Sunday, August 10, 2008


We've noticed that many of the homeschool co-ops and organizations we've researched in our area all have names that stand for something.  There are too many to name, but a couple of examples are H.E.A.R.T and G.I.F.T.  

One of the things I learned when I was reading about and researching homeschooling was that it's sometimes a good idea to give your school a name so it can have its own identity.  I kept praying that God would give me a good acronym so we could not only name our school but also remind us of why we are doing this in the first place.  I know there will be times in the next nine months or so that I'm going to question and doubt why I ever felt led to this task. I wanted all of us to be reminded, in a tangible way, that God led us to this decision  and that He, above all, desires for our "school" to be centered around Him.

So, on our way home from visiting my family this week, we brainstormed some options for the name of our school.  At first, we started with obvious words that might work, but we struggled to form coherent sentences from them.  We had words like LIGHT and BRIGHT but neither of them worked their way into the goals we have for our family this year.  It just wasn't flowing.

We switched gears and began talking about choosing a theme verse that we could use to keep us focused on our goals as a family and as a school.  We decided upon Colossians 2:2-3 and have summarized it this way:  "May we be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love and have complete confidence that we understand God's mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. For in Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and understanding. (NLT version)."  

After settling upon a verse, it was time to find an acronym that would work for us.  I'll spare you the details of how we came to the world CIRCLE, but some of you reading may be able to figure it out.

And so, allow to me formally introduce you to the C.I.R.C.L.E. School.  "Christ Igniting Righteousness, Character, Love and Education.

It is my prayer that He would do just that in our new school.  I am excited, a bit anxious, sometimes overwhelmed, but always trusting that God will be faithful to guide us as we embark on this new journey.  For anyone who may be interested, we are enrolled in three classes with one of our co-ops...a french language/music class, theatre for the whole family, and art.  Cody will continue to take violin, which is great.  He's really enjoying playing, which is so fun to see.  We also have our first field trips scheduled with our co-op:  A tour of the new Lego store near us (supposedly this is an educational trip!), and a concert performed by a college symphonic orchestra of "The Planets" by Gustav Holst, complete with projected images of planets and space going on during the music.  Should be a great way to kick off the new school year.  

Thanks for letting me share what God is doing and how He is leading us as we get started this month.  I know many of you are gearing up for the start of school as well, buying all your school supplies, getting word on your children's classroom teachers, and preparing to usher them into a new year.  May you all have a wonderful, blessed year!


Barbie@ Mamaology said...

What a wonderful, Christ centered name! I love it;)

I will be praying for you this school year! That the Lord gives you joy, strength and wisdom in home schooling.

Have a great week!

Tonya said...

I love how you put so much thought into the name of your school. A lot of homeschooling moms I know just gave their school a name without really having a reason behind it. I like your name and the meaning. You are making me start to think about homeschooling :)

Julie V. said...


All I can say is WOW!! That is one amazing title for your school. You put me to shame sister. I wasn't even considering naming our school (at least not this first year as a rookie).

It's so good to have a vision of what you want to be about. This will come in very handy during those days/months where you may be feeling discouraged or sluggish in home education.

Thanks for being such an inspiration to me.



The Kempiak Party of Five said...

That's perfect. I love it!

And thank you for the verse for me to mediate on. It really speaks to me.

Life with Ash and Ave said...

What a great name! I didn't even know people named their schools. I love the idea though. Do you take other people's children. ;)

Carol Topp said...

Beautiful name! Homeschoolers are so creative. When I was doing research for my book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out, I came across quite a few unique names. Here's a few examples:

*Parents Offering Inspiration, Nurturing, and Training (POINT)
*Creative Home Educators Support Services (CHESS)
*Higher Extension Learning Program (HELP)
*Homeschool Eclectic Lifelong Learners Organization (HELLO)
*Life-long Education And Discipleship (LEAD)
*Home Educators Applying Righteous Teaching (HEART)
*Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (HOUSE)
*Life Education And Resource Network (LEARN)

Aren't those clever?
You are so right that a name signifies an identity and reminds you of your purpose. I included an entire chapter in the book called "What’s in a Name?
Names, Missions and Purposes." The book applies to homeschool co-ops, but the principles apply to individual homeschools as well.

From a business perspective, co-ops need to be concerned that they are not using a name already taken, but families are certainly free to copy each other!

Carol Topp

Kari said...

Great name . . . I hope you guys have a great year. It sounds like you're off to a strong start.