This past week I was on a mission to check some things off my TO DO list including registering our family for homeschooling in NC and registering our family van. My birthday is right around the corner and I heard something about law enforcement cracking down on improperly registered drivers so I decided to just go ahead and take care of it now before March (my birthday month) even hits. It feels good to check these tasks off my list!
I’ve procrastinated registering our homeschool for a bit because in NC you need to chose a name for it. This seems like a simple thing and I am sure most people just go with their last name and then stick “homeschool” on to the end…ie: Smith Homeschool or maybe “academy” if they want the name to pack more clout. r homeschool we sort of did anyway. Because we used our upstairs loft as our office/school room and kept all our books and supplies up there, we affectionately referred to our school as The Loft Homeschool.
So funny, but I put off registering here in NC simply because I had to commit to a new name. A name that apparently you can never change and which will appear on any documentation from the state. With us being at a new home, in a new place and entering into a new chapter in our lives I wanted to name to be meaningful.
I asked my immediate family for their input but none of them cared too much one way or the other. Brent suggested XYZZY Homeschool, some vague computer-geek reference to an old, old, old school computer game called Colossal Caves Adventure. Autumn, who is always good at coming up with clever, witty ideas offered that we name it Clowder A-cat-amy, which is a vague language-geek reference to all our cats. Logan’s input was inappropriate but it is too funny to leave out of the story so prepare yourself if you have a easily-offended constitution. He said we could be The Ass Crack Slashers and our motto would be “because they have to get there somehow” and he said instead of a school mascot we would all wear school “ass”cots with a proper arse embroidered on each of them.
Once we had our laughs over everyone’s silly ideas, I bumped other more serious ideas around in my head like Nature Nurture Homeschool and Seasons on the Hillside Homeschool but my niece, Jessica and I finally settled on the one we both agreed was best.
We like that earth and heart are anagrams and that one begins with the letter with which the other one ends. Other than that cool linguistic play, the name of course has meaning. It means that our hearts here are with the earth. We aim to live and learn in ways that support and protect our one and only Earth.
Along with all the typical school subjects, our homeschool will also focus on developing homesteading skills that will allow us to live more sustainably with Mother Nature. We already have our chicken and quail projects on-going. This spring we plan to restart beehives, revive the orchard of fruiting trees and start gardening with the seasons to produce our own food. Down the line, as we are able, we’d also like to add in keeping goats for milk! Stay tuned to hear about our efforts and progress!