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!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LIFE Fest 2009 Roster Growing!

Learning is for Everyone 's roster of vendors and community groups joining in on our 8th annual LIFE Fest Celebration of Learning is exciting and growing. LIFE Fest 2009 will be held on Saturday, September 26th at the Eckerd Conference Center and Lodge at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg, FL from 10 a.m. – 5p.m.

Joining us so far this year:
  • Homeschool Ballroom Dance Team
And workshops and round table discussions on:
The event brings together home and alternative learners from across Florida, educators, museum and library program organizers, community education groups, youth groups and clubs, parent support and networking groups, and anyone interested interested in exploring a wide variety of learning and teaching ideas, opportunities and resources.

General admission is just a $10 donation per family, $8 prepaid via Network for Good (click and pay at http://LIFEofFlorida.blogspot.com by August 21 - bring your receipt as your ticket). And, in the spirit of our Green LIFE Fest, carpool discounts of $10 a (safe and legal) carload will be available the day of the event. Lodging is available right on the premises for $65/night. Call the Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge at (800) 456-9009 to reserve your room before August 1.

We'll have a variety of great vendors, lots of free materials, great workshops,door prizes and raffles, and a fun and 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 and alternatives educators from around the state and to learn how to make the most of your home based learning adventure.

Vendor space is still available, and we’re happy to provide free exhibit space to youth groups and clubs, home school and educational support groups, community education groups like libraries, parks, nature centers, museums and associations providing free or very low cost learning opportunities. If you feel your group or service qualifies, and you’d like to join us to provide outreach and information to guests about your support and education programs, please write to us with the name of your group, the services you provide, and the costs of your program(s).

For more information on any LIFE Fest 2009 opportunities, please email info@learningis4everyone.org for full details. Also contact us if you're interested in hosting a presentation, program or workshop, or providing raffle or door prizes.

All proceeds from LIFE Fest 2009 fully support Learning is for Everyone’s community education programs, including FIRST robotics, Picturing America Endowment for the Humanities program, Tampa Bay Mentor Match, homeschool support and more.

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Learning is for Everyone is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization supporting family choice in learning and empowering families and students with information and networking resources, on the web and off. Visit www.Learningis4everyone.org to learn more.

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