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Our heart is for the mama who seeks to learn and grow while she’s helping her children learn and grow. Our show is a casual conversation about topics that matter to those of us in the trenches of classical homeschooling who yearn for something more than just checking boxes and getting it all done. In each episode, we cover our Scholé Everyday (places to go for inspiration and growth), and foster a topical discussion relying on principles we find in books by people like David Hicks, James Tay ...
 
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.
 
Family life at home can be crazy and the house absolute chaos, but Mystie Winckler is here to give you hope and a good kick in the pants. You can break projects down, overcome overwhelm, end perfectionism, and beat the boom and bust cycle! Listen to the stories of moms who have and know that you can, too.
 
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Our special guest this week is Melissa Cummings. Melissa and her husband Steven are second generation Christian homeschooling parents of five. She directs a Classical Christian homeschool co-op in her rural community, and also manages to pull off the annual Paideia Northwest conference for mamas raising kids for Christ. You can find her at JoyfulDo…
 
Summer is for fun and what is more fun than a summer reading program and Morning Time. In this episode Pam and member success manager Laney Homan talk about the Traveling Through the Pages FREE summer reading program that encourages your kids to stretch outside their comfort zones and read widely this summer. Laney gives a number of great ideas of …
 
freehomeschoolplanner.com When I need homeschool planning tips, I go to Pam Barnhill. Every summer I print out my pages from Plan Your Year to put our homeschool year together. So I wanted to have her on to talk about what makes planning work and how to be consistent with our plans. Listen to my conversation with Pam Barnhill in today's episode of …
 
So many people are turning to homeschooling these days, and the first question they usually ask is about curriculum – what should they use and how should they use it. In today’s episode, Mystie and Brandy discuss why it’s useful to back up and talk about why everyone needs a philosophy and how to go about building one. *** Earlier this week on Tues…
 
Morning Time gives us a gift. It gives us a time in our day where we can enjoy the music, poetry, and art of a culture -- either our own or the culture of others. Today I am joined by Amber O'Neal Johnston who talks about why exploring both are important, and she has a ton of examples and ideas of how we can do that in our Morning Time. For podcast…
 
Time Budget Template: https://www.simplyconvivial.com/timebudget Part 2 of my conversation with Viriginia Lee Rogers focuses on how to organize your attitude when you feel like you're going nuts keeping up with details and people, when it feels like there's not enough time to do it all (maybe there actually isn't!)…
 
Handle overwhelm better: AnswerOverwhelm.com -- free workshop As moms, we need to be realistic about what's actually going on behind our grumpy, irritable moods. We might think there's something terribly wrong, that we need to totally revamp our whole life and self, when really we just need to get enough sleep.…
 
To prepare for today’s episode, Abby, Mystie, and Brandy read the first two chapters of Charlotte Mason’s third volume, School Education, which is all about authority. Our conversation centers on trying to grasp exactly what is unhealthy authority, what is healthy authority, and then how do we fight the anti-authority culture we live in? It was s a…
 
So often we set ourselves up to fail when we have unrealistic expectations and expect a perfect Morning Time. Sometimes we don't even realize that perfectionism is the problem we are fighting. In this episode Pam breaks down what perfectionism can look like in your Morning Time and gives some tips on how to beat it so you can your kids can enjoy Mo…
 
Free Brain Dump Guide: https://www.simplyconvivial.com/braindump Stop using your head like a briefcase because it's making you feel overwhelmed and incapable of handling life. So much of what we do as moms at home doesn't have a tangible result at the end of the day. It's hard to recognize what we've done and be satisfied in it, but that recognitio…
 
Free Workshop: AnswerOverwhelm.com Today we're going to chat about feeling overwhelmed and about practical ways to organize your attitude. Leisa and her husband and three kids have built their own home in Southern Idaho, first living and homeschooling in a camper while the home was under construction. So she knows a thing or two about overwhelm.…
 
Our guest today is Brett Stroud. Brett is the President of Providence Classical Academy in Bakersfield, California. He is a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute, a great books program at Biola University, and of the Pepperdine University School of Law. The mission of Providence Classical Academy is “To provide the children entrusted to its care …
 
Maybe you want to do memory work with your kids but you are worried that it will become a drill and kill time that nobody loves. I used to worry about that too but the reality was far from that. Today I am joined by Abby Wahl and we chat about different ways you can make memory work more enjoyable to do -- even if you don't consider yourself a "fun…
 
