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Should You Name Your Homeschool?

Updated on September 24, 2011
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Have you considered naming your homeschool? Some never consider the possibility of naming their family's homeschool. Others don't think it's necessary. There are quite a few advantages to giving your homeschool a name. 

Avoiding the Inevitable Comments

Most homeschoolers have no problem with people in their families or community. Others do. Personally, despite the fact there are a lot of homeschooling families in the area, we have run into a lot of adversity. Perhaps 1 out of 5 thinks it is a good idea. The other four usually either have negative comments, negative stories, or are hateful. 

Before we gave our little homeschool a name, people would ask what preschool our son went to. Naturally we'd say that we homeschool so he doesn't attend a preschool. We heard everything from "He'll never be socialized!" (as he played with children both younger and older than himself) to "You'll screw him up for life." One father actually walked over to my son, leaned down, and told him what a stupid little boy he was and how mean his mommy and daddy were to keep him stupid. 

Apparently, it's a common problem. Many people hear the world "homeschool" and assume it's something that automatically sets a child up for failure. A solution someone suggested to me was to simply give my school a name. And it works. Now when people ask, we simply tell them our son attends "Willow Oaks Academy" and nothing more is said. If they are really interested, they will ask more about it. Normally if they ask, they are honestly interested. Since we living in apartments, are active in church, and go to playgrounds and out a lot, it's a real relief. 

Certificates and Diplomas

As a homeschooling family, it is not necessary for us to have certificates and diplomas. Since a homeschool is not accredited, our son won't be getting a high school diploma. Unless we decide to give him one. 

When you choose a name for your homeschool, you can use it on any paper you want. My son is one who loves awards. He thinks getting an award is the neatest thing in the world. Every so often, when he does something well or learns something new, I'll make up a little certificate that's bright and happy. Sometimes it just states what he has done and tells him good job. Other times it has the name of our school. 

As he gets older, we can reward him with other certificates. Like when he graduates from preschool, elementary school, and so on. When it's time to graduate high school, there are plenty of places that will print a diploma for him using our school name. These diplomas are just like those given by private and public high schools with leather holders, seals, and other options. 

Special Programs

There are many programs available for homeschools. Some of these are easy to use and find, but others require that your homeschool have a name. For example, a teacher discount is offered by many stores but you need to prove you're a teacher. You can either show your documents that you filed with your state or simply show an ID. But to get an ID, you'll need a name. 

Curriculum publishers are another example. A publisher may offer a school discount on a curriculum package but to get it, you have to be a school. Explaining your school is a homeschool and giving your school name is normally enough for you to be able to get the same discount. 

Fun and Pride

School pride. In public and private schools, school pride is encouraged. There are school banners, t-shirts, and even pencils. It's one of the things that many believe a homeschooler will miss out on. 

A homeschool name can be a great source of pride. Put your school's name on a shirt, get some pencils with your school's name, or even put it on a vinyl sticker. Competitions are sometimes held for homeschoolers, such as spelling bees or math contests. A homeschooler can represent his school just as much as any private or public student in a similar competition. 

My little boy loves his school ID. He's shown it to his Sunday school teachers, the librarians, the mailman, the landlady, and even the cashier at the grocery store. As he gets older, I hope that same sense of happy pride will remain. 


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      mommywolf 5 years ago from USA

      Very welcome Caries!

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      Caries Mission 5 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

      Thank you so much for this. I am new to homeschooling and we are at that experimenting stage, where we are trying to work out all of the kinks of our schedule and curriculum. My son has been pushed through many years of school, even though his father and I have been to the school countless times every school year to tell them he needs help. We got to the breaking point and pulled him out of school. Now we have learned he is farther behind than we ever imagined. No wonder he wasn't passing anything. Public schools are good at just shoving kids through because they don't want to deal with them. If we wouldn't have pulled him out when we did, he would have given up. Now he is excited about school and I thank God that we are getting him on the right path! Thanks again for an amazing article.

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      Familyof7 5 years ago from Illinois

      I've learned that ID's are beneficial. I created homeschool ID's for my children.

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      mvaivata 6 years ago

      I was actually home-schooled. Mine was more like a correspondence school, really, so we never encountered the problem of naming things. However, considering the wonderful experience I had being home-schooled, I realized that if I should have children of my own, I would likely do the same for them. I didn't realize all of the options available, so thank you for enlightening me on that.

