. Those are the fun stuff.
It really depends if I'm the one that's having the off day and that makes it a little harder. Thankfully he is a very good reader. So I can tell him, Hey, go read a book, go read this. And then tell me about it. When you're done that. Mommy, get her mommy, sit down with her cup of tea and relax a little bit. And then I'll get, I'll come back to you so that I can give you my full energy.
But I think a lot of it also, because it's just the two of us, it's really being open with him when I'm not having a good day. And we also have our no school today cards. So there we, I gave him four cards for the year. They say NST on them, no school today. And he has the option of one each quarter, where if he's really having an off day or work, it's a great day. He just wants the day off. He can give me that card and he can get that day off.
Oh, now that's a concept. I don't know that I have ever heard of that before. So basically it can be a bad day or a good day. And he gives you the card and you have to honor it.
Yep. Now I do have veto power. I do get veto power, but most of the time, and again, it's only four, so he's very stingy with them. You know, he's very like, no, I need to hold this for a really good time. But there are days where he just, for whatever reason, doesn't want to do schoolwork that day and I'll honor it.
Wow. And you know, that's one of those things that I, I think I know would be easier to do with one child and much harder to do when you have multiple kids. Because you know, at that point, if I have one child who's asking to use one of their cards, then you know, then do I stop morning time? Do I change morning time?
Because somebody is not going to be there. You know, it doesn't just affect the one person. Then it starts to roll in and affect everybody. I could probably make it work, but that's one of those places where I see an advantage to only having one child to be able to do something like that.
Yeah. I was homeschooling two or three children.
I'm not sure that would work that way. If that was the case, I would probably do a “just because we can day.” And then everybody's off at the same time to have, you know, cause again, it's morning time. So you have certain things scheduled out. I am a type A personality. So I'm a scheduler. I like my checkboxes.
But at the same time again, if I was two or three, I don't think it would work the same. I would probably be the one picking the days and maybe just pull up the prize. Okay. Everybody we're not having full today. We'll do something fun and fun, but not all of it.
Yeah. That's true. Okay. So does mama have a card?
Do you get four cards a year that you get to use?
You know, I should, but I don't see why not. Well, you know what it is, we do a year round schedule, so work six weeks, one week off, give or take. So usually that week off that, you know, I'm supposed to be doing supposedly other things that I just completely take the week off.
I didn't do anything that may be planned for the next six weeks. But other than that, no.
And that's kind of the danger of that schedule. It's you, it's you get to that, you know that after the end of that six weeks and you realize how much you really need that break, even with homeschooling one child, you know, sometimes I think those of us with more than one child thinks, Oh, this would be a piece of cake, but you know, really there's you're everything to him. And so, you know, whereas my kids can go entertain each other and entertain themselves. I think they're actually downstairs making a movie right now with their stuffies while I record this podcast. It's, you know, you play multiple roles for him. And I think it can be probably more demanding on you.
It can be. Cause I mean, like you said, I'm doing everything, I'm a mom, I'm wife. I, the cleaner, I, you know, I'm the teacher, you know, I'm taking care the pets, not that he doesn't do anything. Cause you know, it's we learn all the time. So we're always doing something that can have something new be taught in that situation, but for the most part. Yeah. Yeah.
And he's also coming to you and saying, Hey, you want to play? Yes. Yes. I get that a lot. Yeah. Okay. Well I know Tina that you guys use Ambleside, so, and you, you talked about how you have your daily readings and the things that you do every day and then how you have your loop and that you like to put everything together.
It really works with your personality to put everything together in one spot. So about how long does your morning time stretch out?
h everything I would say maybe an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how deep we want to go into something, Actually, you know, really not horribly bad. I know some Ambleside online people. We're not going to name any names, Dawn Garrett it's morning time stretches out for a couple of hours. So that's, that's not too bad. So how do you make morning time work with your Ambleside studies?
Okay. Well, we started with your stuff first actually, but as we found, we, we didn't start with amplified, but as we learned more about Charlotte Mason, we're picking up more of it. For new times homeschoolers, I do not recommend trying to start for an hour to an hour and a half because you're going to overwhelm yourself. I did not start there at all. When we first started morning time, we were using your plan as a matter of fact, not even cause you didn’t even have the plans. You just had The Morning Basket and we put it together ourselves.
But what we did was we actually started with just our morning devotions, memory works and Spanish and our read aloud. As we found more on Ambleside, we kept our daily stuff and we added in our poetry, our hymns studies, geography picture study art from composer study and nature study nature study. We're still working on, I'm not too sure about that one.
We're working on it. It's cold.
ouTube is great for nature study when it's cold.
Yeah, exactly. But yeah, what we did was we looked at the Ambleside website. We, we don't use everything in there, but we kind of pick and choose. And for our morning time, those were perfect for what we needed. So we picked out what we did and then most of those are on the loop for our loop.
We'll do the half hour for the other stuff to daily stuff. That'll be maybe half an hour to 45 minutes just to do the daily. And then on our loop subjects, we'll do another half hour of wherever we are in our loop. And then just keep going through the next thing.
Yeah. And what I love about this and what I think is important to stress is that, you know, I'm always happy for you to use our morning time plans. I think that's great. But if you're, if you're committing yourself to something like Ambleside, you're not doing both, you're not trying to do all of this stuff from Ambleside and stack it on top of another set of morning time plans. You're taking the stuff that you appreciate and want to do from Ambleside.
And you're working that into your morning time.
Exactly. Yeah. You don't want to do both. That's just, it's too much. We have another curriculum that we use. And even with there, I took out a lot of things as we incorporated Ambleside because it becomes an extremely long school day. I get frustrated. He gets frustrated and that was a working for either of us.
Yeah. I think that's so important. And it's people learn about morning time, you know, if they're doing Ambleside or Sonlight or My Father's World or Living Books Curriculum, or any of these great curriculums that have so many of those riches that you were talking about earlier in them already, the idea is not to add more things in your morning, time to those already full curriculums, but to take the richest from those and put them into your morning time. Yeah. Yeah, I think so. And I'm glad you're doing it that way.
Well, do you have any advice for anybody who is out there with an only child and they're thinking, Oh, I would like to do this morning time thing. What, what would you tell them?
Start slow, pick one or two things that you really want to do. Like for this year we really wanted to focus on the riches start slow take one, two, maybe three things and go from there as you incorporate that and it, and it becomes something becomes part of your morning time and part of your morning nature.
Then you can add things later on, but keep it enjoyable. If it's not fun, you're not going to do it. You're really not. When we first started, for whatever reason, it just seems like morning time was taking forever. So we took a step back and we came back to it and all of a sudden it was quick again, like the time went by quickly. It was, it was smooth. It was flowing. You're going to have ups and downs with it. You're going to have starts and stops. Just take it easy. If you need to take a step back, take that step back and then pick it up again and see and see where you're at. And you might find it goes a little bit better.
Yeah. Why do you think it's worth it for you to do morning time when it's just you and him? I love it. I really do. I get so much out of it. I see the he...okay. When I'm, sometimes you're not sure. You're not sure when your kids are getting it or if they're getting it and then there's flashes there.
There's those moments that he comes out and says something I'm like, there it is. He got it. I didn't think he had gotten it, but he got it. And those are the moments that I look for with him.
I love it. Well, Tina, Thank you so much for joining us here today to talk to us about doing morning time with an only child.
Thank you. I was so glad to help. I hope I helped. I think you did. I think you very much did.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources that Tina and I spoke about today on the podcast, you can find them on the show notes for this episode.
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We'll be back again in a couple of weeks with another great morning time interview until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Morning Time with an Only Child

