YMB #56 A Morning Time Mentor: A Conversation with Heather Tully

Have you ever wanted another mom to come along beside you and show you exactly what Morning Time looks like? Maybe, you think, I could just stop by her home and be a fly on the wall and unpack the mysteries of this Morning Time thing? Heather Tully has done just that with other moms in her community and she has been doing it for years.

On this episode of the podcast Heather joins me to talk about what this kind of mentoring can look like and how we might reach out and help other moms learn about Morning Time. And since she is a mom of ten doing Morning Time with the toddler to the teenager, Heather also shares a ton of wisdom in this episode about how to make Morning Time work with a large age range. This one is not to be missed!


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Hi everyone and welcome to episode 56 of the, your morning basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host, and I am so happy that you are joining me here today. Well, today’s episode is a lot of fun because I am chatting with Heather Tulley mom of 10, who has done morning time in her house for a number of years. And yes, she does it with all 10 kids at one time. So not only are we going to be talking about how to do morning, time across a wide age range today, we’re also going to be talking about something else that the little dear to Heather’s heart, and that is mentoring other moms in their morning time journey for years and years.

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Heather has been reaching out to other moms in her community who are interested in mourning time and asking them into her home to see what it can actually look like. And so she provides this opportunity for moms to come in, be a fly on the wall or participate in her morning time so they could see exactly how they could implement it in their own homes. We're going to be chatting about that and how you might reach out to others in your community as well. It's a wonderful episode of the podcast and I can't wait to share it with you right after this word from our sponsor.
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Heather Tully is a homeschooling mother of 10, who also has a flair for photography, which she says gives her the opportunity to find and remember the beauty in the everyday. She posts pictures, circle time plans, and more at her blog, Heathertullyphotography. She joins us on this episode of your morning basket to share about mentoring one another in the practice of morning time, Heather, welcome to the program.
Thanks Pam for having me.
Well, let's start with you telling me a little bit about your family. Yeah, so we live in Georgia, normally sunny, but we've had lots of rain lately with 10 kids. Patricia is my oldest and she's a senior this year. She's going to be 18 and she's doing dual enrollment full time. And then it goes about every other year for us all the way down to Timothy turns one. So we've been homeschooling from the beginning classical and then more Charlotte Mason approach learned about her a few years ago.
And these kind of integrated both of those together. And so I say, this is my 15th year because I started morning time with Patricia when she was three. And that's when we started to do it every morning during the weekday. I think even when she was little, it was a Saturday morning thing too. So it feels like it's my 15th year.
And so she was an early reader too. So we love to be outside with music. They love to eat. It feels like with 10 kids, they're always eating and we're blessed that my...Oh, all the time, right. They're always hungry. And we're blessed that my husband works from home four days a week. So daddy's here, which is wonderful for homeschooling.
He teaches at our co-op the high schoolers and he's the math guy. So it's really, it's been a blessing to have him home. Sometimes it's a little tricky cause our house is loud, but he's, he's got an office up in our bedroom and we try to lock the door when he has a meeting. It's a crazy, it's very busy it's but it's, it's a lot of fun to have all these kids. So...
Well you said you've been doing morning time with Patricia for 15 years. So when you started morning time, was it something you heard about and said, I want to do that, or was it something that you, you were one of those mamas that started doing this kind of organically and then later realized there were a bunch of other moms doing it too, and people had kind of put a name to it.
Yeah. So I first thought of the concept. I went to a homeschool conference, a tiny little classical conference in Pennsylvania and the Veritas press people were there. And they mentioned that they had a time in their school day where they gathered everybody and they would go through recitations and it was snappy and it was quick and they covered a bunch of topics.
And I just was like, that's really interesting. I like that idea that we can cover all these things in one spot. And then I started right about that time to read Kendra Fletcher's blog and learned about the idea of circle time from her. And so I think I got her ebook or I read her blog in the beginning. And so it started out very simply just, you know, we had already been doing Bible reading in the morning, but I started to add poetry. And so we would read a poem and Patricia started to memorize a poem and we started to do catechism and then we added on, you know, read aloud. So it started really simple, 15 minutes, very quick. Cause it was just her.
And then it was her and a baby. And then through the years we just have added more and more to the process and it's grown and now there's all these resources available. And so many more people are doing it, which is such a blessed thing.
Well, you know, morning time is a practice. It's an art, a habit that we learn and grow into. And I think a lot of times moms want to skip that learning and growing into the habit part. Why do you think as moms, we often feel like we've got to figure it out on our own and get it right without being taught.
I think it's a few things I was really thinking about this. And I think one is time. Like it's, it's time consuming to talk to other moms, right? You you're busy homeschooling and you know, you come up with all these plans and the day-to-day living on top of homeschooling. It can be hard to find time to sit down and talk to other moms about what are you doing? How does that look? Because I think more than just a list of things that you're doing in morning time, it's like what you said, it's an art and it's kind of like a dance and it changes with seasons and with number of children. And so I think there can be a time aspect, but sometimes it's just hard when you are in busy homeschooling mama to find time to have those conversations.
