Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Groups!

Several new groups have joined LIFE of Florida in the past few days:

Pensacola L.I.F.E. Homeschool Support Group is an all-inclusive group
in Northwest Florida. We respect all homeschooling styles and methods.
We are an all-inclusive group, open to everyone regardless of race,
religion or homeschooling beliefs. We have a monthly get-together and
members plan field trips and other activities including an occasional
teen night.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PensacolaLIFEHomeschool/

Jacksonville FL Homeschoolers
Newbies and Old Pros, this is the group you've been looking for. We
offer everything you need in a homeschool group because you, the
members, are the ones who design and lead the group. We have co-op
classes, field trips and park days all planned by homeschoolers just
like you. We're growing rapidly and the more families we have, the
stronger and more interesting the group becomes. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Jacksonville_FL_Homeschoolers/

and

Homeschoolers of Collier County (HOCC)
"The purpose of HOCC is to provide support to its members, regardless
of religious beliefs, home education philosophy or choice of
curriculum. HOCC is open to anyone regardless of race, religious
beliefs, or home schooling philosophies. We have weekly events,
monthly field trips, quarterly family events, a yearbook, a variety of
clubs, an active message board and support for our members."
http://www.geocities.com/homeshcoolersofcolliercounty/index.html

A new politically focused homeschool blog, Progressive Homeschoolers of Florida
is on the scene as well. If progressive politics aren't your cup of tea, you still might enjoy the many civic engagement and elections resources featured on the blog, as well as the overview about Home School Legal Defense Association's renewed push for a national Parental Rights Amendment

If you know of an inclusive group or an interesting resource you think others might enjoy knowing about, let us know!

Terri Willingham
LIFE of Florida

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