YMB #57 Morning Time on the Go

If you ever need to take Morning Time on the road then this episode is for you. Dawn Garrett joins me to chat about why and how we can pack up our Morning Times and take them with us — getting homeschooling done even when we can’t be at home. If you are out of the house a day or more each week then this episode is for you.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to episode 57 of the Your Morning Basket podcast. I’m Pam Barnhill, your host. And I am so happy that you’re joining me here today. Well, every once in a while, we like to have a short and super practical episode of the, your morning basket podcast, where we kind of break open some practical aspect of morning time for you, and maybe give you a few ideas. That’s what we’re hoping to do today. So often we hear from families who are traveling outside of the home one or more days a week for therapies, appointments, maybe they’re headed off to co-op or maybe even just a spontaneous opportunity arises to get out of the house. And yet they still want to be able to take their morning time on the go with them.

So today I’m here with our community coordinator, Dawn Garrett, and we’re talking about different ways. You can pack up your morning time and take it on the road. I hope you find something valuable to you in this conversation and we’ll get on with it right after this word from our sponsor.

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Hi everyone. And welcome to the your morning basket podcast. I'm so happy that you're joining me here today. Today I am joined by our community manager pambarnhill.com Miss Dawn Garrett is on the show with us. Hi, Dawn.
Hello. How are you?
I'm doing great today. Thank you. Well, we are going to be talking today about morning time on the go. And we thought this would be a really fun conversation to have and give some ideas for families who need to be doing morning time in the car for whatever reason. Sometimes families like to do morning time on their way to a co-op. Other times families are just traveling and need to do morning time. And then we have a lot of families who have various therapies and appointments for their kids and they’re how do I fit this morning time thing in? And honestly, with even as few as 10 minutes in a car, you could get in a fairly decent little morning time. More is better, but you know, you can get in a fairly decent morning time.
Very true. We live where it's 30 minutes to anywhere so we can really do a pretty solid morning time in that amount of time.
Yeah, I think so, too. Okay. So let's talk first about some of the benefits of doing morning time in the car, because I think a lot of families, when they, when they first hear this idea, they're like, Oh, why would, why would I even want to struggle with doing morning time in the car and just, you know, not do morning time instead, but there are actually benefits. So I'm going to let you like hit on the biggest one first.
Oh dear. The biggest one, the biggest one is they get morning time done with children in contained seats.
You have a captive audience.
Exactly. They aren't going anywhere. So they might as well do what it is that you want them to do. And I have a van, my three kids sit not right next to each other, which is a total blessing I realized.
And so they can't bother each other very much and they're contained and we can just do our thing as I'm driving down the road.
Yeah. And yeah, don't underestimate. But actually I looked up today during morning time. I was reading from a little book for part of our faith studies and I looked up and I'm like, two of the three children have just completely walked out of the room. Where in the world do you think it's okay for you to just get up and walk out in the middle of us doing school? This never happens with morning time in the van.
No, no, that would be very dangerous. So it is, and now you do sometimes have to deal with the noise and things like that. But also as you know, in addition to the physical containment, there's also some, you know, it's almost like, well, there's nothing else to do to make this ride interesting. So we might as well participate and enjoy morning time too, and maybe be quiet while we do it.
At least one of my kids gets very carsick when he tries to read. And so reading books in the car, which is what I chose to do when we were driving places, when I was a kid is not really good to, to fill his time. And so, and the others, I don't know, they just, if there's something to squabble about they're squabbling, but if there's morning time, there's not so much of the squabbling.
Right. So it just, yeah, it gives you something to do that is constructive and kind of cuts down on some of the other stuff that could possibly be going on while you're in the car.
And it can be very, it can be mobile. And so if we can get at least part of our school day done while we're mobile, while we have to be out and about it makes the rest of our day less difficult to finish.
Yeah. Yeah. That's true. It very much does. So let's talk about what can morning time look like when you're doing it on the go with your family. So when you do it on the go, what does it look like? And then I'll talk a little bit about like what it looks like for us.
Okay. Well, I pack, I have one of those big black teacher bags and I pack the notebook, my notebook and the things that we might need access to into that bag. And I hand it to my daughter and my van is old enough that I don't have Bluetooth on it. So I have one of those really long auxiliary cords that goes from my radio to my phone and it reaches to the middle row,
which is where my oldest sits. And I hand her my phone and I hand her my notebook and we mostly do memory work things or things that she can get the audio for very quickly. So we do those things as we're going down the road. It's not the kind of thing you're asking for.
