NEW PODCAST: Let’s Talk Art Studies

creativity-quote-1024x684What exactly is an art study?  Well without sounding too simple, it’s just the simple act of studying art work, artists, and different art periods.  Now wait, don’t start to yawn!  Doing art studies in your homeschooling as a family can be a whole lot of fun.  If you are having flashbacks of sleeping during your art appreciation college course or visions of super quiet “no touchy” hallways in art museums, then tune them out!  Art studies don’t have to be snoozer or a bore.  

In this week’s podcast, Let’s Talk Art Studies, we share simple and engaging ways to learn about art and to make art without breaking your bank account and without spending hours prepping and planning.   We even share how to incorporate writing, read aloud, and history into your art studies.

creativity courageGod is the ultimate artist.  We see His masterpieces all around us each and every day. Sally Clarkson, author of Life-Giving Table, often emphasizes the importance of filling your child’s world with beauty.  She says “Today when you nurture, love and meet the needs of your beloveds with beauty, it will make a difference in how they face their whole day.”  Adding beauty to your child’s day can be as simple as displaying fresh flowers in a vase, putting beautiful art work on the walls, or reading picture books filled with beautiful art work.  

Since we are created in His image, we have a natural desire to create too.  Doing art studies with your children is just another way to bring beauty into your home and into their lives. (And it is super fun and easy to do!)

every child artistListen to our new podcast, Let’s Talk Art Studies.  CLICK HERE or find us on iTunes and Spotify.  Don’t forget to follow us on IG at @coffeewithcarrieconsultant and to share our podcast and website with your homeschooling friends.


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NEW PODCAST! When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours

We are super excited about his week’s podcast!  Since we had to cancel our annual Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms in March due to COVID-19, we were not able to share our session on “The Jonah Journey:  What To Do When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours.”  So we decided to turn it into a podcast so we could share it with you now.


In this podcast, “When God’s Plans Don’t Match Ours,” we dive deep into the Book of Jonah and share lessons from the prophet on how to be joyful (and obedient) when God’s homeschooling “itinerary” doesn’t match ours!   Like Jonah, you might be traveling this homeschooling journey kicking and screaming or you might even be running in the opposite direction filled with fear, doubts and down-right apprehension? If God has  called you to homeschool or if He has called you to homeschool another year,  don’t run away!  Accept the call!

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NEW PODCAST: Passport to Learning

3863F637-2FFF-42E9-A6D7-7CAD94FE613CI am super excited about this week’s podcast entitled Passport to Learning.  It was a session we were suppose to share at our annual weekend for homeschooling moms this past March.  However, due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our special weekend.  Since we didn’t get to share this session in person, we wanted to share it as a podcast.

Some years our family didn’t study history or a historical time period. We traveled the world instead!⠀Well, our pocketbook couldn’t sustain real international travels when the kids were younger, so we spent the year “traveling” the world through literature, games, field trips, cooking and art.
If you are looking for something different to do next year, then consider “traveling the world.”⠀⠀Every couple of years, we would take a break from our “usual” curriculum to learn about the biomes, animals, people, places, and cultures around the world. Each month we would focus on a continent. I would then pick 3-4 counties on that continent to learn about.
We would immerse ourselves in the country we were “traveling” to. We learned about the animals, the plants, the art and music, the customs and holidays, its history and famous people. We read books about the country, prayed for the country, and ate tons of food from that country. We would even play games that originated in that country or games about that country. We would color maps and draw flags.
We even made little passports so we could “stamp” them with flag stickers after we finished learning about each country. It is such a fun way to learn geography and a great way to teach almost all the subjects to your entire family at the same time.

I will be sharing even more about how to “travel” the world in our latest podcast. In our Passport to Learning Podcast, we share how you can spend an entire school year exploring God’s creation and countries and cultures around the world.  Many of us can’t literally travel the world due COVID-19, our schedules won’t allow it, or our checkbooks just can’t handle it.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t “travel” through books, music, art, history, geography, math, games, food, science, and fieldtrips.

