The Secret to Being a Great Teacher



The Secret to Being a Great Homeschooling Teacher  

We kick 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!  

I talk 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 me for this little coffee break.  We have a new opener (with groovy coffee house music) to get the conversation started along with the usual encouragement, advice, and stories to keep you going.   

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Carrie De Francisco, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee)

Rest in the Lord and take a Sabbath Week off. 

What?  Take a whole week off of academics and formal lessons to rest, relax, and reset? 

Yes, you read that right!  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and join me for a little coffee break this week.  In this week’s podcast, I share how to apply the Sabbath Principle to your yearly homeschool calendar.  In my new book, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God,  I explain in Chapter 3 the importance of not only taking a Sabbath hour each day to recoup and reset and the importance of taking a Sabbath day each week to worship and to rest but to also schedule a Sabbath Week into your homeschool calendar.

Carrie De Francisco, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee)

In this episode, practical advice and biblical principles are given which will help you truly rest in the Lord and to simplify your homeschooling.   Listen up this week because I will be hitting the pause button next week.  Since next week is our family’s Sabbath Week (& Break), I won’t be dropping a new podcast next week.  So join me this week and then check back at the end of October for the launch of Season 2 of Coffee With Carrie Podcast!

Carrie De Francisco, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee)



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NEW PODCAST: Living Counter Culture in a World Filled with Dangerous Undercurrents

I get real this week!  In this week’s podcast, I unapologetically share 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, I share a recent near death experience I had this past summer and how my son literally saved my life. I also share how this experience (and my son’s example) encouraged me to stand taller, fight harder, and proclaim God’s truth louder.   Pour yourself a cup of coffee. You are going to need it for this coffee break with me.  You don’t want to miss this story and how it can be applied to your walk with God and to your calling to homeschool.  


NEW PODCAST: High School Help

High School Help:  Expectations, College, Kingdom Work, and Beyond! 

  • 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, I 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 coffee break and join me this week for some encouragement, advice, hindsight, and some high school help. 



The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen by Robert Epstein

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris

Skip College: Launch Your Career without Debt, Distractions, or a Degree by Connor Boyack

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff

Bread Crumbs & Fish Heads: It’s Enough

Ya’ll, it has been one of those weeks.  What about you?  

No matter how much I planned, how much I prepared, how patient I was, or how much I tried to just “go with the flow,” everything I touched went to mush.  I can’t seem to say the right things, explain things the right way, or do what was needed the right way.  
In Luke 9:13, Jesus commanded His disciples, “Give them something to eat.” It had been a long week!  Jesus had been healing people all around the town, expelling demons, calming storms, and teaching his followers.  He retreated to Bethsaida for some peace and quiet but the crowds found Him and they were hungry!  After the week they had, Jesus still gently instructed the disciples to give the crowd something to eat.  It is such a simple command but so hard to do when you are emotionally and physically spent.  

However, the Disciples’ response was, “Send them away, Lord. Let them get their own food.  But, Jesus, we only have 5 loaves and 2 fish.” 

In this week’s podcast, I honestly explore what to do when our response is:
“But Lord, I don’t even have 5 loaves and 2 fishes.  All I’ve got left in me are some bread crumbs and few fish heads”! And we will explore the Lord’s response to the disciplines and to us:  “Just bring me what you have and I will do the rest.”

  • What are you 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes?
  • What are your bread crumbs and fish heads?
  • How can we use little to reap great rewards in God’s kingdom? 

Even if you don’t have much to offer right now, God wants us to bring whatever we have to Him. 

CLICK HERE for this week’s podcast, Bread Crumbs & Fish Heads:  It’s Enough!
It is amazing what our God can do with a some stale bread crumbs and a couple of fish head!