Hi! I’m Roberta, known to some as “The Book Lady”. That nickname is one I embrace. Research is something I love, and I have seen, own, or can find most anything a homeschooler might need. Consequently, I own far too many books and have checked out many more. I’m often a “go-to” person for homeschooling friends and acquaintances to find resources, whether books or curriculum.
Before having children I worked in Medical Records Administration and Law careers. Yes, I have quite a varied background, and I don’t regret a minute of it. My degrees mean much less, however, than the time I can spend with my children teaching them about life, the world, and my faith. I’m far from shy and shoot from the hip. (And, in all seriousness, I’m a pretty good shot.) I tend to have pretty good discernment about the people, situations and resources around me. I’m always looking for new and better, but I’m also very content with what works.
I live in a rural area of northern Minnesota, where we have winter anywhere from 3-9 months a year. My husband usually tells people that if we have summer on a weekend that we have a picnic. I’ve been married to my wonderful hubby for almost 24 years and have a 15 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. Yes, if you did the math, that means married 8 years, pop out a kid, married another 8 years, pop out another. God’s timing—not mine, but it works quite well. I often say that God knew I needed a helper to keep up with the second child.
In addition to writing The Book Lady’s Top 10 column, I also write Surfing to Learn and the new G.L.O.W. column. I serve as the Director of Marketing for Homeschool Mosaics and our sister site, Mosaic Reviews also.
How long have you been homeschooling your kids and why did you choose homeschooling?
I have been teaching my daughter at home since she was about four years old (11 years). I chose to homeschool for a number of reasons, the most important of which is the ability to teach my children what I feel is important for them to learn. (Faith, Manners, Moral Values, Respect, and, of course, the typical reading, writing, arithmetic, history, science, and math) I find that a relaxed, eclectic style of learning works best for our children. I love the flexibility of doing school wherever and whenever an opportunity presents itself. “Teachable moments” are everywhere if we look for them. Our family is definitely one that practices learning as a lifestyle.
What is your favorite curriculum or resource? Wow, that would be so hard to answer. Although I don’t use a packaged curriculum with my children, we do own different parts of a variety of things. Living books, the Bible, games, music, movies, and a few computer programs/websites are all used to round out our “curriculum”. Picking a favorite book would be impossible at our house. Upon checking, with the exception of our laundry room, I’m pretty sure we have books in every room of the house. We actually a have a room that we refer to as “the library”.
If you could share one suggestion about homeschooling what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to try different things or combinations of things. I am constantly amazed at the amount of information our children take in with some added music. My 6 year old has memorized a lot of information, painlessly, by listening to Schoolhouse Rock songs. My spelling-challenged daughter has improved her abilities by playing word games such as Bananas, Quiddler, Boggle, Hangman and Scrabble. My son has informed us that he wants to be a game inventor. Perhaps that’s why his favorite game is Mousetrap—ah, a budding engineer? Spending large of amounts of time outside on our 10 acres of prairie packs in science topics year round.
What the world needs now is ____________?
Ha, that’s easy, more bookshelves!