So get your Passport, load up your library bag with some great books, add some spices to your kitchen, and listen to our podcast, Passport to Learning.   In our podcast, we will share how your family can use geography and “traveling” around the world as the backbone for an entire year of learning.  We also give tons of examples and explain how to organize and plan your “itinerary” for the year.  As promised in the podcast, all of the resources, handouts, and books mentioned in the podcast are listed below.

Bon Voyage,


NEW PODCAST:  Passport To Learning. (CLICK HERE or find us on iTunes or Spotify)

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passport booksPassport to Learning Packet:  In this packet, you will find charts to help you plan and organize your year and each “trip” as well as the lists of resources and books mentioned in the podcast.  Links are embedded in the PDF file on the Book List handout.  Also included is a sample of our “trip”  to Mexico.

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Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie Martin.  


suitcase books“Travel Around the World in 80 Books” (Part 1)  Article

“Travel Around the World in 80 Books” (Part 2)  Article

“Travel Around the World in 80 Books” (Part 3) Article

“Christmas Around the World” Article


Helpful Websites:

Rick Steve’s Europe:  Great website with info and videos about countries in Europe.

Duckster Geography:  Simple website for info and research

Google Earth: Tons of great info, games, videos, and live searches

Salt Dough Recipe for 3D Relief Maps


map suitcase 2If you don’t want to plan your own “Trip Around the World,” you can subscribe to one of these monthly boxes or purchase My Father’s World Curriculum: Exploring Countries and Cultures.

Little Passports Monthly Geography Subscription

Eat 2 Explore Monthly Geography and Food Subscription

Highlights Top Secret Adventures Subscription


Another great book with recipes and science experiments:  The Science Chef Travels Around the Worldby Joan D’Amico


CED69723-B520-4A99-AED1-7FCAD0D1B7AESo you are thinking of homeschooling high school!  Even if your child is many years away from those high school years, you should take a little coffee break today and listen in too.  When my children were young, I knew I loved homeschooling but I was terrified of homeschooling the high school years!  Now that I’ve graduated one student, I’m about to graduate another one, and I have helped hundreds of moms (and teens) plan their high school years, I can honestly say, I should not have feared this part of homeschooling.  Homeschooling high school has actually been some of the best ( and easiest) years of our homeschooling journey.  Now matter how old or young your student is, join me for our latest podcast on how to homeschool high school.

In our podcast, “So You Are Homeschooling High School,” we mention a few resources, articles, websites, and books. We have included them here to make it easy for you to find them.

HSLDA imageLegally Home School in your State  (HSLDA Website)  Start here!  The Home School Legal Defense Association lists state requirements for homeschooling and graduation state by state.


skip college bookSkip College:  Launch Your Career Without Debt, Distractions, or Debt by Connor Boyack. Not all students need or want to go to college. I highly recommend you and your teen read this book as you both decide what your teen can or should do post graduation.


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“Skip College” Article (Jan 7th, 2020 Coffee With Carrie Blog).  Not sure if your student should or needs to attend college, then read our article posted earlier this year.


coffee carrie logo“Are You Home-Educating a Teenager or a Young Man of God?”  Article (Oct 1st, 2018 Coffee With Carrie Blog).  Is your goal for homeschooling high school to help your teen get into Harvard or into Heaven?  If your ultimate goal of homeschooling high school is to make God and His Word the center of everything you do, then check out our article on making your teen’s high school experiences God-honoring, Christ-centered, and Spirit-led.

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I’m Just Here for More Food:  Food X Mixing + Heat = Baking
by Alton Brown (2004).  Meet high school Chemistry requirements by studying the Culinary Arts.


guide to writing novelA Guide To Writing Your Novel (Institute for Excellence in Writing 2010).  If your teen is gifted in writing or loves to write, then consider spending a year writing a novel (or at least several short stories) as her English credit.



