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Episode 054. Homeschool Planning, Morning Time, & More with Pam Barnhill

Episode 054

Truth, Goodness, & Beauty

Get ready for some truth, goodness, and beauty! Pam Barnhill is here to share fresh ideas that will help you feel organized and ready to start your homeschool journey!

Pam’s Bio: Pam Barnhill believes that you don’t have to sacrifice relationships to homeschool strong. An award-winning educator, former journalist, and now homeschooling mom, she has a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps and getting to the heart of the stories her listeners want to hear. She is the host of the popular podcast Your Morning Basket and the author of two homeschooling books: Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter Most and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. Pam lives in the Deep South with her husband of twenty-five years, three (mostly) awesome kids, and the dog dynamic duo. You can find her online at

In this episode, Pam and I talk about:

  • Homeschool for virtue
  • What is a morning basket
  • How to rock morning time (& what it is)
  • Pam’s mentor Cindy Rollins (also a great resource)
  • Teaching multiple grade levels at one time
  • The power of flexibility & learning together
  • The benefits of
  • Why art & music appreciation are important
  • Preserving the relationship when homeschooling
  • Thoughts on motherhood & martyrdom
  • Thoughts on patience
  • Thoughts on being an adult
  • Delight vs. fun
  • The importance of normalizing homeschool for you AND your kids
  • Two different kinds of subjects: Skill Based Subjects vs. Content Area Subjects
  • Curriculum mentions: All About Reading, All About Spelling, Math U See, IEW Writing, The One Year Adventure Novel, Morning Basket for content area subjects
  • Book suggestion: Project Based Homeschooling
  • Citizen Science Projects
  • Favorite Resources: Schloe Sisters Podcast
  • You don’t have to figure it all out your first year, first month, or first week

Education is about learning to love what is lovely.

All the ways Pam shows up for homeschool families:

Her Podcast: Your Morning Basket
Her Website:
Her Books: Plan Your Year and Better Together
Her Course: Plan Your Year
Her YouTube Channel:
Her Community: Email her & ask to join!

Pam’s Links:

All Things Pam

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Oak Meadow: Thanks to Oak Meadow for supporting today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood! Oak Meadow is the curriculum that saved me in my first years of homeschooling over 10 years ago. This incredible, long standing curriculum company known for their inspiring, pre-printed (& now digital) curricula and teacher-supported distance learning options. Their philosophy is brilliant—they see the value in educating the whole child and supporting parents. Their curriculum aligns with rigorous academic standards while remaining customizable to meet a student’s skills, interests, and learning style. Their secular education philosophy encompasses multiple learning styles and a full range of subjects for each grade level—all with a charming touch of Waldorf influence. Their lessons harness a child’s imagination while challenging the mind. Their enrichment guide The Heart of Learning is an excellent resource for parents to find out more about education philosophies, child development, and how to develop your home educator skills. I continue to draw on Oak Meadow for my own children for lessons, teaching ideas for me, and perspective.

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Homeschool Explained: I used to teach in-person workshops here on Maui that helped families get started on their homeschool journey feeling resourced and confident. To meet requests from parents on other islands and on the mainland, I turned that workshop into an online resource for you!

If you’re thinking of homeschooling and aren’t sure where to begin or you just got started and still have a ton of questions, I’ve got you. I put over 10 years of homeschool experience into a 3 hour video that you can start and stop at your own convenience. I go over all of the most common questions I’ve gotten from parents and workshop attendees over the years…I share with you about curriculum, homeschool styles, when to start, subjects to teach, planning, schedules, cost, state laws, umbrella schools, testing, record keeping, community, socialization, and more. My goal was to over share so that when you finish the course, you’ll feel resourced and ready to go.

Discount Code: Use the code LORIBETH50 for 50% OFF of my how to homeschool course Homeschool Explained! This offer will remain open as a thank you to my amazing Elevating Motherhood listeners.

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