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Author bio:

Jonathan grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed, among many things, hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children’s literature when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, he’s worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread recognition. Jonathan currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Book synopsis:

Drawing from his own childhood experiences, Jonathan Bean takes the autobiographically inspired family he introduced in Building Our House through the special rhythms and routines of a homeschooling day. For young Jonathan and his sisters, Mom is the teacher and a whole lot more, and Dad is the best substitute any kid could want. From math, science, and field trips to recess, show-and-tell, and art, a school day with this intrepid, inventive family will seem both completely familiar and totally unique. Includes a selection of family snapshots and a note from the author.


Shelly’s Review:

This book is a fresh, honest look at what homeschooling actually looks like. The illustrations are phenomenal in that instead of depicting an immaculate house with a June Cleaver-type mother standing in front of a chalkboard, it is an accurate representation of what most homeschooling households are actually like. Written by a former homeschooler himself, This Is My Home, This Is My School lets the world see the many sides of learning at home, from trips to the creek to unexpected messes to even a mother’s cry for help while on the phone with the “principal” (aka Dad). I highly recommend this book to any family who homeschools or is simply pondering the idea. THIS is what homeschooling is all about.


    • Series: N/A
    • Paperback:  48 pages
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 27, 2015)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0374380201
    • ISBN-13: 978-0374380205
    • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 12.4 inches
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Writing prompt:  What is the best part of homeschooling for you?

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Interactive Spelling Games for “This is My Home, This is My School”

Alphabetize Arrange the words in alphabetical order.
Hang Mouse Complete each word by filling in the letters one at a time.
Missing Letter Figure out which letter is missing from each word.
Test-N-Teach Practice spelling words and hear them used in sentences.
Word Unscramble Rearrange the letters to correctly spell the words on the list.

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