Start the School Year Strong


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 podcast.  In this week’s episode, we share 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 of your school year a success.  It is the first episode in a 4 Part Series to help you start the year strong!start year strong podcast

  • Thursday, August 6th (Today):  Start the Year Strong
  • Thursday, August 13th:  Getting Organized & Simple Steps to a Successful Year
  • Thursday, August 20th:  A Good Homeschooling Day
  • Thursday, August 27th:  Your Ultimate Job Description

Some of the suggestions shared in this week’s podcast can be found in Chapter 8 of my new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God while I also share some of my favorite things our family has done at the beginning of each and every school year.  If you want to make sure you are following God’s plans for this coming school year, then join me for this special coffee break.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast “Start the Year Strong”

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Today is the day!  Get your copy of my new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God.


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In Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee), we explore how to homeschool in step with God by resting in the Lord and simplifying our homeschooling.

Learn how to regain your sanity, reclaim your schedule, and reignite your love for homeschooling through two straightforward and manageable principles: (1) The Sabbath Principle and (2) The Simplification Principle. 

For more information on the book, go to our “NEW BOOK” tab.



NEW PODCAST: Science Studies Made Simple

This week we end our summer series podcasts with my favorite subject:  SCIENCE! Reasons you should listen this week:

  • If you do not share my enthusiasm for science (or the teaching of science), then you definitely need to listen in this week.  There are some doable ideas in the podcast that might actually get you a little excited about science this year.


  • If you usually sign your kiddos up for outside science classes but this year the classes are cancelled or online due to COVID closures, then check out our science podcast.  I share very simple ways to make science fun at home this year.


  • If you can’t afford a fancy science curriculum, or you just never know how to plan for science each year, then you must take a little coffee break with me this week.  You will find some stress-free, inexpensive (and even free) ways to use just your library card and your kitchen supplies to teach science this year.


  • If you are tired of teaching different science topics to different children at different grade levels or you never seem to have enough time to fit science explorations into your school day and week, then you must listen this week.  I share ways to not only make science stress-free but guilt-free too!


  • Or if you are brand new to homeschooling and you have no idea where to start, then pour yourself a cup of coffee and check out his week’s podcast.

In Science Studies Made Simple Podcast, I share how you can easily brainstorm, organize, plan, and implement super fun science studies each and every year.  Our family’s approach was always hands-on, text-book free, and student-led.  Don’t get me wrong; our science was not all loosy goosey.  We did have a plan for the year, but I tried to incorporate topics of science that fascinated my children.  So when I say you can spend an entire year learning about etymology (bugs, bugs, and more bugs) or an entire year on astronomy and space travel, I’m serious! Check out this week’s podcast to see how.


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As promised, the resources, books and links I mentioned in the podcast are listed below.

For more ideas on how to simplify not only teaching science but all of your homeschooling lessons, check out my new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God. In Part II of the book, we explore how to apply the Simplification Principle to all areas of your homeschooling, including science!  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.

May God richly bless your scientific discoveries this year for His glory and may you discover God in a new way as you explore His creation this year,

Carrie D.




earth partyEarth Party:  An Early Introduction to the Linnaean System of Classification for Living Things Unit Study by Christine Echeverri

apologia explorerApologia Exploring Creation: Young Explorer Series



nature antaomyNature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman.

“Science: Textbook and Stress-Free ” Article

“Get Your Feet Wet This Summer With Nature Studies” article



Treking the National Parks:  Great way to learn about our national parks and the animals that live in them.

Amazing Animal Trivia Game:  mix between memory and trivia

Guess in 10:  animal card version of 20 questions

Qurious Space:  fast-paced space trivia game

The Invention Game– hilarious guessing game about real patents that were never mass- produced

Totally Gross:  Game of Science– be prepared for some silly science shenanigans!

Rock On!  Geology Game of Rocks & Minerals:  bingo-type game to learn rock cycle

It’s a COFFEE DATE Release Party!

AUGUST 1ST, 9:00 AM (PT)

book release imageYou are invited to join Carrie and some of her friends to celebrate the release of her new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step With God.  

At the LIVE Online Book Release Party,  Carrie will share her new book, play a few games, give away a ton of prizes, do a brief Homeschooling Q & A session, acknowledge some very important people, and hear from a few members of the book launch team.

All are welcome but you do need to RSVP at our EventBrite Page and register to get the  special ZOOM link.

You come with your favorite cup of coffee, and we will bring the prizes, the conversation, and the fun!


 ☕️  Copies of Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee) book

 ☕️  Pound of Fresh Coffee Beans & “Saved by Grace & Fueled by Coffee” coffee mug

 ☕️  Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Gift Cards and Starbucks Gift Cards

 ☕️  Amazon Gift Cards

 All who attend will be entered into the drawing for a FREE copy of the book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God.

 Winners of the Homeschool Trivia Game and Coffee Mug Selfie Contest will win one of the other Giveaway Prizes. 

☕️   **To Enter the Coffee Mug Selfie Contest, take a selfie holding your favorite coffee mug or teacup.  Post it on your personal FB page, tag Carrie De Francisco,  use the #justbreathesipcoffee, and mention the book by name in your post.  You know I love coffee humor, so if you have a witty coffee comment, add that too!*** ☕️



Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Paperback can be purchased at or ordered from your favorite bookstore.

Kindle Version can be pre-ordered.

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Have You Heard the News?

If you haven’t heard my exciting news, I’m talking about it in this week’s podcast.

By the grace of God and with the help of my very patient family and gallons of espresso shots, I am super excited to announce we have a

NEW Homeschooling Book coming out August 1st, 2020!

In this week’s episode, I talk about my new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God. 

cover just breatheI will share with you:

  • what’s in the book
  • the story behind the title
  • the inspiration behind the book
  • reasons why you should read it (and share it with your  homeschooling  friends)
  • and how to get your hands on the book August 1st so you can read it before this school year begins.

If you are looking for some much needed encouragement, some inspiration for this coming school year, a little pep talk to get you going ( or keep you going), and/or a friend to come along side you to remind you to .… just breathe, then join me for an exciting coffee break this week and then check out my new book, August 1st!  To get an an advance copy or pre-order your kindle version, CLICK HERE!☕️

NEW PODCAST is UP! CLICK HERE or listen at iTunes or Spotify.)

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