It’s July! That means it’s time to play the name game, homeschoolers. If you’re a newbie, or just moved to NC, now is a good time to get registered with the DNPE. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can do it all online in just a couple of minutes, instead of having to write things and mail things and wait like in the olden days.
Before you let the bureaucrats know you’re homeschooling, though, you need to choose a name for your school. Naming your school isn’t difficult, but be thoughtful about it. I think I read somewhere that the name you choose is the name you’re stuck with. You can keep it simple, with just your family name (i.e. Smith Academy), or get really silly (Mrs. Brubaker’s School for Gifted Children Desiring Academic Excellence and Juicy Peach Pies). As far as I know, no one is going to turn down your application based on a boring or ridiculous name.
I’ve planned to homeschool since the first time I saw two lines on a pregnancy test, but somehow I never got around to choosing a name for our school until last week. Since I’ve been blogging about my hillbilly homeschool for a couple of years now, I naturally wanted to name ours The Hillbilly Homeschool for Jesus. If you’ve ever heard me talk, there really can’t be any doubt about my hill-dwelling heritage. I hope it’s equally obvious that I’m doing this for Jesus. So that’s a perfectly descriptive name for our school. Don’t you agree?
My husband–who is apparently the only adult in this family–is the final arbiter of these things, and he didn’t think this was funny at all. For one thing, he’s not a hillbilly. He spent a good bit of his childhood in New England, so the hillbilly label isn’t funny to him. For him, them’s fightin’ words. Also, are we really going to make our children go through life with that on their diploma? Well, no. It’s a joke, honey. Yeesh!
Given the fact that we’d be trying to get our children into college with that moniker on the transcripts, Jesse’s steadier head prevailed and we decided on Hillside Christian Academy. That’s a pretty solid name. Descriptive, respectable, presentable. Boring. It’s so perfectly normal I’ll bet at least four other families in these mountains chose that very name.
I guess some things just can’t be made exciting. Maybe some of you other parents have better imaginations than I do.
What did you/will you name your homeschool?