Homeschooling offers wonderful flexibility and freedom, but getting started each day and covering everything can be challenging and stressful. Join Trish Corlew as she interviews Pam Barnhill, author, speaker, and veteran homeschooling mom. Pam is the creator of Your Morning Basket – a program that helps homeschoolers incorporate subjects and projects that typically fall outside of the “3 Rs” but can be instrumental to making homeschooling more well-rounded, educational, and fun. If you are interested in learning how to schedule and enjoy special topics, include group activities for all of your homeschoolers, or simply add some read-aloud time to your homeschool, this episode is for you! While you’re listening, be sure to subscribe to Pam’s email list to get notified about membership plans!
Pam, a former public school teacher with a passion for journalism, believed that she could eliminate many of the undesirable aspects of public schooling and create a more positive, enriching educational environment for her family. She realized that she was spending too much of her homeschooling hours “feeling frantic and scattered, just checking off boxes.” In today’s episode, Pam relates her reasons and methods for making a positive and revolutionary change in her homeschool by creating and implementing the “morning time basket.” She gives practical advise such when and where to do morning time depending on the ages of your homeschoolers. Hint: It isn’t always in the morning and it can be almost anywhere!
Pam’s strong desire to help her children see the beauty in math, find time to learn and recite poetry, and read beautiful stories led her on this journey that so many homeschoolers have benefitted from. Her plans are designed to “reduce decision fatigue,” and to enrich your homeschool and your lives. If you thrive on freedom within structure, you must try a free month of Pam’s plans. Be sure to check out Pam’s website and books. You’ll be so glad you did!
Meet the Guest
Pam Barnhill is a high school journalism teacher and yearbook professional formerly, she has taught classes in her local school, organized and presented multi-day yearbook workshops, and presented at events like the Columbia Scholastic Press National Convention in New York.
She has a heart for helping connect homeschool moms to practical solutions that will make a huge difference in their homeschool, their days, and the way they feel about teaching at home.
Her website pambarnhill.com receives over 120,000 page views each month and is the home to three homeschooling podcasts with a combined total of over a million downloads.
She has authored three homeschooling books including the popular Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace and Your Morning Basket: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty for Your Homeschool Day, a guide to implementing Morning Time in your homeschool.
Her practical solutions and ability to break big tasks into small, manageable steps while keeping it real, makes her a popular choice for events.
Pam lives with her husband Matt, three crazy kids, and a passel of family dogs in Alabama where she enjoys reading and watching football in her free time.
Show notes are below.
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Quotes from Pam Barnhill
Every job I ever had in my adult life stemmed from the fact that I was yearbook editor in high school. The skills I learned there did me well.
I won’t say we have loved every minute of it, but we have enjoyed most days!
[I] wanted to homeschool because I wanted my kids to learn to recite poetry and to read beautiful stories.
[Morning time] doesn’t even have to be done in the morning. It is the time of day for your entire family to come together and learn together and to give weight or importance to all of those little things that are so important to you as a homeschooler.
You can not read to your kids too much. [For younger kids] picture books are a big, huge part of morning time.
We always tell people “don’t design a nine or ten-year-old’s morning time for your five-year-old.”
So much of what we do with mathematics in our homeschool is computation only. We don’t take a lot of time to see the beautiful aspects of math.
Even young kids can really enjoy …mathematical concepts that go beyond just doing a page of addition.
As a homeschooling mom, I think decision fatigue is the biggest enemy you come up against daily in your homeschool.
Resources mentioned in the podcast and other important links
- Great Homeschooling Conventions and the “Real Mom Lounge”
- CNN 10
- The Magician and His Nephew/Narnia series
- IEW’s Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorization
- The Littlest Pumpkin
- Gena Mayo’s Music in Our Homeschool
- Your Morning Basket +
- Living History Books?
- US History Detective?
- Geography Matters Rethink Geography (coming soon)
- kumon books? for cutting, etc./fine motor
- Your Morning Basket Plus membership
- com/month – sign up for email list
- Plan Your Year by Pam Barnhill
- Better Together by Pam Barnhill
- Ten Minutes to a Better Homeschool podcast
How to make homeschool fun!!
- Believe in Unicorns Coloring Book: 50+ Beautiful Mythical Unicorn Coloring Pages.
- Diamond Painting Kits for Adults, Teens or Tweens
- Our game recommendations on Amazon on how to make homeschool fun!
- Homeschool Road Trips and you can find us on our Facebook Page and Group
- Fun Printable Site: Only Passionate Curiosity
- Our snarky irreverent view of homeschooling: Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers