Names are important. They carry meaning, give identity. When a child is born great effort and thought is put into what name to give that child.
Throughout history names have also been changed. The name change is usually to show a specific position, function, relationship or destiny. Think Abram-Abraham, Sarai-Sarah, Jacob-Israel, or Saul-Paul.
Knowing how important a name is, have you thought about naming your home “school”? Have you chosen not to name it? Some of us need a name to submit to the state, or to the office supply store or bookstore for educator discounts. How did you come to choose the name you did?
Our homeschool name is Beehive Academy. When my oldest two girls were 5 and 4 we were learning about bees for school, in particular how all the worker bees were female. They decided since they work hard too that our school would be called Beehive Academy. So far so good. It has worked for 10 years now, except you have to keep in mind I have six daughters all in a row, then a son who is 3 years old, and then another little girl. When my son starts school I don't know what we will do. To further my dilemma the following quote has been our guide with our motto in bold (I know it’s long) but it works equally for everyone and it includes our beloved beehive!
“Work is another deterrent to evil. The symbol of Utah is the beehive. Our forefathers fostered industry and work. Elder John Longden, an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, quoted Herndon as saying, “Satan selects his disciples when they are idle; Jesus selected his when they were busy at their work either mending their nets or casting them into the sea.” . . .I testify that there are forces which will save us from the ever-increasing lying, disorder, violence, chaos, destruction, misery, and deceit that are upon the earth. Those saving forces are the everlasting principles, covenants, and ordinances of the eternal gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. May we dedicate our lives to serving the Lord and not worry about offending the devil.” (James E. Faust, “Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil,” Ensign, Sep 1995, 2)Should we keep it, get rid of a name altogether, or think of a new one? We’re still pondering on this.
What’s your home school name and what is the story behind it? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Remember to be courteous in your comments. This is not meant to start a debate about which is better – to name or not name your home school. I’m just curious because we have been thinking about our own home school name.