Morning Time is a valuable homeschool practice even with an only child. Relationship plays a key role in that special time. And it’s important to set that time apart from the rest of the school day, even with only one student.

One way to set aside Morning Time is to begin and end with something special like a song or a read-aloud.

Even with a full curriculum, you can do Morning Time with your kids. Pull out the riches, like art and composer study, nature study, and topics that you want to focus on learning together and put those in Morning Time.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:00] meet Tina Roman
  • [4:25] setting Morning Time apart from the school day
  • [6:30] benefits of doing Morning Time with an only child
  • [8:09] Tina’s Morning Time with all the details
  • [10:55] Dealing with memory work and discussions
  • [13:20] unique challenges of Morning Time with an only child
  • [15:40] staying motivated
  • [21:05] combining Morning Time with your current curriculum
  • [25:05] advice for moms who want to start Morning Time

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  • 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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  • Bluey says:

    Where does Tina live? I live in Denver, Colorado & we have an only child boy like Tina, our son is in 4th grade also doing Charlotte Mason. Wow so similarities..we struggle to find only boys around 10 years old

    • Tina Roman says:

      Hi Bluey, I’m in NY. Unfortunately a bit too far for our boys to get together 🙁

  • Shannon says:

    I also have one child. My son and I do Morning Time in a very similar way. He is 10 and in 4th grade as well. We have fun with Morning Time.

  • Elaine says:

    This podcast was even more encouraging than the usual high standard of encouragement on YMB! Something about hearing the same principles and ideals applied in a different situation really helped me see how I could improve my own home school with four kids. Thank you Tina and Pam!

  • Danielle says:

    THIS!!! Thank you for this!

    We’re a single-child family and oh how frustrating mornings are around here.

    I need a really good morning plan and this has encouraged me to keep going. Our guy is an extrovert and I totally get what you were saying about losing him. I got a had-to-take call this morning from the vet and it got him distracted and it took me 45 minutes to bring him back around.

    Thanks again for this encouragement!

  • Becky says:

    Thank you! My DD8 and I are just getting ready to add Morning Time to our day. We’ve been homeschooling since the beginning, but I had never thought that we could really “do this” with just the 2 of us. 🙂

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