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Coffee With Carrie: Homeschool Podcast

Author: Carrie De Francisco

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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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What is Advent and how can you use the season of Advent to focus on the true meaning of Christmas?  In this week's episode, Carrie shares some simple ways to keep Jesus at the center of your Christmas preparations and to perhaps start the tradition of celebrating Advent.  Did you know that the season of Advent is two-fold?  It celebrates the first coming of Jesus, his birth, and Jesus' incarnation.  But most importantly, Advent looks forward to Jesus' second coming!  The whole idea of celebrating the Advent season is to turn your family’s focus from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to Jesus’ first miraculous coming AND to his glorious and future second coming.  Join Carrie for this little coffee break as she shares a few simple ways you can make your Christmas preparations an Advent Adventure.  For a list of the resources mentioned in this podcast, go to Coffeewithcarrie.org. Subscribe to  Coffee With Carrie and receive as a thank you a weekly Advent Devotional Carrie uses every year.  To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
What do unicorns, hamsters, and comparisons have in common?  If your interest is piqued and you are wondering what on earth this has to do with homeschooling, then join Carrie for this week's podcast.  Do you feel like you are constantly spinning your wheels but going nowhere and accomplishing nothing?  If so, then take a little break from all of the hustle and bustle, get off the crazy train for a spell, and pour yourself a much-needed cup of coffee.  Join Carrie this week as she uses a few humorous analogies to explain why homeschooling moms always seem to be in perpetual motion and more importantly with a little humor, she shares a few ways to make the never-ending spinning stop.  To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
Guarding Hearts & Minds: One Dryer Sheet at a Time.  Carrie has yet another embarassing homeschooling moment to share!  There is a point and a few great homeschooling lessons to learn. In this week's podcast, Carrie shares four simple and easy ways to guard the hearts and minds of our children and how to protect ourselves from letting anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness fester and consume us.  Join Carrie for this week's coffee break as she gives ideas on how to use wholesome literature to whet your child's appetite for godly things, activities you can do to cultivate grateful & forgiving hearts, and how to develop a habit of personal quiet time and family devotions.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and take a little coffee break this week as you learn how to guard hearts and minds one dryer sheet at a time.  All of the resources mentioned in this week's podcast are listed at Coffee with Carrie Website, coffeewithcarrie.   To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
This Thanksgiving, what can we learn from Joshua, the crossing of the Jordan River, and the memorial of stones erected on the West Bank by the Israelites?  In this week's episode, Carrie digs deep into Joshua 4 and shares how to apply the principles to our homeschooling and to our Thanksgiving celebrations.  This podcast is also full of engaging, fun, and meaningful activities that can be done as a family during the month of November. The biblical lessons and activities will help develop an attitude of gratitude during this season of thanks.  You don't want to miss this coffee break!  To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.To order Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember by Barabara Rainey, click here.
Carrie kicks off Season 2 of Coffee With Carrie Podcast by sharing the secret of how to go from being a good homeschooling mom to a great homeschooling mom!  Carrie talks about the qualifications needed to teach your own at home as well as four simple (and joyful) ways to be the best teacher possible.  Put your feet up, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and join Carrie for this little coffee break.  She has a new opener (with groovy coffee house music) to get the conversation started along with her the usual encouragement, advice, and stories to keep you going.  To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
Join Carrie for this impromptu, unplanned, and unexpected coffee break.  While Carrie and her family were on their Sabbath Week Break, Carrie had a stirring in heart to share this word of encouragement with you.  With less than two weeks left before this most important election, Carrie shares a few thoughts and a few stories to help start a much-needed and hard conversation. Since this podcast was not planned, it’s full of raw, unedited, and unscripted thoughts from Carrie's heart to yours.  It wasn't recorded in Carrie's usual soundproof closet; it was recorded while on vacation in the best spot she could find. Thanks in advance for your grace. Thanks for listening.  Thanks for engaging in this hard conversation.  Thanks for joining Carrie for this unexpected little coffee break.  And most importantly, thanks for sharing this podcast episode with all of your like-minded ( and not-so-like minded) Christian mama friends.Check back next week for the official kick-off of Season 2 of Coffee With Carrie Podcast.To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
What?  Take a whole week off of academics and formal lessons to rest, relax, and reset?  You read that right!  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and join Carrie for a little coffee break.  In this week's podcast, Carrie shares how to apply the Sabbath Principle to your yearly homeschool calendar.  In Carrie's new book, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God,  Carrie explains in Chapter 3 the importance of not only taking a Sabbath hour each day to recoup and reset and to take a Sabbath day each week to worship and to rest but to also schedule a Sabbath Week into your homeschool schedule. In this episode, practical advice and biblical principles are given to help you truly rest in the Lord and to simplify your homeschooling.   Listen up this week because Carrie will hit the pause button next week.  Since it is her family's Sabbath Week & Break, no podcast will be uploaded next week.  Check back at the end of October for the launch of Season 2 of Coffee With Carrie Podcast!To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