And I also think there's a part of it that it's kind of vulnerable to share that part. Like if you come over to our morning mornings, it's messy, it's loud, you know, there's little ones who are not always sitting still, you know, they're on the table, they're under the table, you know, they're running off and I'm gathering them back, you know, and it's just it's, that can be a little intimidating sometimes to share that with other people, it doesn't always look picture perfect. It's, you know, there's food everywhere, there's books. And you know, if you walk through my, you know, there's, there's toys everywhere. Cause as I'm teaching, the little ones are running around and they're playing and they're moving around their different activities. And the cleanup comes at the end of the day.
So I think to open up and share that can sometimes be a little scary for people. I think it's good if we're willing to do that with one another, because I think a lot of our homes all look like that. We just don't always share that part of it with other people.
Yeah. You know, it's funny, you should say that. I have had somebody tell me a number of times, just this one particular person. And she's like, Pam, what you really need to do is broadcast your morning time. And I'm like, there's no way I could do that. You would just see absolutely how horribly my children are behaved sometimes.
Exactly. And it starts and it stops, it doesn't runs smoothly and you know, and the dog will bark. Someone will come to the door,
They'll complain or they'll whine and leave the room for the 15th. I'm like, why are you leaving to get I'm reading to you? How can you leave and listen at this same time? And they just get up and walk out of the room.
You know. And I think it's good though that we shared that because I think moms need to see that.
And that's why, like, I often love taking pictures where the table is completely messy or, you know, the tutorial two year olds at the table with barely any clothes on, you know, like that's our life. Like, that's what it looks like. And you know, you've got children sitting in the middle of the table while I'm reading aloud and feeding the baby at the same time, you know, and that, but that's what a homeschooling mom does all day long. And you know, some families are quieter and their kids are neater, but that's not our family, the reality of our family of having an 18 year old to a one-year-old it's, it's louder and it's a little bit more chaotic. So, and I, yeah, them getting up, that's really funny that you say your older ones get up because I'm always hopeful that maybe as they get older, they'll stop leaving the room as often. So maybe there's no hope.
Well, my older ones are not that old, so, you know, you've got older ones than I do. Well, okay. So this is a question I get a lot is how in the world do you do morning time when your youngest is one, you know, and you have teenagers. So tell me a little bit about what your morning time looks like, right now and not so much the chaos of it. Yeah. I think we've kind of covered the chaos, but more like, what do you put in a morning time when you have such a variety of ages? I think that's what people have a really hard time wrapping their heads around.
It's like, how do I do Shakespeare or something when half of my kids are not reading yet?
So I kind of look at it like the principle of reading aloud for our kids. I have a time during the, when I read aloud, just picture books to the little ones, but we have a stack of read alouds that we read as a family. And most of those books are way above my little one's head, but they sit there and they play with their cars or their blocks and we read it to them and we read it to everybody.
And so the morning time’s kind of the same way. So we have Shakespeare and I have where we have read like versions of the Shakespeare for the younger kids.
But throughout each term we go through one play and it's the original play. We listened to it with arc angel. And then we read along with a copy. And so while we're doing that, the little ones are coloring or they're drawing. So they're listening, but it's not necessarily at their level. So there's things like Shakespeare. But then I also have some jingles for Shurley Grammar that hits my middle schoolers so that they can memorize that.
Even though we don't do Shurley Grammar, we do their jingles love to have that. And then, you know, we throw in a little bit of folk song and folk songs for everybody. And you know, the two year old can only sing the refrain. But, that's fine. She, you know, they belt it out when they can sing that part, but everybody else sings it. So I try to mix in a variety of topics, but I really aim high. And most of our morning times the things that we're reading is at the upper level and the kids are just they're listening and they're a part of what they can be.
But things like Bible that's, it's everybody's age, you know, the Bible memory, I pick a passage and if the four year old can only get one verse, I'm happy with that. And then I'll try the next time to pick a shorter passage so that the younger children can memorize the whole thing versus a whole chapter. So it's kind of a mix and it's like that fine balancing act of finding a little bit for everybody and then just sprinkling it through our morning time.
But a good portion of it is aimed at my older kids because all of my children are they're from the 18 year old down. So we do things like geography this year, we're going through the Declaration of Independence and we're going through the Bill of Rights. And so the little ones will still be there listening, but they, you know, a lot of it, they won't catch it this time around.
Right. And I think that's important to remember as well. I think a couple of things happen. I think we get so caught up in the school mindset that every single thing has to be tailored to, you know, a child and their ability. And so we forget the value of it's okay, that it's above them and they just take what they can. And then we also forget that it's not about teaching something one time and they master it and you move on those kids who are not understanding the Declaration at this point. This is not the only time you're ever going to do the declaration in their lifetime. You're going to come back to it again before they leave your home.
Exactly. Yeah. And it, I think it actually helps to lay a foundation. So the next time we come around to it, they've heard it right. They've heard that name, Benjamin Franklin. They've heard, you know, Bill of Rights before, and I'll read a picture book along the way, one day that fits for the younger children. So it's kind of mixing it in.
And so that I hit the big kids and things like catechism. When we go through that, you know, I have a younger children's catechism and I go through with the little kids and then I asked the older kids, their catechism. So yeah, I think that's, it's definitely getting out of that mindset that we have to tailor everything to age appropriate.
And I think kids, especially with reading aloud and we do a lot of reading aloud during our morning time, they understand at a level way above what they can read themselves. Things like, you know, sining hymns and folk songs and picture study, and composers. Those are things that it's not a certain age, every age gleans from it. They take different things away at different levels, but they all glean from that kind of study.
