Live Oak Academy's Fighting Squirrels

School Name: Live Oak Academy. Our name comes from one of the verses that my blog is based on Psalm 1:3 where it says, “He (the righteous man) is like… a tree whose leaves do not wither.” Live oak trees do not lose their leaves in cooler weather; they are green year round. We also have one in our yard so that was part of the inspiration as well.

School Mascot: The Fighting Squirrels. I pushed hard for The Acorns (cause you have to be a bit “nuts” to homeschool), but was outvoted.

School Motto: The Word, The Lost, The Goal

Meet the Students

This year Live Oak Academy has two students officially enrolled for the year.

Chipette is in 4th grade this year. She wants to be a ballerina when she grows up and is starting her second year at Level 5/Pre-Pointe.

Chipette in an acorn shell (see how I worked that nut theme in any way!):

  • Dramatic…all normal activities must have an element of a story or imagination to make it worth doing
  • Gifted in language arts
  • Loves Shakespeare, poetry, and literature
  • Excitement and joy show from the top of her head to her toes
  • Sympathetic to the struggles of others
  • Hates disappointment
  • Loves animals
  • To her the world is full of wonderful things to enjoy

Magpie is in 1st grade this year. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up and is starting taekwondo next month.

Magpie in an acorn shell:

  • My firecracker…not afraid to be brutally honest and a natural born administrator
  • Best laugh of any kid I know
  • Professional cuddler
  • Tenacious and tough
  • Amazing ability to memorize
  • Hates having her hair brushed
  • Loves small spaces
  • To her the world is something to be conquered

Live Oak Academy also has one unofficial student this year.

Monkey is three, but will be turning four in the spring. Not sure what he wants to be yet, but he’s got time to figure it out.

Monkey in an acorn shell:
  • Sensitive…he wears his heart on his sleeve and you have to be careful not to bruise it.
  • Natural born comedian
  • My biggest helper around the house
  • Amazing fine motor skills for a three year old boy
  • Living doll for his sisters
  • Hates the water
  • Loves singing at church
  • To him the world is something to be explored, preferably in a big pickup truck!

Live Oak Academy Faculty:

Teacher, Cafeteria Lady, Janitor: Chelli aka Mom

Principal and Maintenance: Preacher Man aka Dad

Superintendent: God aka Supreme Being of the Universe (Yep, He’s in charge of this homeschool)

Looking forward to a great year in the tree house,


P.S. A HUGE thank you to Jenna Hooker Photography for the beautiful pictures of the girls. I was dreading back to school without a camera, but you saved me!


  1. Love the theme!! I also think your kids are adorable and love the pictures!

    1. Thanks! I think they're pretty adorable too!

  2. Adorable photos!!!!

    Popping in from the blog hop.

  3. Your school name is super cute!!!
    I love that your family puts God above all in your school!! May you have a blessed year!!

    1. We like having God in the proper spot. When my husband or I try to run it, things get out of whack pretty quickly! A blessed year to you and yours as well!

  4. I have several mascots I'd like to send your way -- we keep getting bombed by the squirrels cracking walnuts in our backyard. ; )

    Those pictures are amazing and your students are darling.

    Have a wonderful year!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! As for the squirrels...we REALLY don't need any more. We have a pecan tree in our backyard. Enough said. :)

  5. LOVE your school pictures! Thanks for sharing!