Carrie gets real this week!  In this week's podcast, Carrie unapologetically shares the importance, the need, and the dangers of swimming against the current by going against the world's dangerous ideologies and its godless educational agendas.  Christians and homeschooling moms need to stand firm on God's Word and live in a counter-culture way in order to face and defeat society's dangerous undercurrents.  In this week's podcast, Carrie shares a recent brush with death and how this experience encouraged her to stand taller, fight harder, and proclaim God's truth louder.   Pour yourself a cup of coffee and take a little coffee break with Carrie.  You don't want to miss this story and how it can be applied to your walk with God and your calling to homeschool. To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
What do you expect your teen to do while homeschooling high school?What is your teen actually capable of and willing to do during his high school years?What does your teen want to do post-high school graduation?Is there a healthy balance between achieving academics and pursuing passions?Is homeschooling through high school an advantage or a disadvantage?In this week's podcast, Carrie will honestly explore these questions and more.  If you are homeschooling a high schooler or your teen is on the cusp of high school, then take a little break and join Carrie this week for some encouragement, advice, hindsight, and some high school help.Resources mentioned in this podcast can be found with links at Coffeewithcarrie.org To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
Am I doing enough?  Are the kids doing enough work?  Am I messing up my kids by homeschooling?  You are not alone!  Many moms have asked these questions at some point along their homeschooling journey.  YES!  You are enough!  What you are doing is enough!  And NO, you are not messing up your children.  If anything, you are giving them an advantage by educating them at home.  No matter what you give to Jesus, it is enough.  In this week's episode, Carrie calms your fears about not being enough and shares how even two little fish and a few loaves of bread are enough in God's economy.  Are you still a little skeptical or need some extra convincing? Then pour yourself a big cup of coffee and join Carrie for a little coffee break.  It sounds like you need some extra encouragement this week.  To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
You don't want to miss this week's episode!  Carrie shares her top five Epic Homeschooling Failures and her worst mommy moments.  Instead of sharing this week, advice on what to do this homeschooling school year, Carrie shares from her heart what NOT to do.  Through her heart-felt confessions and by revealing some of her most embarrassing moments, you will not only be encouraged, but you will walk away knowing you are not alone and that even when we "fail," God can use our epic failures for His purposes.  Join Carrie for this little coffee break. Even though she gets a little choked up on Epic Failure #5, her transparency will give you courage, confidence, and hope.  To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
Take advantage of this election year!  Why not spend the entire year learning about America the beautiful, the home of the free and the brave.  In this week's podcast, Carrie shares how to make the most of an election year in your homeschooling. She shares four simple and organic ways to focus on US History, the geography of the United States, the Presidents and our nation's government and election process. All of the activities shared can be done as a family with children of all ages.  Join Carrie for this special election-themed, patriotic little coffee break.All of the resources mentioned in this week's podcast can be found at Coffeewithcarrie.org.To purchase Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more articles on how to homeschool visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or for daily devotions and encouragement, go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.
Elisha's servant saw a multitude of enemies. Elisha's enemies saw an empty hill.  But Elisha saw a powerful angelic army ready for battle!  Join Carrie for an encouraging word from 2 Kings 6.  This week, Carrie unpacks the story of Elisha, his servant, and the events in 2 Kings 6:8-23 and how the many lessons and principles in this passage can be applied to our lives, our homeschooling, and to our chaotic world.  If you are feeling outnumbered or hopeless, take a little coffee break with Carrie.  She shares how, like Elisha, we need spiritual sight and insights in order to navigate and homeschool in a world filled with spiritual blindness.  It's a Bible study and a coffee date you don't want to miss.  The battle is real but you can forge forward with the confidence of Elisha.  To purchase Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God, go to Amazon.com  For more information about the book, go to Coffeewithcarrie.orgTo view or share our book trailer, go to our YouTube Channel.
The ministry of motherhood is a blessing and a gift, but it can also be a bit challenging.  If you add the calling to homeschool, then you just kicked it up a notch!  Does God call us to be teacher of the year, super mom, and child psychologist extraordinaire?  Well, that would be a big fat NO!  However, God does call us to be faithful.  Join Carrie for Part 4 of the "Start the School Year Strong" Series.  In this week's podcast, Carrie sheds some light on what a mom and home educator's ultimate job description entails.  You will be encouraged as Carrie shares Chapter 15 of her new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God.  It is a coffee break you don't want to miss!All of the resources mentioned in this podcast can be found at coffeewithcarrie.org and/or IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.To purchase Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God, go to Amazon.com  For more information about the book, go to Coffeewithcarrie.orgTo view or share our book trailer, go to our YouTube Channel.
