Coffee With Carrie: Homeschool Podcast

Coffee With Carrie: Homeschool Podcast

Sit down, relax, and take a little coffee break with Carrie. Using biblical principles, years of experience, and a little bit of humor, Carrie De Francisco offers homeschooling advice, tips, and ideas to moms who have been called to this homeschooling adventure. Weekly coffee breaks and conversations with Carrie will give you the support and encouragement you need to help you homeschool one day at a time, one step at a time, and one cup of coffee at a time. Author of Just Breathe ( & Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God.

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May 6, 2021 15 min

Make this week's Coffee With Carrie Podcast a priority.  It will be the best 15 fifteen minutes of homeschooling advice you will receive.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee.  Leave your guilt, worries, and stress in the other room, and then turn on  "High School Hindsight."  As Carrie prepares to graduate her last homeschooler, she shares advice she would have given her younger (and more energetic) self 20 years ago when sh...

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This week's CWC podcast is the second half of the session, "How to Apply the Sabbath Principle to Your Homeschooling"  that was recorded at the CWC Mom Conference in March.  This recording was split into two separate podcasts.  Last week's podcast was Part 1 and this week's  podcast  is part 2.   In this episode, Carrie continues to share  practical ways to rest in the Lord and to focus on what is truly importan...

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This week, CWC podcast is a re-recording of a session from CWC's Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms.  In this session, "How to Apply the Sabbath Principle to Your Homeschooling,"  Carrie shares a few tidbits from the first section of her book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God as well as tons of new stories and lessons she  learned since the book was published during this crazy Co...

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This week, Carrie shares the last session from the CWC Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms that was held back in March.  As requested by the moms in attendence, Carrie turned the "Simplification Principle:  How to Apply It to Your Homeschooling" session into this week's podcast.  In this episode, Carrie shares the acronym  S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y as a way to help moms simplify their lives, homes, and homeschooling.  This acr...

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April 8, 2021 20 min

Welcome back to "Creative Writing Tool Box (Part 2)!  In this week's episode, Carrie concludes her conversation about how to make writing more enjoyable (for both you and your child).  In Part 2, Carrie shares how to use everyday objects around the house, old photos and interesting pictures, fables, fairytales, poetry, puns, picture books, and so much more to spark ideas and get your child's creative juices flowing.  Ca...

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April 1, 2021 26 min

Who should listen to this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast?

If your child hates writing, 
If your child loves to write,
If you are running out of ideas, 
If your child has dysgraphia,
If your child is a budding author, 
If your child never knows what to write about, or 
If writing makes you or your child cry in frustration, then pour yourself a large latte and join Carrie for a little coffee break this week.

This week’s episode is full of...

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He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  Next week is the most important and solemn week of the year.  We remember the redemptive work of our savior, Jesus, on the cross and our new life in Christ because of His death and resurrection.   This week, take a break from your usual activities and lessons.  In this week's episode, Carrie shares simple ways to celebrate Easter in a meaningful way.  She gives bible passages and stories to re...

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If you couldn't attend our Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms, you can still hear the talks presented on Saturday!  The event was not live streamed, but Carrie recorded the sessions at the request of the moms in attendance.    This week's episode is the first session on Saturday morning entitled, "Hannah's Hope:  Having Hope in a Hopeless World."  In this week's podcast, Carrie digs deep into 1 Samual Ch...

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If you homeschool and you have a serious and competitive athlete, then you don't want to miss this week's Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  After announcing that her son committed to play baseball at the collegiate level, Carrie received tons of emails and messages from relieved moms, dads, and high school homeschoolers!  Sadly, many talented homeschool athletes give up homeschooling during the high school years thinking public ...

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In this week's episode, Carrie continues her informal conversation and Q & A session.  In the last episode, Carrie began answering all of the questions you submitted through Facebook, Instagram, and email.   In Part 2, Carrie shares ideas on how to homeschool the strong-willed child, how do you know you are teaching enough, how to take an extended break without the guilt, how to connect and make friends, how to teach God...

