PODCAST

Coffee With Carrie: Homeschool Podcast

Carrie De Francisco

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.
A Heart of Worship:  Lessons Learned From MaryBeing Mom, Mentor, & Friend:  An Interview With Georgina Tanefski
This week, Carrie sits down with Georgina Tanefski for a heart-to-heart talk about being a mom, a mentor, and (eventually) a friend to your children.  It's a raw and real conversation about how to build relationships with your children when they are younger so that hopefully when they are older, they consider you not only mom but mentor and friend.  Georgina, who is a wife, mother of three adult children, and grandma to one beautiful granddaughter, shares insights on how to talk to, walk along side, and interact with your children (from toddlerhood to adulthood) during the good times and in the hard times.  She also shares from experience ways to lean on the Lord, trust in the Lord, and wait on the Lord while in the midst of even broken relationships.  Georgina and Carrie speak from the heart (and share from experiences learned the hard way)  advice and tips on how to build and restore relationships and friendships with your children.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join Carrie for this special Thanksgiving coffee break.  To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Nov 24 2021
43 mins
Miracles & Manna:  Trusting the Lord to Provide
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, there is so much to be thankful for.  God provides exactly what we need when we need it.  He provides daily manna in the form of provisions, answered prayers, and peace that surpasses all understanding.  God also provides miracles, big and small, each and every day and each and every year.  In this week's Coffee With Carrie episode, Carrie shares words of encouragement for moms who are praying for miracles and who might not be noticing the daily manna that God  provides each day.   If you need a little extra reminder that God is in control, that He will provide exactly what you need when it is needed, and that you have much to be thankful for, then join Carrie this week for this special little coffee break. To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  To submit a video or voice recording for Coffee With Carrie's 100th episode, email your one minute recording to coffeewithcarriehomeschool@gmail.com For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Nov 18 2021
20 mins
You Might Be a Homeschooler...
It's time to bring your children home and to keep them home!  In this week's Coffee Break, Carrie explores reasons why you should educate your child at home, and if you are already homeschooling your child why it is important to continue home education.  If you are on the fence about about bringing your child home, this episode will explain why you should.  If you are thinking of putting your child back into traditional compulsory schooling, Carrie will help you remember why God called you to homeschool your family.  Carrie shares some hard truths that might be hard to hear but need to be said.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, let the mama bear out, and join Carrie for this important coffee break.  It is an insightful and honest look at the traditional school system and why it is time to bring your children home and keep them home.   If you agree with even one of the points shared, you might be a homeschooler!To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Nov 11 2021
30 mins
Poetry Tea Time
"I had a little tea party, this afternoon at three.Twas very small, three guests in all,Just I, myself, and me.Myself ate all the sandwiches while I drank all the tea;Twas also I who at the pie and passed the cake to me."One of the easiest ways to introduce poetry is to host a poetry tea time.  It is also a great way to inspire children to compose and recite original poems.  In this week's Coffee With Carrie episode, Carrie shares one of her favorite homeschooling traditions and creative writing activities:  A Poetry Tea Time.  Join Carrie for this little tea time as she shares simple ways to start this homeschooling tradition in your home.   If you have some tea, a few snacks, and one or two poetry books, you already have all you need to host a poetry tea party as soon as you finish listening to this episode.  It is that simple (and fun!). Pour yourself a cup of hot tea, put your little pinkie up as you take a sip, and join Carrie for this special tea time break.  For links to resources mentioned in this podcast, go to Coffeewithcarrie.org.  To purchase a Mom's Book Club Set or to start your own Mom Book Club using the book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Coffeewithcarrie.org.  For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Nov 4 2021
11 mins
The Hidden Blessings of Home Education: Grandparents
Homeschooling should be done in community.   This includes not only fellow homeschooling moms but family, friends, mentors, teachers, and coaches.  Don't forget to include the grandparents too!  They are truly the hidden treasure of homeschooling.  In this week's Coffee With Carrie episode, Carrie shares the many blessings of inviting grandparents, near and far, to participate in your homeschooling adventure.  She also gives ideas on how to include grandparents in the learning and in the fun whether they live around the corner or 1800 miles away, whether they are spry or need assistance, and whether they support your homeschooling endeavorer or not.   Grandparents- their knowledge, their stories, and their presence- are a treasure trove of goodness for both you and your children.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and join Carrie this week for a little coffee break and walk down memory lane. To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  To submit a video or voice recording for Coffee With Carrie's 100th episode, email your one minute recording to coffeewithcarriehomeschool@gmail.com For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Oct 28 2021
13 mins
Taking a Sabbath Week: What Does It Look Like?