Amy's Bible Memory resources: https://humilityanddoxology.com/year-of-memory-work/ The best way to keep our attitude under control and live out the fruit of the Spirit is to memorize and recite Scripture every day, all the time. Amy gives us some tips and helps to weave Bible memory work into our lives as homeschoolers and women.…
 
No More Perfectionism Workshop! https://www.nomoreperfectionism.com Perfectionism trips us all up and sometimes we don't even realize it's our problem. We don't have to do things perfectly to be fulfilling our responsibilities well. Perfectionism is really just a guise for self-centeredness. Listen to Amy Sloan of Humility and Doxology remind us ho…
 
In today’s episode, Brandy, Pam, Mystie, and Abby discuss the idea that classical education “makes you more human.” Depending on what you think this means, the phrase can come off as offensive, in conflict with Charlotte Mason’s assertion that children are born persons, and more. Because of this, they’re taking a deep dive into what this really mea…
 
You enjoy Morning Time but you sometimes wonder if it will really have the outcomes that you hope. When you have little ones, how do you keep pushing through the messy moments when the results of your efforts are so far away. I am joined by Heather Tully and Brittny Bailey today to talk about just that topic and together we offer the perspectives o…
 
Free pantry printables & guides: https://www.simplyconvivial.com/pantry Abby feeds 40+ people on the regular when it's lambing season - not as a big social event where people bring their polite appetites, but where people are coming in after a long day of hard labor and will go back out again afterward. So Abby has all kinds of tips and hacks up he…
 
Free "plans that stick" workshop: https://www.simplyconvivial.com/unstuck If we spend time planning but never look at those plans, we're just wasting time. If we make plans that are completely unrealistic, then we're just wasting time planning. If you aren't sticking to your plans, the problem might lie in your planning. Let's talk about how to mak…
 
Our special guest today is the one and only Gregory Wilbur! Greg is founder and president of New College Franklin—a Christian college that concentrates on the classics and the seven liberal arts with a discussion-based approach and spiritual formation. In addition to teaching and developing curriculum, his current academic focus is advancing the di…
 
Sometimes history texts can be a little dry and uninspiring, but what can homeschoolers do to bring history to life? My guest Amy Sloan eschews the textbooks altogether and simply uses real living books to teach history to her kids. Worried about how to make it happen? Amy breaks down how to do it, where to find the books, and some of the benefits …
 
Find Kortney's resources: https://www.simplyconvivial.com/kortney Welcome to Simplified Organization, a show for busy moms who are looking for practical help in managing their homes, families, and lives for God's glory. We keep it real without complaining and we help women overcome the overwhelm and perfectionism that comes from the comparison game…
 
Free Workshop: AnswerOverwhelm.com Kortney Garrison is a poet and a homeschool mama of three who works from home as the Community Director for Read-Aloud Revival. She also blogs at kortneygarrison.com Welcome to Simplified Organization, a show for busy moms who are looking for practical help in managing their homes, families, and lives for God's gl…
 
In today’s episode, Abby, Mystie, and Brandy dig into Josef Pieper’s lesser-known work Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power. They end up spending a lot of time on the idea of flattery which is … super uplifting. The good news is that they decide in the end that what we are already doing in classical education works for this issue, too! *** It’s not to…
 
Today I am joined by Jeanette Pascua, homeschool mom of four, who has always used a Morning Basket as preschool in her homeschool. Jeanette and I chat about how Morning Time is the perfect way to accomplish preschool goals of language development. We also chat about how Morning Time with preschoolers looks different when your preschool child is you…
 
free brain dump guide: https://www.simplyconvivial.com/braindump The root cause of procrastination and laziness is most often attitude. Again, ask yourself questions and find out the reason behind your attitude; with that information, fixing your attitude and overcoming procrastination will be simple. Don’t let your mind be a cluttered storage unit…
 
Welcome back to Scholé Sisters. Today kicks off our 17th season of the show. This episode has been SIX YEARS in the making! It’s our one hundredth episode! In honor of 100 episodes and also over a MILLION downloads, Mystie went through and figured out our top five most-referenced books. Today we’re sharing a little bit of the personal history of th…
 
. It happens to all of us. We cozy up with our kids and a good book expecting a blissful Morning Time of family learning when all of a sudden, "He hit me!" erupts from the couch. How are we supposed to focus on truth, goodness, and beauty with bickering, punching, and yelling are going on in our living room? is it even worth the effort when all our…
 
One of the things I love is hearing about how other families work Morning Time into their homeschool days. How did they get started? What is their journeys like? Today on the podcast veteran homeschool mom Laney Homan is here to share here Morning Time story. She started about seven years ago and she keeps adapting Morning Time to meet her needs. E…
 
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…
 
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