Yeah, definitely. So you do your morning time in the car, mostly from a playlist and the book is just guiding her on what to choose next or do if you don't have an audio for it, but it's something that's in your current rotation. Do you go ahead and have her just lead that from the notebook
She can lead it? And I wouldn't say necessarily it's from a playlist because we might have something from Amazon music. We might have something from audible. We might have something that's actually stored on the phone, so she just knows. She can say, okay, where's the poetry memorization. And I can tell her, okay, it's here and, and play it. So she might have to work different apps, but she's 13. She can manage that.
Okay. And I was actually going to ask, how old is she? And so about what age was she when she started being able to really kind of facilitate that for you?
Oh, Probably nine or 10, I would say. Okay. Yeah. They get app savvy pretty young.
Yeah. And, and when she was younger, we did more straight out of the notebook and worried less about, you know, having the accompaniment or the poetry. And she is a strong reader and always has been, so she could, she could just read and read the poem and lead that as we were going. And mostly, you know, by the, it's very rare that we have a brand new poem that we're going to start on a day trip.
So it's mostly, this is the one we've been working on and this is a review poem. And so she can, she can obviously do both of those.
Okay. Well, I'm, it's been a number of years since we've had to regularly do morning time on the go. So I would say the last time we did it where I knew it was coming up and I knew it was something we were going to be doing was about four years ago.
And so when we were doing it and it was typically one day a week though, I will say once I had my setup planned out for that one day a week, if there was another day of the week, we jumped into the car, I would just, you know, I had it ready to go, but there was one day, a week regularly that we were driving about 40 minutes each way.
And so I actually went through and my kids were younger at the time. So I actually went through and set up playlists where I took recorded bits of audio, imported into iTunes and then built the playlist that I wanted to have. Now, a lot of times I would use these playlist at home as well. So I would build the playlist that I wanted to have.
And then like you, I, I didn't have a car at the time that had Bluetooth. And so we had the auxiliary cable, but once the playlist was set up, it was really easy for me to do that. You know, I would just hit the button on the playlist and it would just play all the way down.
And then we would move to the next one when we were done. So that was what we used. And then we would have an audio book that we would have going just for the car. Right. And so it wasn't always used for morning time. It could actually be used even if we got in the car later in the afternoon. And it's like, not technically morning time, but it's just the car, audio book. And so we would listen to it during our quote unquote morning time in the car, but we could also pull it up and listen to it later at another time of day as well.
Right. We pretty much always have an car audio book going. Right. Right, right.
And then prayers, you know, prayers are easy to do you either, either if you're doing some kind of a memorized prayer that you use, or if you're doing spontaneous prayer, that's really easy to do in the car as well.
Right. As long as the driver doesn't close her eyes.
Well, true. Very true. Let everybody else close their eyes and you keep yours open.
Yeah. Okay. So let's talk about some of the really good things, and we've, we've alluded to some of these, but let's kind of give more of a list down of various things that people could do in the car for morning time. So, cause you know, like map drawing, probably not going to make the list
Well, our architecture study not gonna make the list.
Right? Yeah. So there, there are some things that I think that just don't do well in the vehicle for morning time though, you could make an argument, well, you could take clipboards and everybody could take their pencil and work on their map if you wanted them to. But there are some things that are just better suited to morning, time on the go. So What are some ideas?
Well, you already said the IEW poetry or whatever your poetry memorization is. Is there a verse or a scripture and scripture memory singing folk songs are really good. If you do a folk song in your morning time, hymns, we do to a scene of Shakespeare every day and we do it with the Archangel audios on the audible app.
So doing a scene of Shakespeare would be something we could, we could do see here. A composer study would be really great because then you really have a captive audience and you could insist upon super quiet listening.
Right, right. Yeah. Very much easy to enjoy that one in the car, any kind of, well, and we talked about poetry, memorization, but any kind of memory work as far as you and the car is a great time to go over, skip counting if you wanted to do that. So any other kind of memory work that you might be doing, and I know a lot of our CC families use flashcards. They actually have the little flashcard sets that come with their memory, work on them. So those would be great to hand to an older kid and have them kind of work their way through the flashcards as well.
Right. We did geography songs for quite a while. The song school, Latin CD was a something that we would have done during when we were traveling for morning time, because that's when we did, we did song school, Latin, just the songs
Any kind of audio book, you know, LibriVox has a great selection of classic audio books. Dawn's already alluded to the Shakespeare and then any, you know, book that you can get from audible or anything like that makes a wonderful addition to in, in the car morning time as well. Yeah. We're big libravox families or fans in our family.