Join Carrie for Part 3 of the "Start Your School Year Strong" Series.  What does a typical homeschooling day look like?  There really isn't a "typical day" since every homeschooling family is different, so Carrie changes the question up a bit.  What does a good homeschooling day look like?  In this week's podcast, Carrie shares a very simplistic way to help you plan and evaluate your homeschooling lessons, so that your homeschooling day will be balanced and both you and your child will feel good about your homeschool days.  Carrie also shares how to change a really bad day into a "good enough" day!   All of the resources mentioned in this podcast can be found at coffeewithcarrie.org and/or IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.To receive Carrie's Checklist for a Successful Start, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie email newsletter.  Go to coffeewithcarrie.org and subscribe at the "Join Our Community" tab.  As a thank you, Carrie will send you her checklist.  To purchase Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God, go to Amazon.com  For more information about the book, go to Coffeewithcarrie.orgTo view or share our book trailer, go to our YouTube Channel.
The 2020-2021 school year is just around the corner.  Whether you are new to homeschooling or you have been homeschooling for years, you don't want to miss this coffee break with Carrie.  In this episode, Carrie shares simple steps to help you get off to a successful start.  She gives time and sanity saving tips to help you organize your supplies and books, plan your daily lessons and weekly plans, create spaces around your home for learning, and how to set realistic goals for both you, your children, and your school year.   Some of the suggestions shared can be found in Part II of her new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God and some are a few of Carrie's favorite tricks.  Join Carrie for this special coffee break and get organized for the new school year.To receive Carrie's Checklist for a Successful Start, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie email newsletter.  Go to coffeewithcarrie.org and subscribe at the "Join Our Community" tab.  As a thank you, Carrie will send you her checklist.  To purchase Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God, go to Amazon.com  For more information about the book, go to Coffeewithcarrie.orgTo view or share our book trailer, go to our YouTube Channel.
The countdown has begun!  It is almost time to start the 2020-2021 school year.  Whether you are new to homeschooling or you have been homeschooling for years, you don't want to miss this coffee break with Carrie.  Carrie shares simple and practical tips to help you prepare for this school year, how to focus on what is most important, and how to make your first day, your first week, and your first month a success.  Some of the suggestions shared can be found in her new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God and some are Carrie's favorite things she has done with her family at the start of each and every school year.  If you want to make sure you are following God's plans for your coming school year, then join Carrie for this special coffee break.To purchase Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God, go to Amazon.com  For more information about the book or to get Carrie’s “Start School Year Checklist,” go to Coffeewithcarrie.orgTo view or share our book trailer, go to our YouTube Channel.
In this week's podcast, Carrie finishes up her "how to" summer series.  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.  Carrie shares how to plan, organize, and implement an entire year of science studies that the entire family will enjoy.  No matter what your budget, time restraints, age of children, science knowledge, or COVID limitations are, Carrie will show how to make your science studies this year simple, stress-free, and super fun.  All of the resources mentioned in this podcast can be found at Coffeewithcarrie.org website or @coffeewithcarrieconsultant on IG.
We have all had moments in our homeschooling where we needed someone to along side us and remind us to stop, to take a deep a breath, and to... just breathe.In this week's episode, Carrie shares her new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God.  In this podcast, Carrie shares what's in the book, the story behind the title, the reasons for the book, reasons why you should read it (and share it with your other homeschooling friends), and how to get your hands on the book August 1st so you can read it before this school year begins.  Join Carrie for this exciting coffee break!To preorder the Kindle version, go to Amazon Kindle.To purchase the book August 1st, go to Amazon.com To RSVP and attend our Virtual Book Release Party, go to coffeewithcarrie.org For more information about the book, go to Coffeewithcarrie.orgTo view or share our book trailer, go to YouTube.
Learn how to do super easy family devotions and learn lessons from Gideon in this latest podcast.  Take a little coffee break as Carrie explains how to use just your Bible and three simple questions to help kids 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 the Book of Judges that can be applied to our lives today.  It's a timely message.  At the time of Gideon, "everyone did what was right in his own eyes," and "the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD."  As moms who are raising up the next generation, there are so many promises, commands, warnings, and lessons we can learn from Gideon that can be applied to our world and to our homeschooling today.  It's a two for one podcast:  biblical teaching on how to be a Gideon and a crash course on how to do simple family devotions!  You don't want to miss this coffee break.  Resources mentioned in this podcast can be found at coffeewithcarrie.org website and at IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.Get an advanced copy of Carrie's new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God) or pre order your kindle version at Amazon.
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