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Schedule of Events

All times listed are in Central Daylight Time (GMT -5).

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Day 1 – Tuesday, October 1


10:00am – 10:45am

Exploring Exciting Rhythms

By Carol ReynoldsProfessor Carol

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A Waltz!  A March! A Polka!  What is more fun than dancing and counting out such strong rhythms?

Kids do love to count, and everyone, young or old, enjoys the familiar beats of music that has moved humans since time immemorial. 

But does all music count out as regularly as 1-2-3 or 1-2-3-4?  Join Professor Carol for some new ways to count, and experience, music, including rhythms in “5’s” or in combinations of 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. You might be surprised at how much fun it is to try, as well as how natural it all feels, once it gets going.

If you are able to hear even just the opening of the following pieces before our session, please do. But if not, don’t worry: do still join us to explore the endless possibilities of musical rhythm.

Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók, No. 6 (here you can watch the musical score go by)  

And for some real excitement, you might want to watch this prodigious little girl fly through the same piece!

Wedding Chorus from A Life for the Tsar, Mikhail Glinka (a much quieter work—hard to hear even, but we’ll have fun with it)



11:30am – 12:15pm

Opening Up our Ears to Music of Intensity and Power

By Carol ReynoldsProfessor Carol

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Music evokes many moods including beauty, delicacy, reverence, nostalgia, and joy. 

But music also portrays feelings that are difficult to absorb. This happens when composers express aspects of our human experience that are difficult, even life-shattering. Think, for example, how a composer might respond to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 (9/11). It certainly wouldn’t be with light melody and dancing rhythms. 

Today’s session will explore just this question: how do composers express that which is unthinkably difficult? The session is designed for high-schoolers and adults, and will feature two significant, aurally challenging works that have had enormous influence in the decades since they were composed.

Quartet for the End of Time (Quatour pour la fin du temps) was written in 1941 by the extraordinary French composer Oliver Messiaen while imprisoned in a concentration camp in Görlitz known as Stalag VIII-A

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima by the master Polish Composer Krzysztof Penderecki reflects in an extraordinary way upon this shattering event at the end of World War II. Both of these pieces employ a modern, challenging musical vocabulary.  But they also deliver an important musical experience and teach us just how powerful music can be.

Participants are encouraged to listen to these works in advance if possible. But if you can not listen, still, do join us for the session! For the Messiaen I will address only the first three movements (c. 17 minutes): I. Liturgy of Crystal (c. 2:20 mins.), II. Vocalise (c. 6:45 mins.), and III. Abyss of the Birds (c 7:30 mins.).  

The Penderecki work I’ll consider in full.  You’ll find two performances below: one showing an orchestra playing it (fascinating to watch), and another giving you a look at the musical score to show how such non-traditional sounds can be notated (written down).  Please know that the opening of both pieces, but particularly the Penderecki, this piece challenge the ears! But stick with it, remembering, as you react, the subject matter and tiles of both. 

The following links will take you to good performances or you may choose to find your own. 

Quartet for the End of Time:

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima 

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Musical Score


Day 2 – Wednesday, October 2


7:00pm – 7:30pm

10 Reasons to Add Nature Study to Your Morning Time

By Joy CherrickNature Study Hacking

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Morning Time doesn’t have to be complicated.

In fact, it should help you breathe life into your homeschool. One way to bring more life into your school day is to incorporate Nature Study.

Nature Study in Morning Time can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes and will reap fruits that will bring you coming back for more!

In this practical session Joy will look at the reasons why Nature Study is a beneficial practice, plus focus on easy ways to get it done.

Day 3 – Thursday, October 3


11:00am – 11:45am CDT (GMT -5)

Memorize a Poem the Fun and Easy Way

By Pam BarnhillYour Morning Basket

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Memorizing poetry is fun.

Join Pam to memorize the poem “Fall, Leaves, Fall” by Emily Bronte using the ancient and fun memory palace technique.

Using zany images and a virtual walk through her memory palace living room, you will have a poem learned by heart that you can share with dad at the dinner table tonight!

