Your Morning Basket

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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 43m. Bisher sind 140 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle zwei Wochen gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 7 hours 18 minutes


episode 107: YMB #107 Morning Time Beginnings and Memories

If your Morning Time has ever fizzled or you have felt daunted by the idea of starting back in a new semester, this is the episode for you. Dawn Garrett and I chat about getting over the hump of the semester break, how to prepare for the February blues, plus we introduce our brand new Morning Time Journal and planner that we are so excited to share with you.

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episode 106: YB #106 What If You Are Stuck in A Morning Time Rut?

 Have you ever felt like you were just stuck in a rut with Morning Time? It seems like you are just doing all the same old things and you can't shake things up and make them seem new again. We are talking about exactly that topic on today's episode of the podcast. I hope there is a pointer or two in here for you!

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 2021-11-30  23m

episode 105: YMB #105 Teaching Christmas Manners: A Conversation with Brandy Vencel

 If you have ever been in a situation where you were mortified at something your kids did then, well, you are in good company. It happens to all of us at some time or another. That is why my guest today took matters into her own hands and decided that the holiday season was the perfect time to teach some vital manners to her children. She did it each day during the season in her Morning Time and she is sharing the how-to-do-it with us...


 2021-11-16  40m

episode 104: YMB #104 Following Rabbit Trails with your Kids: A Conversation with Colleen Kessler

 I can't wait to share this fun podcast with you. Colleen Kessler joins me to talk all about how to capitalize on your kids' interests and add them to your Morning Time. How do you know which interests to follow? Which ones can you do as a family? And finally how do you stay on track and keep from losing your mind while still honoring their interests. We talk about all that and more in today's episode.

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 2021-11-02  36m

episode 103: YMB #103 The Role of Classic Children's Literature: A Conversation with Cheri Blomquist

When you have been homeschooling as long as I have it takes quite a bit to be surprised by a new resources. Before Austen Comes Aesop is a new book that was up to the task of turning my head.

This valuable guide for parents not only takes on the misguided idea that our kids need to read the most mature and difficult books at a young age, but also provides parents with the tools they need to create their own reading program using any books...


 2021-10-19  42m

episode 102: YMB #102 Leveling up Your Morning Time: A Conversation with Jessica Lawton

How do you manage when you have a number of kids spanning a wide age range? You want your older kids to still be part of your Morning Time, but you aren't sure which activities are appropriate for them? How do you "level up" the activities you do so that little ones AND bigger ones still get something out of Morning Time?

This episode answers all of those questions...


 2021-10-05  24m

episode 101: YMB #101 Bethany Stuard: Choral Music the Great Room

Bethany Stuard has both an extensive knowledge of and great passion for choral music. That is what makes her such a fun guest for this episode of the podcast. In this episode Bethany likens choral music to a great room with doors that lead to all areas of knowledge. It is a fascinating glimpse at a tool we can use in our Morning Time to inspire our kids in ways we hadn't considered before. Enjoy!

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 2021-09-21  44m

episode 100: YMB #100: Favorites from the First 100

This is it! We are proud to present our 100th episode of Your Morning Basket. Who would have thought that we could do 100 episodes about Morning Time and not run out of ideas? (Hint: At times it was NOT me.) But we have and I am proud of all of them.

In this 100th episode I am joined by YMB community manager (and all-around podcast super-fan)  Dawn Garrett for a jaunt down memory lane as we highlight our favorite episodes and guests from the first 99...


 2021-09-07  1h14m

episode 99: YMB #99: Grammar in Morning Time: A Conversation with Andrew Pudewa

It is always a fun honor to chat with Andrew Pudewa and this conversation was no different. First, this guest comes prepared. In the podcast Andrew dives into three different modes of teaching grammar -- and what we think of as traditional grammar instruction is only a part of one of those modes.

We also chat about why grammar (and words and thinking) are so important -- especially in the times in which we live today...


 2021-08-24  57m

episode 98: YMB #98 Finding the Fun in Art History: A Conversation with Lotus Stuart

Lotus Stuart has always done art with her kids ever since they were little. When she started homeschooling them she began using a curriculum, but what she soon discovered was with using a curriculum they were doing less art and it was certainly less FUN.  In that moment the idea for Art History Kids movement was born.

Join Lotus and me as we chat about how to approach art history in a fun, low-pressure way that your kids are going to love...


 2021-08-10  44m