My husband has been listening for his commute for more than a decade. And some of the things he's listened to he's so well-read, so that is a wonderful resource tojust have on at the tip of your fingers. And a lot of the librivox audios can be streamed through your podcast app. Did you know that? I did not.
I knew there was a LibriVox app, but I didn't know that you could stream them through your podcasts. Yeah. There are several different people who have put together liberal Vox apps. They're not, it's my understanding that they are not actually from the liberal box people. So there's advertising and stuff on the other apps. But if you, you can stream them, if you not all of them, you have to go into, if you go into your podcast app and search the title, sometimes you can find it. For instance, I just put Pilgrim's progress in my podcast app to add for when we're doing our driving. Cause we still listen to some audio books when we drive, like we were talking about earlier.
And that's the other thing that we didn't mention in our list of things you can do in the car is podcasts that are specifically for kids. Yeah. I was going to actually get to that. No, that's okay. Great. Classics for kids is wonderful. There's some great fun science podcasts brains on is one that we like, what are the Well,
you know, it's app where they have P it's, I think it's an NPR and they play the call of the bird and then they talk some about the bird. That's a really interesting one. I like it.
Oh, that does sound cool. And what's the piano was that you or Jessica who was talking about Jessica and I've looked at that a couple of times, but there is a post with a lot of different podcasts that we, that would fit really well in morning time on the site.
Okay. So we'll link to that.
I think that piano one is on that list and I just don't know what it is. Yeah. There are a number of good podcasts in that, in that post. So let's talk about,
Does your morning time on the go have to look exactly the same as your morning time at home? What do you think?
I don't think so. Yeah. You're still, you're still participating in true good, beautiful things. Right. And yeah, I think it doesn't have to look exactly the same.
I think if, if trying to recreate what you're doing at home in the car becomes a hindrance to you getting morning time done.
I think it would be perfectly fine to have kind of a mobile morning time and just pull it out whenever you need it. And for some families that's going to be regularly, you know, one once a week or twice a week or something like that. And so it's going to be more of a fixture in their lives, but for other families, it might just be an occasional thing and it would totally be okay to say, okay, well, you know, maybe once a month we end up in the car doing morning time. So that's poetry review day. We're just reviewing old poems. And so you make this playlist and maybe it's poems you learned last year and it's just a great day to review all of them together. It doesn't get you off track or, you could pull up some the, the Andrew Lang fairy book at stories. And it's like, no, this is not what we've been reading lately. This is not what we normally read, but spending 15 minutes listening to one of these stories, you know, as an aside to our normal thing, it's perfectly okay.
Yeah. I think we need to think about the situation of the day. I mean, even, even at home, we may have an abbreviated morning time. That's just kind of a standard. Okay. We only have time to do our 30 minute or our halftime morning time today. And that's the one that you're going to get done. And then we have our regular full-on morning time, and then maybe a mobile one that's separate, I think thinking situationally and not pushing our kids beyond or taxing them beyond, you know, what, what the circumstances call for is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
Yeah. And also moms as well, you know, you just kind of have this little plan B and you pull it out and use it on days that you might need a plan B you know?
Right. And with, with that plan B I mean, my morning time utilizes our phone a lot and I'm looking at it and moving stuff. And if I didn't have a Margaret in the backseat to do the apps, I don't want to be doing apps while I'm driving down the road.
Right. So, right. So yeah, you may set something up that just kind of plays all the way through, and that becomes your mobile morning time, no matter what. And all you have to do is hit the button once before you pull out of the driveway and it just kind of runs through and that's what you listen to. So yeah, I think that's a good idea.
How do you decide if it's a good day for doing morning time on the go, or if it would be better to just take the day off If I can plan for it or not. If I know if I know the day is coming and I can get my things ready that day or the night before then it's probably a good day. If I can, if I can have my notebook, my bag packed and I don't have to run around like a crazy person in the morning before we're leaving, trying to put everything together. If I can be settled and ready, then it's a good day to do morning time in the car. If, if I don't have all of that, if it's an emergency situation, if you know, all of a sudden you need to go somewhere right now, that is not a good time to do morning, time in the car.
Okay. Well, unless let's go back to this idea of plan B, you know, if you have that kind of that mobile morning time plan already planned out and in place, it's your backup. And then I would say any day would be a good day to do morning, time in the car, unless of course, you know, you're driving a kid to urgent care because they've cut their foot or something like that.
