“Work With the Wiggle” ~ Morning Time with Boys

I had the absolute pleasure of spending an hour talking with Pam Barnhill of Your Morning Basket about our family’s experience with Morning Time over the years. As I listened to the podcast this morning, I had two thoughts. The first was “Is that really how I sound??” The second, and much more important, was the remembrance, with great joy and gratitude, of the very best thing we did in our homeschool.

You can listen to our discussion right here, but do be sure to visit Your Morning Basket for the list of resources and the Morning Basket bonus download.

Kinderfreuden by Fritz Beinke, c 1890

3 thoughts on ““Work With the Wiggle” ~ Morning Time with Boys

  1. Hi Kathy,

    The interview with Pam Barnhill was simply a delight! I listened to it while driving last night and was thankful for again another reminder to focus on the most important and not just fill buckets. I’ve been reading much of Cindy Rollins’ and Edith Schaeffer, and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay that has certainly refocused the direction of our homeschool. I discovered your store a few months ago from some language arts recommendations of Mystie Winkler. I’m in the process of making some changes in the realm of language arts…which for us is the final tumbler to fall where what we are doing aligns more with our philosophy. I feel like I’ve spent the last 7 years homeschooling (we have 4 kids — ages 13-3) trying to unwire the traditional education I had as a youth. The more we change and align more with a classical Charlotte Mason philosophy, the more freedom and joy we have experienced in our homeschool. My question to you is with regard to what I think is “busywork” related to our language arts. Its taking up a considerable chunk of time with trying to do IEW with the older 2, a younger IEW for our 8 year old (PAL program) and spelling. Do you have any ideas on ways to streamline things more? I think there is still a part of me that thinks if spelling, writing and grammar aren’t their own separate books and curriculum, they won’t truly learn. Though I know deep down that is not true, I’m having a hard time letting go 🙂 I love many of your products after taking some time to peruse your store and maybe its a longer conversation to decide how we can transition away from some of the books we are using to some that you offer. I am already ready to make that Book of Centuries purchase for our eldest 🙂 Many thanks!

    1. Dear Renee, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I know what you mean about trying to unwire our own educations!

      Depending on the grammar background for your oldest two, I would probably suggest Bards & Poets. And definitely Primer One for your younger student. I’d be happy to talk with you and help you place your children. Email me at cottagepresspublishing@gmail.com, and we can set up a time.


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