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      Susan Starts Now 6 years ago from California

      What an interesting idea. Branding is such a hot topic today, with good reason. Every kid should be able to take pride in their school, no matter where the learning takes place. I am sorry for your unfortunate experiences, I have experienced similar issues. One of my daughters attended a private high school and has gone on to earn a full ride scholarship to an out-of-state university. Our other daughter went to the same school for a year and was unhappy. This came as something of a shock since she had been looking forward to high school and had been the valedictorian of her 8th grade class. She tried attending a local charter school for another year and didn't feel comfortable there either. After another 6 months of struggling, she gave up altogether and became very depressed. She eventually decided to take the state proficiency exam, passed with flying colors and went on to begin studying at the local community college. She is about to begin working as a medical assistant, after earning her certification. (She completed her schooling while working 30 hours a week.) Her teachers all recommended she pursue a higher degree in the medical field and felt she was one of the most talented students in the program. She earned a 4.0 and maintained perfect attendance throughout the program. She is about to be hired at a top hospital here and will earn $22 an hour. They will also pay for her to earn her RN degree and she eventually would like to become a nurse anesthetist. We often treat education like a one-size-fits-all type of thing, but the fact is different kids have different needs. It hasn't been easy finding the right path for our daughter, but I am glad we were flexible and simply looked for a solution that was in her best interest. It never fails to amaze me that people can be so small-minded and judgmental about issues over which they really shouldn't be commenting on. As parents, we know our children best and can usually make the best decisions for them. It is great to have so many educational options to help our kids. succeed.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant. (Naming your school, not the idiot.)

      I've not been directly involved in home schooling (officially), but have seen names come in really handy. Whenever I send out one of my "notorious poison pen letters" to tackle bad people, I put at the bottom:

      "cc: Howe, McLeod, and Van Wagenen"

      Implying that I have a hefty, dangerous law firm at my disposal. Which is true: Those three names were the maiden names of my mother and both grandmothers.

      You're right. Naming things can save a LOT of trouble.

      Voted Up and a bunch.

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      Danielle McGaw 6 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      what an awesome idea! I can see how it can be really helpful. And that horrible man who told your son he is stupid should get his own certificate from your school - certification of being a donkey's ass!

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      kootheancheah 6 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      Interesting idea. This is the first time I have come across this idea. Thanks for sharing, Mommywolf.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great a teacher I have heard many disparaging remarks against people who choose to homeschool their children...what they don't realize is that children who are homeschooled usually have a more varied learning experience than children who are taught in a traditional school...especially in this era of No Child Left Behind and "teaching to the test"

      You sound like you are doing a great job with your son!

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      Good hub with pretty neat ideas ,voted up and awesome

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      mommywolf 6 years ago from USA

      The ironic thing was he had been asking what preschool my son attended because he (my son) was being so polite. Not pushing, taking turns, and so on. And this man said he wanted to send his son there because his son was always getting into trouble and was plain mean. He just shook his head when I said that we don't send him anywhere, that we homeschool, and stopped talking. I figured end of that, he doesn't understand. But when my son came over for his water bottle, that man said that. I'm glad my boy isn't old enough to fully understand such things yet. I let him know what I thought about it without causing a scene in front of kids...and told my son to ignore what he had said, because he was a mean person and said things that weren't true. That man stays away if we happen to be there at the same time now. Sad.

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I love the idea about giving your homeschool a name. You shouldn't have to hide how you educate your child, but sometimes it's just nice to keep those jerks from saying rude things. That man who called your son stupid - wow. Just wow. What an @$$. I would have been like, "Well, I see public school didn't teach you manners or respect for others".

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      C E Clark 6 years ago from North Texas

      A GED is just as acceptable to employers and universities as a high-school diploma. It is in no way of less value or inferior. My husband got into our local university here with a GED and after graduating SUMA from here, went on with full grants that covered all tuition and books to Harvard Law School. He graduated Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1994. He had been a high-school drop out at age 15.

      Never allow anyone to tell your child his/her life is ruined because they didn't live it a certain way that meets with the approval of narrow minded short sighted, and sadly in many cases, ignorant people. Anyone who would speak to a child as the man you mentioned in your hub spoke to your child, calling him stupid, has more ignorance than he can ever use up in one lifetime. Pity and pray for that man, because he doesn't even realize how ignorant he is and that he needs help.

      The man who spoke to your young son the way he did, calling your son stupid, etc., is the person who is stupid. You NEVER talk to a young child that way. NEVER. Sticks and stones may hurt their bones, but words can and will hurt forever.

      I voted you up and interesting.

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      mommywolf 6 years ago from USA

      It's truly amazing Page. I don't know if it's just this area or what. A lot of it I'm sure is people simply not understanding. I also am often mistaken for being younger than I actually am and they look at my husband and myself and see two kids. So they seem to assume that we don't know a thing we're doing.

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      PageC 6 years ago

      You've listed some great ideas. I never realized that homeschooled kids were treated so badly but some adults!