Yeah. Yeah. I think so. Okay. Well, I want to talk to you about something you did once upon a time that I thought was the coolest thing ever. And I really, I would love for this to be just like a grassroots movement across the country. But at one point way back in the day you invited Dawn Garrett, our very own community manager, Dawn Garrett, to come to your house and observe your circle time. So how did that come about and what did it look like to invite someone in to take part?
Right. Yeah. Well, okay. I have to be completely honest because I had to vox Dawn and call her and be like, so Dawn, you came to my house like 13 years ago. Can you remind me what that looked like? Because my brain is fuzzy. I'm like, well, you know, I remember, and I remember Matthias was the baby, so remind me. And I remember she had asked me, I think she had heard me say circle time a few times, you know, she had little ones and this was before she had started, you know, officially her homeschool journey, but she, she knew she wanted to homeschool and she had heard that, but she had never seen it in practice. So she came over one day when we did it. And you know, at that time it was, I'm sure it was a simpler process.
It wasn't as long as it is now, but the things that she took away from it is that we moved through the material very quickly. You know, we didn't stay on one topic for a really long time. And the idea was a bunch of small things would slowly add up over the years. That was what I was holding on to. That we're going to go over a bunch of little things and we'll keep adding to it kind of like grains of sand and through the years that will become a beach that, you know, you don't get the beach the first year or even the second year.
But it's just those little bits and, and it has, it's been really neat to see that through the years, as I've gone back over material, the older ones, remembering it, or for me to hear them singing songs or hymns, you know, on their own things that, you know, we covered years ago, but it's in their mind and because we review it, they remember it. So I think she just really saw that that was a neat concept that you didn't have to wait until you were teaching grammar that if you went ahead and got together and you went over some of those definitions at the beginning of the day, it would later make your lesson time go faster.
And I was looking for a way to cover a lot more topics in one setting because I knew we had all these children to cover all these things. So I think for her, it was, it was neat to see how all those things came together at one time at the very beginning of the day. So yeah, it was fun. They were little, it was a long time ago.
So when she did this, we know Dawn has three kids in there, like all 32 months apart or something like that. So they're really close. Yeah. So let's talk about the practical aspects of this. So she shows up at your house with one or two babies, three babies, and they just come in and like, did they sit on the couch and watch across the room? Or did they join in
If I remember correctly at that time, we probably were on the couch for a long time. We did it in the, we did our morning time in the living room, but now we've moved to a table because of just logistics. We had too much material to hold in our lap. And so, but yeah, she just came and she watched and she observed, and I don't remember her asking, I think she asked me questions later, like after we were done and just kind of watched, and we did our morning time and, you know, we did, and it was shorter.
It was probably a good 15, 20 minutes we were done at that time. It was much shorter. Now it's closer to, it's about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. And so, but yeah, she just sat and observed and watched and we were good friends. We, you know, we went to the same church. So having her come over, it was a little bit probably of a distraction cause my kids wanted to play, but it was somebody they knew. So, and we have done that a few times over the years had a mama come over. Usually it's just the mama because it makes it easier. Like the kids, if their kids are there, then you know, my kids are just gonna want to play.
They want to do school. So it's easier if it's just the mom and just sit and observe and then talk and chat over coffee after morning, time is over because I think it helps to see it like it and it probably helps them to see those bumps in the road and how we transition from one thing to the next. And it just, I think it gives you a boost of, okay, even if it's going to look different in your home, you're able to see what the reality of doing morning time looks like, because when you read about it, it's a little different than actually doing it.
Right. And so you've, yeah, you've done this more than once. And I love the tip about just have the mom come by herself, you know? So that's not, yeah. Now do you like bribe your kids with ice cream to be particularly good on those days? Or maybe threaten them?
The only time I bribe my kids with ice cream is when we take photos one time, a year in official photo. And that's the only time I'm like you get ice cream. If you sit Through this. When you come to my home, you get what you get, like, this is who we are. And I'm probably going to have to walk the child out of the room at some point or send somebody up to dad. So no, but there, you know, sometimes having a stranger in the house helps them behave better. Like we should have strangers in the house.
Often everybody's sitting here.
Could we have somebody come and visit our morning time every day?
They like, they're like, Ooh, there's somebody here. I need to sit, you know, and pay attention. But no, it's, there's been some very real moments when we've had people over and it's just, that's what it's like to have kids. So did you have somebody mentor you and in homeschooling, you know, whether it was morning, time or not, but in some aspect of morning time or some aspect of homeschooling?
Yeah. I, so I grew up, I was homeschooled a little bit in elementary school and then went back to school and then a little bit and later on. So I, you know, I had that experience that I had been homeschooled, but we had never done a morning time. So really the concept was brand new until I came across. Is it homeschoolers and peace, was I'm trying to remember Kendra's blog. Preschoolers in peace. Thank you. Yes. So that was all, you know, until I read about circle time, that was kind of a new concept for me. And then hearing from the Veritas people.
And then I kind of, I went straight over to them and ask some very specific questions of how they did it and you know, what kind of subjects they were covering during their recitation time in the morning. And so that was, it was kind of all new for me, that part of it. But I've been blessed that along the way, just a lot of friends have homeschooled.
And so chatting with them, I'm using this and I'm trying this and, and because we have so many children in our house, I kind of throw as much into morning time as possible. Keeping, I always capped us off at an hour and a half, but I, if I can teach it in morning time, it goes in morning time. There's just too many students to teach all those subjects to each individual one.
