RoShamBo Homeschooling author Adrienne Joy

RoShamBo Mama

My name is Adrienne Joy. I’m a former teacher (MA-Psychology, Social Work, & Bilingual Education), who now works at home while homeschooling my son.

Before I had my son, I taught high school and college students… but I always wanted to homeschool my children. I wanted them to have all the extra opportunities that come from a customized, one-on-one education. I believe any amount of time you can spend designing your child’s education around their unique learning style—whether you’re supplementing a formal preschool education, homeschooling only for the preschool years, or planning on preschool and beyond—is a gift of love.

Using my master’s degree in Psychology, I provide RESEARCH-based teaching ideas. No more wondering if you’re teaching your child the appropriate skills or falling short on your attempts to motivate and inspire your child. With RoShamBo Homeschooling, I give you insider access to all the research on child development, pedagogy, and curriculum design… in bite size, easy to understand pieces!

RoShamBo Meaning

RoShamBo started out as a nickname for my son when I was pregnant. It’s what’s called out for rock-paper-scissors in many languages, especially French. The “Ro” part is similar to my son’s name, and when I was pregnant, I swear he must have had a thousand nicknames! Ro-boat, Ro-Ro, Rorito, Romeo, Rojo… on and on.

But when I started writing homeschool lesson plans, I always just liked the sound of RoShamBo. Rock, paper, scissors. Simple. The basics. No noisy, complicated technology or expensive gadgets. Just kids being kids.

My personal homeschool philosophy is mostly based on unschooling. If my son is passionate about learning something, I gravitate toward creating and finding resources to teach him more about that. If I introduce something new to him and he’s not into it or seems distracted, I trust his instincts. I take it as a sign that he’s not cognitively ready for it or that I’m teaching it in a way that’s not interesting to him. And then I try to teach it again in a few weeks with a different activity. We’ve been spending hours per day every day focused on reading (and barely any time on other subjects) because my son just started doing phonics and reading full words, and he can’t get enough!