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!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

LIFE Fest August Update II

Vendor registration and prepaid admission discounts are officially closed, but we've extended the deadline for registering to have a table at the LIFE Fest Bazaar, and advertising is still available in our program guide. You can visit the LIFE website at www.learningis4everyone.org for info on both of those. Additionally, if you have a support group and would like a table, you can let us know through September 5th.

The current conference line-up includes:

And much, much more!

Round tables and workshops scheduled include:

*Homeschool 101 - Getting Started and Keeping On

*Learning Cooperatively Round Table - Organizing,managing and participating in learning co-operatives

*Homeschool Support Group Round Table - Managing a group, playing nice within one

*College Prep - Tips, tricks and tools

*Homeschooled and Proud - Creating a sense of Alma mater with mater and pater

*Out of Your Element - Teaching higher level high school subjects like chemistry, physics, and algebra

Speakers will include:

Brenda Dickinson, home and private school lobbyist, of the Home Education Foundation;

Mary McCool, of the Florida Virtual School;

Jamie Moorehead of Super Awesome Cool Pottery Studios;

Programs:

  • Great Explorations Children's Art will be ongoing throughout the day, providing secure, supervised child care;
  • Doug Scull with Hands on Planet Earth will provide a session or two of up close and personal animal encounters;
  • FIRST Robotics teams will be demonstrating and providing information about all levels of FIRST robotics programs for children, from Jr. LEGO League through high school robotics;
  • Tek4Tykes will be providing computer learning activities for children;
  • Homeschool Ballroom Dance team performances

More updates will be forthcoming as we finalize our program.

See you September 20th!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Florida's Online Advising System Retooled

FACTS.org, Florida’s online advising system for students, has recently been retooled and re-released. The site features straightforward navigation, new content, simplified language, updated graphics, and enhanced tools.

The site offers Florida students everything they need to plan their career and academic future from middle school through college and beyond. The electronic Personal Education Planner (ePEP) helps students plan their high school courses based on goals they set for themselves, such as attending college or a career technical center, or graduate from high school with the minimum requirements. As graduation requirements vary, the ePEP is designed to present each group with the requirements specific to the year they enter ninth grade.

Incoming eighth graders must build an ePEP as part of a Career and Education Planning course. Transcript information, including grades and FCAT scores also appear on the ePEP. Students can track their personal progress toward graduation, college admission, and Bright Futures Scholarships using the high school evaluations tool. It provides students with their weighted GPA and a list of the requirements they have met and those they have not, making it very clear what remains to de done to achieve their goals.

For more information, visit www.FACTS.org.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

LIFE Fest 2008 Update -Just 4 (four!) More Days to Prepay at a Discount, or for Vendor Space!

Just four more days to prepay for discounted admission of $8 per family for LIFE Fest 2008, or to purchase Vendor Space. Read on to learn about our annual Celebration of Learning. We hope you'll join us for a great day. It's a family friendly event, and Great Explorations will be providing safe and secure, ongoing children's programs throughout the day, at no extra cost. So save the date and join us at LIFE Fest 2008 on September 20!

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Tampa, FL (August 2, 2008) - Learning is For Everyone (LIFE), Inc. is a not-for-profit education resource organization supporting family choice in learning via broad based information resources, networking and support. Each year we hold a “festival of learning” bringing together a variety of community based learning resources to help introduce the general public to the wealth of local, cost effective learning opportunities available in our communities.

This year, our annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning conference will be held Saturday, September 20th at the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. . With world-class Ft. Desoto camping and beaches just down the road,and St. Pete museums and other attractions nearby, this annual home and alternative learners convention promises something for everyone.

Lodging is available on the premises for $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve a room before August 20. Campsites at Ft. Desoto are just $35/night, and free "primitive" group camping is also available (RSVP to LIFE before August 20).

There will be a variety of vendors, an abundance of free materials, workshops, door prizes and raffles, and an educational children’s area with art and animals, all adding up to a full and exciting day that will offer ample opportunities to meet other home educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of the homeschooling adventure.

Admission to LIFE Fest 2008 is a $10 donation per family at the door, or $8 prepaid through Network for Good via the LIFE website by August 20. Carpool discounts will be available the day of the event.

The current conference line-up includes:

And much, much more!

Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August. (Local homeschool support group booths are free.) Visit Learning is for Everyone for details.

_______________________________

Learning is For Everyone, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 C(3) organization whose goal is to provide information resources on and off the web, and assistance through its activities in all aspects of education at all stages of life.

Theresa Willingham

Vice President

Learning is for Everyone, Inc.

http://learningis4everyone.org

Info@learningis4everyone.org

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

LIFE Fest 2008 Celebration of Learning Home and Alternative Learners Conference - September 20

Tampa, FL (August 2, 2008) - Learning is For Everyone (LIFE), Inc. is a not-for-profit education resource organization supporting family choice in learning via broad based information resources, networking and support. Each year we hold a “festival of learning” bringing together a variety of community based learning resources to help introduce the general public to the wealth of local, cost effective learning opportunities available in our communities.


This year, our annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning conference will be held Saturday, September 20th at the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 4p.m. . With world-class Ft. Desoto camping and beaches just down the road,and St. Pete museums and other attractions nearby, this annual home and alternative learners convention promises something for everyone.


Lodging is available on the premises for $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve a room before August 20. Campsites at Ft. Desoto are just $35/night, and free "primitive" group camping is also available (RSVP to LIFE before August 20).


There will be a variety of vendors, an abundance of free materials, workshops, door prizes and raffles, and an educational children’s area with art and animals, all adding up to a full and exciting day that will offer ample opportunities to meet other home educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of the homeschooling adventure.


Admission to LIFE Fest 2008 is a $10 donation per family at the door, or $8 prepaid through Network for Good via the LIFE website by August 20. Carpool discounts will be available the day of the event.


The current conference line-up includes:

And much, much more!


Vendor and LIFE Fest Bazaar booths must be reserved by August. (Local homeschool support group booths are free.) Visit Learning is for Everyone for details.

_______________________________

Learning is For Everyone, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 C(3) organization whose goal is to provide information resources on and off the web, and assistance through its activities in all aspects of education at all stages of life.


Theresa Willingham

Vice President

Learning is for Everyone, Inc.

http://learningis4everyone.org

Info@learningis4everyone.org