Sure. Although In some ways being able to do that plan B morning time might be comforting. It takes your mind off of whatever the situation is. And, and it's just, this is the normal routine. And sometimes just staying in routine helps to calm the crazy anyway.
Yeah, that's true. All right. So let's talk about transporting stuff. So when we did morning time in the car, it was completely digital. There, there was nothing we took with us. There was nothing that anybody looked at or read or anything like that. Now you've alluded to your bag a couple of times. That's how you transport things.
Although generally, when we have done a morning time on the go, it has been where we are going to go. And some of us are going to be sitting in a lobby, waiting for whatever, you know, whatever the event is. And so they're bringing schoolwork anyway. So I have just that big black bag and I can put the schoolwork and the morning time binder and the things that we're going to need in the bag, it's all contained. And then we don't lose anything.
Okay. And I, you know, if you were a family who regularly did morning time on the go, and this was something you were doing once a week, and let's say that was the only time you pulled out specific flashcards, or you wanted to make an extra binder, you know, a van binder when you're sitting, you know, making binders for your children or whatever. If you wanted to make a van binder, I could see having like a over the seat pocket, you know, one that kind of hangs on the back or something where you could tuck all of those things in there.
I had a friend who that their school was all in milk crates, whether they were in the house or whether they needed to go somewhere. So they grabbed their, whatever their schoolwork was. And they put it in the trunk when they were leaving every day, no matter what that would drive me crazy. But a lot of people find that, but a lot of people find that reassuring that there's something to do. So you could easily have, you know, one of those upright magazine holders that has your morning time in the van, or like you said, the over the, the seat pocket thing, or, I mean, there are lots of ways to solve that.
Yeah. Those tall file boxes that have a lid that close kind of like the plastic ones with the handle on top, that would be perfect because notebooks and things would fit down in there. I mean, you could even have, you know, if you wanted to label maps or whatever, you could do little clipboards with dry erase markers and all kinds.
I mean, you could get really creative, especially for our families who have told us, look, we're on the go three days a week. And you know, and so, and then it would be easy once you got to a doctor's office or something, if you wanted to, to pick up the handle on that and take it inside and actually be able to sit and work on something.
Right. Yeah. Okay. Well, we've already kind of touched on when you do morning time in the van and mom is driving who leads and read aloud and reads aloud. And for you, it was an older child or audio. And for me it was mostly mostly audio. So I think that pretty much answers that question. I think for moms of younger children, you're really going to have to tap into that technology element and get that audio set up. Yeah, I think so too. And my friends told me that you can't buy a van without the video package these days, that it just doesn't exist. And so are there technology things that you can, I mean, could you be doing the what's the Latin, the visual Latin, Oh yeah. In the car? Or could you, I mean, or could you have some sort of a documentary that you've done or the CNN 10 is all video, so if you've downloaded it to your device, can you broadcast that? So you have the day's news. So thinking about using, utilizing that video component also might be something that people could do.
Yeah. And we looked at vans recently and no, not all of them have the video. It's good to know because I really don't want a video. Yeah. You can still get them without a video component and they're cheaper that way. So, and it might actually be harder to hook a device up, you know, now if you have a D a DVD that would be easy to slip in, but yeah. So that is an idea. If you do have a van with a video component, you could review, you know, your Latin DVDs, or we've been watching a Drive Through American history. That would be something that you could do or goodness, word up the vocabulary, show different things like that. You could utilize if you wanted to use your video component as well especially, if you have younger kids, then let me, I'm trying to think now of shows for younger kids. Cause all the ones we named or for older kids, but liberties kids, Where in the world is Carmen San Diego. Those when they were little, they loved that. Yeah. And frog the letter Factory, which that's like a one-time deal,
but my kids watched it all. Oh yeah. Mine watched it over and over because, and I think it did reinforce those sounds so. Yeah. Oh, and magic school bus. Oh yeah. So yeah.
What about distractions and wondering attention spans if you're trying to do morning time in a new place like outside, or have you ever tried to do it like in a doctor's waiting room?
Sort of. So my son is in an eye study at Ohio state. And so the girls and I would try to do some school things in the lobby there, but that's, you know, that's at a university, it's not really at a normal doctor's office, so it's quieter and there aren't other kids doing stuff. And, and so it's,
it's much more, it's easier I think, than it would be in a, like a pediatrician's office. I've never tried to do something like that.
