Friday Four: Homeschooling Shortcuts

I confess. I did NOT like  homeschooling at first.Even now, I do it out of necessity. We live in a unfavorable school zone and I refuse to send any of my  children to the designated schools. It would be five steps backwards, educationally, mentally, socially, and physically. Homeschooling has proven to be a asset for our super busy life and a way to give my children what I think they need in this world.learn.JPG

Oh, and it can be very expensive with four boys in four different grade levels. Thank goodness for short cuts and other resources to help us along the way. Maybe you can use a few.

Here’s 4 of my top online resources for home learning. Enjoy! 

1.Push them off on a smart friend. 


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Kids Code is offered in 5 week stints, and occurs on Mondays or Tuesdays, depending on each location. Kids Code is from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, and doesn’t cost a thing!


Khan Academy tutorials have revolutionized the way that people think about teaching and learning online. This non-profit educational website was started by MIT grad Salman Khan. He began using the internet as a way to tutor a young relative and people found his video tutorials so useful that he quit his job and began making educational resources full time. The site now provides more than 3,000 free educational videos on a range of topics including mathematics, economics, history, and computer science.

Duck Duck Moose is now part of Khan Academy –

We’re excited to announce that Duck Duck Moose, an award-winning developer of children’s learning apps, is now part of Khan Academy!

Since we believe every child should have access to the best learning resources, we’re making all 21 of Duck Duck Moose’s apps FREE.

Getting online is a part of our day! It allows me to homeschool four children at a time, clean the house and return business calls. We have just 2 laptops, 1 Ipad and 2 phones available for the kids. Including technology helps me stay organized and on track all day long!


3. In The Community

We have:

lkDiscovery Place is a science and technology museum for visitors of all ages located in the Uptown area of Charlotte, Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: (704) 372-6261 Founded: 1981


ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center is a collaborative venture of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and the Children’s Theater of Charlotte. Address: 300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202  Phone: (704) 416-4600

IMG_3846The Charlotte Nature Museum features interactive nature exhibits and live animal displays, including a butterfly pavilion, and more. Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: (704) 372-6261


Queen City Stay At Home Moms-  It’s what you get when you combine a group of moms from different backgrounds with the same common goal; to navigate through motherhood with amazing support.

We get together and share the joys, adventures, burden and unseen blessings  of mothering.  Some are former teachers, current students, grandparents, chefs, coaches……  and everything in between. Each of them have something to share with our children . .  Everyone brings their own strengths to the group for all to enjoy. It’s like having  the privilege to pick your family and selecting only the smartest, sweetest, most resourceful and creative members.

4. Local Stores

Lakeshore Learning– The BEST Spot EVER! They have EVERYTHING  for education.    SEE their YouTube Channel: Click here

They have been in the education game since 1954. They were also major gifters for our last Total children’s wellness Fair. We got to see so many of their awesome manipulatives and other incredible mental enhancers.

Five Below – If we are traveling and I have forgotten to bring their workbooks, I make one stop at my local Five Below and pick up just what I need for the trip. They never disappoint!
The Dollar Store is a great resource as well. 5 below

Homeschooling is an adventure you do not have to take alone. I hope this helps!

Montessori or Homeschooling

I’ve been homeschooling for seven years and I LOVE it …..mostly.When kids help prepare dinner, they help prepare themselves for life! Find a recipe to make with your little chefs

Several people have asked me about the differences between Montessori and home schooling; and why we want to put the middle boys into Montessori school.

First, I think I should talk about why we chose to home school in the first place. The short answer is: because most public schools suck. However, if you want the long answer:here it



You can’t beat the opportunity to teach outside the box and ensure a solid full circle education including spiritual, social, financial, environmental, nutritional, and physical foundation. For us, homeschooling offers freedom from peer-pressure and clichés, freedom from bullies, freedom from curriculum, freedom from  “general” testing, freedom from school schedules. All of which makes for a less stressful life. Now that the girls are back home  we’re looking for the next best thing and that’s Public Montessori for our middle sons.  boraxborax0



We toured the Highland Mills Montessori and was very pleased with it. Children worked on the floor, or at various tables. The classrooms were full of accessible plants, animals, learning tools, folders, worksheets, books, and other materials. There labs coats, washer and dryers, a real garden even real painting easels. There is also a kitchen and bathroom on the same hall and a band room for students in the 4th grade and up.

Here are some tips for getting your child school ready while still at home:

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  1. Be consistent.
  2. Have them help.
  3. Watch the nanny!

(Well that’s what Ms Cheryl said! … I would love to put two of my boys in that school. Just think, Eaim & Amen will be drinking from glass cups…..More power to them on that one-right?  Anyhoots, we need to register them in the next few weeks if we want them to start in the fall. Anyone has any experience with Montessori or Homeschooling that would like to give input on the two options?

Friday Four: Home school to Public School week 1

Ok, so yesterday made the girls 1st full week back in public school. I already built a decent repore with the principle and staff.  Lunch prep is going well. Uniforms  inventory is great. Thank God for GoodWill and hooray for me! 

They both like it. Our 12 year old seems to re inventing herself as a tough girl.  I did tell her that the West side of Charlotte is nothing like the East, and reminded the both of them not to show any signs of weakness. Deanna got it down pack. She says that the kids and teachers alike are calling her “D”, and she has a few movies dates in the working.

They even are accepting the uniform policy of khaki and navy.  I love the way they jazz it up with cute  embellishments and girlie  assecories. Now that’s the good part, now here’s the other side.Yeah, there’s always two.

Tuesday was “Career Day.” The students were allowed to dress in office professional attire. Deanna decided to wear this really cute outfit. It was really BANGING!’  Minutes later, the phone  rings, Deanna needed to change clothes. Seems as though she chose to alter the guidelines to fit her own preferences. I politely told Mr. Brown from her school to keep her there. She could go sit in ISS  (In school suspension).

Maybe  that would help her remember to listen better in the future.  TODAY, as in this morning- Mr. Brown called again. I couldn’t imagine  why he was calling this early. They had only been in the school for just a few minutes. He begins his conversation with a hello & how are ya Mrs Pressley. I didn’t think too much of that. I was actually thinking that he wanted to soften  me up to go into the big “Can you volunteer pitch.” To my surprise, he had Cassie in his office. See there’s a new game in the school called 31 seconds. Long story short Cassie played it, had a nose bleed and suspension letter for 5 days in hand. Now she thinks I’m coming to get her….NOT! She too can sit in ISS. I’ll see her at 3:15 today when I pick them up. I’m loving this public school thing a whole lot!