April 23, 2010

What’s in a name?



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.

Montserrat enjoys classical music, playing the piano, reading biographies, sewing, and playing a good game of Scrabble. She thinks spending time with her family is truly heaven on earth. You can follow her family's varied adventures at Chocolate on my Cranium.

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Shannon Watson said...

Ours is Little Seeds Academy. :) We are required by the state of IL to name our "private school". Our daughter's name, Samara, can sometimes be derived from whatever the Latin word is for "little seed" (something like "semilla", like in Spanish, I think it was), and as she was the first one to (ask to) be homeschooled, that was what we agreed on. (It was initially "Little Seed", but we decided to pluralize it in case anyone else in the family joined us - and once this school year finishes (in 30 days!) we will probably have all 4 at home.)

The Jongejans said...

I never thought about naming our home school. I guess since we will be starting in July we'd better think of a good one...hmmmm

Dana ♥ said...

I head a homeschool group that meets weekly. We often have to reserve a building or make arrangements with groups for things. At first we were just THE HOMESCHOOL GROUP, but then there were other homeschooling groups and we needed something to set us apart from the others. We chose L.E.A.D. which stands for Latter-day Saints Educating and Doing. We also decided that in the event we had non-LDS families involved it would be Leading, Educating, and Doing.

Coombs Family said...

Zion's Academy. My goal is for our home to become like Zion in the midst of Babylon.

Anonymous said...

Heck, the beehive needs its drones, too! :)

We are the North Star Academy. I like the symbolism of it, and my husband and I had our first official date at the North Star Drive In, so it has sentimental meaning, too.

Jean said...

We had to pick a name, and we went with Lux et Veritas Academy, as a reference to bringing up your children in light and truth. And we're classical homeschoolers, so the Latin was fun. :)

Jeanine said...

My husbands mother started a private school named "Peel Academy" when he was younger because she wanted a better education for him. Our Homeschool is named after our inspiration "Peel Academy."

legendswife said...

We call ours Little Lambs. Christ and the little children remind me of the name.

Cindy said...

My husband is the "principal" so he came up with the name Goodwill Academy of Excellence. Goodwill is our last name.

Suzuki Mom said...

Ours is Maplehill Academy. I liked the sound of Academy, and the Maple is to show our Canadian flavour.

shauna said...

Our name is also based on our last name...we are A School of Salmon...because our last name is Salmon. I loved the play on words...

Sue said...

I have been wanting to name our homeschool, but haven't come up with anything that I like...

I love your motto!!!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

It's been fun to find out the names of your home "schools" and how you got them. Growing up our homeschool name was Helaman School. My brothers then said our 'team' was the Stripling Warriors. We had some good laughs trying to explain to non-members that Stripling Warriors didn't mean that we actually stripped...☺

Camie said...

It's not a requirement to name our school, but we thought it would be fun to pick a name anyway. After a lot of thought, my son and I chose the name, 2 Cute Explorers, because it's just the two of us and we like to think we're exploring the world around us.