I could see doing quiet schoolwork in a, in a doctor's office, you know, but not necessarily something where I was leading people in memorization or singing hymns or anything like that. So I think I would, I personally would keep the morning time on the go stuff in the van and, you know, have, Unless you do a lot of picture books, cause picture books could be done quietly in a, in an office.
Yeah. That's true. Yeah. That's true. Now we have done morning time outside. Have you done that yet?
Yes. My kids don't like that because I can't sing. And we've been, we've tried to do morning, time in, off yard. They put up with it in the house cause they don't really have a choice, but we do, we have done morning time in our backyard sometimes. And they would much rather do independent work and reading and math and that kind of thing in the backyard than morning time. They'd rather do morning time inside.
Oh, that's funny. Okay. So we, we have done morning time out front before, and they got to draw on those sidewalk with sidewalk talk and it, it has varying degrees of success. Yes. And then we've done it on the trampoline before to where they weren't jumping on the trampoline, but I let them draw, get the sidewalk chalk and draw on the, on the trampoline and, and that has worked. Okay. You know, we haven't done it recently because it's too hot outside right now when we're recording this. But you know, we used to do school on the back porch quite a bit. And then we got a puppy who ate our back porch furniture.
So it's been a long time Since we've done Really nice when we were able to do it. And I think there is a heightened level of distractibility sometimes, but when you have really beautiful weather or something like that, sometimes it's worth the effort that it, you know, to put into it, especially when you're doing something like drawing in a nature journal or, you know, you can listen to, you can, you know, Hey, Oh, did you hear that woodpecker? Or do you hear those bird sounds and kind of bring their attention to some of those things, but, and just reminding them that if, if you can't pay attention, we're going to have to go back inside.
Right? Yeah. I can certainly see that, but yeah, we, yeah, we haven't, I think I've read about some people who go to a park and try and do morning time, or I don't know something else. We did school on the go last summer where, you know, a couple of kids had swim lessons and one kid didn't at that time, and then vice versa, you know, the opposite group, we had the swim lessons. And so they, but they would do again, their independent schoolwork, not morning, time Stipe type stuff. So, right. And I think there is a difference. Sometimes it's easier to keep them going with the independent stuff than it is the group stuff. Right.
So, okay. Do you think morning time on the go can be restful learning.
Depends on the other drivers. So, can it be restful learning? Sure. I mean, if, if morning time in and of itself is, Oh, way of restful, communal learning of learning, those beautiful things that we're doing, I'm not sure that the situation of where you are for it matters so much, but I guess I don't, I hadn't really ever thought about it as not being so.
sometimes I think morning time on the go can be more restful than morning time at home, just because of the whole, I think on the go is kind of a misnomer because at home, a lot of times it's more like morning time on the move or morning time in the gymnastics room or something like that.
People are up and down and flipping around and not sitting still and spinning in the spinny chairs and those kinds of things. And honestly, you know, maybe we should get in the car to do morning time every day, because in a lot of ways, to me it's more still because they are, you know, strapped in well.
And if you, but it may also be at least partially because you're running morning time on the go as a playlist. So could you take some of the, of the, you're not running morning time right now, when you're doing it in the car, you've set it up. You you've made it so that it could happen. So what elements of that, can you take into your school room?
Right. I'm just not sure I would want to though, because I like what we do in our school room. And to me it's different for us. I don't ever try to replicate what we're doing in the school room, in the car. If you were to, if you know, my husband were to come home and say, Pam, once a week, you have to be gone from the house. You know? So I, in my mind, I know, okay, I've got a 30 minute drive once a week and I've got to do morning time in the car. I would in no way, try to keep up with the regular schedule. I would add another day to my morning time, day loop, you know, cause I'm looping days this year. And I would set up that day as its own unique being. And it would probably include some podcasts that we wouldn't listen to normally, or are different, you know? And then some review memory work. Like I wouldn't worry about current memory work. It would all be review memory work and, and different, you know, different prayers maybe than what we're normally doing or whatever. And I would set it all up and that would be what we would do in the car. So I don't think I would ever want to replace what we do at home with something like we would do in the car. For me, it's almost like a totally separate animal. And I'm okay with that.
That's yeah, I, at this point I would say it's also a different thing for me. We still have a 30 minute drive to, to our church and then back home once a week and we don't do morning time on those days, my kids are a little older and they can handle kind of the day off and it's not, I mean, it's kind of built into our routine, but also then build into the routine is we listened to two of our assigned books on audio books, one on the way there and one on the way home. So, so in some ways we're doing, we're still doing school because we're still doing that book, but it's not, it's, it's not stressing the rest of the routine.
