Name That School

I think one of the most intimidating concerns for me in regards to homeschooling is the responsibility for naming the whole operation. I must not be alone, as I see others post looking for ideas and advice about this with regularity.

When it comes to officially naming your school, there are rules and guidelines to follow, so check your state to see what kind of considerations you need to keep in mind.

But, before – or after – all that, have fun with it and use it as a fun lesson and a reflective way for kids to think about their school adventure.

There are certainly plenty of ways to approach this, but here is what we did: I drew up 3 simple templates – one for a sign, one for a banner, and one for a flag. On the sign, he got to name his school and design the background and lettering. On the banner, we considered a motto (well, mottos, really) to live by, and then of course, the flag for artistic expression.

We did paper for ours, with the first 2 items on one page and the flag on half of its own sheet, so the paper could be folded and attached to a pole (like a straw). Go as simple or all-out as your hearts desire though – decorate a whole wall, sew or build some real-deal versions, or whatever else sparks your creativity.

I also happened upon a post about student ID’s (something I was totally unaware of) and decided to have some fun with that idea too. I deliberated on a design that would suit him and settled on an Ent, as he is my nature boy whom I have called “the animal whisperer” more than once. I found a black and white image, copied it on, then added lines for his signature, school name, ID number (that he got to pick) and so forth. A self-seal laminating pouch, and voila!


Who am I? Foremost, the lucky momma of an amazing boy. To be perfectly honest, I am less his teacher than he is my inspiration - I have learned at least as much from him in the last seven years as he has from me. I am an old-timer at heart; I'd rather live on a farm, garden, crochet, and raise my kid out in the sun than anything else. I'm a bit of a technological dinosaur, more geared toward life where you can get your hands dirty and have some fun exploring, learning, and growing. I'm a homeschooled, homeschooling single parent with a passion for my son, nature, and the simple life. I am not here to pretend I know it all or lay out the research or provide a step-by-step game plan. I hope to encourage and inspire families to join in the journey of learning together - and have the fun that life is supposed to be made of along the way. Happy exploring!

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