Oct 21 2021
14 mins
Make Math Meaningful (& Fun)
Does this describe you?  "You might be a homeschooler if you consider math a foreign language!"  Moms, math does not have to be a burden this school year.  If math lessons stress out you or your child, then make sure you check out this week's Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  Moms asked for an episode on making math more meaningful and fun.  Here it is! In this week's coffee break, Carrie shares simple and inexpensive ways to make math more meaningful, less stressful, and most importantly, more fun!  Did you know Carrie wrote a math series called Math FUNdamentals?  Unfortunately, the three books, Fun & Games:  Using Games to Teach Math, Math Story Time:  Using Literature Teach Math , and Cooking Up Some Math, are all out of print.  Even though the Math FUNdamentals series is no longer available, Carrie's passion for making math fun still burns brightly.  Now Carrie shares her love for math games and mathematical picture books through Coffee With Carrie Consultant IGTV Math Series, CWC Online Workshops, and Coffee With Carrie Homeschool Podcast.  This week's podcast is one of those "how to make math fun" episodes.  Put your math workbooks away for a minute, put your feet up, pour yourself a much-deserved cup of coffee, and join Carrie for some homeschooling encouragement.  For links to resources mentioned in this podcast, go to Coffeewithcarrie.org.  To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.To listen to CWC Episode # 19:  Math Morning Time: Tame Those Math Tears and Fears, go to iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Oct 14 2021
24 mins
Adventure Clubs & Nature Days:  An Interview With Cynthia Garcia
Join Carrie for a little coffee and conversation with Cynthia Garcia.  Cynthia is a homeschooling mom, photographer, and writer for Wild + Free who incorporates nature studies and nature days into her family's homeschooling adventure.   In this week's episode, Carrie picks Cynthia's brain about her weekly adventures with her homeschooling nature group,  how she incorporates their weekly explorations into their daily lessons, and how you can start your own adventure club.  Cynthia is full of great advice and helpful tips on how to create nature journals, how to plan for weekly outdoor adventures, how to bring friends along, and how to keep nature studies simple!  Exploring God's creation is always more fun with friends.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and listen to Cynthia and Carrie share how to explore more nature and go on more adventures with friends this school year.For more information on Ambleside Online mentioned in this podcast, go to Ambleside Online.  To follow Cynthia on IG or to book a photo session with her, go to @gracia3cynthia To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.To listen to CWC Episode # 19:  Math Morning Time: Tame Those Math Tears and Fears, go to iTunes or your favorite podcast provider.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Oct 7 2021
41 mins
Homeschool Basics:  The 4 R's (Part 2)
In this week's coffee break, Carrie continues her conversation on the basics:  reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Yes, teaching the basics is important but many well-,meaning moms focus too much energy, time, and money on teaching the "extras."  Homeschooling moms also tend to overcomplicate the teaching  of the basics.  Join Carrie for Part 2 of "Homeschool Basics:  The 4 R's" as she shares simple and practical ways to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic during the wonder years (K-4th) and even during the middle and high school years.  Carrie discusses what skills really need to be mastered and even gives suggestions for user-friendly curriculums and methods to try.  Pour yourself an extra espresso shot and then join Carrie for a little coffee and conversation on the basics.For links to resources mentioned in this podcast, go to Coffeewithcarrie.org.  To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.  For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Sep 30 2021
23 mins
Homeschool Basics: The 4 R's
And you thought there were only 3 R's!!  Home education gives a mom the freedom and flexibility to focus on the basics:  Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, AND Relationships.   Homeschooling gives us the gift of time to build relationships and, in some cases, even restore them.  Before you spend tons of time (and money) planning and teaching, join Carrie in this two-part podcast on the 4 R's:  the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic and relationships.  In this week's episode, Carrie shares the blessings that come with homeschooling, especially in the area of building and restoring relationships.  The 4th R, Relationships, really is one of the basics (and blessings) of homeschooling.  Carrie reminds us building relationships is more important than building academic resumes.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, take a little coffee break, and be prepared to change your perspective and your definition of the "basics."To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Sep 23 2021
20 mins
The Homeschool Legacy:  An Interview With A 2nd Generation Homeschooler
If you are ever in doubt about your calling to homeschool, or if you need to subdue those fears that you are "messing up your kids," then talk with a 2nd Generation Homeschooler!  In this week's Coffee With Carrie episode, Carrie has a conversation with Christa Svoboda of Seek Wholly Living Podcast.  Christa was homeschooled through high school and now she and her husband homeschool their own children.  In this episode, Carrie talks with Christa  about what it was like to be homeschooled, the many blessings of growing up in a homeschooling family, homeschooling lessons learned and applied in life and in motherhood, and why Christa, like many other homeschool graduates, decide to continue the homeschool legacy by educating their own at home.  You will be inspired, you will be encouraged, and you will be motivated.  Christa is full of great stories, practical advice, and simple ideas.   Join Carrie and Christa for a little coffee and conversation.  You don't want to miss this week's coffee break!Check out Christa's podcast, Seek Wholly Living with Christa Svoboda, and her IG account, @seekwhollyliving.To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Sep 16 2021