Fall, Leaves, Fall

Emily Brontë

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Day 4 – Friday, October 4


1:00pm – 1:45pm CDT (GMT -5)

Watercolor Resist Owl

By Alisha GratehouseMasterpiece Society

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Join art teacher Alisha to create a Watercolor Resist Owl for all ages.
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  • Best ages guideline: All ages (with help)
  • Prep: See supply list below, print template from link below


You will need the following supplies:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrush
  • Oil pastels OR crayons (either is fine)
  • Pencil
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Template (Click to download.)


3:30pm – 4:00pm CDT (GMT -5)

A Practical Approach to Memory Work

By Amy SloanHumility and Doxology

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Incorporating memory work in your Morning Time doesn’t have to be boring

You can choose beautiful ideas over lists of facts! It also doesn’t have to be complicated.

Learn tips for choosing memory work and enjoying it with a wide range of ages.

Day 7 – Monday, October 7


1:30pm – 2:15pm CDT (GMT -5)

Finding the Gospel in Greek Mythology

By Angelina StanfordLiterary Life Podcast

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How should Christians read mythology?

In this fascinating session for ages middle school and up, Angelina will use the myth Orpheus and Eurydice to demonstrate how myths should be ready and also how Christians should approach the reading of myths.

Join us and be amazed at what myths have to offer the modern Christian when read well.

Please read the myth Orpheus and Eurydice prior to class for the best experience.

Link to myth here.

Day 8 – Tuesday, October 8


12:00pm – 12:45pm CDT (GMT -5)

The Thank You Note Challenge

By Maryrose WoodSwanburne Academy

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Good manners confer a powerful advantage in life.

Maryrose Wood (author of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books and founder of The Swanburne Academy, a new online membership for families) will lead a lesson in the proper writing of thank-you notes, Swanburne style.

Expect howling to ensue, and a readaloud, too!



3:30pm – 4:00pm CDT (GMT -5)

Easy Shakespeare for the Entire Family

By Mystie WincklerSimply Convivial

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You don’t have to study Shakespeare…

you can simply experience, alongside your kids, Shakespeare for what he is: a master storyteller.

Join Mystie Winckler for a practical, non-intimidating approach to the Bard for your Morning Time.


Day 9 – Wednesday, October 9


10:30am – 11:15am CDT (GMT -5)

Fall Inspired Wall Hanging Handicraft

By Meghann DibrellRooted Childhood

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Make a treasure for your fall decor

Join Meghann for this lovely handicraft for ages three and up.

  • yarn in a variety of colors and weights
  • scissors
  • 12 inch wooden dowel or stick from the backyard


Day 10 – Thursday, October 10


12:00pm – 12:45pm CDT (GMT -5)

Nature Study: The Pumpkin

By Joy CherrickNature Study Hacking

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Have you ever taken the time to look a little bit more closely at a pumpkin before carving it into a Jack-O-Lantern or eating it in a pie?

  • Click here to watch the replay.
  • Best ages guideline: All ages (with help)
  • Prep: See supply list below. Pumpkin artwork can be printed for tracing or reference.

In this Morning Time session, we will be studying the pumpkin – a favorite Fall fruit.

We will do an object lesson with a real pumpkin by asking a ton of questions to help us engage all of our five senses. We will also talk about some nature lore inspired by pumpkins and read a poem about Autumn.

There will be some fun interaction time, so get ready to answer some questions! We look forward to seeing you in the chat box!


  • Paper or nature journal
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils or crayons (optional)




3:00pm – 3:30pm CDT (GMT -5)

Poetry as a Daily Habit

By David KernThe Daily Poem

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We all agree that poetry is an essential part of any education…

(including self-education!), but it can also be intimidating to implement into our daily practices. But that doesn’t have to be the case. This session will offer some tips for making poetry a daily habit to luxuriate in with your family, not simply a mysterious, frustrating but “must-do” part of the English curricula.