So I'm really big on, can it go morning, time? Perfect. Yeah, Greek literature, like, okay, I'm not going to read the, you know, Greek literature over several students. We're going to pick one book and we're going to all read it together as a family. And same thing with Shakespeare or poetry, we're going to pick one poet and do it as a family versus everybody having their own poetry going on. So it just simplifies the process for me.
Well, what do you think makes a good mentor for other homeschool moms? What, what do you, as, because obviously you've kind of taken on this role, even unofficially. It's not like you've hung out a shingle and said, I'm a homeschool mentor, but you know, you've kind of taken on this unofficial role. What do you think makes a good mentor?
I think you have to just be willing to be open and kind of roll with the punches. You know, when you've got this many children in your house, you know, when you have somebody in, it's gonna, it's gonna get a little messy and you just have to be willing to just have that calmness.
Like this is what our life is and you know, you're welcome to come. You're welcome to be a part of our day. So I think that really helps. I think just being open, I think there's a lot of young homeschool mamas. I remember being that way, wishing I could just talk to someone or go over and to somebody's home and I didn't care what their house looks like.
And I didn't, you know, I just wanted to experience that. And so I think if you are willing to do it, people will come. Like people will be asking to come over and ask you questions and come over and observe. So more than anything, it's probably just that willingness to do it, that openness to, to share a little bit of your life and it's going to look different, you know, it's going to look different for them because each family's unique. But I think people, we can all glean from learning from one another.
How have you, you know, if somebody is listening to this and they're thinking, you know what, I could do this, I could have families over. Okay. So, you know, I'm an introvert. So to me, as I'm thinking about this, it just seems like it would be weird to walk up to somebody and say, Hey, you can come to my house, but how has this happened for you? If, if we have moms listening who have this kind of heart for opening up and letting other people come in and watch their morning time, how have you gotten hooked up with people who wanted that through the years?
Mostly it's been people like through either our church or we've had a homeschool co-op and so just chatting with the other moms, you know, we, and this is what we do. And, and they've asked, and then, you know, I've volunteered or they've asked, you know, can I come over? So that's been the main way. And then I also share often on our blog or on, through Instagram and share a picture and write about what we're doing. And that can be a great way to connect with people. Especially if, you know, online, it opens up the community a little wider than just in person, but yeah.
Yeah. Well, and that was kind of leading into my next question is, you know, so many of us as homeschool moms. Even if we have local homeschool friends, it seems like we have even more online homeschool friends. You know, that, that, that's a big part of our relationship with each other is these relationships we've built online. So is there, is there a way to do mentorship when it's not practical to meet face to face, do you think?
I think so. I mean my husband teases me that, you know, like, you're your computer friends and I'm really grateful that I'm beginning to, like, I meet them in person at a conference. I'm like, now you're a real friends, but I think it's a great opportunity. Like it, you know, sharing a video through Instagram stories or, you know, Facebook has stories. I've never tried that, but, or even embedding a video link onto a blog writing about it. I like, I liked the video because it gives an aspect of realism and you can see, see more, I think practically what it looks like, but I haven't done that a whole lot yet. I've thought about it, but I haven't tried it yet. But I think connecting that way is, is a wonderful opportunity. And I would love to see like a resource of, okay, you're in the morning, time you go here and here's a list of people who do morning, time in your area and back and forth, or you can share, you know, here's a list of videos, you know, morning time from this mama and this morning time with this mom. And I think it would be a neat way to get connected, but I'm also one who loves to ask, like when I find out somebody is doing something, I will go find that person and ask them, what are you using? What does that look like? You know, how old are your kids? You know, can you give me an example?
So I think, you know, don't be afraid to ask, if you hear a mom saying she's doing morning time, or you hear a mom who has that number of children that you have go and ask her what that looks like, ask her to share.
Yeah. I think as you know, it's people who are meeting people, you don't always feel comfortable saying, Oh, I'm doing this. And I would be happy to tell you all about it and give you advice because it's unsolicited advice, you know, who knows if they're going to be appreciative of that or not, but from the other direction, I think even though the mom sitting next to is not putting herself out there offering things, if she were asked a question, then she would probably be more than willing to share that kind of information.
Yeah, I think so. And I think, you know, and start, I'm always like trying to find out if people have an Instagram or a blog, because a lot of times we like to share there in greater depth than talking, you know, over, you know, comments. So searching and finding that out is often a great resource too. Yeah, I think so, too. \So don't be afraid to ask mamas if you're out there. Yeah. Reach out to those other homeschool moms. Cause they're probably willing to share. They're just not going to volunteer unless you, you ask them. So Yeah.
Well, let's talk a little bit more about morning, time in your home because, and we'll let you mentor us a little bit today because you have such great wisdom and advice. You've been doing it for such a long time, but what's your kids' favorite part of morning time do you think?
So I actually asked them, so I, at the end of the year, I always ask and that's always one of the questions on their kind of like survey. And so it was Shakespeare, almost all of them, even from some of the younger ones, they, I think they love audio books. And so listening to Shakespeare was, was top on the list. And then several of them mentioned folk songs. And I hear even the little ones singing the folk songs, like when they're playing throughout the day. So those are the top two. They, they really appreciate. And I see it coming and you know, in their play, which, you know, you've hit on something golden if you see kids playing it later, like it's like, okay, that's working. It's really special.
Can you give me an example of a folk song? So mamas know what you're talking about?
