Today’s guest post is from Cheryl at Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama. I was thrilled to get her guest post, because this is a topic I’ve never addressed, yet one that stumps many homeschool families. We named our homeschool when we registered with the state when our oldest turned 7. We used precisely the guidelines Cheryl mentions here! I hope this post helps those of you struggling to come up with just the right name!
Have you named your homeschool yet? You do not have to be funded by the government in order to have an official title. Just think of yourself as a privately funded school. Ha!
Naming your homeschool can be a fun activity and financially beneficial too. Many retail stores offer discounts for educators. You may find it easier to ask for that discount under your professional sounding school name.
In addition to financial benefits, naming your homeschool can offer your family a greater sense of comraderie. Some children enjoy the feeling of their whole family being under the title of one school, rather than just grade levels.
Since coming up with a great name can be difficult, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a homeschool name:
You are a school. As I stated earlier, just because you’re not backed by government dollars doesn’t mean what you’re doing is insignificant. You are just as much a school as any public or private one.
Think longevity. Be sure to choose a name that can go on college applications. The Hug-In Home School may be fun for a Kindergartner, but a high schooler surely wouldn’t like it.
Be creative. You don’t have to simply use your last name, though you can if you like. Look to your goals, favorite foods, backyard nature or hobbies for inspiration. For example: Christian Hearts Learning Center, Strawberry Fields Academy or Towering Pines Home School.
I personally decided to draw inspiration from a book we read, Carry on Mr. Bowditch, a great read about a young boy who eventually goes to work aboard a ship. My favorite line in the whole book is this:
“When a ship is becalmed-the wind died down-she can’t move-sometimes the sailors break out their oars. They’ll row a boat ahead of the ship and tow her….Oars are made of ash-white ash. So-when you get ahead by your own get-up-and-get–that’s when you sail by the ash breeze.”
Because of the beautiful imagery of this line, we are the Ash Breeze Academy.
So the next time we’re at the grocery store at 11:00AM on a Wednesday, and some curious, elderly woman asks my kids why they’re not in school, they can say “We’re on a field trip from Ash Breeze Academy.”