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Join us as we delve into the principles and practices of homeschool Morning Time aka Morning Basket or Circle Time. With both experts in their fields and mentor-moms, we will discuss everything from how to choose the right books for a wide age range, to how to memorize a poem, to how to get the kids to sit still. All your burning Morning Time questions answered right here -- every other Tuesday.
 
Want to know what other homeschooling moms are doing, thinking, worrying about? How are they solving problems and thriving as homeschoolers? The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast gives you a peek into what is going on in other homeschools across the country. Grab a hot drink, put your feet up, and welcome to the conversation as we chat homeschool challenges and successes.
 
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Jess and I discuss Americanon, the way these thirteen books shaped culture, gender roles and beliefs in the U.S., evaluating American identity in terms of a different canon of books, looking into what books were owned in any given era, how she decided which books to include in Americanon, and much more. Jess’s recommended reads are: Negative Space …
 
Philip and I discuss The Appalachian Trail, crafting the history of the trail from the perspective of the people who built it and how and why they did so, the difficulty of knitting together a very long and narrow space that traverses many landscapes, Bill Bryson and his impact on the Appalachian Trail, and much more. Philip’s recommended reads are…
 
Pam and I discuss The Woman with the Blue Star, looking for the gasp in a story, her struggle to write this book, how publishing during a pandemic is like learning to walk all over again, how each one of her books reflects a time in her life, the types of characters she identifies with, and much more. Pam’s recommended reads are: Local Woman Missin…
 
Jeff and I discuss Attachments, crafting a story about relationships, his personal connection to the novel, how watching soap operas helped him write this novel, creating Sleepless in Seattle and behind-the-scenes details about its development, and much more. Jeff’s recommended reads are: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman The Unlikely Pilgrimage of…
 
Laura and I discuss A Special Place for Women, how she loves the fake dating trope, exploring what happens when activism becomes performative instead of genuine, what her writing process look like, her COVID-19 book release video, and much more. Laura’s recommended reads are: The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton People We Meet on Vaca…
 
Steven and I discuss his new book The Guncle, including humor in his stories, how Auntie Mame and other magical caregivers inspired this story, the special message in his Acknowledgments, how The Editor came about, and much more. Steven’s recommended reads are: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth Less by Andrew Sean Greer Better Luck Next Time by Jul…
 
Ly and I discuss her new book House of Sticks, the extent to which her father’s PTSD shaped her childhood, immigrating to the United States through a humanitarian program when she was three, writing about her family, the multi-layered meaning of the book’s title, wanting to provide hope for others who may experience similar situations, and much mor…
 
An actual recording of the infamous “homeschool parent-teacher conference” (aka split personality overthink-a-thon) in my head. The teacher and voice in the back of our minds echoing public opinions and trying to checkboxes, and pigeon-hole potential will be played by me. And the voice of the bedraggled but hopeful homeschool mom is played by...als…
 
Elizabeth and I discuss what constitutes a summer/beach read, reading habits and tackling our TBRs, finding diamonds in the rough, our favorite books of summer 2021, and more. Elizabeth’s 7 recommended summer reads: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray The Ride of Her Life:…
 
Cate and I discuss her new book Mergers and Acquisitions, what she learned while writing for the wedding section of The New York Times, focusing on how people view commitment in today’s world, juxtaposing her own love story with the wedding announcements she created, and much more. Cate’s recommended reads are: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgome…
 
I am joined on this episode of the podcast by homeschool mom and fellow introvert Jamie C. Martin. We are chatting all about how to do group learning in your home when mom just needs a little less noise and maybe a few more breaks. Though aimed at introverts, there are tons of tips here for extroverts too! We also spill the details about our brand …
 
Are you working with a child who has difficulty with cooperation, focusing, hyperactivity, sensory processing dysfunction, or has meltdowns? Do you have a child who “whines” all the time? Could a hidden allergy be affecting your child’s behavior? Find out why one mom said, “Our daughter is so different now.” Histamine is a huge irritant to the nerv…
 