When you say folks on screen, you can be one or two. So yeah, I'm trying to, grandfather's clock is one that right now my four year old is singing all the time. That was actually a poem that we memorized and then we started to sing it and then I'm trying to think I have to that's okay.
No, this is just, you know, I need another cup of coffee. So this year we're going to do Come Lads and Lassies so I don't even know that one. Like I just put it on there. I'm like, well, I'm going to trust AO’s lists for folk songs. And I'm like, okay, we're going to put that on there. It sounds interesting. So I haven't even printed it out yet.
I was going to mention that, that you probably get yours from the Ambleside online list of folk songs. And that's a great resource if moms are wanting to have. It's awesome.
Billy boys, another one Home on the Range. That's one that my boys like, they sing that one a lot and it's really cute because I just can picture them playing that even though they're older, they just really liked that song. So, but yeah, I go to Ambleside Online for, we do a lot of Ambleside online since we do Charlotte Mason, but they have a wonderful resource list of folk songs and links to be able to listen to it so that you can kind of get the tune down. Oh, that's awesome. All right. What's your favorite part of morning time?
My favorite part is The Institute of Excellence in writing has a poetry program. We have done that since Patricia was three. So that is one that has been tried and true and definitely buy the DVDs to listen so that you can push play and let Andrew Pudewa read it. So I think it's nice to give mama's voice a break in the morning time. And so that your kids are not just always listening to you.
So we listened to whatever new poem or list we're going to memorize. And then we go through and we read it together. And so that's been one that's tried and true. I just love it. And then our catechisms, our church’s catechisms, it's such a great way to impart truth to the children in such a simple way that they can understand. And that's something that we've always done. So those are my two favorites.
Yeah. And I love that IEW, it's a Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization. And so what level are you guys?
Yeah, so my oldest are in level four and you know, everybody else has sprinkled in, cause I kinda just, I start to bring them in when they can start memorizing. So, you know, the almost five-year-olds on level one, you know, she's memorized the first three poems. And so we just kind of go at their pace. And through the years, if I find a favorite poem, we put that in also. But yeah, those older kids amaze me, their brains, that they can hold it. They memorize so much better than I do. They hold it in their heads so much faster than I do.
And they have years of practice. So, you know, what logistically, how does that look in your home? Are, you know, are you doing how are cause you know, linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization for the people who don't know are, it's kind of designed around the Suzuki method where it's, while you're working on a level, you're doing every poem every day. Right. And so how does it look in your family where you have kids in multiple levels?
So kind of when we get to poetry, so we have our newest poem that we're memorizing and I always start youngest, oldest. So I would start with the five-year-old. She would say her poem, then we'd go to the next two children. They would recite theirs and we just kind of go around the table. Then we have binders. And so then their new material’s always in front. And then they turn the page and we review an old poem and we usually review two or three. So we don't review. Like they recommend every poem every day or every other poem every day when you get to level two, just because we have too many children and we have too much poetry to review, but we review a few of them. And then we just put our little flag marker. And we come back to review that the next time we come to poetry. And so, and I kind of do that with every section of our Morning Time. So we do that for poetry. And then with folk song, we sing our newest folk song. Then we turn the page over and we review one folk song and then we go over to our catechism and then I would go..Catechism and poetry. It's each individual child recite things like him and folk songs and grammar. That's everybody just as on the same page, we do one all together, but I keep their catechism separate because they are all at different levels.
So when you do the poetry and the catechism review, okay. So you, everybody does their current one separately when you do the review one is, are you just reviewing a couple for everybody as a group?
Yeah, yeah. Reviewing just as everybody as a group. And so, you know, we're on level four, so we just start at level one and we review a page or two, just go through it pretty snappy, you know, like read if there's two poems on that page, we'll read both of those poems. And so when we just moved the marker around through the year and then come back to wherever we started.
Well, I was going to say, you're not doing one poem plus one review for each child. And then you have seven kids who are doing this.
Yes, yes. So I have, so everybody does their own poem or their own catechism, but all the review is always all together. And then, yeah. And then when we get to things like grammar or history, we were going to memorize some of the Declaration of Independence. That's all as a group because it's just easier. That way it's too confusing to, we would be there forever, the poetry and the, and the catechism are our biggest chunks. And so another part of our morning time is we never get through all of it.
So we just loop around to it and we stop there and we Mark it and then we just pick up where we left off the next day. So that when I learned about loop scheduling, I learned, I've read about that from Sarah Makenzie. And then I re-heard about it from you. It was like a huge light bulb moment because I had been trying to do everything and just, it was too much, you know, with all that we were wanting to cover and the number of students and not for me was this golden like, Oh, we can just stop it. It sounds so simple, but it really wasn't. It was like a light bulb moment. Oh, we can stop and start there tomorrow. Like I don’t have to try to cover everything in one day. And it was a breath of fresh air for my children.
Right. Because you're not trying to push through. Yeah. Especially when things turn ugly. So let's talk about when things turn ugly, what are your best tips for wrangling multiple little ones during morning time
Food, food is good. The littlest like the one-year-old. He sits in his high chair as long as possible.
And I keep him there as long as possible by giving him food. And then when the baby has to get up, we keep them in the room with us, with toys. But so food is good, feed them and they'll stay, even the older children. I have index cards and special markers that only come out at morning times. So if the kind of the household rules, if it's not your turn to speak, you're allowed to color with that index card and marker. But if you're supposed to be speaking, you have to stop coloring. And so it helps to keep their hands busy and keeps them in place. My littlest three-year-old, he usually brings a bunch of cars to the table too, but letting them keep their hands busy, helps.
