Our homeschool officially has a name!
Many states require homeschooling families to submit a name for their school. Ours does not, but in the back of my mind, it was something I wanted to do.
It was the kids who actually asked to do it. I have no idea what prompted them to come up with the idea but it was enough to get the juices flowing. If it was up to them, we’d have a professional sign hanging on the side of our house.
I wanted the kids to be involved with the naming of our school because I wanted to have them try to put into words the kind of school they want to have or what they understand about learning.
First, we brainstormed a list of possible names. We wrote down whatever we could think of on a poster and then just let it sit for a few days. We prayed about choosing the best name for our school that we could agree on. We talked about different names for the word, “school” and all three oldest kids agreed that “academy” was the school word they liked the most.
After about a week, we came back to the list and everyone voted for their top three choices, including Jason and I. Then I took the top four from that list and we voted for two, and then made our final choice. So it was a completely joint decision. If you’re curious (or need a name for your own school), the runner up choices were:
Free Dreams Academy
Wild and Creative Academy
Light Up the World Academy
Amazing Arrows Academy
When I then told them that they could make a sign for our dining room/schoolroom/office/everything room, they were beyond excited.
They started by making what they wanted our symbol to be that represented “take flight” to them. We talked a bit about how that phrase might relate to education and life in general. I couldn’t possibly choose between their creative designs so we just covered our sign with all of them and they talked about what the symbols meant to them. Here are some closeups of their drawings.
Micah said that while he was drawing, this one God just told him to draw. I said it looks like a brilliant idea or dream just “taking flight.”
Some typical “flight” images likes helicopters, birds, and rockets. Eliana drew a cross with wings.
Truthfully, I thought this drawing by Eliana captured the heart of our conversation. She drew small pictures like books, writing, paint brushes, and cooking and gave them wings. We talked about the fact that learning isn’t just about books and reading and writing. But that life is full of learning at every age and stage. And that to “take flight” in our learning means to give our dreams and our learning and our lives to God. He is the one who can give us “wings to fly” so to speak. When we allow Him to join in our learning and our dreams, we can “take flight” in being the people He desires us to be. With Him on our side, we can do all things, in the strength He gives us.
And really, as a mama, that’s what I want for my kids and their learning. No matter what setting and environment they are in, to recognize that God is the one who makes them soar. Through Him all things are possible. To hope in Him, and have their identity in Him alone.
So, from here on out, the Whing family homeschool is now, “Take Flight Academy.” Messy house and all. Real life, friends.
And yes, I hear you all chuckling in the background. Believe it or not, the kids never made the connection between our last name and our school name. I’m sure they will eventually. Perhaps that makes it even more appropriate.
Are you a homeschooling family? Please share the name of your school if you are!