ASK ME ANYTHING: Coffee & Conversation with Carrie

NEW PODCAST! Ask Me Anything ( Part 1)

Join me this week for an informal conversation and Q & A session about homeschooling, parenting, and faith. In this week’s coffee break, I begin to answer all of the questions you submitted through Facebook, Instagram, and email. 

In Part 1, I discuss everything from homeschooling little ones and getting organized to winning over homeschool critics, getting husbands involved, high school sports, and so much more. 

So pour yourself a very large cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy a little conversation and real talk with me. 


MOM TIME: Vital For Survival!


What’s on my heart this week? MOM TIME and breaking through this February Wall!

Spending time with other moms is essential!  It is vital for our survival as we live out our ministry of motherhood and our calling to homeschool.  In this week’s podcast, I talk about why spending time with other homeschooling moms needs to be a priority.  I also reveal what we have planned for this year’s Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms.  Thank you for listening to this week’s podcast!

Our annual Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms is March 12th & 13 in SOCAL!

This year’s theme is Just Breathe:  A Weekend to Rest, Refresh, and Refocus.  You are invited to join me and some of my homeschooling friends for an IN PERSON, mom’s only, weekend-long coffee break!  It will be a weekend of fellowship, encouragement, worship, and laughter.   Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me for a special CWC episode. You don’t want to miss this week’s podcast and you certainly don’t want to miss this year’s Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms!  

For more information about our SOCAL Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms, CLICK HERE

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To teach or not to teach Shakespeare? THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Do you want to kick up a notch your read aloud time or morning basket time?  Then add a little Shakespeare in 2021.  

Ok, so you I hear you thinking, “There’s no way I can teach Shakespeare to my kids!” and “There is no way my kids will enjoy learning about Shakespeare and his plays.  I don’t understand him.  How in the world will my little guys get it?” If this sounds like you, then join me for this week’s little coffee break.  Yes, you can teach Shakespeare, and yes, your children will love it! 

Have no fear! It’s time for some Shakespeare!  It is not only doable but can be quite fun to add a little Shakespeare to your homeschooling.  In this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast, I share five simple steps to reading and enjoying the plays of Shakespeare.  I also give some fun and practical tips for introducing the Bard, his old English banter, and the beauty of Shakespearean language.  I even give ideas on how to incorporate games, drama, and Legos (yes, even Legos) into your Shakespearean studies.




Do you have a love/hate relationship with science?

Well, it is February which means homeschooling moms begin to scramble and stress out! Why? Because we realize we are more than half way through the school year and we still have so much left to do and cover. In February, we start cutting out extra classes and extra activities so we can focus on the “basics.”

Do you know what subject and fun activities usually get tossed out to make more time for “catch up” work? That’s right! SCIENCE! And if we don’t eliminate our science studies completely, we usually put the experiments and lessons in the “we will get to that when we have time” pile. Let’s be honest. This time of the year, we never get to that pile!!!

It was during February that I was very intentional about NOT removing the fun subjects, experiments, and projects. The kids and I needed them! February is the best time of the year to add some really fun lessons and experiments. Take advantage of Valentine’s Day being just around the corner and hearts popping up everywhere. Some of our family’s favorite science unit studies were done in February. For the whole month, we connected our bible studies on LOVE and our Valentine crafts with our science studies. In February, we learned about the circulatory system, the heart, the major components and function of blood, and how to keep our hearts healthy. Besides, February is also American Heart Month!

Because we are usually behind in February, I made sure we did some science each week. We didn’t do science everyday, but I did make sure we read and did some fun science activities at least one or twice a week. And learning about the heart so close to Valentine’s Day was always super fun too!

Each week in February, we focused on the following:

  • 1st Week: Overview of the Circulatory System, its parts and its function.
  • 2nd Week: The Heart and how it works
  • 3rd Week: Components of blood and the function of each part
  • 4th Week: Exercising and keeping the heart healthy

In this week’s podcast, “I HEART 💕 SCIENCE,” I go into detail about what you can do each week during the month of February to ignite your love for science again. I share:

  • books you can read during morning basket time and during science time.
  • simple experiments you can do each week using common kitchen supplies.
  • dissections you can do for older or more adventurous students
  • videos and songs you can learn to help memorize the different parts of the heart
  • and plenty of projects you can do (including a few edible ones) to learn about the circulatory system.

I am positive this week’s podcast will inspire you to add some science fun to your Valentine and February studies! It might just get you to LOVE science (and messy experiments) again!



Usborne’s First Encyclopedia of the Human Body (for younger students)

DK Human Body Visual Encyclopedia (for older students)

The Complex Circulatory System: God’s Wondrous Machine (for high school students)

School House Rock Video: Do the Circulation

Circulation Song (to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”)

Easy Make and Learn Projects: Human Body by Silver (Check out circulatory system chapter!)

Drop of Blood by Paul Showers

Hear Your Heart by Paul showers:

Sheep Heart Dissection Kit by Home Science Tools

Blood Type Kit and Experiment by Home Science Tools

Directions for making three 3D clay models and working heart models

Circulation Dice Game by Carrie De Francisco (and family)

Valentine’s Day Devotions & Activities

Can you believe it is almost February already? February is one of my favorite months of the year, especially when homeschooling!

On this last week of January, I thought I would share a few ideas on how to focus on God’s love and God’s Word, which is his love letter to us. In the month of February, our family always did a special countdown to Valentine’s Day.  Each February during family devotions, we focus on God, on the biblical concept of love, and on true friendship.

So I thought in this week’s podcast I would share some of the Valentine activities, morning time basket tasks, and February devotions we have done over the years.  Hopefully, it will inspire you to do something special this February too!


Valentine’s Day Devotions and Activities


The Day It Rained by Felicia Bond

The Story of St. Valentines Day by Nancy Scharmas

The Love Letter by Annika Denise

Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Love is by Dianne Adams

Love You Already by Jory John

Cranberry Valentine by Harry Devlin

St. Valentine by Robert Sadu

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