And then the other big tip is I kind of put little people in between big people so they can help, you know, they can help that little child sit or get up and take the little one to the bathroom if they need to go. So that really helps. And my big kids are, are really good at, you know, having a little one on their lap and, you know, they're reciting, they're going to be great parents cause they're reciting poetry or their Shakespeare to me, as the baby's crawling, you know, over their head, you know, and they're just really good at doing that and helping me so I can keep everything going and keeping the flow moving, but they don't go ahead.
I was going to say, I do want to point out that when your oldest was eight or nine, this looked very different though. Didn't it.
Yeah, it did. And like everybody, it was more me. Right. I, you know, I was holding that two year old while the eight year old was reciting and they, I think they were more still when it was just a few of them though, one of my sons has barely ever sat down and that's what I was going to say is that it's okay if they move around, I just want them to stay in the room because bad things happen when children go missing. So they need to stay close. And I want to be able to hear them when they're reciting to me, you can't be, you know, upstairs trying to recite your poetry to me.
So, but yeah, it's moved, it's morphed a little bit and I've had to be more flexible with the busy-ness around the table. And that's kind of goes into my personality because I would like it to be neat and tidy. And everybody's still looking at me when I'm asleep, but they're really listening, even if they're not looking at me and you know, I know from the, you know, them narrate their hearing and they're paying attention. It's just, it doesn't always appear it to be that way. So I've had to learn to adjust my expectations.
Yes. What do you do about noise? Does it, I mean, with that many little ones, is it ever just where you can't stand it?
I have to say, okay, everyone is just too loud and I am, you do have to be quiet. So, you know, if you're, if, because we do a lot of reciting in between reading a book aloud and you know, and then singing together. So, you know, the three-year-old and the one-year-old are learning to be quiet, but it's a great training ground for them being able to sit through church and worship as a family. So that's where they can learn it, is learning it at home at morning time. But yeah, you have to play your cards quietly. If you're playing with little cars and if you're coloring, you need to be quiet, but they learned that it, but there are times where I have to look up, especially if I'm reading aloud, like somebody will be humming. So like, can you please, can you please not sing that folk song again? We just sang.
Have there ever been days where you really just felt like throwing in the towel and giving the whole thing up?
Oh yeah. Even like, even a year, like there was one middle one. I love her. She's my fireball. Like she's just that first year I was so inconsistent with morning time because it was just so almost impossible to get her to sit and we just could only do 10 minutes and it felt like to me, I was failing, but I now look back and realize just doing those 10 minutes and then calling it a day was that wasn't failing.
That was, that was what we could do. And it was wonderful. But I had in my mind that we should be doing our hour morning time, but it wasn't worth sacrificing that relationship with that very active little toddler. And so I had to really pull back and that was hard for me cause I like my hour morning time and I liked getting all that stuff done, but I think that's a really good tip is that you have to be willing to sometimes see that, Hey, I've got this child and they can't handle this long a morning time or reading aloud. This book is just too much for this child. So it would be better to just shelf that and come back to that later. And then there's days, even now where I'm like, you know what, this isn't working, let's all go outside. Let's go for a walk or you all go outside and I'm going to have a cup of coffee outside because I've got older kids. They'll go for the walk. And I sit and I regrouped because it's just, the relationship is more important than getting through a checklist of stuff. And so if it's across the board,
retired, everybody's grumpy, I'm grumpy. We just need a break. We need to change the scenery. And usually getting outside is kind of that healing for us or singing. If I can, you know, let's just sing hymns for a little while or focus on this or that really seems to lift everybody's spirits. But for me, I've had to learn to stop and just be content with a little and not everything.
I love that and that's probably the best, the best advice right there. And you know what you're, you can probably tell this tale that, that season too shall pass and you'll be back to your longer morning time again. It does. And it does pass. Like, you know, she grew up, she got better as sitting still.
Now she's still is the child who most of the time is under the table, you know, or, you know, she, she just has a hard time sitting and that's okay. I've had children who like walk around the living room or the table the whole entire time we're doing morning time. And I just have to be okay that that's their personality and give them that ability. You know, it doesn't have to look sitting, still sitting perfectly quiet, but yeah, even in those rough moments, it all adds up together. It's just a little bit as consistent as you can. It really adds up. And I would say hit the really important things, you know, talk to your husband, pray over what are the essentials to your morning time for us, it's reading the Bible. We start out with that. And then we do our catechism and our poetry. And if I can hit that, I feel like, okay, that's the bare minimum of our morning time. And I feel like, okay, we've had a good morning. We started our day. Now I can let them go on with the rest of their lessons.
That sounds good. Well, Heather, thank you so much for joining me today. Tell everybody where they can find you online. What's the best place?
So my Instagram is Heathertullyphotography. And if you go there, if you go to my profile, it has a link to my blog.
I'm trying to be better about blogging, but I definitely get on Instagram often. So that's a great way to connect to me.
I love it. Okay, well, thank you so much for joining me.
Thank You for having me. This was fun.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books and resources that Heather and I chatted about today, you can find them on the show notes for this episode of the podcast. Those are pambarnhill.com/YMB56. I'll be back again in a couple of weeks with a great conversation with community manager, Dawn Garrett, all about morning time on the go. We think you won’t want to miss that one. Until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Having a Morning Time Mentor

