What’s in a Name?

A few years ago, we were going through a time of much complaint from the kids.  They wanted to head out the front door every morning and head to the school around the corner – you know, the one with the playground.  They wanted recess and the laughter in the schoolyard that we could hear from our own back yard.   They liked being homeschooled, except they thought that ‘regular’ school was all about play.  

I thought it would be a good time to kick things up a notch and make our form of school seem a bit more ‘schoolish’ (though it’s so not) to help bridge the gap between what we do here at home and what they do over there.   I wanted them to really step back, break it down and look at it closely. 

We decided to create a name for what it is we do every day.  I asked the children to list out the main reasons for schooling at home and the discussion became quite lengthy.  They had fun thinking about the many advantages to being home every day, and when we were done, we narrowed them in to the four big ones: 

To be Filled with Love:

We love each other.   We also love the freedom to learn at our own pace, the extra time to be creative, the ability to put on a superhero costume and climb a tree to do our spelling work.  We enjoy learning from and socializing with people all around us.

To be Equipped with Wisdom:

All around us are lessons in abundance.  There is an opportunity to learn at every corner.  Being at home allows us to find those corners in more places.  The world is our classroom

To be Strengthened by Unity:

We are a family.  Doing things together is important to us.  This is not to say that every day is amazing ~ some are really difficult.  But we are together, figuring it out, growing in unity each day.

To be Armed with Truth:

We are Christians.  Being at home allows us to learn based on the foundation of God’s word.  We open each day with devotions, a bible lesson and prayer but the whole day is based on the knowledge that this is our Fathers World, and its blanketed with our gratitude for this life and the next.

From there, Gabe started talking about putting on the armour of God, and Armour Academy was born. 

For the end of that school year, I bought some very large (to them), inexpensive navy blue golf and t-shirts and had them embroidered for the kids and for us.  This year, I’m thinking hats, because they are harder to outgrow.  🙂   

It was a wonderful brainstorming process – a process of discovery – that led us to Armour Academy and it’s such a big part of who we are as a family.  If you homeschool, I’d encourage you to give it a go.  Your kids will love breaking it down and coming up with a name — and so will you! 

Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 

Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans.

-Ephesians 6:10-11

This post has been linked to as a Helpful Homeschool Hints over at Many Little Blessings.   If you’re like me, you’ll love clicking around to find other nifty little suggestions that you may want to try in your own homeschooling day. 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 10:53:11

    What a wonderful idea! We named our school a while ago but I think it would be great to revisit this idea and come up with a motto or logo as well. And the shirts? My boys would be all over that lol! Thanks for the post.

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    • joyandcontentment
      Feb 21, 2011 @ 16:58:42

      It breathed new life into our “school” at a time we were ready for a boost. It seemed to legitimize what we were doing and seriously, things got a LOT easier after we did it.

      Reply

  2. Ann
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 15:49:51

    Great idea!!! Love it. My boy is asking to go to school as well, and I find that so depressing. So the idea of a name for our school is awesome.
    Now I have to do some brainstorming….
    THank you so much!

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  3. Angie @ Many Little Blessings
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 02:10:28

    Love the shirts!

    I especially love your motto. We need one of those. That’s just fabulous!

    (Thanks for linking up to the Helpful Homeschool Hints meme! I just put a link to this post on The Homeschool Classroom’s Facebook page.)

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    • joyandcontentment
      Feb 24, 2011 @ 07:04:52

      Thank you!! It was lots of fun and the kids thought it was quite special. It’s also fun to see them field questions from strangers “Oh, and where is Armour Academy?”. Haha.

      Reply

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  5. Christine
    May 24, 2011 @ 12:40:46

    Awesome! I absolutely love this idea!

    Reply

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