Genevieve and I discuss her latest book Letters Across the Sea, focusing on Canadian stories that have been long forgotten, where she got the inspiration for this book, the enormous responsibility that historical fiction writers have to teach the mind and touch the heart, and much more. Genevieve’s recommended reads are: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn…
 
Emiko and I discuss her latest book Tokyo Ever After, how drafting this book helped her reconcile her own identity, her writing process and how it has evolved, why it took her a while to write this book, what a privilege it is to blend in, how her stunning cover came about, viewing stories as “windows and mirrors,” and much more. Emiko’s recommende…
 
Karla Williams is the unschooling mom of six, as well as the author of Homeschooling Gone Wild: Imagined Learning Through Living Karla Marie Williams is the president of BeBold Publishing. As an author, international speaker, and child advocate, Karla has impacted families all over the globe. Her message of hope and inspiration in the areas of home…
 
Ayanna and I discuss her new book Blackface, her desire to encourage honest and sustained conversations about race, understanding the history of performing blackness and connecting these performances from Shakespeare to minstrel into one long arc, the need for the full rainbow of stories from black authors, the shocking number of blackface performa…
 
Chanel and I discuss her latest book The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba, how this is the first time she has written about a real life heroine, the incredible amount of research she conducted for this novel, which book of hers holds a special place in her heart, bringing Cuban stories to life, and much more. Chanel’s recommended reads are: Island Queen…
 
I'm not going to lie, this episode of the podcast is a new favorite. Denis Gaskins, homeschool mom and math-lover, popped into my interview seat and blew me away with some awesome new math analogies, a hint that I might be teaching math wrong (gasp), and a ton of tips and ideas for making math meaningful and fun for my kids. This one is not to be m…
 
Katherine and I discuss her new book The Siren, using three points of view to slowly disseminate information to the reader, how she enjoys writing about the messiness of life, taking unexpected life paths, how lives are lived in chapters, and much more. Katherine’s recommended reads are: Life’s Too Short by Abby Jiminez Finlay Donovan is Killing It…
 
Georgia and I discuss her new rom-com It Had to Be You, why she switched to the rom-com genre, how her own wedding inspired her to write this story, her fascination with weddings, teasing out a balance between tradition versus modernity, and much more. Georgia’s recommended reads are: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Vampires in the Lemon Grov…
 
Tovah and I discuss her new book Lilyville, her difficult relationship with her mother and their generational chasm, how she came up with the delightful format of the book, incorporating “Lilysisms” into her story, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro after her mother died, her upcoming show, and much more. Tovah’s recommended reads are: The Watergate Girl b…
 
I’ve long believed that homeschooling parents are some of the most interesting and creative people around. If something needs to be done, they can figure out how to do it. And if something needs to be added, they add it. Join us for this inspiring conversation with Anthony Coafield of Living Book Press.…
 
Flynn and I discuss her new mystery Northern Spy, how she creates such a strong sense of place, writing about a place where turmoil is always just under the surface, the roots of radicalization, being selected as a Reese Book Club pick, and much more. Flynn’s recommended reads are: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell Being Var…
 
Jennifer and I discuss her debut novel Ariadne, putting women from Greek mythology at the center of their stories, the complexity of building a Bronze Age world, ensuring that readers are not pulled out of the story and instead stay immersed in the world she has created, her favorite Greek myths, and much more. Jennifer’s recommended reads are: The…
 
Christina and I discuss her debut novel The End of Men, publishing a book about a pandemic during the current pandemic, how the pandemic in the book is reverse engineered for her purposes, writing speculative fiction, what happens when there is a huge gender imbalance, and much more. Christina’s recommended reads are: The Push by Ashley Audrain The…
 
Join me today for a delightful conversation with a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom who also is a poet. In this episode Sally Thomas and I discuss what drew her to writing poetry. how to experience poetry which your kids, and how you might encourage them to write their own. For show notes and episode downloads, go to pambarnhill.com/ymb93.…
 
Today Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart are talking about how common it is to feel that we’ve lost ourselves in this season of homeschooling. We used to have interests, passions and plans, even careers. While Wendy and Kelli both had to learn to fit their writing careers into the cracks and crevices of family life, they want to encourage you to remembe…
 
