Hello ALC World!

This is my first post and I’m sooooo very excited about it!  I’m at my current job, planning my dream job.  Although I have been dreaming, visioning, and planning to open a self-directed center since 2000, I actually believe I can make it happen.  I began homeschooling in December 2000 after 7 years of researching all the different methods and ideologies.  I studied learning types, teaching types, and personality types.  I discovered homeschooling after reading an article when I was in high school and I knew it would be the way I would teach my future children.

Many things have changed over the years.  At this point, I’ve had 4 children and have used many different methods of homeschooling.  I even had one son enter public school in the 7th grade and decide that was the path he wanted to take. He graduated from the public school system.  For years, the center I planned was affectionately called Kids Teach.  The kids would teach what they knew and the adults would be there more as guides or assistants to the children. It was cute when my children were young.  Now my youngest “kids” are 15 and almost 12 and don’t care too much to be called kids.  And with the center now focusing on young people aged 11-17, I think I have to change the name.

That is what today is. Naming day…

I’m living in Louisville, KY so I want the word Louisville in it.

At first I liked the word Cooperative, but I really like the word Collective better.

One of the mothers that I asked to be part of the Founding team believes we should call it a Cultural center.  I like the word Cultural.

I love the word Zenith. The time at which something is most powerful or successful.  I’m not sure how to fit it in.

Some of the names I’m thinking are Cultural Collective Louisville, Learning & Cultural Collective Louisville, Louisville Learning Collective, and Cultural Cultivation Collective. But then I think, that doesn’t sound like a fun place to be. It sounds appealing to adults, but what about the teens? I also thought about using the homeschool name my children chose in 2006; Chriman Academy. They came up with the name because it is a smash-up of all of their names. (The difficulty I’m having reminds me of the time the hospital told me that I couldn’t leave the hospital until I named my daughter and they were ready for me to go! LOL! I named her, then got home and called the hospital to add another middle name—which they let me do.)

To be continued…..

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