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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.
 
Pop in your earbuds and get ready to be inspired. Veteran homeschool mom and podcast host of the Your Morning Basket Podcast, Pam Barnhill unpacks how to have a better homeschool 10 minutes at a time. Full of practical tips, stories, interviews, and inspiration 10 Minutes to a Better Homeschool is your home learning go-to show for quick, helpful information. *Formerly the Homeschool Snapshots Podcast
 
Brief, off-the-cuff conversations about real life homeschooling in the moment. Pam & Mystie both homeschool teens and middle-schoolers and have been homeschooling for over a decade. Together they share what it's really like, give tips and recommendations, and encourage homeschool moms to keep up the good work.
 
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I am joined today by Colleen Rein who is a member of our Your Morning Basket Plus membership and a mom who has been doing Morning Time for a number of years in her homeschool. What I love most about Colleen is all the practical insights she has into making homeschooling work for her family. Today she shares insights and tons of good ideas on how Mo…
 
Teaching my kids to read was something I worried about before we started homeschool. I had been a high school English teacher but the idea of taking someone who can't read and helping them to make sense of what is on a page seemed mysterious and complicated. Okay, maybe it sill is mysterious, bit it totally isn't complicated. With the right set of …
 
How do you work from home and homeschool if you have a set schedule that you need to follow and actually have to be on at specific times? Is it even possible to get things done for work and be available to your kids at the same time? Jen McKinnon is back on the podcast today with five very practical strategies that work at home, moms can use them t…
 
It is getting tougher and tougher to find good picture books that align with your values these days. How do you find ones that tell a quality story and have the kind of language and art that your family enjoys? How can you make your librarian your ally and know just which books to choose in the bookstore to add to your home library. I am joined tod…
 
Let's get real. We all worry about our kids and if we are adequately preparing them for the real world. But you know what? Parents who send their kids to school also wonder if there kids are going to be adequately prepared for the real world. This isn't just a homeschool worry, but a universal parent worry. The good news is, there are some ways tha…
 
Every year there are new moms dipping toes into the waters of homeschooling by starting with a preschooler. Every year these same moms ask their more veteran homeschool mom friends for advice and come away disappointed by the response they get. In this episode Mystie Winckler and I have a message for these new moms that start with "We will not roll…
 
This is a special snippet from our Put Your Homeschool Year on Autopilot co-working session is a peek at how making realistic goals can shape your priorities in your homeschool. Join Pam, veteran mentor Laney Holman, and the planning moms for a sneak peek at how group planning sessions run and find out more about the importance of goals.…
 
Our time as humans is finite. Sorry to be the one to break that to you. That means there are so many hours in a week to get the homemaking, the homeschooling, and all the other things (including a job if you have one!) done. In this episode of the podcast Pam talks about the myth of balance and the single mindset shift you can make that might just …
 
I have known Dawn Garret for about seven years now. She has worked with me for so long helping moms create homeschool plans that I had long forgotten that once upon a time she considered herself "not a planning person. It wasn't until she realized that here frustrations were coming from not having a path to follow that she started taking steps to c…
 
I hear it all the time -- there is no need for me to plan, I won't be able to follow the plan anyway. If you can do that and not be frustrated by the resulting school year, then great. I say don't mess with what's working. But if you don't feel like you can plan but you DO feel like you need some structure to keep from dissolving into chaos, then t…
 
Summer is for fun and what is more fun than a summer reading program and Morning Time. In this episode Pam and member success manager Laney Homan talk about the Traveling Through the Pages FREE summer reading program that encourages your kids to stretch outside their comfort zones and read widely this summer. Laney gives a number of great ideas of …
 
Mystie and Pam discuss the end of their school year. Find out how to “clear Math” and hear about some fun end of the year celebrations (or not). Math U See https://mathusee.com/ Mr. D Math https://mrdmath.com/ Making Family Count printing https://www.makingfamilycount.com/ Halliburton’s Marvels: https://amzn.to/3wkWW7S Hallow App https://hallow.com…
 
Morning Time gives us a gift. It gives us a time in our day where we can enjoy the music, poetry, and art of a culture -- either our own or the culture of others. Today I am joined by Amber O'Neal Johnston who talks about why exploring both are important, and she has a ton of examples and ideas of how we can do that in our Morning Time. For podcast…
 
The Lively Art of Writing: https://amzn.to/3LGbFQ9 IEW http://pambarnhill.com/iew Sister Wendy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBv0HezlOBw Guest Hollow Chemistry in the Kitchen: https://guesthollow.com/store/high-school-chemistry-curriculum/ Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking: https://amzn.to/3kzETV2 Napoleons Buttons: https://a…
 
In a new series all about their favorite curriculum picks, Pam and Mystie chat about their favorites for teaching reading and spelling. Mystie also shares about their mega-field trip and Pam outlines her plans for the end of the school year. Teaching the Reading with Bob https://afterthoughtsblog.net/product/teaching-reading-bob-books-set-1-printab…
 
So often we set ourselves up to fail when we have unrealistic expectations and expect a perfect Morning Time. Sometimes we don't even realize that perfectionism is the problem we are fighting. In this episode Pam breaks down what perfectionism can look like in your Morning Time and gives some tips on how to beat it so you can your kids can enjoy Mo…
 
On this week’s show Mystie and Pam chat about flaking on history, mega field trips, and why your kids should do chores. It has nothing to do with getting things done around the house — really! Periodic Table of Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/ Dave Raymond’s Antiquity https://affiliates.compassclassroom.com/idevaffiliate.php?id=391&url=1100 Au…
 
A mysterious effect comes over homeschoolers every spring —the urge to plan next year while the desire to finish this one goes out the window. How can you use that urge for good in your homeschool? We have the answer. Also, in this episode Pam and Mystie discuss their homeschool challenges (including Mystie’s pro tip for what to DO when you kids sa…
 
Sometimes simple is better. Kids need to make observations about the world around them. Further science ability depends on being able to look closely, to see the details, and record them. I love that nature study (free and readily available in your backyard) is the perfect way to hone those skills. Find out more in this episode of the podcast.…
 
Maybe you want to do memory work with your kids but you are worried that it will become a drill and kill time that nobody loves. I used to worry about that too but the reality was far from that. Today I am joined by Abby Wahl and we chat about different ways you can make memory work more enjoyable to do -- even if you don't consider yourself a "fun…
 
Great Homeschool Conventions https://greathomeschoolconventions.com/ Didn’t finish video curriculum https://youtu.be/jgmxY9F_e4g What a marriage book taught me about parenting teens (Mystie) https://www.simplyconvivial.com/2018/parenting-teens/ Visual Latin https://affiliates.compassclassroom.com/idevaffiliate.php?id=391&url=366 Home Science Tools …
 
Homeschoolers worry, "What happens if I don't finish our curriculum before the end of the year?' The answer isn't as cut and dried and you might think. Some curriculum resources are never meant to be finished 100 percent (really!) and those can be closed and left until the following year. Watch or listen for ideas on what to do when the curriculum …
 
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