Sanjena and I discuss her debut novel Gold Diggers, the responsibilities that come with assimilation, conceptual orphans, writing the research problem she encountered into Gold Diggers, her background as a journalist, Mindy Kaling optioning her story for a TV series, and much more. Sanjena’s recommended reads are: All This Could Be Different by Sar…
 
Renee and I discuss her new book The Social Graces, how she decided to write about the legendary feud between Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt, the research she conducted, the way her title and cover came about, and much more. Renee’s recommended reads are: The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin…
 
Karen and I discuss her new book The Last Night in London, her inspiration for this story including her time living in London, how the title of this book came about, highlighting the unsung heroes of World War 2, Tradd Street series news, and much more. Karen’s recommended reads are: Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig The Women of Chateau Lafayette b…
 
Lisa and I discuss her new book Eternal, the secret reason she named the book Eternal, what she learned when switching genres, how Philip Roth helped inspire her to write this story, how her research led her to purchase a special item, and much more. Lisa’s recommended reads are: Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly Hour of the Witch by Chris Boh…
 
In her 25 years of teaching special education and consulting, Dianne Craft has found that it takes only 5 steps, consistently applied in a daily reading lesson, to not only remove the symptoms of Dyslexia (reversals, scrambling sounds, and dysgraphia), but the effects of Dyslexia , (below level reading, spelling and writing). In this Podcast you wi…
 
Growth mindset is a hot buzz word in the education world these days, but what do you do if it makes you feel a little, well, uncomfortable. All that self talk can sometimes seem like a little too much dependence on self and not enough dependence on God and His will. That is why I am chatting today with Ginny Kochis who approaches the idea of growth…
 
Elizabeth and I discuss her job as a book buyer at the indie bookstore Fabled Bookshop and Café, what the job entails, the fortuitous way she landed the job, her favorite genres, how she decides what to buy, how bookstores should be “windows and mirrors,” and more. Listen to the episode to hear Elizabeth’s 8 recommended reads! Support the podcast h…
 
Stephanie and I discuss The Women of Chateau Lafayette, writing three timelines and weaving them together, what she discovered while researching one of the characters for this novel that required her to rewrite the book several times, the highlight of writing the story, the character she identifies with the most, and more. Stephanie’s 3 recommended…
 
Katie and Desiree join me today to discuss bookstagram (book accounts on Instagram), how they got started, developing relationships with publishers, the best and worst things about the platform, the books they loved and some they didn’t, and much more. Katie can be found at @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf, and Des is at @theboozy.reader. Support the po…
 
Danielle and I discuss Glimmer As You Can, bringing 1960s Brooklyn to life, the inspiration for the Starlight, women’s experiences in the 1960s, her reading recommendations, and more. Danielle’s 3 recommended reads are: The Queen’s Fortune by Allison Pataki Glamour Girls by Marty Wingate The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline Support the podcast here.…
 
Have you ever thought about starting your own homeschooling co-op? In this episode, Jessica shares the step-by-step of how she built a small homeschool community from the ground up. The episode discusses what kind of people you should think about including, the ideal size of a beginning group, her co-op’s daily schedule and curriculum, forming a co…
 
Want your kids to get moving and maybe you aren't so good at moving yourself? Larissa Maloney joins us on today's podcast to talk about why getting our kids moving is important to their learning. She also gives some fun tips on how to inspire them to get going. Enjoy! For show notes and episode downloads, go to pambarnhill.com/ymb91.…
 
Kathleen and I discuss Are We There Yet?, how social media and cell phones play such major roles in teens’ lives today, parents who believe their self-worth and social standing are tied to their children’s, parenting in 2021, balancing oversight and privacy as a parent, and more. Kathleen’s 5 recommended reads are: The Second Home by Christina Clan…
 
Bianca and I discuss If You Want to Make God Laugh, creating cultural context and awareness in her writing, her podcast and why she launched it, how to become a more responsible traveler, the importance of Own Voices stories, the advent of writing partnerships, and more. Bianca’s 4 recommended reads are: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune …
 
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