I quit school after sixth grade. I’d already already attended five different elementary schools and one middle school in six states, and the twelve-year-old me felt like I’d seen all that public school options had to offer. I was pretty sure I could do just as well educating myself as many of the schools I’d experienced. Probably better in the case of the last school I attended.
So I spent the summer between sixth and seventh grade convincing my parents to let me quit, to let me take charge of my own education. It took all summer, but it worked. That was how we became homeschoolers. It was a wonderful and empowering experience for me, and while I have chosen public school for my daughter, I still strongly support homeschooling as an option. It has become much more mainstream in the years since my family homeschooled, but it’s still really rare to see a homeschooling family in a children’s book. That’s why I was really excited about Jonathan Bean‘s new semi-autobiographical picture book, This is my Home, This is my School.
I completely agree with what Jonathan Bean says in the author’s note: “Homeschooling never ends.” The mindset behind my family’s decision to homeschool has stayed with me. I still look for opportunities to learn wherever I am, to explore my community, and to take on new projects. I hope that no matter where my daughter attends school, she picks up on the values that I still hold from my homeschooling experience.
Read more about This is my Home, This is my School:
- School Library Journal’s review: “a warm and accessible perspective on an increasingly common educational choice.”
- Going Old School with Jonathan Bean: “There’s so much movement in these illustrations. I like that, because it emphasizes how full a homeschooler’s day can be.”
- A Peek at Jonathan Bean’s Drawing Table: See the progression of several of the spreads!