When doing Morning Time with a wide range of ages, aim high and trust that the little ones will come along. Choose topics that benefit everyone, like bible and poetry memorization, but the rest of the subjects, focus on your older kids. Even if the little ones don’t understand all the material this time around they will have something to connect it to when you come around to that material again in the future.

One beautiful way that homeschool moms can mentor one another is inviting other moms into your home and observing your homeschool day. Watching another mom go through her homeschool day and transition from one thing to another allows her to get a real sense of what a school day actually looks like.

Homeschooling can be challenging and sometimes we just need to adjust our expectations or regroup. It may mean you need to be okay with a shorter Morning Time for a period of time and remember that it won’t always be that way. Other times, we just need to recalibrate by going for a walk or sending the kids outside to play so you can reset. But ultimately, the key is remembering that homeschooling is not about getting everything checked off the list, it’s about relationships.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [3:20] meet Heather Tully
  • [5:40] Heather’s start with Morning Time
  • [7:14] growing into the art of Morning Time
  • [11:10] Morning Time with teenagers and toddlers
  • [16:10] mentoring other moms in Morning Time
  • [24:33] finding and being good homeschool mentors
  • [30:30] favorite part of Morning Time
  • [38:46] tips for doing Morning Time with lots of littles
  • [42:48] when you just want to give up