Right. So it's not. Yeah. So I think the biggest takeaway for listeners guys is, you know, if you know, you're going to be..and it would be different for somebody who knew that they were going to be out three days a week, then they would almost end up with two. They they're either going to need to recreate the same schedule and use it in both places or they would end up with essentially two different morning times that yeah.
And that's okay too. I mean, I talk a lot about Angela Boord when her two oldest kids were going to co-op classes two days a week, she basically had to morning time schedules. She had one routine that she did when it was her whole family together. And then she had another routine that she did when it was just her and her little kids.
And so you could have one routine that was a morning time on the go and one routine that was a morning time at home routine and is a perfectly valid way to do it.
Absolutely. Now, when you were making your playlists in your car, did you always use the same playlist or did you have multiple different ones set up? So I would have part of the playlist was the same thing that we would use at home.
Right. And then the other part of the playlist would just be for in the car because it was almost like two different loops. You know, we would do what we were doing at home as far as like memory work review and things like that. But then there would be a separate subset of content that was maybe composers or stories or, or different things of that nature that we weren't really doing that at home.
We were doing something different, but when we were in the car, we could then listen to those things instead. Okay. So how, how often did you feel like you needed to update your playlist?
Well, the memory play playlist stayed the entire time. So just when I ran out, you know, when I ran out of stuff, like when we got to the end of listening to this book, it's like, okay, now it's time to add a new book in there or something like that. Okay. And so, and honestly it kind of broke up into pieces. It would be like, okay, we're going to listen to memory work for awhile. And then we're going to listen to a podcast and then we're going to listen to part of an audio book.
And so I could have, you know, basically that's three apps and there were enough stops along the way that I could flip when I needed to. So, you know, just hit a button, everything was pretty handy, so. Okay. All right. That makes sense.
But yeah, I think the main thing for people to keep in mind is there's no right or wrong way to do this. It's totally okay to have separate routines and separate schedules going if that works for you. It's totally okay to have an occasional schedule going where you just have a few ideas and have them either in a notebook. I mean, you could even once again, go back to keeping just a small selection of a couple of books, even a poetry anthology would be a good book to keep in a car.
If you had an older child, they could grab it and read a few poems. I'm trying to think what, you know, a fairy storybook would be another one. And so just by having even just a couple of books in there that a child could grab and read from and lead you during the morning time occasionally would work. And then you feel really good about your school day and you can kind of check off,
check off school, even if you don't get to anything else that day, because you've had a good, robust morning time.
Right. So, yeah. All right. Well, I think we've about covered most of it that wraps it up. Is there anything else you want to say before we go?
I can't Think of anything else. Yeah, yeah, no, I think, I think just about covered it. Yep.
Just keep doing morning time and do what you can. Start small, build slow and do what you can. And I just, I've been more and more encouraged as I see older moms who are graduating out their kids, that this has been, you know, fruitful, not only for their kids, but for themselves. Yeah. And some is better than none. And there's no such thing as a perfect morning time. So even when doing it on the go. Yep. All right. Thanks Dawn. Thank you.
And there you have it. Now, if you would like links to any of the books or resources that Dawn and I chatted about on this episode of the podcast, you can find them on the show notes. Those are pambarnhill.com/YMB57. I'll be back in a couple of weeks with another great morning time conversation. Until then keep seeking truth, goodness and beauty in your homeschool day.

Key Ideas about Morning Time On-the-Go

Morning Time doesn’t have to stop just because you need to be out of the house. Morning Time on the go is always an option and though it may seem more challenging to do Morning Time in the car, there are some great advantages. One of those advantages is having a captive audience. So create a playlist and get to Morning Time.

Choosing material for a Morning Time on the go is as simple as choosing things that everyone can follow along with on audio. Reciting poetry, reviewing folk songs and hymns, practicing memory work, and audiobooks are great car friendly activities.

Don’t stress over trying to make Morning Time in the car look like your Morning Time at home. Take advantage of the change and have a car only Morning Time routine. And keep it simple by bringing as little as possible. Learning on the go doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be just as restful and enjoyable if you embrace the challenge and get creative.

Find what you want to hear:

  • [4:20] benefits of doing Morning Time in the car
  • [7:15] choosing subjects for Morning Time in the car
  • [12:20] ideas for a car friendly Morning Time
  • [17:05] Morning Time in the car vs. at home
  • [21:46] transporting what you need
  • [30:55] Can Morning Time on the go be restful learning?

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