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. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 7 hours 18 minutes


episode 87: YMB 87 Tea and Culture: A Conversation with Jennifer Stowe

On today's podcast I am joined by homeschool mom Jennifer Stowe who has turned a passion for all things tea into a business and educational experience for her entire family. Join us as we talk about the historical, cultural, and literary learning we can derive from tea, fun food ideas for tea time, and how to expand upon passions to enhance learning.

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 2021-02-02  40m

episode 86: YMB 86 Liberal Arts in the Age of Stem: A Conversation with Martin Cothran

Everyone knows that we should focus our educational efforts on teaching kids skills they can actually use in real life, right? Except maybe that is not the best path to the most practical education after all. Yes, a classical education can build virtue, but it also creates the best employees for the modern world.

Need convincing? Then you are going to enjoy this interview with Martin Cothran of Memoria Press...


 2021-01-19  42m

episode 85: YMB 85 Goals, Words, and Redeeming Your Mornings

A new year can be both daunting and exciting at the same time. It is a fresh start and a time for change, but that doesn't excuse the need to be realistic about what you can actually do amid the uncertainties of homeschool mom life (everyday is different, yes?)

So today community manager Dawn Garrett and I are here with some real talk and best tips for setting goals, getting mornings started well (note: I didn't say early.), choosing a word for the year and so much more...


 2021-01-05  52m

episode 84: YMB 84 Advent Carols: A Conversation with Genie Shaw

Continuing with our November theme of celebrating Advent this year, I am joined on today's show by the Your Morning Basket Plus music specialist Genie Shaw. We are talking all about Advent music, what makes it different from Christmas music and why you might want to add some of these pieces to your holiday playlist. We give you ideas for which pieces to start with and how to add celebrating these to your holiday season.

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 2020-11-17  44m

episode 83: YMB 83: Why Advent? A Conversation with Tsh Oxenreider

Today on the show I am joined by author and mom Tsh Oxenreider to chat about her new book Shadow and Light: A Journey Into Advent. In this episode Tsh and I chat about what Advent is and how Tsh came to celebrate it. We also talk about what the season has to offer all Christians -- not just those who attend liturgical churches...


 2020-11-03  57m

episode 82: YMB #82 More than Just Pun and Games: A Conversation with Carl Azuz

On today's podcast I am joined by the very punny host of CNN10, Carl Azuz. With balanced news coverage, wonderful explanations, and a winning host, the 10-minute news show has become a favorite part of our family's Morning Basket. It's the way we love to cover current events.

On this podcast Carl and I chat about how he got his start in journalism, how he ended up doing student news, and the process he uses to produce an objective journalism show for his audience...


 2020-10-20  40m

episode 81: YMB #81 Morning Time with Gifted Kids: A Conversation with Colleen Kessler

Today on the podcast I am joined by my good friend Colleen Kessler who is a homeschooling mom of four and a gifted education specialist.

Colleen and I chat about the benefits of a Morning Basket for your gifted kids as well as some of the challenges that moms of gifted and twice exceptional children might face when it comes to getting everyone on the same page for group learning...


 2020-10-06  49m

episode 80: YMB #80 Beloved: A Conversation with Missy Andrews

Today I am joined my Missy Andrews from the Center for Lit to talk about her book My Divine Comedy: A Mother’s Homeschooling Journey.

I can't explain how encouraged I was by today's episode. No spoilers, but there is one nugget that Missy lays down that is going to have lasting change on how I view myself as a homeschool mom and how I view the work I am doing with my children...


 2020-09-22  45m

episode 79: YMB #79 A Themed-Based Morning Basket: A Conversation with Jessica Waldock

The theme of this episode of the podcast is all about making Morning Time work for your family. I am joined by Jessica Waldock, host of the Morning Baskets and more Facebook community to talk about how using themes saved her Morning Basket. Jessica homeschools an only-child who likes to deep-dive into topics, so a themed Morning Basket is a perfect fit...


 2020-09-08  34m

episode 78: YMB #78 Civics and Current Events: A Conversation with Jill Hummer

Professor and homeschool mom Jill Hummer joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk all about teaching civics and current events in your Morning Time. We chat about what Civics is, exactly, as well as the best ways to bring a living knowledge of citizenship to your kids. 

We also discuss age-appropriate ways to include civics, what to do about current events, and how you can make citizenship a natural part of your homeschool and family...


 2020-08-25  47m