Day 11 – Friday, October 11


10:00am – 10:45am CDT (GMT -5)

Story Time with Miss Sarah

By Sarah Mackenzie, Read Aloud Revival

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Nothing beats a good story time

Join Sarah Mackenzie from Read Aloud Revival for a rollicking good story time perfect for ages preschool through elementary school.



3:00pm – 3:30pm CDT (GMT -5)

Cultivating Conversation During Morning Time

By Mary Wilson, Creative Homeschooling

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Make the most of your morning time and cultivate great conversations with your kids.

From discussions of current events to answering everyday questions, learn how to spark family conversations.

Mary Wilson will share resources and ideas that have helped her create space for great conversations with her own family and tips so you can implement a few ideas with your own.

Day 12 – Saturday, October 12


10:00am – 10:30am CDT (GMT -5)

Morning Time for a Wide Age Range with Babies and Toddlers 


By Heather Tully, Heather Tully Photography

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Outnumbered & wondering what to do?

Is it possible to have morning time coexist with a baby in your home? Or what about morning time with high schoolers? How about babies, toddlers AND big kids? And… is it possible to keep going, year after year so we can finish well with wonder along the way?

YES! Join me as I discuss morning time with babies to high schoolers, sharing how I’ve been able to behold wonder alongside my children for the past 16 years… with 16+ years to go! You can do this, Mama!

Day 12 – Monday, October 14


4:00pm – 4:45pm CDT (GMT -5)

Easily Plan a Morning Time You Will Love

By Pam BarnhillYour Morning Basket

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Create a Morning Time You Will Love

Planning a Morning Time should bring you joy, not anxiety.

Join Pam as she walks you through how to use the 4Rs — reading, ritual, recitation, and relationship to plan a Morning Time perfect for your family.

Visit event vendors for FREE goodies.

Enter Our Poetry Contest

The Fall in Love with Morning Time poetry contest is being sponsored by The Daily Poem podcast. The Daily Poem is an easy way to fit more poetry into your Morning Time. Check it out. 

  • Choose a Fall-themed poem of at least 10 lines to memorize.
  • Record a video of your child reciting the poem by heart.
  • Post it on Instagram using the hashtags #yourmorningbasket and #dailypoemcontest to enter. Poems must be posted by October 31 to be eligible. Three winners will be chosen November 1 in three age groups: up through age 6, ages 7-9, and ages 10+.
  • Winners will win a book from The Folio Society.

Win prizes from our wonderful sponsors. 

Prizes Include:


What time zone are the events listed in?

All times listed are in Central Daylight Time (GMT -5). You can use this conversion tool to figure out your local time zone. 

How do we know how to prepare for sessions?

Some sessions require supplies or for you to read or listen to something prior to attending. You can find links to everything you need by clicking the + next to the session you desire to attend. Everything you need will be listed there.

How do I attend the live sessions?

To attend a live session open the + sign under the session you want to attend and then click the Zoom link at the schedule time to enter the webinar. You can also click on the link in the email. If you have not used Zoom you will be prompted to download the software. You will not be seen or heard during the session, but can use the chat box to communicate with presenters.

How long will I have access to the event?

The festival page will remain open until October 31. You have until then to watch the event replays and download goodies from our vendor booths. Contests will end October 14 and winners will be announced via email October 15.

What if I have a question not answered here?

We would love to help you out! Email it to [email protected]

How quickly will replays be posted?

Usually the same day, but never more than 24 hours after an event. The video replay link for an event will be posted on the event description in the schedule above and you can access it there.

There are so many sessions! What if we can’t watch everything?

It’s ok. Just as you would never try to do everything at a real offline festival you don’t have to online either. Choose the things that interest you most. You will have until October 31 to watch replays if you can’t catch an event live. Feel free to watch as many times as you like.


Who is eligible to win prizes?

Anyone may enter the giveaway. Only US residents are eligible to win shipped, physical prizes. Anyone is eligible to win digital prizes. Winners will be contacted via email October 15 and must claim their prize by October 22.