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Join us this week for an informal conversation and Q & A session with Carrie.  In this week's coffee break, Carrie answers all of the questions you submitted through Facebook, Instagram, and email.  Carrie shares her thoughts and insights in two episodes.  In Part 1, Carrie discusses everything from homeschooling little ones and getting organized to winning over homeschool critics, getting husbands involved, high school spo...

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February 18, 2021 20 min

Spending time with other moms is essential!  It is vital for our survival as we live out our ministry of motherhood and our calling to homeschool.  In this week's podcast, Carrie explains how spending time with other homeschooling moms needs to be and should be a priority.  Carrie also shares what she and her friends have planned for this year's Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms.  This year’s theme is Just Breathe:  A ...

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To teach or not to teach Shakespeare? That is the question!   If you are thinking, "There’s no way I can teach Shakespeare to my kids!" or "There is no way my kids will enjoy learning about Shakespeare and his plays.  I don't understand him.  How in the world will my little guys get it?" then you need to join Carrie for this week's little coffee break.  Yes!  You can teach Shakespeare, and yes! Your children...

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February 4, 2021 23 min

Do you have a love/hate relationship with science? 
Maybe you are looking for ways to make science more interactive and hands-on this month.

If teaching science (or even the idea of teaching science) stresses you out, then pour yourself a cup of coffee and join Carrie for a little coffee break this week. Perhaps this podcast will help you fall in love with teaching science!  With Valentine’s in the air and candy and paper hearts eve...

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The countdown has begun!  It's almost February which means Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Join Carrie this week for a super special coffee break.  In this week's episode, Carrie shares 14 simple and fun ways to celebrate Valentine's Day by focusing on God's love and God's call to love others.  Carrie explains how to use a Valentine Countdown to study God's Word and to memorize scripture as a...

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Do you need a "do-over" this week or a fresh start this year?  If so, then join Carrie for a little coffee break and some encouragement from God's Word.  In this week's episode, Carrie digs deep into the Book of Ruth and shares five powerful lessons on new beginnings and "do-overs."  Carrie focuses on Naomi, Ruth's mother-in-law, and the many lessons we can from her and how we can apply them to our new y...

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January 14, 2021 23 min

Do you really think Carrie is suggesting you take an entire year off of homeschooling???  Well, maybe she is and maybe God is calling you to take a drastic and daring approach to the second half of your school year.  Perhaps God is calling you and your family to take a sabbatical year.   It's not as radical as it sounds.  Sabbaticals are actually biblical.  Admit it!  You know you are a bit intrigued by the idea.  If you are ex...

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January 7, 2021 26 min

Happy New Year!  Is your new year's resolution to ditch all of the distance learning in 2021?  If so, then grab a cup of coffee and join Carrie for this week's coffee break!  If you are tired of Zoom classes and being tethered to a computer screen and someone else's schedule all day long, then join Carrie this week.  Distance learning is not for everyone.  A virtual environment for most kids can be too distracting.  It ...

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December 31, 2020 23 min

2020 has been a year of answered prayers!  On January 1st, Carrie's prayer for the new year was that God would give us 20/20 vision in 2020.  Carrie prayed for God to give us a clear vision, to give us spiritual insight, to help us see things the way God sees them, and to reveal the hidden, reveal the things we needed to know, reveal the things we needed to see, and reveal things we didn’t understand.  God answered that prayer ...

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December 10, 2020 17 min

Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, and Merry Christmas!  Welcome back Holiday Homeschooling Part 2.  In this week's episode, Carrie continues her conversation about how to take a Sabbath break the entire month of December to celebrate the true reason for the season.   In Part 2 of Holiday Homeschooling, Carrie shares how to replace formal school work this holiday season with some fun (and educational) geography activities.  Instead of...

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