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Literature Based Approach to History
(Carol Joy Seid).  For high school history credit, your teen can either read his way through history or watch his way through history!  Carol Joy Seid has teaching history through moviesseveral great resources and books lists for using literature as your history curriculum.  If your teen is more of a movie guy, then use movies and documentaries as a way to learn about US and World History.

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How do you end the year strong?  With a party, of course!  But first, let’s back up a bit.  We need to first finish the school year before we can start our celebrations.

It is finally May, which means the school year is almost over and summer vacation is within reach.  The end of the school year is usually a stressful time but because of COVID-19 Crisis Schooling and stay-at-home mandates, the end of this school year is a bit more chaotic than usual.


Hopefully, you were able to join us for our LIVE Seminar on “How to End the Year Strong.”  In it, we discussed the three most important questions we need to ask ourselves as we frantically try to finish all of our curriculum and squeeze in as much school work as we possibly can before the school year ends.  This time of the year doesn’t have to be so stressful, and it certainly doesn’t need to be filled with guilt over the things we didn’t complete or accomplish.  By asking and answering three simple questions, we can end the year with confidence:

  1. “What absolutely needs to be finished before the school year ends?”
  2. “What can we take a break from and pick up again next year?”
  3. “What can we drop and not finish or complete at all?”

If you were not able to join our LIVE Seminar where we discussed these questions and answers, you can still listen in.  This week, we uploaded the recording of the LIVE seminar, which includes encouragement, tips, and ideas on different ways you can answer these three questions and what you can do during the rest of May in response to your answers.

celebrate YES!In the podcast, we were not able to include the last part of our LIVE Seminar, so we wanted to share it with you here:  END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION & SUMMER VACATION!

Once you have answered the three questions, successfully completed your school year, and packed away all of your school books, it is time to celebrate!  And this year, we need to celebrate even more!

FIRST, make it official!  Set a date to end your school year and stick to it.  It will give your kids (and you) something to look forward to.

SECOND, do something special on your last day of school!  Plan a party, have a family Promotion Ceremony, or make a special dinner.  Even if you can’t invite friends, spend time as a family celebrating.  You deserve it and your kids need it!

give thanks psTHIRD, at your celebration make sure to acknowledge God’s faithfulness throughout the year.  Take turns sharing how and when God showed up!  Then make sure you take time to acknowledge each child’s accomplishments during the year.  Be specific.  They worked hard this year (and it was an exceptionally hard school year thanks for COVID-19 and social distancing).


FOURTH, while you are acknowledging God’s faithfulness and your child’s accomplishments, make sure your children acknowledge those who helped them during the year.  Take time to write homemade “Thank You” notes to teachers, coaches, leaders, and mentors.

NEXT, create a “Summer Bucket List.”  Do NOT write a summer “To Do List” of things you want the kids to do or learn over the summer or a list of things you think you need to do while on summer break.  Summer is always just as busy as the school year.  You will inevitably not finish everything on your list.  Then when September rolls around, you will start the school year feeling like a failure instead of feeling refreshed.  Instead, make a “Summer Bucket List” of the things your family would like to do.  Not only will these activities be rewards for all of their hard work during the year, but it will give them things to look forward to during the summer.  Be creative with your list but don’t feel pressured to do it all.  It’s just a wish list instead of a “to do” list.

welcome summerFINALLY, take a break!  After your “end of the year” celebration, take at least two weeks off.  Even if you do year-round schooling or you enroll your students in summer school, make sure you give your family a real break!  Sleep in.  Veg out.  Go to the beach.  Take a road trip.  Read all day.  Take naps.  It is a well-deserved break.  Take it!

May the Lord richly bless the rest of your school year and may He shine His face on your summer break,




If you would like to learn about how to finish your year strong, check out our new podcast.  CLICK HERE (or check us out on iTunes and Spotify).

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