This is My Home, This is My School

This Is My Home This Is My School by Jonathan Bean - A stunning autobiographical picture book about homeschool life

In the coming weeks, many eager, excited, and nervous kids will trade firefly nights and swimsuits for squeaky school hallways and backpacks. Back-to-School season is here, but for some, the new school year will start without ever leaving their home. A glimpse of life as part of a homeschool family is illuminated in a heartwarming, autobiographically inspired picture book, This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean (public library). In a show-and-tell manner, a young, homeschooled boy walks the reader through the dual purpose of his family’s home, his family’s dynamic, and the world around him. Each day is tightly intertwined with hours of love, labor, and learning- His mom and dad are also his teachers, his siblings are his classmates, similar to a school bus, their family van takes them on field trips, read-aloud at bedtime is an English lesson, and when the teacher is having a rough day, she sometimes has to phone in for a substitute.

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This Is My Home This Is My School 4 The family of six’s rhythms and adventures as homeschooling homesteaders is a dreamy, organized chaos. Four kids running around, an energetic dog, chickens, a cat, a bunny, the house is  cluttered with projects– A lived in space, full of energy and a representation that learning happens everywhere and at anytime. This is the essence of homeschooling that Jonathan Bean effortlessly captures in this book.

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Jonathan Bean This Is My Home This Is My School - Homeschool autobiography

Visit the library or your local bookstore and there are dozens and dozens of “back-to-school” picture books, but there are only a couple of picture books that feature homeschoolers.  2 million families homeschool in the USA, and with homeschooling on the rise, these children now have a book that relates to their own experience. As a homeschool parent, I deeply appreciate the telling from Jonathan Bean’s own viewpoint and especially his author’s note and family photos in the back of the book. You can tell just in the way the story is written and in his note that he looks back fondly at his time home with his family.  Our family’s own decision to homeschool our oldest child was a difficult one. We didn’t know the first thing about how the decision to homeschool would change the dynamic of our family and our lives, but the depiction of  Jonathan Bean’s own positive experience helped me imagine what life as a homeschooling family could be like.  My family doesn’t live on a picturesque homestead like Jonathan Bean’s (which you can read more about in his fantastic picture book, Building Our Home), but the approach is similar.


This Is Our Home, This Is Our School: A Look Inside Our Homeschool Life

In the same fashion of This Is My Home, This Is My School, I thought I’d share our homeschool “classrooms” and daily rhythms. As I mentioned already, this book helped me as a parent to visualize what life as a homeschooler was like before we decided to take the leap into life as a homeschool family. Here’s a peek inside our world.

This is our home, this is our school! We learn about a variety of subjects….




homeschool number line jumping






nature kids

Earth Sciences


cardboard rocket ship






art room







Horticulture & Livestock


shadow puppets



yoga kid



ku museum of natural history



kansas history



Not Pictured: Piles and piles of laundry, piles and piles of library books, playing with neighborhood friends, piles and piles of dirty dishes, extracurricular activities, early morning snuggles, chores, more laundry, and a whole lot of love.

If you homeschool or are thinking about homeschooling, be sure to check out This Is My Home, This Is My School. If you haven any questions about our homeschooling rhythms, I’ll do my best to answer your questions. I’m new to homeschooling myself, so if you have any words of wisdom going into the new academic year, please share!

Good luck to all students and parents going into a new school year!





*Copy of book reviewed provided by the good folks at Farrar, Straus & Grioux



5 Responses to “This is My Home, This is My School”

  1. annabelle says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this book. It’s going on my must have list!
    We have been homeschooling for six years. Our kiddos are 10, 8, and 6. I think the one thing that has helped me the most is not following the public school schedule/plan.
    No two families are just alike, no two people are. Why should school be just alike for everyone, right. When I realized that applied to us, things flowed so much smoother.
    We don’t begin our school year in Aug. and we don’t take the whole summer off. Our longest break is from Thanksgiving week till the first week of Jan, about seven weeks. (Once the Christmas tree is up we all just want to play, make and sing.) Starting in Jan. we break our year into season terms of 10 weeks of studies and 1 week off. We have two more weeks of our summer term, the kids are excited. Our seasonal rhythm works wonderful for us. Living is learning and we’re enjoying it! (well, maybe not the math part 😉
    Your blog is beautiful and I’m looking forward to visiting often.

  2. Esther says:

    I’m so very glad I came across your blog … I love books and narrating stories to little kids is my passion … Your blog and s so refreshingly interesting 😊

  3. Jenny Foster says:

    What a gem! Thank you for posting about it, I was thrilled that our library has it. Glad to see you’re sticking with the homeschooling too. :-)

    • Rebecca says:

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! We’re sticking with homeschooling as look as it works for everyone :)

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