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 19, 2022 15 min

It is Homeschool Convention Season!  This week Carrie is dropping TWO Coffee With Carrie Homeschool Podcast episodes to help you navigate the homeschool curriculum exhibit hall and to help you get the most out of your homeschool convention experience.  In this week's bonus episode, Carrie shares advice on how to successfully navigate the exhibit halls as she shares five important things to before and during your convention.  It...

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It is Homeschool Convention Season!  This week Carrie is dropping TWO Coffee With Carrie Homeschool Podcast episodes to help you navigate the homeschool curriculum exhibit hall and to help you get the most out of your homeschool convention experience.  In this episode, Carrie shares suggestions for curriculum and resources for Bible, reading, writing, language arts, math, science, and history to check out.   In this coffee break, C...

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May 12, 2022 25 min

Join Carrie this week for some coffee and conversation with Amy Sloan of Humility & Doxology.  Amy, who is a 2nd generation homeschool mom of 5 children, shares every month a month's worth of memory work that moms can use in their own homeschooling.  In this week's Coffee With Carrie Homeschool episode, Carrie and Amy share ideas about memory work or as Amy likes to call it, "knowing it by heart."  In their conv...

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There is so much more to high school English than reading Dickens and writing essays.  Planning your teen's four years of English can be easy and enjoyable if you change your perspective.  Do you want your high schooler to complete English "standards" or to master the art of language?  Change your question from, "What skills and topics need to be covered in order to get high school English credit?" to "What ...

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April 28, 2022 25 min

Losing a loved one is hard.  Parenting and homeschooling after a death or after a loss in the family is extremely hard.  Death, sickness, separation, and sadness are all part of this fallen world.  How do we help our children?  How do we "move on"?  How do we nurture and educate our children while mourning?  In this week's episode, Carrie shares some of the lessons she has learned over the years on how to homeschool thr...

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April 21, 2022 24 min

If you haven't found the "perfect" writing curriculum or program that works for your child, then join Carrie for this little coffee break.  This week, Carrie is sharing a past podcast, "Writing Lessons:  You Can Do It!"  Since it is one of the top fifteen Coffee With Carrie Podcast episodes, she is revisiting it again this week.  In this podcast, Carrie shares six ways you can make any writing program better or ...

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In this week's episode, learn how to do super simple family devotions while learning lessons from Jesus’ Last Supper.  Take a little coffee break as Carrie explains how to use only your Bible and three simple questions to help children of all ages dig deep into God's Word.  As Carrie explains how to use the 3 Question Method, she also teaches and shares insights from Mark 14: 12-26 that can be applied to our lives today.  I...

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March 31, 2022 24 min

For some children, the road to reading can be a smooth fast track.  For many, it is a road with a few bumps here and there, and for some, it can be a slow meandering road trip that takes many, many detours along the way.  If you are new to homeschooling or your student struggles, teaching your child to read can feel like an overwhelming or daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.  In this week's episode, Carrie shares thre...

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March 24, 2022 15 min

There are two months left of this school year.  As you move into the homestretch, try to figure out what needs to take priority in order to end this year strong.  This week, Carrie is revisiting one of her favorite episodes, "Home School Hindsight."  Even if you listened to this episode last year at this time, make this week's episode a priority.  It will be the best 15 fifteen minutes of homeschooling advice you will r...

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March 17, 2022 15 min

Is your yoke "chafing" and causing bruising? Are you so B.U.S.Y. you are distracted and burdened?  If so, there is a good chance you aren't wearing the correct yoke.  In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus says, “Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give ...

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This week's Coffee With Carrie Episode addresses the "S" Word.  
And no!  It isn't about Socialization.  Most homeschool kids do not have problems in the socialization department.  Instead, Carrie addresses  two "S" words that she feels should get way more attention:  Sabbath Schooling and Simple Homeschooling.  How can moms homeschool in a way that brings glory and honor to God while meeting the needs of the...

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Carrie is so excited to share with you two of her mentors and pillars in the homeschooling community, Carolyn and Martin Forte.  They are the OG of homeschooling in CA.  As homeschool pioneers, they have successfully homeschooled their two daughters and have influenced the direction of the homeschool movement for over 30 years.  
In this conversation, Carolyn, Martin, and Carrie discuss:

  • advice for the weary and reluctant homeschoole...
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    Mama bears, it you haven't already, it is time to wake up and stand up!  Join the Mama Bear Minivan Caravan and become a Mother Trucker with Carrie.  Inspired by the courage and tenacity of the Canadian truck drivers, parents at school board meetings, and the book, Mama Bear Apologetics, Carrie challenges moms to draw a line in the sand.   The question is: Where is your line?  In this week's episode, Carrie shares reasons a...

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    February 17, 2022 22 min

    What is one of the hardest things about motherhood and homeschooling?  It is extending (and receiving) undeserved grace.  God calls us to give to others the kind of grace He so graciously gives us.  In this week's episode, Carrie is full of candid confessions and transparent talk about being a homeschooling mom.   She shares several ways to apply 2 Timothy 1:9 to your hearts and homes and how to fill your homeschooling with gra...

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    Carrie sits down with one of her favorite authors and fellow homeschooling moms, Greta Eskridge, for a super fun conversation about homeschooling.  Greta is a 2nd generation homeschool mom of four and the author of Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids and 100 Days of Adventure: Nature Activities, Creative Projects, and Field Trips for Every Season (Release March 29th, 2022).   In ...

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    It is February, which means if you haven't already yet hit the homeschool "February Wall," you will soon. 

    During February, the winter blues hit.  The mundane sets in.  The weather prevents much needed sunshine and outdoor activity.  Children get frustrated faster and discouraged easier.  Nothing seems to go right.  Complaining is the norm.  The lessons, laundry, and life pile up with no end in sight.  Moms go into full...

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    January 27, 2022 38 min

    Homeschooling high school is easier than you think.  Join Carrie for this week's episode, even if you are only homeschooling younger children.  The key to successfully homeschooling high school is to start with the end in mind.  It is never too early to start praying about high school and looking ahead.  In this week's episode, Carrie shares how to:

  • Design a 4-Year Plan for High School
  • Create transcripts
  • Meet state graduation ...
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    January 20, 2022 24 min

    How do you homeschool with toddlers and preschoolers in the mix without losing your mind or going insane?  You don't need fancy curriculum or expensive distraction toys, including phone apps and videos.  Embrace this season of motherhood and homeschooling.  Embrace the mess and welcome the interruptions.  This season is fleeting.  The one thing you do not need to do is formal preschool or TK.  In this week's episode, Carrie...

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    January 13, 2022 29 min

    Gameschooling.... Yes, it's a thing!  And it is a great way to homeschool too.  In this week's episode, Carrie focuses how to put the FUN back into learning the FUNdamentals.  In this week's coffee break, Carrie shares:  

  • why it is beneficial to incorporate more games into your lessons,
  • the hidden blessings of gameschooling,
  • easy ways to include more games into your homeschooling,
  • how to use games to teach and reinforce con...
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    It is time for do-overs and fresh starts.  The new year and the month of January is a perfect time to reevaluate and reassess how your school year is going.  In this week's episode, Carrie helps you reflect on the fall semester and helps you take an honest look at how things are progressing.  She offers tips on how to readjust or recalibrate your schedules, lessons, and priorities.  As you write your New Year's resolutions,...

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