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: WON’T BACK DOWN movie review

Won’t Back Down

This is a movie every mom should watch. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

For me, it pulled every emotion from a loving moms heart! Those moms aggressively advocated on behalf of their child and other students in this lackluster community school.That was something I could totally relate with. Every part of that movie was relative. Many people don’t know about dyslexia, this movie explained it on a level anyone will understand.  You could feel it! From the hugs between mom & child to the decision one mom made to release her son to his dad. It was intense! LOVE IT!

Two other moms from my stay at home mom group attended and here’s what they thought about the movie:

“Eve”     Great movie, could serve as an inspiration for other parents to fight for a better education for their children. The relationship between the mom and her son, I knew tears were coming. He told her, “It’s ok…you can lay down next to me if you want,” and then he kissed her on the forehead–I lost it!

“Lika”  This was a great family movie. It gets 4 stars!

This movie has it all:  humor, excitement, romance, betrayal and facing life changing challenges.  In theaters nationwide on Friday, September 28th, so grab

a friend & go watch it! In the meantime, here’s the trailer- QC Super Mom


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!