38 mins
But God....What's In Your Basket?  (Begin Your Day With Morning Time)
Join Carrie this week as she gives you a sneak peak into her morning basket time.   Carrie shares what her first month of morning time looks like and the resources she uses to learn  together as a family.  She also lists the five core activities her family does every morning  and then explains how to use a rotating schedule to include everything else.  Just like homeschooling, every family's morning time will look a little bit different.  However, there's no need to use complicated morning time lesson plans or lengthy "must do lists."   Carrie's little "sneak peak" is an example of how to start (or re-start) this precious morning routine and how to keep it simple this school year.  For links to resources mentioned in this podcast, go to Coffeewithcarrie.org.  If you have high schoolers, there is an extra sample list of resources to use during morning time.To purchase Carrie's homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God), visit Amazon.com.For more daily devotions, encouragement and articles on how to homeschool, visit Coffeewithcarrie.org or  go to IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant.   To hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Sep 2 2021
24 mins
Day of Dedication:  What Is It and Why You Should Do It
Welcome to Season Three of CWC!  Let's kick off this new season and our new school year with a Day of Dedication!  Before you buy one box of curriculum, before you sign up for any classes, and before you crack open one book, you should spend time on our knees dedicating your hearts, your homes, and your homeschooling to the Lord.  Spend the day in prayer dedicating your new school year to the Lord.  A Day of Dedication is a day to spend on your knees seeking God’s face, his guidance and his plans for your school year.  In this week's episode, Carrie shares one of her favorite homeschooling traditions:  A Day of Dedication.  Carrie not only explains how to use this day to plan your year, select a yearly Bible verse for your family,  and set goals for your children, but she shares how to pray over your curriculum, seek God's plan for your homeschooling, and dedicate your school year to Lord.  Before you finalize your plans and crack open those books, Join Carrie for this special little coffee break.To receive a copy of Carrie's Day of Dedication Prayer mentioned in this week's podcast, go to Coffee With Carrie Website.    When you subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Newsletter in September, Carrie will also give you a First Day of School Dedication Prayer template and Daily Prayer template.To purchase Carrie's 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 hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Aug 26 2021
21 mins
Homeschool Outside the Box (Part 2)Homeschool Outside the Box
It's time to think outside the box!  The number one reason veteran homeschool moms burn out or give up is because they try to do school at home.  The first mistake many new homeschooling moms make is they try to replicate traditional school at home.  Why are you modeling your home education after the very thing you are trying to escape?  Don't do school at home.  Think outside the box.  Let's do "school" differently this year.  This week, Carrie shares how to think outside the box and how to get out of the classroom .   If you are new to homeschooling, you will need the reassurance and encouragement to change your mindset.  If you are a seasoned homeschooling mom, you probably need these important reminders.  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and join Carrie for a little coffee break.For links, books, and activities mentioned in this week's podcast, go to Coffee With Carrie Website.  To purchase Carrie's 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 hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Aug 12 2021
22 mins
Less Is More:  A Simple Homeschool Philosophy
One year ago this week, Carrie's book Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God  was released!  To celebrate, Carrie shares one of her favorite chapters from the book, "Less is More."  This month, many moms are also planning for the new school year. This is a perfect chapter and great book to read to encourage you, inspire you, and help you prepare.  This week's podcast gives you a little preview of the book.  We are positive you will want to read the rest of the book after you listen to this week's episode.  If you have already read Carrie's book, Just Breathe, then take a listen anyway.  As Carrie reads Chapter 12, she inserts commentary and little tidbits along the way.  If you are looking for ways to simplify your homeschooling, to focus on what is really important, and to get more done by doing less this coming school year, then join Carrie for this week's little coffee break.For links, books, and activities mentioned in this week's podcast, go to Coffee With Carrie Website.  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 hear more  podcasts that are filled with homeschooling help and encouragement, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Podcast.  New episodes are dropped every Thursday.If you enjoy CWC Podcasts, we would love for you to leave a review and a 5-Star Rating.  Click HERE; it is easy and free!#coffeewithcarriepodcast#justbreathesipcoffee#homeschoolencouragement
Aug 5 2021
30 mins
You Need This! (Don't Homeschool Without It!)Learning Through Games:  An Interview with Christa Svoboda
Jul 20 2021
8 mins

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