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    I take my walks outside two times a day. I enjoy listening to all the knowledge you have on your podcast! I am a mom of 7 and have been homeschooling for 18 years! I’m not a novice but have loved all your advice and input! Thank you for everything you do! I love it!

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    Pam continues to do an amazing job with this podcast. She is a wonderful host, never hurried, asks great questions and really lets her guest share his/her experience fully. The variety of experience & wisdom here is fruit for the homeschooling community at large. I’ve been listening from day one and this podcast continues to be a top favorite. Thank you Pam!

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    I’ve listened to YMB and Pam off and on for years, and she literally changed my life 7 years ago when I was just starting to homeschool. I’m so thankful for her ministry and encouragement to homeschool moms of all ages! I highly recommend doing morning time!

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    Love your content and the guests you have visiting the show! I am a huge believer in using the morning hours well. Thank you for your direction and products!

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    I enjoy listening to tips on starting and using morning time as I am just starting it this year. We have kind of done it in the past, but when you only have one child you tend to just call it bible, story time, etc… but now that my second one is old enough to join we’re going to have more of a true morning time. I did notice Pam mentioned CNN ten in one episode. CNN can be pretty liberal biased in the main news, I’m not sure if they curb that in the “CNN ten”, but thought I would mention the Daily Wire, which is from a conservative viewpoint (and often covers indoctrination in public schools) and could be fun to compare and contrast with CNN. Our family also recently discovered Daily Citizen from Focus on the Family which has a very Christian perspective, which has been refreshing as news can be so depressing sometimes! Just thought I’d throw that out there… but really do appreciate the perspectives and insights of these women who have been doing this for awhile!

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    As a homeshool mama of four (Ages 2-9), Pam's podcast has been an increidble encouragement to me. Not only that, but I have discovered so many helpful resources for focusing on what is lovely and true during our homeschool days. I love that it is not overwhelming in nature, but instead a gentle help for moving forward one day at a time in our homeschooling adventure.

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    I love this podcast for so many reasons. (1) Pam is friendly, funny, humble and kind (2) She covers a multitude of topics (one at a time)- I have learned about nature notebooks, classical music study, narration, living books, Shakespeare and so much more. Whenever I have a question about a new (to me)HS term or practice, I come here to listen to Pam interview someone about it. Her interviewees have all been all-in on their respective areas of interest/expertise and I love the way she interviews/asks questions to really let the guests shine as they speak. I have changed the structure of my homeschool, found books for my kids and me, purchased materials, and found inspiration due to this podcast and I can’t recommend it enough! This podcast has shaped my homeschool in so many positive ways, most of which I probably can’t even articulate yet, as the changes have been done inside of me. Thanks, Pam!

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    I love the variety of things that are talked about on this show for homeschooling - things that I would never even think about including or doing - with easy ways to do them. Very much recommend this podcast

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    I am listening to the past episodes and loving it. This podcast has helped me develop my own homeschool. So many ideas!! I love morning time so much, we do a nightly family time so my husband and public school attending son. We do all the things instead of watching tv, playing ps4, and YouTube. My kids hang around me every evening asking if we are doing family time. I can tell they love it but don’t want to admit it.

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    I am so excited Pam is back to her morning time focus for 2020. Our homeschool has been shaped by the rich ideas and practical wisdom shared here.

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    I was so happy and excited to learn that Pam is shifting her focus back to Morning Time for 2020! I’ve missed the morning time exclusive podcast and can’t wait to hear her back in my earbuds.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!
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    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.

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    My heart is enriched and I can’t wait to learn more.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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!

  • 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!



  • April says:

    Hello! Would you share here how you use the Shurley English materials? Or, where exactly is this information in the podcast? I could not listen to the whole episode but am very interested in how you incorporate this in morning time. Thank you!

    • Dawn Garrett says:

      I’m pretty sure she just uses the jingles from Shurley English in Morning Time 🙂

  • Louise says:

    Heather mentioned using audio Shakespeare dramas. I was wondering if there was a recommended resource. Great podcast Thanks.

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